'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Avatar 3-D', 'Madagascar 3' and More On DVD and Blu-ray this Week

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: October 16, 2012

I have mentioned it a couple times before, but in case you missed it and haven't looked yet, I spiffed up the DVD and Blu-ray release date calendar, so DVDs and Blu-rays are listed separately along with their Amazon purchasing links. To that end, I don't believe I have ever mentioned it, but buying product through the Amazon links here on the site helps support the site as Amazon tosses a little money toward RopeofSilicon. It's not a lot, but every little bit helps, so if you can, consider it next time.

With that, let's see what's out this week...

Moonrise Kingdom
Moonrise Kingdom on DVD Blu-ray today
Moonrise Kingdom is undoubtedly one of my favorite movies this year and oddly enough I haven't taken time to watch the Blu-ray yet. "What gives Brad?" "Yeah, what gives?" I don't know, just haven't had a chance to watch it, perhaps it's this inner-dialogue I've been dealing with that has now leaked into my writings.

Actually, I know one reason why, and that's because the features are unimpressive at best, at least in that a lot of what the discs hold has already been online in some form or another in "Welcome to the Island of New Penzance" and the "Set tour with Bill Murray". Not even the animated shorts are on here. Considering Universal has been teaming with Criterion a lot lately, I have to assume there will be a Criterion edition down the road. All of Anderson's films, except Fantastic Mr. Fox unfortunately, have made their way to Criterion and this one is a prime candidate given this disappointing release.

Buy Moonrise Kingdom


Avatar (3D Collector's Edition)
Avatar (3D Collector's Edition) on DVD Blu-ray today
Got a 3-D TV? If so, maybe you want to buy this, otherwise the rest of us will be moving on.

Buy Avatar (3D Collector's Edition)


That's My Boy
That's My Boy on DVD Blu-ray today
I thought this movie was funny and think its overall dismissal was caused by what people tend to do when an actor makes a lot of bad movies -- they judge the movie more on the trajectory of the actor rather than the movie itself. That's not to say I'm suggesting you run out and buy this, but a rental would be a good choice. Just do know, it's really dumb humor, but funny... in my opinion.

Buy That's My Boy


Chernobyl Diaries
Chernobyl Diaries on DVD Blu-ray today
I looked back at my schedule and it seems there either wasn't a screening for this one or I was in Cannes when it took place so I didn't add it to the calendar. My assumption is the latter, but, if my vague memory serves, it was a 9 PM screening the night before, which never bodes well for the quality of a film. Following its release there was hardly a word said about the film, but it did manage to make $35.9 million on a very small budget so this DVD and Blu-ray release should be gravy for WB.

Buy Chernobyl Diaries


Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted on DVD Blu-ray today
A 75% RottenTomatoes rating and a whopping $681.5 million worldwide. Did I miss something skipping this movie in Cannes and having absolutely no desire to see it based on how awful the first two films were?

Buy Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted


2016 Obama's America
2016 Obama's America on DVD Blu-ray today
To my absolute surprise, and tell me if this doesn't surprise you as well, 2016 Obama's America was the most popular title on Amazon among the titles being released this week. Avatar is #2, Madagascar 3 #3 and "Mad Men" Season Five #4. I just can't believe it, but I'm sure there is an easy explanation that I'm too weary to try and answer. I know the screener showed up at my doorstep and my first instinct was to laugh... so I did... then I briefly wondered if I would actually watch it... I didn't.

Buy 2016 Obama's America




  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

    Moonrise Kingdom: To buy or not to buy...

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      Not to buy

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Will rent Moonrise Kingdom and maybe Chernobyl Diaries.

    I thought That's My Boy was pretty funny, so would pick that up for a good price. The original The Santa Clause is a Christmas childhood classic for me, so may get that for the right price as well.

  • http://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

    You should check "Madagascar 3", is pretty good, and I'm not the biggest fan of the others.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

      Do I need to watch the first two to watch this one?

      • http://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

        No, but maybe because i don't really like the other ones, I thought this one was refreshing. Still, I say give it a chance without watching the first two.

        Frank explained the plot of the first two perfectly.

  • Frank

    Driver is right, I didn't like the first two Madagascar movies at all. The third one was actually watchable and enjoyable imo. It really shows that Dreamworks' quality of their movies have improved since Kung Fu Panda in 2008.

  • Frank

    G-Man: All you need to know is the basic premise. They are New York City Zoo animals that got shipped to Madagascar, but then got stuck in Africa for the second movie. The third movie is basically them trying to get to New York.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

      Thanks, Frank.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    I thought you liked the 2nd Madagascar movie, Brad. Didn't you gave it like a B or something? Anyways, I enjoyed the first 2 Madagascar films like the Ice Age franchise, i'm not a HUGE fan but I enjoy them. Sorry people, i'm an Adam Sandler fan if you have problem with that then I don't care what you have to say haha. I have both Madagascar 3 & That's My Boy on redbox, I will watch them later. As for Moonrise Kingdom, really want to see it but have to wait till November to get it on Netflix, damn it. I guess I have to go through with it since they aren't any Blockbusters around my area.

  • Chris138

    You think James Cameron and 20th Century Fox will ever stop re-releasing the same damn movie again each year? Or do we have to wait until another Avatar movie comes out, and then there will be 50 versions of each of those as well. And of course, once they've all been made and released, there will probably be another 20 special edition complete trilogy (or quadrilogy) sets. They're milking this for all it's worth.

    • Winchester

      Yes, they will.

      They learned from Lucas. And they learned WELL.

      • Chris138

        I've been thinking the same thing that you and JayRam also mentioned: James Cameron is becoming the next George Lucas. God help us all.

  • JayRam

    I may check out Moonrise Kingdom. Other than that, whole lotta nothing this week. And that Obama movie is just laughable.

    Seeing Avatar released again confirms my belief that Cameron is going the Lucas route. Which is not a good thing.

  • Randall McMurphy

    Just bought Moonrise Kingdom which I found to be kind of a modern adaptation of Pierrot le fou and I'm pretty pissed that I just bought a copy of Avatar on blu-ray without the 3D version in August I guess they are trying the get the most money out of it as Chris123 said.
    I also bought a copies of Brick, Diabolique, and even the out of print The Man Who Fell to Earth on blu-ray and I can't wait to see how it looks.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lawhs89/ lawhs89

    Not getting too political, but you people on the coast have no idea how hated Obama is in the middle of the country, so the success of the 2016 movie is no shock to me.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Moonrise Kingdom is a must buy. Up there with Looper as the best movie that i've seen so far this year. Of the rest - That's My Boy is a decent rental.

  • CJohn

    Thats My Boy is the worst movie of the year. And I like pretty much all Sandler did before Jack & Jill, and even that is better than Thats My Boy!