RT on DVD

RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: An Extended Hobbit, White House Down, and More

Plus, the latest season of Mad Men, a few complete series, and bunch of indie films.

by | November 5, 2013 | Comments

We’ve got a lot to cover this week on home video, including a Roland Emmerich actioner, the Extended Edition of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a box set of Mad Men‘s sixth season, complete collections for shows like Seinfeld and Saved by the Bell, and notable indie releases like Lovelace, As I Lay Dying, and more. Read on for the full list:

White House Down

52%

The second of the “attack on the White House” action films to hit theaters this year, White House Down earned slightly better reviews than Olympus Has Fallen. Channing Tatum plays Secret Service applicant John Cale, who doesn’t quite make the cut, but nevertheless chaperones his politics-loving daughter on a White House tour after his unsuccessful job interview. Lucky for him — and not so lucky for the bad guys — a group of mercenaries takes the president (Jamie Foxx) hostage, and Cale jumps into action to prove his mettle, save the president, and ensure the safety of his daughter. Directed by Roland Emmerich, White House Down takes itself much less seriously than Olympus Has Fallen did, and it seems to have worked to its benefit; even though it’s fairly standard action fare, Tatum and Foxx have great chemistry, so even at 50% on the Tomatometer, this might be fun for a couple hours.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition

64%

Whether or not you will be interested in this Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey depends, of course, entirely on whether you felt the film was already too long, which was one of the criticisms leveled against it. That said, this version adds just 14 minutes of extra footage, a far cry from the 2 extra hours across the LOTR Extended Editions. What might make this a worthy pickup for Tolkien fans, however, is the wealth of bonus features to be found here. How much, exactly? We’re talking over 9 hours of HD-quality featurettes, contained on two separate extra discs. We won’t list what the features are, because, as you can imagine, they cover pretty close to everything. So, while An Unexpected Journey may have divided some audiences, this would still be a pretty nice gift for anyone interested in the making of the film.

Lovelace

53%

In 1972, Linda Boreman (aka Lovelace) starred in the world’s first “mainstream” hardcore pornographic film, Deep Throat, which became a commercial success and a pop culture phenomenon; Andy Bellin’s film, Lovelace, offers a glimpse at Lovelace’s troubling rise to porn stardom. Amanda Seyfried stars as the young Lovelace, who escapes her religious family in Florida and marries Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard), an abusive man who not only forced Lovelace into prostitution at gunpoint, but also compelled her to hide the dark truth of their relationship under the guise of sexual liberation. Lovelace earned a 54% on the Tomatometer, with critics acknowledging both Seyfried’s and Sarsgaard’s commitment to their roles, but lamenting the lack of depth to the film. It’s a heartbreaking story, but its failure to dig deeper ultimately robs it of some of its power.

Parkland

50%

Not everyone gets to make their feature debut with a film about an infamous moment in US history featuring a star-studded cast, but that’s exactly what Peter Landesman did. Parkland recounts the events of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, choosing to focus on the untold stories of the people on the fringes of the event, rather than honing in on the assassination itself, like others have already done. For example, Paul Giamatti plays Abraham Zapruder, the man whose amateur camera footage of the event we’ve all come to know so well; Zac Efron plays the young resident tasked with trying to save the president; and Billy Bob Thornton is the chief of JFK?s Secret Service detail. While critics applauded Parkland‘s fresh angle on the tragedy, many also felt the film’s various narrative threads failed to cohere properly, making the film seem disjointed. At 47% on the Tomatometer, it’s an ambitious, interesting exercise, but one that perhaps could have been put together a bit better.

Mad Men – Season Six

Whatever it is they’re putting in the water over at AMC, we’d all be better off if they would just bottle it up and send cases of it to other networks. The first of its super-successful hourlong dramas — preceding the likes of Breaking Bad and The Walking DeadMad Men completed its sixth season earlier this year, and critics say it’s as strong as it ever was. We don’t want to spoil anything for those looking to catch up (and we’ll have a Weekly Binge article coming this week to help you with that), so we’ll just mention that the season six box set comes with a few bonus featurettes, including a half hour look at the growing drug culture during the time period of the season and another 30-minute piece on the fabulous production design of the show.

