RT on DVD

RT on DVD: Paul Blart and Valkyrie Storm Store Shelves

Plus, yet another DVD release of Terminator 2!

by | May 18, 2009 | Comments

This week we ask if a certain January box office hit about a portly security
guard in a shopping mall will continue its reign of success on home video (Paul Blart:
Mall Cop
), ponder the reasons why Tom Cruise would ever play a German character
with his real-life American accent (Valkryie), and dare to don 3D glasses to get
limbs flying in our face in the comfort of our own home (My Bloody Valentine
3D
). We’re also morbidly curious to see erstwhile Jesus Jim Caviezel as an alien
among Vikings (Outlander), see our favorite celeb geek cameos in a long-awaited
comedy about Star Wars adoration (Fanboys), and get up close and personal with
2008’s other vampire-related pop culture phenomenon (True Blood).



Despite
earning lackluster reviews and bearing the ignominy of being released during the
prime dumping ground month of January, Paul Blart: Mall Cop skyrocketed to a ginormous box office take – over $176 million and counting, to be more precise.
The tale of a pudgy shopping mall security guard who battles holiday season
criminals armed only with his wits and a Segway was slapsticky and slight, yet
has turned erstwhile King of Queens Kevin James (who not only stars, but
co-wrote the script) into a box office success, whether you like it or not.
(Who’s ready for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: Back and Blartier?) Bonus features
include deleted scenes, lots of James (a commentary, career retrospective,
outtakes), making-of featurettes, and a few interesting pieces demonstrating
parkour (AKA free running) in a mall.

Next: Valkyrie


Valkyrie

60%



How
do you adapt a life-or-death historical event so dramatic and important that it
could have ended WWII early, pre-empted the Nazi regime, and assassinated none
other than Adolf Hitler a year before he took his own life? If you’re producer
and star Tom Cruise, you opt for bombast instead of authenticity, cast yourself
as a heroic German officer, bring on a dozen esteemed British thespians to play
your countrymen, and let them all speak in their native accents. Valkryie
based on a real life 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler and restore Germany to its
pre-Nazi glory – unfortunately makes a slick Hollywood thriller out of the
proceedings, falling short of both its debt to history and to the combined
potential of its stellar cast (which includes Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom
Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, and Carice van Houten). Two featurettes and two
commentary tracks (featuring Cruise, director Bryan Singer, and scripter
Christopher McQuarrie) are also included.


Next: My Bloody Valentine 3D



When
dealing with modern horror movies (and even moreso with modern horror
sequels/reboots/remakes), it’s not uncommon to expect bad reviews. That said, a
few percentage points below the Fresh cutoff isn’t too shabby! Patrick Lussier’s
reimagining of the infamous 1981 Canadian slasher flick updated its central
premise – mining town gets terrorized by a pick axe-wielding killer -added in
the gimmicky extra of 3D, resulting in a bloody good time for genre critics (and
horror fans), though the mainstream crowd was less enthused. A commentary with
director Lussier and four pairs of 3D glasses accompany the 2-disc edition,
though you can also watch MBV3D in 2D – but why would you want to?


Next: Outlander



Outlander
 —
35%



Aliens
meet Vikings in this independent sci-fi genre mash-up, in which a soldier from
outer space (Jim Caviezel) lands on Earth, circa 709 A.D., and joins forces with
a village of Viking warriors to fight a common enemy. Sadly for us geeks, the
resulting pic is a clunky, unpolished monster movie that fails to capitalize on
the best plot ever imagined; critics say it doesn’t even begin to approach its
cult potential. Behind-the-scenes peeks are included on the disc, though its
lone commentary track (by director Howard McCain) is notably absent of stars
Caviezel, John Hurt, Sophia Myles, and Ron Perlman.


Next: Fanboys


Fanboys

— 31%



Star
Wars geeks have been waiting a long time for Fanboys (it was originally slated
to debut in 2007 before director Kyle Newman got funding to do re-shoots) and
mobilized en masse when a central plotline was rumored to have been cut out (it
remains). So we wonder if now, as the flick about friends, nerds, and Star Wars
Episode 1
becomes available on DVD, the Fanboys love remains despite its
less-than-forceful reviews? If your answer is yes, break out your official
Lucasfilm Ltd. replica lightsabers T and watch Sam Huntington, Dan Fogler, Chris
Marquette, and Kristen Bell posthaste!


