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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (6.3.2014)

The Robocop series has come back with a fourth movie and a reboot. It is also our Recommendation of the Week.

First Release
Lone Survivor (DVD and Blu-ray)
Robocop (2014) (DVD and Blu-ray)
Son of God (DVD and Blu-ray)
In the Blood (DVD and Blu-ray)
The Motel Life (DVD and Blu-ray)

Re-Release
King and Country (1964) (Blu-ray)
The Birdcage (1996) (Blu-ray)
Ravenous (1999) (Blu-ray)

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Robocop (2014) (DVD and Blu-ray) *Recommendation of the Week*

Directed by José Padilha
Written by Joshua Zeturner (screenplay), Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner (original film)
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson

The original 1987 Robocop is considered to be a 80s classic and some of the fans considered the idea of reboot was blasphemy. But it turned out to be a entertaining sci-fi actioner in its own right.

In 2028 the United States is able to enforce her will on countries around the world with robots and drones. But the same robots are not allowed to be used on American soil. Desperate to open up the US market, the CEO of OmniCorp, Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) decides to subvert the law by making a cyborg and the perfect candidate is Detroit Police Detective Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman, The Killing) who is brutally injured in the line of duty. Soon the lines between man and machine are blurred and Alex starts to lose more of his free will and emotions.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 49% (average)
Metacritic Rating: 52/100 (average)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 7.0/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $14.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)

War is the big theme of week with Lone Survivor and the British drama King and Country being the major new release and re-release. Also out this is the religious drama Son of God.

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Lone Survivor
(DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Peter Berg
Written by Peter Berg (screenplay), Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson (book)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana

Lone Survivor was a passion project for writer/director Peter Berg and was a big hit domestically, particularly in Texas. Based on true-life book by Marcus Luttrell Lone Survivor tells the story of four Navy SEALs sent on a mission to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader. But when the team get discovered it ends up becoming a battle for survival.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 75% (very good)
Metacritic Rating: 60/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 6.5/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features:Bringing the Story to Light; The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Digital Copy of Lone Survivor (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Will of the Warrior; Recreating the Firefight; Learning the Basics; The Pashtun Code of Life

Amazon Price: $16.99 (DVD), $17.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 3 stars, Video 5 stars, Audio 5 stars, Extras 3 stars, Replay 3.5 stars (out of 5). Recommended.

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Son of God (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Christopher Spencer
Written by Richard Bedser, Christopher Spencer, Colin Swash, Nic Young
Starring: Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey, Darwin Shaw

Son of God is edited from the 10-hour miniseries The Bible and this film version looks at the life of Jesus (Diogo Morgado), from his birth to his crucifixion and resurrection.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 22% (very bad)
Metacritic Rating: 37/100 (poor)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $14.96 (DVD), $19.96 (Blu-ray)

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In the Blood (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by James Stockwell
Written by James Robert Johnston, Bennett Yellin
Starring: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Luis Guzmán

MMA fighter Gina Carano has starred in Haywire and Fast and Furious 6 and her latest action movie is In the Blood. Carano stars Ava, a married woman whose husband disappears in the Caribbean whiles on vacation. Ava not only has to battle the seedy criminal underworld but also the unwilling police force.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 44% (poor)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $21.23 (DVD), $27.88 (Blu-ray)

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The Motel Life (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Alan Polsky, Gabriel Polsky
Written by Noah Hapster, Micha Fitzerman-Blue (screenplay), Willy Vlautin (novel)
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson

Based on a novel by Willy Vlautin The Motel Life is a drama about two drifter brothers who end up on the run after being involved in a fatal hit and run incident.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 71% (good)
Metacritic Rating: 61/100 (good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $14.93 (DVD), $17.62 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 2.5 stars, Video 5 stars, Audio 4.5 stars, Extras 1 stars, Replay 1.5 stars (out of 5). Skip It.

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King and Country (1964) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Joseph Losey
Written by Evan Jones (screenplay), John Wilson (play), James Lansdale Hodson (novel)
Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern Barry Foster

King and Country is an anti-war drama about Captain Hargreaves (Dirk Bogarde), a military lawyer who is assigned the case of defending a private (Tom Courtenay) for desertion during the Battle of Passchendaele. Hargreaves believes the man should be shot but finds out the case is more complex as he learns the details and finds out more about the horrors of trench warfare.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 100% (excellent)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $17.99 (Blu-ray)

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The Birdcage (1996) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Mike Nichols
Written by Elaine May (screenplay), Jean Poiret, Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon (original film ‘La Cage aux Folles’)
Starring: Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Dianne Wiest

The Birdcage is a remake of the Franco-Italian movie La Cage aux Folles. Armand Goldman (Robin Williams) is a gay nightclub owner in Miami and lives with his drag-queen partner Albert (Nathan Lane). But the pair have to play it straight when Armand’s son comes home with his fiancé and have to meet her right-wing parents.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 77% (very good)
Metacritic Rating: 72/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.0/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $13.39 (Blu-ray)

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Ravenous (1999) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Antonia Bird
Written by Ted Griffin
Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones, David Arquette, Neal McDonough

The last re-release for this week is the horror movie set during the Mexican-American War about a group of soldiers at a remote fort have to defend themselves against a marauding band of cannibals.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 40% (poor)
Metacritic Rating: 45/100

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Commentary With Director Antonia Bird And Composer Damon Albarn; Commentary With Screenwriter Ted Griffin And Actor Jeffrey Jones;  Commentary With Actor Robert Carlyle; Deleted Scenes With Commentary By Antonia Bird; Theatrical Trailer; TV Spots; Two Still Galleries – Costume Design And Production Design

Amazon Price: $19.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 3.5 stars, Video 2.5 stars, Audio 4 stars, Extras 3 stars, Replay 4 stars (out of 5). Rent It.

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