The weekend of August 26, 2011 isn’t packed with blockbuster DVD/ Blu-Ray new releases at Redbox, Netflix and OnDemand. There’s always something new in the box and the theme this week seems to be hard living and tough luck in America and beyond. Invite Betty White, Lucille Ball, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Paul Giamatti, Steve Carell, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Linney, Olrando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Josh Hartnett, Paul Walker, Paris Hilton and more home for a movie night.
The movies currently ruling the DVD/Blu-Ray rental battle are Limitless, Priest, Arthur, Soul Surfer, Jumping the Broom, Take Me Home Tonight, Mars Needs Moms, The Conspirator, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil and Rango, in that order.
Here’s what’s new on DVD/Blu-ray:
The Beaver: When Walter (Mel Gibson) falls into a pit of depression and dysfunction, his wife (Jodie Foster) kicks him out and his eldest son (Anton Yelchin) is disgusted by him. Walter can’t seem to find a way out of his funk, until he starts communicating through a beaver puppet. Strange as it seems, with the Australian-accented puppet speaking on his behalf, Walter seems to be on the road to recovery. Even as the family becomes hopeful, however, the Beaver insists the family man is gone for good.
American Breakdown: Steve Carell, James Gandolfini, Josh Hartnett, Paul Walker and Paris Hilton star in this collection of shorts about ten individuals who set out to find themselves in an alienating world, filled with heartbreak, deception and tragedy.
Win Win: When Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike’s luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy’s family affairs come into play. Amy Ryan also stars.
Sympathy for Delicious: This edgy yet spiritual drama follows the true story of Dean “Delicious D” O’Dwyer (Christopher Thornton), a paralyzed DJ who gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing. Mark Ruffalo directs and stars, along with Laura Linney, Olrando Bloom and Juliette Lewis.
Blitz: Jason Statham stars in this crime thriller about a tough cop dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.
Secret Sunshine: This 2007 Korean drama from Chang-dong Lee has gotten good buzz. Sin-ae moves with her son Jun to Miryang, the town where her dead husband was born. Asma she tries to come to herself and set out on new foundations, another tragic event overturns her life.
More New DVD/Blu-Ray Releases
Drama/Comedy: Henry’s Crime (Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan), I Will Follow, Neds (Mon-Educated Delinquents), Tracker, Marriage Retreat, Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person
Action/Thriller/Horror: Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (Brandon Routh, Anita Briem, Sam Huntington and Taye Diggs); Road to Nowhere, Tactical Force (Steve Austin, Michael Jai White, Michael Ekland and Keith Jardine), The Chameleon (French), TrollHunter (Norwegian), Super Hybrid (Shannon Beckner, Oded Fehr and Ryan Kennedy), Cold Fish (Japanese), The Killer / Hardboiled Double Bill ( Chow Yun-Fat), A Haunting in Salem, Battle: New York – Day 2, Assassin’s Creed: Lineage, By The Devil’s Hand: The 666 Killer, House of Fallen (Corbin Bernsen), Citizen Jane (Ally Sheedy), The Bleeding House (Alexandra Chando)
Television: Gossip Girl: The Complete Fourth Season, NCIS: Seasons 1-8, NCIS: Los Angeles – The Second Season, The Event: The Complete Series, Miami Ink: The Complete Collection, Brothers & Sisters: The Complete Fifth Season, NCIS: The Eighth Season, Off the Map: The Complete Series, Shark Men: The Complete Season Two, Beverly Hillbillies: Meet the Clampetts
Retro/Compilations: Betty White Collection: America’s Funny Lady, Lucy: A Legacy of Laughter, Johnny Carson: Late Night Legend, Sword & Sorcery Collection; Big Gay Love Collection, Big Lesbian Love Collection, Shirley Temple: Everyone’s Little Princess, Alfred Hitchcock: A Legacy of Suspense
Documentaries: POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Morgan Spurlock), Boys of Fall, Remembering 9/11, Secret Societies & Sacred Stones: From Mecca to Megaliths, Newsreel History of the Third Reich: Volumes 16-20, Classic US Combat Aircraft of WWII: P-51 Mustang
Music: Blues & The Alligator: First Twenty Years Of Alligator Records; Super Producers in Hip Hop: Kanye West & Pharrell; Gangsta Rap Icons: Snoop Dogg & Ice Cube; Dirty South Movement: Lil Jon & Three 6 Mafia; Play Santana, Robert Plant’s Blue Note, Chet Baker: Candy, Zoot Sims: In A Sentimental Mood
Kids/Family: Cat In The Hat Collection; The Angry Beavers: Seasons 1 & 2; Bonanza: Adventures with the Cartwrights; Phineas & Ferb The Movie: Across the Second Dimension; Sergeant Frog: Season 3, Part 2; Toddler Favorites: The Movie; Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz; Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City; Family Adventures Collector’s Set; Family Animal Adventures Collector’s Set; Family Heartwarmers: 4 Family Movies; Women of Courage: 4 Family Movies; Family TV Classics; The Garfield Show: Spooky Tails; Bambi II