DVD/Blu-ray Releases — 11/8/2011

 New options for your home viewing this week:

By this point, it’s become silly to expect to have a full comprehension of what’s happening in this series without having read the books (Thankfully, I have), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the first time one of the cinematic adaptations (since they stopped being so slavish to the source material) forced me to confront that fact without seeing it as a shortcoming.  This is easily one of the best of the series, an extended action sequence that still takes the time to allow its characters breathe.  Director David Yates (who has directed half the entries) excels at fashioning brief, wordless moments that give the human toll of an assault on Hogwarts, because, after setting the stage for seven movies, it is the time for action, not words.  My review is here.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD/Blu-ray Combo on Friday, November 11.

The Change-Up might have worked better had Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds continued to play their respective characters even after those characters switch bodies.  At least, it couldn’t have made it worse.  This is an awful comedy, based on a dramatically faulty gimmick that watches two characters change personalities only to see two actors right back to their original ones.  Beyond that, the movie also relies on toilet humor, child endangerment, and a sense of misogyny that sees the two main women only as objects of desire–until one of them has the nerve to show emotion.  My review is here.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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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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