Girl Rising - Buy from Amazon
A documentary about the importance of educating women in the third world as told through the stories of nine real girls. Is it engaging? Is it convincing? Check out our review
for my opinion.
The Grandmaster - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
The film earned great reviews and made more than $6 million during its limited release run. It was an even bigger hit internationally, especially in Asia. Extras include information on the real Ip Man, as well as some people he trained, or trained in his style, as well as a behind-the-scenes featurette. If you are a fan of the genre, it is worth picking up.
Hours - Buy from Amazon
One of Paul Walker's final films made before his death. The film earned overall positive reviews and Paul Walker did hear higher praise for his acting in this movie than most other films he was in. There are almost no extras on the DVD, but if you liked the actor, it is worth at least a rental.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
The biggest box office hit of the year, at least domestically. (Iron Man 3 won worldwide.) It also earned stellar reviews to go with the massive box office numbers. Extras on the DVD include an audio commentary track, deleted scenes, and a preview for Divergent. The Blu-ray has a nine-part making of featurette. The screener has arrived, but since it doesn't come out till the seventh, I decided to hold off on the review till after Tuesday.
Jillian Michaels One Week Shred - Buy from Amazon
This is the fifth best selling new release of the week, according to Amazon.com. Exercise videos almost never reach the top five, but I guess the two biggest releases have scared away a lot of the competition.
The Last Days on Mars - DVD or Blu-ray
While on a mission on Mars, a group of scientists discover a new lifeform. Unfortunately, it turns some of them into zombies. I guess that's one way to change the zombie genre; set it on another planet. However, the results were weak. There are also not a lot of extras on the DVD or Blu-ray, so this release is safely skippable.
Old Boy - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
The remake of the South Korean film of the same name. It is not as bad as some were fearing it would be, but it doesn't live up to its predecessor. I think the main reason is the film is too similar and it would have been better if Spike Lee had put a more personal touch into the film. Extras on the DVD include a making of featurette and a look at Josh Brolin's transformation in the movie. The Blu-ray has a fluffy EPK, another short look at Josh Brolin's transformation, and some deleted scenes. Call it a rental.
Peabody & Sherman - Buy from Amazon: Volume One and Volume Two
With Mr. Peabody and Sherman coming out this week, it is a great time to release these two DVDs. However, if you own the Rocky and Bullwinkle Megaset, then you don't need this.
Rawhide: Seventh Season - Buy from Amazon: Volume One and Volume Two
Great show, but the split-season releases are way too expensive.
Super Bowl XXLVIII Champions: Seattle Seahawks - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Full game plus extras. This is what true fans want and not highlights from the season. In fact, true, true fans would pay for the full season. At most that would be a 20-disc box set, one for each game. With picture-in-picture and other Blu-ray only extras, you could do something really special with the package.
Untold History of the United States - DVD - Buy from Amazon
This show came out on Blu-ray in October, so there's no reason to buy it twice.
Venture Bros.: Season Five - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
There was a long gap between seasons of Venture Bros.
, even longer for me, as I missed season four. Has the show changed dramatically? Do the changes in the show mean it is not longer entertaining? Read our review
for my opinion.
Wicked Blood - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Sean Bean stars in this movie. I wonder if he dies. Of course he dies. Sean Bean always dies. I think a screener is on its way. I hope so, because there are no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes to judge the film.
Date posted: 2014-03-03