Also available this week:

  • French import Renoir (69%), a biographical drama about the relationship between the famed Impressionist painter and his son Jean (before his directorial career).
  • James Franco’s As I Lay Dying (41%), an adaptation of the William Faulkner novel about a rural family transporting the body of their deceased mother to her hometown for burial.
  • Brian De Palma’s Passion (33%), starring Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams in an erotic thriller about the dark and twisted relationship between an advertising exec and her subordinate.
  • Girl Most Likely (20%), starring Kristen Wiig in a comedy about a failed playwright who is forced to live with her estranged mother when a desperate plea for help backfires.
  • Grown Ups 2 (7%), the sequel to the Adam Sandler-Chris Rock-Kevin James-David Spade-etc comedy about a bunch of guys hanging out and trying to be funny.
  • There’s also Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga Box Set, for fans of Stephenie Meyer’s wildly successful vampire-human-werewolf romance.
  • The Certified Fresh first season of Under the Dome (82%), a Stephen King adaptation, is available.
  • Season two of Magic City is available.
  • A reissue of the Complete Series of Seinfeld is available on DVD.
  • Also available this week: Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely All of It is new on DVD.
  • And lastly, two collections that will take some of you back to your childhood: Saved by the Bell: The Complete Collection and Boy Meets World: Complete Collection are both available on DVD.