Next: True Blood: The Complete First Season




While
most teenagers and tweens know that Twilight’s Edward Cullen was the biggest
heartthrob vampire of 2008, adult audiences fixated on another hunky bloodsucker
for their pop culture vamping: Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), the dark and
handsome 173-year-old love interest in HBO’s hit series, True Blood. Developed
by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) from novelist Charlaine Harris’ Southern
Vampire Mystery books, True Blood follows psychic Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse
(a twangy Anna Paquin) and her circle of friends and neighbors in an alternate
America in which vampires live among humans – tensely, illuminating some obvious
social metaphors – thanks to the invention of synthetic blood. Watch the
riveting first season this week and get ready for Season 2, which airs in June!

Next: 24: Season 7





In
an amazing (and fan-friendly) departure from the normal DVD timetables, the
folks behind Fox’s long-running series 24 are releasing Season 7 to home video
exactly one day after its season finale! Pick up the continuing adventures of
badass agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) as he deals with new terrorists, an
old friend, and America’s first female President! If only the show’s writers had
worked in a Jack Bauer head-butt here or there.


Next: Eden Log


Eden Log
— 50%



In what sounds an awful lot like the plot to
Resident Evil, a man wakes up
in an underground laboratory, where he is attacked by mutants and monsters while
seeking the truth behind a place known as “Eden Log.” This French science
fiction thriller, from first-timer Franck Vestiel, debuted on the festival
circuit to mixed reviews; many cited its biggest strength to be Vestiel’s visual
flair, though much of the film (and its creatures) appear more suited to the
confines of a video game rather than a feature film.


Next: Limited Edition T2 Complete Collector’s Set Endoskull





In honor of this week’s supercharged sequel,
Terminator Salvation, what
better way is there to get in the Terminatin’ mood than to revisit the franchise
that started it all? Start with Terminator (and feel free to skip Terminator 3)
but make sure you re-watch Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which we in our humble
opinions regard as not only the best film in the series so far, but one of the
best film sequels ever made. Pick up this new T2 Collector’s Set on Blu-ray for
its awesome “Endo-skull” bust case, but beware that aside from a remastered Blu-ray
version of the film, the additional Extreme Edition DVD and Ultimate Edition DVD
provide extensive previously-released bonus materials that you might already
own. Still, a shiny T2 Endo-skull bust with glowing red eyes and audio sound
effects from the film is hard to pass up; that said, pass on this if you want to
save your money.

Until next week, happy renting!

