Redbox DVD/BluRay Report: Will Thor crush primetime releases?
With the fall 2011 TV season upon us, another round of TV DVD/Blu-Ray releases has landed. Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Glee, Spartacus, Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods and Rescue Me are coming home. If you're set on the movie night, Natalie Portman, Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Kevin Hart, Michelle Williams, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mandy Moore, Rainn Wilson, Kellan Lutz and Jessica Szohr are also coming home.
Thor charges home for the weekend of Sept. 16, threatening to dominate Redbox, Netflix, OnDemand and the DVD/Blu-ray scene. With the fall primetime season upon us, there are also more new TV releases to help you catch up on last season before the new season starts.
The films currently ruling the DVD/Blu-Ray rental battle are Paul, Everything Must Go, Rio, Your Highness, Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, Limitless, Priest, Soul Surfer, Arthur, Source Code and Assassination Games, in that order.
Here are the new releases.
New Movies on DVD/Blu-Ray
Thor: In this special effects showcase, Shakespearean expert Kenneth Branagh takes Marvel Comics hero Thor and his dysfunctional royal family to epic new levels. In the far-off world of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cocky, commanding and insanely boastful of his entitlement to the throne, not to mention his ability to kick some serious ass. On the very day he's supposed to inherit the throne, however his arrogance lands him in hot water with his father, King Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Much to the thrill of his slightly mad, intensely jealous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor is banished to Earth, where he must find humility before he can regain his power and his kingdom. While there, he falls in with a band of scientists led by Natalie Portman, and the adventure -- and romance! – begins.
Star Wars: The Complete Sage: The Star Wars saga gets the Blu-ray treatment in a release featuring all six movies, along with over 40 hours of special features and extra footage.
The Tempest: Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou and Russell Brand star Julie Taymor's magnificent, femme-centric version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Mirren takes the lead as Prospera, a female version of classic tale's male hero, Prospero.
Hesher: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Hesher, a heavy metal-loving, greasy-haired loner with homemade tattoos and a penchant for blowing things up. Somehow, Hesher's is just what the doctor ordered for TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father, Paul (Rainn Wilson), who are lost after the death of TJ's mother. Natalie Portman (who tends to show up more than once in these DVD/Blu-Ray reports!) goes awkward as the grocery clerk who becomes TJ's protector and object of desire.
Love Wedding Marriage: Dermot Mulroney directs this romantic comedy about newlywed marriage counselor who's views on wedded bliss get shaken up when she finds out her parents are getting divorced. Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, Jessica Szohr and Christopher Lloyd star.
Dramas: Meek's Cutoff (Michelle Williams, Western), Me and Orson Welles (Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay), Incendies (Belgian war drama), The Putt Putt Syndrome (Jason London, Heather Tom), Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story, Leading Ladies, Lourdes (Austrian)
Comedy: Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, 35 and Ticking (Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Tamala Jones, Nicole Ari Parker), Son of Morning (Heather Graham)
Horror/Thrillers: Haunting at the Beacon, Boggy Creek, Blades of Blood, Blood Brothers, Bucket Of Blood / Frogs / Return Of The Living Dead / Swamp Thing; Child's Play / Dolls / Pumpkinhead / Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours, Maria's B-Movie Mayhem: Love Me Deadly / Curious Case Of Campus Corpse, Sweatshop
Re-releases & Classics: The Complete Jean Vigo, Citizen Kane, Halloween II, Best Moments of The Amazing Kreskin, The Basement: Retro '80s Collection.
DVD/Blu-Ray Television Releases
Modern Family: The Complete Second Season, Private Practice: The Complete Fourth Season, Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Seventh Season, Glee: Season Two, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season, The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season, Blue Bloods: The First Season,Rescue Me: The Complete Sixth Season, Sanctuary: The Complete Third Season, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 6, Blue Mountain State: Season Two and Ghost Hunters: Season 6 - Part 1.
ER: Seasons 1-15, That '70s Show: Biggest Hits, Outsourced: The Complete Series, Roseanne: 10 Fan Favorite Episodes, Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis 4 - Original UK Edition also land.
Family, Music & Documentary Releases
Family/Kids: Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space, Dora The Explorer: Dora's Enchanted Forest Adventures, Dora The Explorer: Dora's Storybook Adventures, Arthur's Music Jamboree, Barney: Big World Adventure The Movie, Veggie Tales: Larry Learns To Listen, Wow Wow Wubbzy: & The Fire Engine, Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant, Goosebumps: Ghost Beach, Barbie: Princess Charm School, A Family Thanksgiving, The Dog Who Saved Halloween, Dragon Ball Z Kai: Season 1 - Part 6, A Song for the Season, Danny Phantom: Season 1
Music: Green Day: How It Came To Be, Dream With Me in Concert (JackieEvancho), Blink 182: Never Miss A Beat, Daniel O'Donnell: Live from Nashville Volume 1, La Ley: MTV Unplugged, Guitar Artistry of Buster B. Jones, Hubert Sumlin Living the Blues, Mana: Exitos En Video, Sounds & Silence: Travels with Manfred Eicher, Motown Gold From The Ed Sullivan Show, The Supremes: Best Of The Supremes, The Temptations: Best of The Temptations on The Ed Sullivan Show
Documentaries: Bill Cunningham New York, Ultimate Guide: Dolphins, Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz – Spanish docu-drama), Algerian War 1954-1962: Roots of Counterinsurgency, Battle For The Skies: Definitive History Of The RAF 1918-2008, Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown