Sorry I’m late with this week’s DVD and Blu-ray movies. I had too many giveaways that had to be up first. This week’s new films include Hotel Transylvania, Madly Madagascar, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (animated), Cold Light of Day, Paranormal Activity 4 (another one?), Seven Psychopaths, The Awakening, and All Superheroes Must Die. We’ve seen Hotel Transylvania and Madly Madagascar. Hotel Transylvania (review) is excellent. Sony Pictures Animation recently announced plans to release a sequel in 2015. We saw Madly Madagascar last weekend. It’s short, but it’s a fun DVD for kids to watch close to Valentine’s Day.
Blu-ray and DVD movies coming out the week of January 29, 2013
- Hotel Transylvania (review)
Welcome to Hotel Transylvania Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends Frankenstein and his wife the Mummy the Invisible Man the Werewolf family and more to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!
- Madly Madagascar (giveaway)
Your favorite Madagascar pals are back in an all-new adventure! Alex’s favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day, brings hilarious surprises and excitement for the entire gang. Melman plans a big surprise for Gloria, Marty tries to impress a new friend and everyone wants to get their hands on King Julien’s love potion. You’ll fall in LOVE with Madly Madagascar!
- The Awakening
They say, the boy was scared to death. When the death of a child at a boarding school is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. Starring Rebecca Hall (The Town), Dominic West (John Carter) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter), The Awakening is a terrifying mystery filled with haunting twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2
The Dark Knight along with new sidekick Robin have finally reclaimed Gotham City and allowed a ray of hope to penetrate the reign of terror that The Mutants had cast upon his city. With Batman back in the spotlight the extended media coverage has awoken a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum. The Joker! Forever destined to be mortal enemies, The Joker has a diabolical scheme that may pull Batman down to the darkest levels of insanity. While on the horizon a global catastrophe races towards Gotham and with it comes a familiar face, The Man of Steel. This time he has Batman in his sights. Witness as the aging Dark Knight wages a tireless war against crime while proving that courage and will are indeed timeless.
- Seven Psychopaths
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.
- Cold Light of Day
Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) arrives in Spain for a weeklong sailing vacation with his family, despite having a strained relationship with his disciplinarian father Martin (Bruce Willis). The situation takes an unexpected and violent turn when his family is kidnapped by intelligence agents. Will’s world turns upside down as he gets tangled in an intergovernmental web of lies and secrets, with a briefcase in the center of the mystery. Will finds himself on the run and realizes that he must recover the briefcase and take down secret agents in order to get his family back alive.
- All Superheroes Must Die
Four superheroes awaken in a seemingly abandoned town, stripped of their powers and at the mercy of their sinister arch-nemesis who forces them into a series of brutal challenges — where the stakes include the lives of the innocent, as well as their own.
- Paranormal Activity 4
When Katie disappeared with her nephew Hunter, there were no survivors. Five years later she’s returned with a mysterious boy, ready to target new victims with her demonic rage. Now, a family’s young daughter will capture every one of the terrifying occurrences, beginning with her new neighbors’ arrival. It all leads to an ending so intense, it will leave you shaking.
DVDs released last week
- Tai Chi Zero
In legendary Chen Village, everyone is a martial arts master, using their powerful Chen Style Tai Chi in all aspects of their lives. Lu Chan has arrived to train, but the villagers are forbidden to teach Chen Style to outsiders, and do their best to discourage him by challenging him to a series of fights. Everyone, from strong men to young children, defeats him using their Tai Chi moves. But when a man from the village’s past returns with a frightening steam-powered machine and plans to build a railroad through the village at any costs, the villagers realize they may have no choice but to put their faith in Ly Chan… who has a secret power of his own.
- End of Watch
In their mission to abide by their oath to serve and protect, Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Pena) have formed a powerful brotherhood to ensure they both go home at the end of watch. But nothing can prepare them for the violent backlash that happens after they pull over the members of a notorious drug cartel for a routine traffic stop. Seen from the point of view of the officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, dash cams and citizens caught in the line of fire, a 360° perspective creates a gritty, compassionate and intense portrait of the city’s darkest streets, and the brave men and women patrolling them.
- Searching for Sugar Man
The film is about the incredible true story of Rodriguez the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar Rodriguez’s sound struck two renowned producers and they signed a recording deal. But when the album bombed the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.
- Young Justice Invasion Destiny Calling: Season 2
The latest season of the critically acclaimed series jumps ahead in time five years to re-introduce the original squad as well as all new members Nightwing, Wondergirl, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, and Beast Boy as they fight off a secret alien invasion affecting the entire planet.
- Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 2 Vol 3
Join Tony Stark and his friends as they battle it out to keep control of his father’s company Stark Enterprises and protect the original Iron Man armor! Watch as he fights villains to save his position as the original Iron Man all while being a normal teenager. Will he be able to help a fellow super-hero regain his power? Or will he turn his back on him in an effort to protect himself? Anything can happen in the superhero world of Iron Man Armored Adventures!
- Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
John (Scott Adkins) wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack he vows to kill the man responsible Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Andrei Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true.
- The Paperboy
A man (John Cusack) convicted of killing a seedy sheriff is given a new life when a female pen pal (Nicole Kidman) enlists the aid of two journalists to try and get him off death row. PRECIOUS’ Lee Daniels adapts Pete Dexter’s novel.
- Death Race 3: Inferno
Repentant convict Carl Lucas (Luke Goss) — aka Frankenstein — is a legendary driver in the brutal prison blood sport known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom, Lucas is plunged into his most vicious competition yet: the first-ever desert Death Race. Through South Africa’s infernal Kalahari Desert, Lucas is pitted against ruthless adversaries and powerful forces at work behind the scenes to ensure his defeat. Also starring Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames, Death Race 3: Inferno is an insane, action-packed thrill ride.