Tag Cloud

Trivia comic books razzies monster movies Film Festival LGBT james bond Best and Worst spinoff Stephen King television documentary WarnerMedia slasher comic book movie adenture Warner Bros. french Endgame Star Wars news nfl crossover reviews NBA DirecTV casting political drama mutant Wes Anderson Awards Tour Shondaland PaleyFest space Paramount Network movies Family natural history VICE japan Emmys HBO Go Prime Video Sony Pictures festival Shudder 2018 YouTube Premium romantic comedy BBC America Emmy Nominations Peacock critics Classic Film RT21 Pop TV versus Musical Tokyo Olympics Mary poppins zombies FX game of thrones sopranos TBS children's TV GIFs theme song finale Universal Comic Book rt archives Opinion HFPA mob Winter TV APB blaxploitation obituary Photos quibi Hear Us Out DC streaming service X-Men Baby Yoda ID The Witch Turner Classic Movies binge Masterpiece trophy Starz Lucasfilm Amazon Prime Video Sundance Now ABC Signature Holiday target Disney Plus canceled Cosplay Lifetime Christmas movies Set visit RT History toronto streaming TV Land USA Network hist Cannes crime high school YouTube kong Awards child's play Pride Month DC Universe elevated horror TCA Winter 2020 2021 anime rom-coms zero dark thirty comiccon Summer Podcast superhero Mudbound Spike spider-verse hispanic heritage month pirates of the caribbean true crime IFC Films stand-up comedy ESPN YA scorecard Calendar boxoffice biography Fox News aapi Lionsgate Pop cats legend universal monsters Nat Geo ViacomCBS FX on Hulu Biopics TCA Rocketman kaiju Television Academy Polls and Games Image Comics franchise asian-american Premiere Dates fast and furious films romance Exclusive Video dark travel spider-man war OneApp blockbuster archives golden globe awards The Purge TCA Awards documentaries SundanceTV cartoon laika Mindy Kaling indie slashers Music miniseries live event cops Marvel Studios Funimation 007 mission: impossible thriller 4/20 deadpool Travel Channel Extras Marvel Television Star Trek movie 21st Century Fox Trophy Talk Hallmark TV Superheroe adventure Neflix rt labs critics edition japanese leaderboard 2017 Writers Guild of America Spring TV Tags: Comedy Pixar anthology rotten cars green book ABC Family all-time 73rd Emmy Awards historical drama FOX FXX hollywood italian Film Comic-Con@Home 2021 Britbox Grammys Esquire Fall TV witnail Sundance Hallmark Christmas movies Fantasy science fiction Paramount Women's History Month Video Games TIFF Instagram Live IFC PBS Countdown PlayStation talk show Arrowverse indiana jones Fargo foreign concert Amazon Studios live action DC Comics women game show wonder woman Fox Searchlight docuseries MCU art house breaking bad revenge football Western renewed TV shows Superheroes Disney streaming service based on movie tv talk LGBTQ fresh christmas movies TV movies animated Anna Paquin halloween The CW crime drama Red Carpet Creative Arts Emmys Discovery Channel Apple Rocky Cartoon Network sequel CNN Horror Binge Guide TruTV Super Bowl See It Skip It YouTube Red Sundance TV 90s medical drama Nickelodeon screenings Marathons diversity adaptation nbcuniversal TV One Chernobyl justice league MSNBC halloween tv 2020 Pet Sematary E! strong female leads batman Captain marvel werewolf posters popular technology doctor who Pacific Islander boxing E3 book adaptation cults 99% Animation New York Comic Con serial killer cancelled television Tubi San Diego Comic-Con jamie lee curtis spain dceu video on demand cinemax hispanic Dark Horse Comics facebook social media lord of the rings name the review saw venice BBC One First Look Food Network docudrama mockumentary teaser independent Thanksgiving SDCC HBO international Winners sequels VH1 psycho GLAAD latino stop motion HBO Max twilight Pirates remakes harry potter Netflix Christmas movies Alien suspense TNT Avengers Election Comics on TV Rom-Com heist movie The Academy action-comedy Valentine's Day trailers 71st Emmy Awards sag awards Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Brie Larson genre Acorn TV 93rd Oscars reboot scary movies CMT The Arrangement scary Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Ellie Kemper 1990s Character Guide vampires DGA History parents TLC Mystery TCM Freeform telelvision comic book movies comedies sports Hulu Tomatazos IMDb TV sitcom screen actors guild Paramount Plus classics Martial Arts Musicals australia debate A&E worst movies spy thriller comics series critic resources Black Mirror young adult SXSW Netflix superman Crackle Disney Channel Tarantino A24 Marvel dramedy a nightmare on elm street Logo golden globes rt labs politics marvel cinematic universe CBS 24 frames chucky OWN basketball Television Critics Association Comedy streaming movies transformers Turner Heroines National Geographic new star wars movies VOD prank 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Country NBC cancelled TV shows Walt Disney Pictures AMC Universal Pictures psychological thriller Watching Series Vudu ghosts new york scene in color ITV Drama Comedy Central American Society of Cinematographers Kids & Family richard e. Grant Ovation Broadway Ghostbusters canceled TV shows Reality Competition free movies vs. Showtime jurassic park stoner award winner WGN Schedule Black History Month NYCC GoT Academy Awards what to watch Certified Fresh spanish cancelled TV series Apple TV Plus Reality zombie El Rey Adult Swim Amazon directors spanish language Bravo Apple TV+ satire best black The Walking Dead police drama dreamworks TV renewals dogs 72 Emmy Awards dc festivals unscripted black comedy BET Awards First Reviews robots Oscars new zealand dragons TCA 2017 Tumblr supernatural king arthur godzilla Year in Review singing competition feel good Crunchyroll emmy awards Infographic royal family toy story die hard Quiz Nominations 79th Golden Globes Awards Spectrum Originals Syfy 45 USA Interview olympics BAFTA Box Office Mary Poppins Returns book criterion Holidays Legendary MTV rotten movies we love comic Christmas CBS All Access President Disney+ Disney Plus kids marvel comics discovery Song of Ice and Fire Sneak Peek period drama 20th Century Fox Lifetime nature Elton John joker Amazon Prime worst know your critic dexter Epix ABC 2016 Toys south america BBC Columbia Pictures disaster Rock Mary Tyler Moore biopic video cancelled BET 2015 AMC Plus ratings Trailer Teen aliens crime thriller king kong cooking gangster Action composers hidden camera The Walt Disney Company Sci-Fi Disney blockbusters mcc Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2019 CW Seed