This Week On DVD and Blu-ray

'Lawless', 'Men in Black 3' and 'Paranorman' On DVD and Blu-ray This Week

A couple titles to consider, but nothing too serious

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 26, 2012

Lawless
Lawless on DVD Blu-ray today
Lawless didn't end up being as great as I hoped it would be, but it does have a lot to like, particularly the performance of Tom Hardy as one of the moonshining Bondurant brothers. I also think Shia LaBeouf, an actor I'm unwilling to hate as much as everyone else, gives a good performance, and though Guy Pearce's snarling Charlie Rakes was a little over the top, even he adds something to the picture by giving everyone else something to play off of.

My recommendation here is a rental, but I'm sure there are some of you out there that may get something out of owning this one.

Buy Lawless

 

The Day
The Day on DVD Blu-ray today
I have yet to see this film, but a low-budget post-apocalyptic thriller can always be entertaining if done right. Not to the point it's necessarily worth buying, but a rental is within the realm of possibility.

The Day stars Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Cory Hardrict, Dominic Monaghan, Shannyn Sossamon and Michael Eklund. It played at the Toronto Film Festival and only has a 25% RottenTomatoes rating, but I wouldn't worry too much about that... at least not if you're only renting it.

Buy The Day

 

ParaNorman
ParaNorman on DVD Blu-ray today
I know some people love this film, but as great as I think the animation is I just felt emotionally detached from the entire picture. The characters are so dull and lifeless I found it impossible to become invested despite a few laughs.

Buy ParaNorman

 

Men in Black III
Men in Black III on DVD Blu-ray today
It sort of surprised me a couple nights ago when a trailer for this played on TV and midway through I thought to myself, What am I doing? I don't watch trailers. It's weird to see a trailer for a DVD and Blu-ray for a movie as big as this one that I have not yet seen... and really have no desire to see.

Buy Men in Black III

 

Step Up Revolution
I missed this in theaters and it's not one I am champing at the bit to see. The franchise seems to have run its course.

Buy Step Up: Revolution

 

Sparkle
Sparkle on DVD Blu-ray today
I'm surprised they're not milking Whitney Houston's death to sell this one a little harder, but perhaps there is some measure of humanity in Hollywood after all. Either that or this film is so bad that to use such a tactic would only backfire.

Buy Sparkle

 

The Apparition
The Apparition on DVD Blu-ray today
Now this movie I have seen and can confirm it is terrible. One of the year's worst in fact, you can read my review here.

Buy The Apparition

 

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  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    I think you should check out "Men in Black 3"; think you would dig it.

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

      Agreed. While I wouldn't tell people to rush out at see it, still worth checking out. I liked it more than the second one.

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

        Don't really think saying it's better than the second is much of a compliment...i'd expect it to be better than the second as that's probably one of the worst movies i've ever seen.

        The fact is that MiB2 lowered expectations so low for MiB3 that a very average movie has got people saying 'hey it isn't all that bad'...I agree, it isn't all that bad, but it isn't all that good too. It's perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon but I would never pay to see it (again).

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

          I agree. I'm kind of a completist when it comes to finishing series, especially if they keep the same stars involved. Still though, with 69% critics and 72% audience approval on RT, a good amount of people liked it.

  • discopaco

    I agree with your thoughts on Lawless. With that cast and Hillcoat's track record (not to mention the premise: a 30's moon-shining gangster picture set in the rural hills of VA) I was very excited for this film. Unfortunately, it was a pretty flat movie. Even the violence was paint by numbers that didn't instill a visceral reaction on my part. I think the best scene was a feet washing one which says a lot about the film missing its mark.

    I hope Hillcoat's fellow countryman (Dominik) doesn't disappoint either. I'm very excited for Killing Them Softly.

  • Frank

    Men in Black 3 was actually a decent sequel, especially when compared to the awful second movie.

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

    Will Netflix Lawless and Paranorman.

  • Chris138

    I liked Lawless but I'm not sure if I'd watch it enough to justify spending $20 to buy it. It's certainly worth a rental, though.

  • Jake17

    Brad, Men In Black 3 was a mess. The last 15 minutes has so many plot holes I just couldn't overlook. The only good part was Josh Brolin's Tommy Lee Jones impression, Of course, when a movie goes through five or six screenwriters and several reshoots, it's bound to show up in the final product.