The weekend of July 22, 2011 offers fresh DVD/Blu-ray releases at Redbox, Netflix and OnDemand. Invite Johnny Depp, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Topher Grace, Teresa Palmer, Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Bill Paxton, Lea Thompson, Judd Nelson, Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Michael C. Hall and more home for a movie night.
The movies currently ruling the DVD rental battle are recent releases The Lincoln Lawyer, Rango, Insidious, Hall Pass, Just Go With It, Red Riding Hood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Beastly, Battle: Los Angeles and True Grit, in that order.
Here’s what’s new at your local or online video outlet:
New movies out on DVD/Blu-ray
Bradley Cooper stars as Eddie Morra, a man who discovers a pill that unlocks the entire spectrum of his true brain potential. Immediately, Morra unleashes incredible power of memory, knowledge and physical fitness. As his dream becomes a nightmare, however, Morra learns that every up has its down. The drug’s side effects begin to wear on him as Cooper gets caught in a web of deceit with a less-than-savory Wall Street biggie (Robert De Niro).
Take Me Home Tonight
Nostalgic for 1980s movies? Well, you’re in luck! Take Me Home Tonight has everything you could ask for, including a totally bitchin’ soundtrack. It’s not high art. It’s not going to move you to save the world. But if you like films from that era, you’ll be laughing your ass off. Part of that is the cast. Topher Grace plays Matt Franklin, a smart guy (which in the ’80s meant “loser”) with a ton of potential. Though Anna Faris is terribly underused here, Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) is astonishingly likeable and Grace has the role of underdog down to a science. Their chemistry is fantastic. And Dan Folger is so over the top as Matt’s best bud that you totally expect him to be in a room with a half naked Angie Everhart, despite his hair. It’s a totally bitchin’ nod to ’80s rom-coms, if you’re old enough to get it.
Dumbstruck: As a festival fave, this documentary gets the bump up to comedy category. At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky — ventriloquism capital of the world — director Mark Goffman discovered five extraordinary characters straight out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary; but in this delightful documentary, the characters are real and so are the emotional attachments that they have with their “dummies.”
Potiche: Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu team up for this French comedy about a trophy wife, who takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader, and her ex-lover, a former union leader who shows up and causes trouble.
Mayor Cupcake: Lea Thompson plays a cupcake queen who gets wrapped up in local politics in the family dramedy. Also starring Judd Nelson, Frankie Faison, Zoey Deutch and Dorian Harewood.
Peep World: On the day of their father’s 70th birthday party, four siblings come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling, that exposes the family’s most intimate secrets. Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Michael C. Hall and Jeff Lam star.
Zonad: When the Cassidy family finds a red leather-clad man passed out on their living room floor, they assume he’s an alien. Zonad is more than happy to oblige. David Murray, Bernie Butler, Janice Byrne and Simon Delaney star.
Desert Flower: Based on the bestselling book by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller, this tells the extraordinary true story of a Somalian nomad who achieves stardom against all odds and uses her celebrity to make a difference in the land she left behind by becoming the UN spokeswoman against circumcision.
Cracks: This dark coming-of-age thriller set in an elite British boarding school is director Jordan Scott’s (daughter of Ridley) debut project and stars Eva Green, Juno Temple, Maria Valverde, Imogen Poots, Zoe Carroll and more.
Small Town Murder Songs: A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life. Peter Stormare, Martha Plimpton and Jill Hennessy star.
More action, horror & sci-fi
The Way of the West: This 1934 Western follows the adventure of government agent Gordon, who is working undercover to investigate a cattleman-sheepman war.
House of the Rising Sun: This crime thriller set in the gritty mob world of dirty cops, scumbag crooks and misogyny didn’t get great reviews. Starring Dave Bautista, Danny Trejo, Amy Smart and Dominic Purcell.
Tekken: This Japanese action adventure starts when Jin Kazama witnesses the death of his mother Jun by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. After finding a Tekken ID he decides to seek out vengeance for his mother’s death.
Sci-Fi Invasion – 50 Movie Set: This 12-disc set boasts a surprising number of stars, including Vincent Price (The Bat), Dorothy Stratten (Galaxina), Mark Hamill & Bill Paxton (Slipstream), Klaus Kinski & Harvey Keitel (Star Knight), Franco Nero & George Kennedy (Top Line) and more.
Other titles include Beneath the Mississippi, Monster Wolf and The Reef.
The Kids Grow Up, a moving and incredibly candid look at modern-day parenting and what it means to let go from acclaimed documentarian Doug Block (51 Birch Street); Freedom Flyers of Tuskegee, about the first African American military pilots who fought in WWII; American Indian Collection, a six-DVD set on American history; Village of Fools, a 2008 Russian political documentary; Frontline: Kill Capture: Can the US Get Out of Afghanistan; Shark Week: Restless Fury; Best of Travel: South Africa; Sniper: The Unseen Warrior; The Sound of Insects; and Durakovo: The Life & Work of Claude Chabrol — shot at a birthday celebration towards the end of his life, this film goes deep into the mind of the legendary director of Le Boucher, This Man Must Die and La Rupture, whom many call the French Hitchcock and the Balzac of Cinema.
Either Sleepy Hollow & Sweeney Todd or Nick of Time & What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is the ticket for a Johnny Depp double feature — or pick up both for a marathon!
Other new release titles include Poirot: The Movie Collection 6 which includes The Clocks, Three Act Tragedy and Hallowe’en Party; When Animals Strike Back Volume 1 including Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange’s King Kong, Orca: The Killer Whale and Congo; When Animals Strike Back Volume 2 covers the pets with Graveyard Shift, Pet Semetery and Silver Bullet; Bill Moyers: God and Politics, The Encounters from Another Dimension, a three-DVD set with exclusive and unique footage of UFOs, crop circles and the paranormal; Cowboys & Bandit, a 12-disc Western set; and Dangerous Babes – 12 Movie Collection, a selection of cult favorites and hard-to-find cinematic classics about women you shouldn’t mess with.
New TV dvd/Blu-ray Releases
New television titles available on DVD/Blu-ray include The Girls Next Door: Season Six; The Unusuals: The Complete Series; Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series; Doctor Who: Series Six, Part One; Melrose Place: Sixth Season V. 2; Reggie Perrin – Set 1 (The Complete Series); Firepower: The Complete Series; The Best of California Dreams, Man Woman Wild; Top Gear US: Season One and Jesse James Presents: Austin Speed Shop and Off Road Racing Around the World. Plus retro hits Punky Brewster: Best of Season 2 and Best of Season 3 and Simon & Simon – The Best of Season 3.
dvd/Blu-ray Releases For the Kids
New titles for the kids include 200 Colossal Cartoons; The Animated Kid’s Bible; The Best of the Get Along Gang; The Best of The Littles; Busy World of Richard Scarry: Fun in Busytown and Good Times Never End; Clifford: Dog Days of Summer; The Elephant DVD with Eric Herman; Go Diego Go: Fiercest Animal Rescues; Justice League 3-Pack Fun; Leapfrog: Sing & Learn With Us; Pippi Longstocking: Pippi Goes to the Fair; Timeless Animated Tales; iCarly: The i ; Hey Dude: Season 1; Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Six and Young Justice: Season 1, Volume 1.