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This Week on DVD & Blu-ray (06-05-12)

June 5, 2012
Holy Smokes! This week’s batch of releases is bustin’ at the seams! I can’t remember the last time there’s been a list this long dropping all on one day. Granted, not all of them are worthy of your time, but there are some movies you may want to catch up with, like Andrew Stanton’s “John Carter”. That’s right. I remain in the minority as an unabashed supporter of the imaginative pulpy sci-fi feature that Disney didn’t know what to do with. Well, for a “failure” it’s doing better than the current Taylor Kitsch flick. The entertaining by-the-numbers Ryan Reynolds/Denzel Washington thriller “Safe House” is also out now, as is the Navy Seal testosterone-infused action pic, “Act of Valor” and you can also catch The Rock trying to boost yet another franchise in “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”, a mash-up of Jules Verne and Skittle-rific CGI. I’ll be catching up with Gerard Butler and Michael Shannon in “Machine Gun Preacher” – we’ll see if it’s as good as its title.
There may be an absence of Criterion releases this week (just wait till next week!), but there’s still a handful of Blu-ray titles that are either special anniversary editions or brand new to the format. Universal continues to celebrate their 100 years with Collector’s Series releases with “Smokey and the Bandit, The Sting, and Erin Brockovich. While most of these are nicely-packaged and are cleaned up a bit, they are kind of lacking in the bells and whistles department. As for the 25th Anniversary releases of both “The Color of Money” and “Hooisers” – well, there’s a problems there – both those movies were released in 1986 and my math tells me 25 subtracted from 2012 is 1987. Same goes for “Ransom” which is supposedly celebrating its 15th Anniversary, yet it came out in 1996 (that’s 16 years, folks!). Hmmm…..still, great movies though.
The other big Blu-ray release is “The Beatles: Yellow Submarine”, the animated classic which finds George, Paul, John and Ringo (voicing themselves) in a fantasy land , fending off Blue Meanies on a trippy musical journey. Definitely worthy of a revisit, just to see how it all holds up.
That’s it for this week.Previous reviews are highlighted below. Enjoy the Rundown….
  • A Perfect World (Blu-ray)
  • Act of Valor (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • American Pickers: Volume Three (DVD)
  • Animals United (Combo Pack)(DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Bad Ass (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Bear Nation (DVD)
  • The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Blood Work(Blu-ray)
  • Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Burn Notice: Season Five (DVD)
  • Cocktail (Blu-ray)
  • The Color of Money (25th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Eighth Season (DVD)
  • Erin Brockovich (Universal 100th Anniversary Collector’s Series) (Blu-ray)
  • Fairly Legal: Season One (DVD)
  • Falling Skies: The Complete First Season (DVD)
  • For the Love of Benji(Blu-ray)
  • G.I. Joe: Renegades – Season 1, Volume 1 (DVD)
  • The Grapes of Wrath(Blu-ray)
  • Hatfields & McCoys: Bad Blood (DVD)
  • Hondo(Blu-ray)
  • Hoosiers (25th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • In Plain Sight: Season Four (DVD)
  • John Carter (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island(DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Machine Gun Preacher (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Necessary Roughness: Season One (DVD)
  • Pawn Stars: Volume Four (DVD)
  • Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
  • Private Romeo (DVD)
  • Rags to Riches: The Complete Series (DVD)
  • Ransom (15th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • Raw Faith (DVD)
  • Rogue River (DVD)
  • Safe House (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Scent of a Woman (Blu-ray)
  • Sea of Love(Blu-ray)
  • Seven Days in Utopia (Blu-ray)
  • Smokey and the Bandit (Universal 100th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • The Sting (Universal 100th Anniversary Collector’s Series) (DVD)
  • The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection (DVD)
  • Thundercats: Season One – Book Two (DVD)
  • Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved (DVD)
  • Tomboy (DVD)
  • The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
  • The Twilight Zone: Fan Favorites(Blu-ray)
  • U.S. Marshalls (Blu-ray)
  • White Collar: Season Three (DVD)
  • The Woodsmans (DVD)
  • Workaholics: Season Two (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Zero Bridge (DVD)
  • Zorba the Greek (Blu-ray)




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