RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Tourist and How Do You Know

Also, the latest live action/CGI mashup, an alien invasion flick, and a couple of classics.

by | March 22, 2011 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got a handful of brand new releases, but unfortunately, none of them were very well reviewed. Starting things off is the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp teamup of international proportions, followed by the latest Hanna-Barbera cartoon to get the live-action treatment. Then we’ve got a rom-com love triangle with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson, and a sci-fi thriller boasting special effects and not much more. Lastly, we end this week’s limited selection with one modern classic and one silent film era classic, which should hopefully bring up the Tomatometer average for the releases on hand. So take a look and pick wisely!

The Tourist


What do you get when you pair up two of the world’s biggest movie stars, add a director with a critically acclaimed hit on his resume, and mix it all up in healthy dose of international intrigue? An unforeseen misfire, apparently. The two stars in question here are Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, and the director is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the German-born filmmaker at the helm of 2006’s Oscar-winning The Lives of Others. In this remake of a 2005 French film (Anthony Zimmer), Depp stars as the titular tourist who becomes swept up into a game of cat-and-mouse when a beautiful woman (Jolie) singles him out as the fall guy in a clever deception. So what went wrong? Critics say The Tourist‘s plot was far too muddled and the chemistry between Depp and Jolie far too lacking to make the film effective, even if the stars and the scenery were indeed pretty to look at. It’s always disappointing when you feel like movie magic is lost because its principle players are working beneath their full potential, but that seems to be the case here. For those still interested, it arrives on home video this week.

Yogi Bear


We here at RT very briefly toyed with the idea of putting together a list centered on cartoon-to-live-action films… and then we had a great laugh, adjusted our berets, and continued sipping our lattes. Such a list would include misses like 1994’s The Flintstones, 2002’s Scooby-Doo, and, of course, last year’s Yogi Bear. Starring Dan Aykroyd as the voice of the computer-animated ursine and Justin Timberlake as his pal Boo-Boo, the film takes a somewhat environmental angle by setting the duo up as saviors of their beloved Jellystone Park, which is threatened by the logging efforts of gubernatorial candidate Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly). Unfortunately, as with many of its ilk, Yogi Bear fails to deliver a script worthy of a feature film, and while he may be smarter than the average bear, the film is, with a 14% Tomatometer, definitely not better than the average movie.

How Do You Know


What do you get when you cast three immensely likable stars, add a director known for… Wait, we already used that lead-in, didn’t we? Well, chalk up another one in the “should’ve been better” category for James L. Brooks’ comedy How Do You Know, starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson. The story revolves around a love triangle between the three actors, who play a 30-year-old Team USA softball player, a corporate executive in the midst of a criminal investigation, and professional pitcher, respectively. As with many films that fail similarly, the cast here, which includes a supporting turn by Jack Nicholson, are all serviceable enough, but the script provides them with so little characterization and so few credible dramatic moments that the film simply outlives its entertainment value. Critics collectively gave it a 30% on the Tomatometer, so consider yourself warned, but if you’re still curious to see two hot comedic talents mix it up with one of America’s Sweethearts, you can pick this up on DVD or Blu-Ray this week.



Alien invasion movies have never really fallen out of vogue, but they seem to be enjoying a resurgence as of late, ranging from family-friendly fare like Mars Needs Moms to gritty combat thrillers like Battle: Los Angeles. And with so many films tackling the genre, it really takes something special to stand out from the rest. Unfortunately, last year’s Skyline failed to generate the same kind of response that another modestly budgeted and independently made invasion film did just a couple of years ago (District 9). Skyline didn’t boast any huge star power (its biggest stars are best known for TV roles), but the promise of dazzling special effects lured many to see what the film had to offer, and the result was a middling sci-fi film with poorly scripted dialogue and an uninspired storyline. Though the special effects (which were, in fact, produced by the same company that handled effects for Battle: Los Angeles) were somewhat impressive, they just weren’t enough to convince critics that Skyline was any better than a 16% on the Tomatometer.

Stand By Me – 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray


Author Stephen King is an immensely prolific writer, churning out novels and short story collections left and right for decades, and more than 35 films have been adapted from his work. And while he’s best known for his horror fiction, one of the most beloved adaptations of his work is actually based on a nostalgic coming-of-age tale about four boys in 1960 who embark on an adventure together to search for a dead body they’ve heard has been discovered. Starring Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, and Jerry O’Connell, and directed by Rob Reiner during his ’80s heyday, Stand By Me was a tightly executed, well written drama of innocence lost featuring strong performances and just enough humor to remind the audience that these are, after all, just kids. In honor of its 25th anniversary, it’s presented for the first time on Blu-Ray this week, and while most of the special features are simply ported over from the 2000 DVD edition, there is one new video commentary featuring a reunion of Reiner, Wheaton, and Feldman that runs picture-in-picture style in the lower right corner as the movie plays. It’s a wonderful little movie that’s worth discovering for the first time or revisiting in high definition.

Our Hospitality – Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray


They’re a historical footnote now, but once upon a time the Keatons were a renowned showbiz family, touring the country in vaudeville and medicine shows; the most famous member of the family was none other than Buster Keaton, who performed with his parents as early as three. After achieving fame on the big screen, Buster included his family members in his movies. One of the most important (and Keaton-heavy) of these is Our Hospitality, a slapstick comedy about a young man who gets caught up in a Hatfield-McCoy-esque family feud and co-stars both his parents and his infant son. If you’ve never seen a Buster Keaton movie, this isn’t a bad place to start, since it features the star’s alacrity for both deadpan slapstick and death defying stunts (a perilous moment by a waterfall is particularly show-stopping). The good folks at Kino have a brand-new Blu-Ray of Our Hospitality that features a making of documentary, an alternate cut of the film (!), and a Fatty Arbuckle-directed short with a cameo from Keaton.

Tag Cloud

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