DVD/Blu-ray Releases — 11/1/2011

 New options for your home viewing this week:

The opening scenes of Crazy, Stupid, Love. cut right to the chase and establish everything we need to know about the movie’s central characters.  Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) are getting divorced.  Jacob (Ryan Gosling, very funny) is a ladies’ man who strikes out one time with a young woman named Hannah (Emma Stone) who doesn’t put up with games.  There’s also the story of a kid (Jonah Bobo) who has a crush on his babysitter (Analeigh Tipton) that is perhaps one tale of love too many, but still, this is an enjoyable romantic comedy full of decent, likeable characters.  My review is here.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD/Blu-ray Combo.

Water for Elephants is evocative of its setting–a travelling circus during the Great Depression–and that does help quite a bit.  It also helps that Christoph Waltz plays the villain–the circus’ tyrannical ringmaster.  There’s also a revenge-driven elephant here.  Unfortunately, this is meant to be a love story about a young drifter (Robert Pattison) who falls on hard times and very, very, very (very) slowly falls in love with the ringmaster’s wife (Reese Witherspoon).  My review is here.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The biggest error Cars 2 makes is to turn a comic sidekick into the hero.  Or, better, it’s the fact that the sidekick is Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), a bumbling and incompetent dimwit who is neither amusing nor charming, that makes this not only Pixar’s weakest effort but also it’s first truly bad one.  Since we know these vehicles can experience discomfort, do not think too much of the horrific implications of a living airplane stuffed with automobiles.  My review is here.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D.

It seems like it was only three weeks ago that I put out my review of Trespass for its theatrical release.  This is the front-runner for unintentional comedy of the year–a ridiculous thriller about a home invasion featuring some of the stupidest thieves you’ll ever meet, an inept home security company, and Nicolas Cage saying wild things.  My review is here.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD/Blu-ray Combo.


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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