RT on DVD

RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Legend of Hercules, Labor Day, and More

by | April 29, 2014 | Comments

We skipped RT on DVD last week because there wasn’t much to talk about; unfortunately, this week is only marginally better, with an epic action flop, a bit of a clunker from Jason Reitman, and another found footage horror movie. After that, we’ve got a handful of smaller releases, some of which are actually worth checking out. Read on for details:

The Legend of Hercules

5%

The first of two movies this year about the Greek demigod, The Legend of Hercules established a pretty low bar for Dwayne Johnson to overcome. Kellan Lutz stars as the titular hero, son of Zeus and the mortal Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee), who is betrayed by his stepfather, the King (Scott Adkins), and sold into slavery in Egypt. Presumed dead, Hercules secures himself a gladiator battle back in Greece, hoping to reunite with his lover (Gaia Weiss) and exact vengeance upon the King. Critics found very little to like here, calling the film a failure on almost every level, from its poor visuals and lackluster storytelling to its wooden acting and stale action sequences. Renny Harlin has directed his share of stinkers in the past, but at 3% on the Tomatometer, The Legend of Hercules is pretty bad, even by his standards.

Labor Day

35%

Beginning with his 2005 directorial debut, Thank You For Smoking, Jason Reitman was on a pretty impressive hot streak, so it was something of a shock when Labor Day elicited little more than a half-hearted sigh from critics. Based on the eponymous novel by Joyce Maynard, Labor Day stars Kate Winslet as divorced single mother Adele Wheeler, who takes her teenage son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) shopping one Labor Day weekend and runs into a mysterious injured man named Frank (Josh Brolin). Adele allows Frank to come home with them, and though he soon reveals he’s an escaped convict, he succeeds in winning them over. Winslet and Brolin are quite capable actors, of course, and they make the most of the material, but most critics found the tone so earnestly melodramatic that it rendered the film’s more calculated moments largely powerless. At 33%, this isn’t just Jason Reitman’s lowest-rated film, it’s the only Rotten film he’s directed, period.

Devil’s Due

18%

If you thought the found footage format had been pretty much exhausted by horror filmmakers, you thought wrong. In Devil’s Due, the latest of the genre, young couple Zach and Samantha McCall (Zach Gilford and Allison Miller) decide to document every step of their surprise pregnancy. Sam begins to behave erratically and Zach notices shadowy characters hanging around the house. Will things go full Rosemary’s Baby, or is it all just a harmless Candid Camera gag? Critics were quick to call out Devil’s Due on its derivative elements, taking care to note that the film draws from better predecessors but fails to do anything fresh with the ingredients. At 18% on the Tomatometer, it’s kind of a half-baked creepshow that relies on a mish-mash of familiar horror tropes.

Also available this week:

  • These Birds Walk (100%), a documentary about the fates of street children in Pakistan.

  • Certified Fresh Chilean importGloria (99%), about an aging divorcee whose budding relationship with a younger man prompts her to confront her past.

  • The Selfish Giant (97%), a Certified Fresh adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story about the relationship between two restless teenagers in northern England who steal and sell scrap metal.

  • Escape from Tomorrow (56%), about a recently unemployed man who descends into a surreal nightmare while vacationing in Disneyland with his family.

  • The Best Offer (55%), starring Geoffrey Rush and Jim Sturgess in a romantic drama about an introverted antiques dealer who comes out of his shell when he’s asked to restore the works belonging to an equally reclusive woman.

  • Gimme Shelter (22%), starring Vanessa Hudgens and James Earl Jones in a based-on-true-events story about a pregnant homeless teen who regains her footing with the support she finds at a shelter.

  • And lastly, from the Criterion Collection, Dino Risi’s 1962 road trip comedy Il sorpasso is available in a new DVD/Blu-ray combo.

Tag Cloud

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