Redbox DVD/Blu-ray report: Super 8, Conan and Spy Kids 4
The new Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster and On Demand DVD/Blu-ray releases have your home movie night covered, whether you're looking for a Steven Spielberg/J.J. Abrams sci-fi adventure, Jason Momoa's rippling and heroic muscles, Jessica Alba's baby bump action or serious tales that take you inside Saddam Hussein's palace and the Holocaust.
Hunting for fresh releases at Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster and On Demand? Super 8, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World and Conan the Barbarian are the weekend's hot new DVD/Blu-ray releases. Plus The Devil's Double takes viewers behind the scenes of Saddam Hussein's palace, while Sarah's Key reinvestigates the Holocaust in Paris.
Recent releases burning up the rental charts include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Horrible Bosses, Green Lantern, Fast Five, Bad Teacher, Captain America: The First Avenger, Bridesmaids, Trespass, Zookeeper, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer and Cars 2.
From executive producer Steven Spielberg and writer-director J.J. Abrams comes a film that plays on our childhood fantasies, fears and fascination with the fantastical. In the summer of 1979, a cast of teens lands their dream lead actress (Elle Fanning) and believes they are on their way to making an instant zombie classic with their Super 8 camera. While filming their movie's climactic scene, a spectacular train crash sends them into peril. Dodging debris and running for their lives, it becomes immediately apparent that something is not right with this train. Once the dust settles, the Super 8 story takes off, but we won't tell you more: The less you know about Super 8's plot, the more thrilling the cinematic experience. Friday Night Lights' fave alum Kyle Chandler sizzles in Super 8 and, in many ways, anchors the story.
Super 8 hit DVD/Blu-ray back on Halloween, but expanded to full rental release this weekend.
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
Jessica Alba plays Marissa, the hardworking mother of an infant and two prepubescent stepchildren who accidentally uncover her secret spy identity. When an evil villain called Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) tries to take over the world, Marissa has no choice but to let her kids in on the action. Apparently, Marissa doesn't let a little thing like pregnancy keep her from saving the world. In the trailer, there's a shot of her with a huge baby belly and she's still kicking butt. We're pretty sure that's not safe behavior for an expectant mother, but at least she can multitask. Joel McHale gets in on the action as Marissa's husband, while Ricky Gervais gives voice to a very special family dog.
Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 4 is available for rental via Amazon, Blockbuster, Redbox, Netflix and On Demand systems, but hasn't yet arrived in Blockbuster Express kiosks
Conan the Barbarian
Jason Momoa earned some serious grunts for his gritty work on HBO's Game of Thrones, but in Conan the Barbarian, Lisa Bonet's baby daddy goes shirtless, powerful and fierce. For those who didn't catch the 1982 muscle-fest starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Conan the Barbarian is a sword-and-sorcery tale about a Cimmerian man who goes on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. A fierce specimen, Conan cuts his way across the dark continent of Hyboria, battling monsters, the powerful witch Marique and the henchmen of the warlord who killed his father (Stephen Lang). "When Darkness surrounds, when evil grows, a legend will rise," warns the trailer -- and in this case, that legend is Conan.
Conan the Barbarian is available for rental just about everywhere.
The Devil's Double
Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn) pulls off a dark dual role in this gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence. The film is based on the autobiography of Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia, who was ordered to be the fiday (body double) to Saddam Hussein's son, the notorious "Black Prince" Uday Hussein, a reckless, sadistic party boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. Ludivine Sagnier and Raad Rawi also star in what promises to be a white knuckle ride into the Hussein family and the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Baghdad, 1987. (From official synopsis).
The Devil's Double is available for rental just about everywhere.
Based on the bestselling novel by Tatiana De Rosnay, Sarah's Key is the story of an American journalist in Paris, Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), whose life is turned upside down after she begins researching the Vel d'Hiv Roundup, in which 13 thousand non-French Jewish emigres and refugees and their French-born children and grandchildren were shipped to Auschwitz to die. In the summer of 1942, ten-year-old Sarah (Mélusine Mayance) and her parents were taken in the middle of the night by French police who were going door-to-door arresting Jewish families. Over 60 years later, Julia learns that the home Sarah and her family were forced to leave is about to become her own. As Julia's life becomes entwined in Sarah's heartbreaking story, she must tackle the issue of how to live with the past and keep moving forward. (From official synopsis).
Sarah's Key is available for rental via Amazon, Blockbuster, Redbox, Netflix and some On Demand systems, but hasn't yet arrived in Blockbuster Express kiosks.
In addition to the hot new releases, this weekend sees some hot rereleases and classics to take home. Plus, movie lovers can prepare for one of this month's hot upcoming releases, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by watching Sweden's original big screen adaptation of the entire series, the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition.
Just days after horror film 11/11/11 premiered in theaters, it's already out on DVD/Blu-ray, along with new releases The Family Tree, Making the Boys, The Littlest Angel, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (The Play), Beneath the Blue and Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings.
If the kids are in the mood for a classic, Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World Special Edition and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Special Edition landed.
The Birth of a Nation -- Special Edition Blu-ray and 12 Angry Men Criterion Collection Rushmore and Three Amigos also dropped via rereleases.
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