RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Avengers and a James Bond Collection

Plus, a couple of solid indies, a couple of misfires, and a cult classic.

by | September 25, 2012 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got a couple of things we know a lot of you have been looking forward to. Specifically, Joss Whedon’s ensemble superhero dramedy The Avengers is now available, and every James Bond movie has been put on Blu-ray and in one set for the first time. Oh, and there are some other movies out this week, too. So have a look below and prepare thy wallets.

The Avengers


After years of anticipation and separate movies setting up the backstories for Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Joss Whedon finally brought it all home in The Avengers. The result was a rousing success, pitting the charismatic heroes against intergalactic villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and an army of otherworldly invaders. Witty, action-packed, and careful to maintain its characters’ humanity, The Avengers scored an impressive 92% and earned oodles of cash at the box office. It’s about as good a blockbuster movie as we’ve seen in recent years, and it’s available this week with a couple of making-of featurettes, several deleted scenes, and even a gag reel.

Bond 50 – 22 Film Collection

The release of Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film and third to star Daniel Craig as 007, is just a little more than a month away, and MGM has decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic British agent with a comprehensive box set. The Bond 50 collection includes all 22 of the official James Bond movies, from 1962’s Dr. No to 2008’s Quantum of Solace, and even features an open slot for the eventual home release of Skyfall. Most of the bonus features from all the individual releases have been ported over, but there are a couple of new extras, like a featurette that explore the various actors who have portrayed the character and one that takes a look at the signature Bond style, from the cars and music to the women and villains. In addition, nine of the films are made available on Blu-ray for the first time, including beloved favorites like Octopussy, The Living Daylights, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Goldeneye. Pretty much a must-have for any Bond completist.

Damsels in Distress


Damsels in Distress is less about privileged socialites than Whit Stillman’s other films (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco), but it demonstrates that, even after 13 years, he still has a knack for telling stories about young people trying to find their place in the world. Greta Gerwig stars as Violet, leader of a group of college coeds whose aim is to help depressed students; in the meantime, each of the girls has her own relationship problems to navigate. Most critics found Damsels witty, charming, and well-acted, earning it a Certified Fresh 75%; if the story meanders a bit and falls short of his earlier work, it’s saved by some great casting choices and deadpan humor.

The Tall Man


Jessica Biel hasn’t appeared in a Fresh non-documentary film since 2006’s The Illusionist, and unfortunately The Tall Man did nothing to change that. In this mysterious thriller, Biel plays Julia, a nurse in a small Washington mining town plagued by rumors of a supernatural entity known as the Tall Man. When local children begin disappearing — Julia’s son David among them — Julia sets out to unravel the mystery and save her boy. At 45% on the Tomatometer, The Tall Man failed to make a strong impression on critics, who largely felt a creepy, atmospheric, and promising opening half slowly devolved into an unlikely jumbled mess by the end.

The Samaritan


When you average about five to six movies a year for over a decade, you’re bound to star in a few duds. For Samuel L. Jackson, The Samaritan is one of those duds. Oh, you’ve never heard of it? That’s probably because it earned just over $2500, opening in just three theaters for one week. The story here is pretty typical: Foley (Jackson) is an ex-con who gets pulled back into the crime business when all he wants is out. Aside from the familiar story, critics also pointed out that Jackson himself seemed to be rather bored throughout the production, and that the film probably would have worked better as a caper than a noir thriller. At 22%, The Samaritan isn’t doing anyone any favors. Zing!

Goodbye First Love


A joint French and German film directed by French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, Goodbye First Love is a slice-of-life character exploration about a young girl named Camille who falls in love with Sullivan, a cheerful, free-spirited older boy. When Sullivan leaves on a trip to South America, the pair eventually fall out of touch, and Camille moves on with her life until Sullivan reappears years later to rekindle the romance. Certified Fresh at 80%, Goodbye First Love was praised for its realistic treatment of young romance, and all the powerful but fleeting moments, lingering emotions, and simple pleasures that come with it.

Lone Wolf and Cub: Complete Collection

Some time ago, we wrote about the Blu-ray release of the Japanese samurai classic Shogun Assassin, which is actually a made-for-American-audiences recut of the first two films in the Lone Wolf and Cub series. This week, fans of the original films will get their chance to own the whole shebang on Blu-ray in one set, the Lone Wolf and Cub Complete 6-film Collection. Based on the classic manga of the same name, the series follows a betrayed assassin in feudal Japan who wanders the land with his infant son, taking contracts and encountering formidable opponents. Unfortunately, the set doesn?t include any extras, so you’ll have to be satisfied with the films themselves for now.

Also available this week:

Tag Cloud

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