Tag Cloud

Paramount Network Apple TV Plus FOX posters chucky venice Star Wars Celebration TNT Marvel Television stand-up comedy technology Infographic BET Awards X-Men E! Super Bowl popular President Winter TV harry potter OWN summer TV YA HFPA OneApp Focus Features Avengers Lionsgate twilight Epix Comics on TV Fantasy Binge Guide finale TruTV hispanic heritage month toronto spy thriller Esquire Netflix Christmas movies transformers anime Turner 1990s live action Turner Classic Movies 71st Emmy Awards Toys dramedy revenge TCM supernatural Television Critics Association spider-verse Disney Plus Rocky women renewed TV shows Pet Sematary war 93rd Oscars dc BET movies game of thrones dreamworks Video Games golden globes australia series Amazon Studios trailers 4/20 true crime South by Southwest Film Festival discovery obituary IMDb TV cats The Walking Dead 21st Century Fox CBS cars The Arrangement rotten movies we love indiana jones Hallmark Christmas movies comedies TV movies 79th Golden Globes Awards Set visit Freeform Comic Book hidden camera Teen hollywood aliens joker zero dark thirty comics Film Festival anthology know your critic Mindy Kaling TCA Winter 2020 Reality Broadway Red Carpet Neflix psychological thriller A24 binge Hollywood Foreign Press Association 73rd Emmy Awards football Grammys Fox News Crunchyroll cancelled television Western crime drama AMC Plus Marathons Chilling Adventures of Sabrina DC Comics target scene in color 2017 BBC America a nightmare on elm street mockumentary SDCC BBC One golden globe awards historical drama Tarantino Ellie Kemper fresh Pacific Islander cinemax 2018 Nominations new york toy story screen actors guild Crackle GIFs summer TV preview stop motion Tomatazos rt labs critics edition Calendar emmy awards crime Walt Disney Pictures TV One what to watch Tubi HBO Holidays justice league legend movie DC Universe 2021 name the review Spike parents japanese RT History Marvel The Walt Disney Company IFC Films royal family Universal Pictures Captain marvel debate First Look sag awards Winners action-comedy Logo Amazon Food Network christmas movies NBC 94th Oscars Paramount Valentine's Day breaking bad kaiju based on movie Arrowverse Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Christmas latino 90s rotten Exclusive Video heist movie The CW films robots ITV rt labs 007 Sci-Fi prank strong female leads documentary Country ghosts SXSW sports ABC Signature Horror cooking screenings TLC mutant Best Actor Universal book adaptation Opinion TCA wonder woman superhero political drama docudrama Music Disney streaming service Emmy Nominations scene in color film series Lifetime Christmas movies Character Guide Paramount Plus versus Chernobyl Sony Pictures Native travel gangster Awards Biopics slasher FX PBS marvel cinematic universe Showtime rom-coms CW Seed halloween best aapi psycho Box Office young adult dragons Wes Anderson serial killer classics comic See It Skip It docuseries directors Action Drama MCU Schedule Nat Geo foreign suspense Women's History Month jamie lee curtis art house The Purge Acorn TV 2020 Geeked Week medical drama Rocketman black comedy trophy PlayStation Martial Arts Vudu godzilla Pride Month 2015 American Society of Cinematographers DGA Star Trek television DC streaming service social media Certified Fresh award winner new zealand Sneak Peek Stephen King YouTube Premium Hear Us Out A&E biopic Mystery cartoon Paramount Pictures streaming USA genre scary movies blockbusters deadpool Television Academy laika Adult Swim kong critics sequel slashers Rock Funimation 20th Century Fox green book black zombies south america casting Black Mirror scene in color series dark Oscar Spectrum Originals richard e. Grant Amazon Prime Video saw jurassic park documentaries TV renewals Indigenous Prime Video dexter scary 99% Hallmark fast and furious Thanksgiving comic book movie APB Apple TV+ VICE concert king kong unscripted Heroines video on demand international Musical Oscars E3 all-time worst stoner Comedy Central satire 24 frames History LGBTQ Peacock Pirates VH1 streaming movies Mary Tyler Moore franchise Year in Review Disney 2016 boxing marvel comics IFC SXSW 2022 elevated horror crossover Pixar Fall TV summer preview comic books olympics Apple 45 Podcast comiccon Cosplay First Reviews Shondaland BBC canceled Sundance CBS All Access Premiere Dates crime thriller leaderboard razzies The Academy Mudbound TIFF El Rey Best Actress basketball sopranos MGM independent Fargo Image Comics game show asian-american GLAAD WGN vampires Warner Bros. king arthur Mary Poppins Returns The Witch adenture Masterpiece book Britbox obi wan Academy Awards ABC YouTube MSNBC Quiz canceled TV shows VOD Lifetime cops monster movies sitcom Netflix worst movies Columbia Pictures reboot Holiday Countdown Trivia Mary poppins Black History Month Interview scene in color National Geographic period drama Animation GoT ESPN Photos new star wars movies quibi Family diversity RT21 indie witnail mission: impossible critic resources composers spanish language scorecard Musicals Writers Guild of America werewolf spider-man news Discovery Channel theme song TV Alien disaster Emmys remakes festivals children's TV thriller Tags: Comedy TCA Awards facebook hist 2019 Rom-Com Bravo blockbuster Starz teaser romantic comedy cancelled dogs space animated MTV TCA 2017 Comic-Con@Home 2021 Nickelodeon pirates of the caribbean FX on Hulu james bond french FXX child's play cults cancelled TV series Spring TV streamig universal monsters San Diego Comic-Con Anna Paquin Election politics Syfy Disney Channel die hard batman spinoff NYCC dceu Superheroe Pop criterion Star Wars 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Creative Arts Emmys spain Film comic book movies Polls and Games CMT USA Network CNN Endgame Sundance Now ViacomCBS kids Ghostbusters LGBT feel good hispanic mcc DirecTV science fiction live event natural history Trailer Disney+ Disney Plus police drama YouTube Red Cannes ID sequels Comedy Ovation nature Awards Tour interviews doctor who Dark Horse Comics Song of Ice and Fire HBO Go video Hulu Sony Tokyo Olympics Amazon Prime Sundance TV Baby Yoda Superheroes adventure tv talk zombie New York Comic Con 72 Emmy Awards lord of the rings festival Best and Worst reviews AMC Instagram Live Extras free movies Marvel Studios adaptation spanish TBS archives Watching Series ABC Family broadcast superman Summer high school Best Picture ratings Reality Competition talk show Shudder Classic Film blaxploitation target Pop TV NBA italian miniseries biography nbcuniversal boxoffice singing competition mob halloween tv Cartoon Network Brie Larson BAFTA nfl PaleyFest HBO Max japan telelvision Legendary romance vs. Elton John Best Director TV Land Fox Searchlight Travel Channel SundanceTV Tumblr Lucasfilm WarnerMedia cancelled TV shows Kids & Family rt archives Trophy Talk