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There are many new releases and re-releases this week for your entertainment and it is a real mixture of genres. Fans of both "Tron" films will pleased with both coming to DVD and Blu-ray and even in a combo pack together. And the big re-release of the week has to go to the Martin Scorsese classic Taxi Driver. There are a number of Oscar winning and nominated films getting a re-release.
- Tron: Legacy (DVD and Blu-ray)
- Little Fockers (DVD and Blu-ray)
- Casino Jack (DVD and Blu-ray)
- I Love You, Phillip Morris (DVD and Blu-ray)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (DVD and Blu-ray) (Releases 4/8)
- Tron (DVD and Blu-ray)
- Taxi Driver (Blu-ray)
- A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Blu-ray)
- Fiddler on the Roof (Blu-ray)
- Babe (Blu-ray)
- … And Justice for All (Blu-ray)
- The People vs Larry Flynt (Blu-ray)
- Lars and the Real Girl (Blu-ray)
- Peter Pan (2003) (Blu-ray)
Tron: Legacy (DVD and Blu-ray)
What's the Deal?
Disney’s sequel to their cult classic Tron, Tron: Legacy was the first true 3-D film after Avatar, taking years to develop and shot with the next generation of 3-D cameras. This big budget project served as the directing debut for Joesph Kosinski and Jeff Bridges respires his role from the first film. Young actor Garrett Hedlund (Troy, Four Brothers) took on the lead role and Olivia Wilde (House) was the female protagonist. Other actors who appear in the film include Michael Sheen, Beau Garrett and James Frain (The Tudors).
Sam Flynn’s (Hedlund) father Kevin (Bridges) has been missing for 21 years. After receiving a message from one of his father’s business partner Sam sets out to investigate his father’s disappearance. Sam ends up in the computer world, The Grid and reunites with his father, but ends up in a dangerous world that has been taken over by his father’s creation Clu (Bridges).
Daft Punk provided the critically acclaimed soundtrack and it was considered an Oscar snub that they did not get nominated.
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 50% (average)
Player Affinity Score: 7.0/10
DVD Special Features: First Look at TRON: Uprising, the Disney XD animated series; Visualizing TRON - How did the filmmakers bring to life the gorgeous world inside the GRID?; Installing the cast - Hear from all the stars of TRON: Legacy and their experience in making the movie
Additional Blu-ray Special Features: The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed [BD Exclusive - Interactive bonus piece] - What happens immediately following the end of the movie? What is Flynn Lives and who is responsible for their efforts?; TRON: Disney Second Screen [BD Exclusive - Interactive bonus piece] - Using your iPad or computer, watch the movie with exclusive interactive elements available on your 2nd screen; Launching the Legacy - Beyond the amazing visuals is a rich story filled with an entire world's history and mythology. Discover how the writers and filmmakers created this complex fiction; Disc Roars - Watch director Joseph Kosinski use the raucous crowd at Comic-Con to record actual ADR for the disc game stadium crowd; Music video - "Derezzed" written, produced, and performed by Daft Punk
Amazon Price: $15.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray), $29.99 (3D Blu-ray), $49.99 (5 Disc Tron/Tron: Legacy Blu-ray Combo)
Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 4.5 stars, Video 4.5 stars, Audio 5 stars, Extras 5 stars, Replay 5 stars (out of 5). Highly Recommended.
Little Fockers (DVD and Blu-ray)
What's the Deal?
Some film franchises are too successful for their own good and the “Meet the Parents” series is a prime example. Meet the Parents was a critical and commercial success in 2000, but ended up spurring two unnecessary sequels, including Little Fockers. All the actors from the previous films respire their roles and the likes of Jessica Alba, Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) and Harvey Keitel join them.
Plot (or what there is of it) revolves round Jack (Robert De Niro) who has just had a heart attack and needs an male heir (why it cannot be his son from the first film I do not know). He picks Greg (Ben Stiller) but he has to prove himself for the honour and get his young children into a top private Elementary School. But hijinx arise with the return of Pam’s (Teri Polo) ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson), reports that Greg may be having an affair with a sexy pharmaceutical rep, Andi Garcia (Alba) and the use of an erectile dysfunction drug.
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 9% (awful)
Player Affinity Score: 3.2/10
DVD Special Features: Alternate Opening: Wedding Dream and Morning Wakeup; Alternate Ending: Treehouse; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; The Making of A Godfocker: Behind the Scenes of Little Fockers; Bout Time; The Focker Foot Locker
Amazon Price: $16.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray)
Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 1 stars, Video 4 stars, Audio 4 stars, Extras 2.5 stars, Replay 0 stars (out of 5). Skip It.
Casino Jack (DVD and Blu-ray)
What's the Deal?
Casino Jack is a comedy-drama loosely based on the career and crimes of powerful Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who resorts to fraud and corruption to get his way but slowly gets involved with a worldwide scandal. Starring Kevin Spacey, the cast includes Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire), Barry Pepper and Jon Lovitz (Happiness) with George Hickenlooper (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse) in the director’s chair. Hickenlooper unfortunately passed away before the film's release.