DVD/Blu-ray Releases — 3/22/2011

New options for your home viewing this week:

 

When The Tourist was nominated for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) at the Golden Globes, two thoughts entered my mind.  One was: That was a comedy?  The other: Ha!  It isn’t a terrible movie but an undercooked one.  Take the setting, the lovely and improbable-except-that-it-exists Venice, which is barely utilized, or stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, who are playing types (the latter, as a smoldering temptress, is more the part than the hapless wrong man), or the pursuers that are meant to be both jokes and threats and come across as neither.  My review is here.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD/Blu Combo.

A romantic comedy that lacks proper punctuation in its title and a sense of enthusiasm from any of its participants, How Do You Know features characters who speak in platitudes and metaphors about their challenging lives without much feeling beyond whatever clichéd sentiments those generic life lessons bring up.  Paul Rudd plays an executive at some kind of company that does something who’s about to be indicted, Reese Witherspoon plays a professional softball player who’s been canned for reaching her early 30s, and Owen Wilson plays her kind-of-sort-of boyfriend who’s a womanizer but she wants to give a chance.  Together, they’re a pile of blah.  My review is here.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

I saw Skyline but didn’t review it (online, but more to come on that soon).  There are aliens, and they capture people in the glowing, blue aura of their vacuum-like spaceships, and that’s actually a pretty fair assessment of the movie as a whole, too.  It’s mainly an excuse to show off what directors the Brother Strause and their visual effects company can pull off on a minimal (for a blockbuster alien invasion movie) budget, meaning all the effort went into creating the effects that surround the barebones script.  The ending, though?  It’s actually pretty good, in a WTF kind of way.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Yogi (voice of Dan Akroyd, doing that unmistakable impression anyone can do if they put the most non-effort into it), Boo Boo (voice of Justin Timberlake), Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh), and documentary filmmaker Rachel (Anna Faris) have to save Jellystone National Park before they cut the forest down in Yogi Bear.  In order to do it, they have to raise $30,000.  To do so, they do a lot of crazy stuff, while no one seems to realize that maybe–just maybe–a pair of talking bears might be a selling point.  My review is here.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/Blu-ray Combo, and DVD/Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D Combo.

Wash down this bad week for new releases with one of the best coming-of-age films ever made.  Based on Stephen King’s novella “The Body,” Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me is available for the first time on Blu-ray.  Considering how lacking the previous DVD releases have been, this is sure to be worth the upgrade.  It’s a rainy day (literal or figurative) film if there ever was one, a tender story of growing up and, ultimately, apart.

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About Mark Dujsik

Film critic since 2001. Writer/editor/publisher of Mark Reviews Movies, and contributor for RogerEbert.com and Magill's Cinema Annual. Member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society.
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