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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (12.30.14)

"New on DVD and Blu-ray this Week!"
Our last DISCusion of 2014 is small, but it is mighty (not really). Featuring two disappointing horror flicks, the actually-incredible Denzel Washington vehicle, The Equalizer wins (handily) the title of Recommendation of the Week. New Releases: The Equalizer – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Tusk – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Steven King’s: A Good Marriage – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)   New on DVD The Equalizer – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) *Recommendation of the Week* Directed by Antoine Fuqua Written by Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan (television series), and Richard Lindheim (television series) Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas A mysterious vigilante (Washington) returns to his forgotten former life when he befriends a local sex-worker (Mortez). A badass return to form for Denzel Washington, in the style of the popular Taken series, The Equalizer balances brutal action violence with hypnotic choreography and cinematography to create one of the best action films of the year. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 61% (Fresh) Metacritic: 57 (Good) IMDB: 7.3 (Very Good) Entertainment Fuse: 9.5/10 (Read our review) DISC DETAILS Special Features: “Vengeance Mode” with scene-specific commentary and behind-the-scenes footage; “Home Mart: Taking Care of Business One Bolt at a Time” spoof commercial; “Children of the Night” featurette in which Moretz speaks of her experience with the character and several child prostitutes; “Denzel Washington: A Dofferent Kind of Superhero” featurette on how Denzel prepared for the role; “Equalizer Vision: Antoine Fuqua” featurette; “One Man Army: Training and Fighting” featurette; Photo Gallary Amazon: $18.99 (Blu-ray); $16.99 (DVD); $2.99/$14.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy) Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 3 stars(out of 5); Video: 4.5 stars; Audio: 4.5 stars; Extras: 3 stars; Replay: 2.5 stars. Rent It.   New on DVD Tusk – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Directed and Written by Kevin Smith Starring: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment Kevin Smith's latest creation began with an innocuous conversation on his popular podcast. Based around a bizarre ad Smith found in the “wanted” section of a newspaper, he quickly turned to Twitter for input on turning the idea into a feature film. What resulted was probably much better off as a comedic short, or, better yet, simply left as a hilarious conversation. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 39% (Bad) Metacritic: 55 (Okay) IMDB: 5.7 (Okay) Entertainment Fuse: 6.5/10 (Read our review) DISC DETAILS Special Features: Director Commentary; A 14-part behind the scenes featurette; "20 Years to Tusk" an interview with Smith on the film's origins, and making; Deleted Scenes; SModcast number 259, “The Walrus and the Carpenter” Amazon: $14.99 (Blu-ray); $11.99 (DVD); $4.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy) Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 3.5 stars(out of 5); Video: 5 stars; Audio: 4 stars; Extras: 4 stars; Replay: 2.5 stars. Rent It.   New on DVD Steven King’s: A Good Marriage – (DVD and Instant) Directed by Peter Askin Written by Stephen King Starring: Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Stephen Lang An adaptation (albeit, minus any sort of writing credit) of Stephen King's short story of the same name, A Good Marriage explores a wife's horror when she discovers her husband's sinister secret. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 37% (Bad) Metacritic: 43 (Bad) IMDB: 5.1 (Okay) DISC DETAILS Amazon: $13.44 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)


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