Whether you’re looking for love triangles, vampires or wacked out fairy tales, the weekend of August 19, 2011 promises fresh new DVD/Blu-Ray releases at Redbox, Netflix and OnDemand. Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Colin Egglesfield, Lily Collins, Kevin Kline, Dave Grohl, Radiohead and more are available for movie nights.
The movies currently ruling the DVD/Blu-Ray rental battle are Jumping the Broom, Soul Surfer, Arthur, Mars Needs Moms, Source Code, Rango, The Lincoln Lawyer, Hall Pass, Unknown and Season of the Witch.
Redbox fans, don’t miss out on 10 Days of Deals. Through August 24, text “DEALS” to 727272 for a daily discount code from $.10-$1.00 off your rental.
Here’s what’s new for this weekend:
The Emily Giffin novel Something Borrowed transitions seemlessly from page to screen, with Kate Hudson inhabiting fan-favorite Darcy, while Ginnifer Goodwin captures the enduring Rachel. It’s the story of two best friends who find themselves in quite the bind: They both have feelings for the same guy. Darcy is engaged to the guy and after pining BFF Rachel hooks up with him, a friendship is tested. John Krasinski shines as Rachel and Darcy’s childhood pal, while Colin Egglesfield is the man in the middle — successful, stunningly handsome and safe Dex. Something Borrowed is the perfect date movie. It’s not a chick flick or a romantic comedy. Both guys and gals will appreciate its sweeping statements about friendship, relationships, love and personal wars.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
Hoodwinked Too is a comic take on the classic fairy tale, Red Riding Hood. Following in the stead of Hoodwinked, the sequel takes the Grimm fairy tale library and turns it on its head. Red (Hayden Panettiere) has joined the covert group Sisters of the Hood and is fulfilling training to take on the evildoers of the fairy tale world. Her training is cut short when she receives a distress call from the head of the super-secret Happily Ever After Agency stating that a wicked witch (devilishly good Joan Cusack) has kidnapped two children — you guessed it, Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler). Red immediately leaves her training to embark on the rescue mission. Red’s Granny (Glenn Close), the Wolf (Patrick Warburton) and his excitable sidekick, Twitchy (Cory Edwards) are back for the sequel.
Paul Bettany is Priest, former leader of an army trained by the church to end a centuries-long battle against vicious vampires. The priests have supernatural powers and are the only thing keeping the human race from complete annihilation. Priestess Maggie Q stands out with a subtle, yet powerful performance and amidst the death and destruction, Cam Gigandet and Lily Collins find love as star-crossed lovers fighting to stay alive in this post-apocalyptic world. Director Scott Stewart and his design team have created a Blade Runner meets Road Warrior feel and while the Priest story and visuals are promising, unfortunately the film does not deliver. There are gaping holes in the plot and at times, Priest drags when it should be pedal to the medal. The action sequences are impressively shot, but like the rest of the film, slightly miss the mark.
The Conspirator: This historical drama directed by Robert Redford tells the tale of Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the first woman to be executed by the United States federal government. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline and Toby Kebbell star.
The Bang Bang Club: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch star in this tense, real life drama about Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek, four combat photographers who risked their lives to capture the brutality and violence of the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early ’90s.
The Gruffalo: Helena Bonham Carter narrates this Oscar-nominated animated short based on Julia Donaldson’s best-selling children’s book by the same name.
More New DVD/Blu-Ray Releases
Dramas: Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell), Queen to Play (Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline), The Grace Card (Michael Joiner, Michael Higgenbottom, Louis Gossett Jr.), Reality Star (Eric Roberts), Idiots & Angels, Gone, Classic Westerns compilation
Comedies: The Best and the Brightest (Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Sedaris & Bonnie Somerville), Meet Monica Velour (Kim Cattrall, Dustin Ingram), Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love?, Three Stooges Comedy Classics, Abbott & Costello Comedy Classics
Horror/Thriller/Action: Smoke Screen 9 (Jaime Pressly), Stoney (1969) / Killer Likes Candy (1968) set, Smile (Armand Assante), John Carpenter’s The Ward, Cut-Throats Nine (1972) / Joshua (1976): Lawless Land Double Feature, Death Stop Holocaust, Somebody Help Me 2, Maryland Deathfest: Movie 2, Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf, Lizard Boy
Foreign Films: Secretos Y Mentiras, Night Raid 1931: Complete Collection, El Juego Del Ahorcado, No Eres Tu, Soy Yo, The Breath, After, Juego Del Ahorcado, Little Senegal
Documentaries: September 11th Memorial Edition, A Normal Life (about post war Kosovo); Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats, Monster Bug Wars, Damn! Is The Price of Fame Too Damn High?
TV: Dexter: The Fifth Season, Dexter: Seasons 1-5, Spin City: The Complete Fifth Season; The Thomas Hardy Collection; Outcasts: Season One; Horatio Hornblower: The Further Adventures; WWE: Money in the Bank 2011, Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Brain That Wouldn’t Die / The Manster, Elvira’s Movie Macabre: The Terror / Eegah!
Family/Kid Friendly: Marley & Me: The Puppy Years, Everyone Loves Mel, Hanna’s Gold, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 9, Veggie Tales: Princess & The Popstar, Voltron: The Legend Begins, Pocoyo: Dance Pocoyo Dance, Bob the Builder: Super Scrambler, Cat in the Hat: Tricks & Treats, Fanboy & Chum Chum: Brain Freeze, Hero 108: Season 1, Volume 2; Batman The Brave & the Bold: Season 2, Part 1; Harry El Perrito Sucio & More Stories In Spanish & English, Jorge El Curioso, Chato’s Kitchen
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Music: Radiohead: Life on Demand, Life After Django Reomjardt, Jonathan Davis & SFA: Live at the Union Chapel, Dave Grohl: The Man with the Midas Touch
Next Tuesday: On August 23, look for new releases The Beaver, Road to Nowhere, The Chameleon, Blitz, The Bleeding House, Henry’s Crime, Sympathy for Delicious, The High Cost of Living, Secret Sunshine and more.
theatrical release posters curteosy of repective studios