Blu-ray and DVD Movies – James Bond in Skyfall
A lot of good movies are out on DVD and Blu-ray this week. The new titles include Skyfall (Daniel Craig), Robot and Frank (Frank Lengella, Susan Sarandon), The Man with the Iron Fists (Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Emma Watson), The Sessions (Helen Hunt, William H. Macy), Weeds: Season Eight (Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon), and Bully. Skyfall (James Bond) and Weeds are on the top of my list. I was a bit disappointed with season seven of Weeds, but this is the final season of Weeds and I want to see how it ends.
Blu-ray and DVD movies coming out the week of February 12, 2013
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in SKYFALL, the 23rd installment of the longest-running film franchise in history. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows — aided only by field agent Eve (Naomie Harris) — following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.
- Robot and Frank
Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. Starring an ensemble cast led by Academy Award nominee Frank Lengella (2008, Best Actor, Frost/Nixon), Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon (1995, Best Actress, Dead Man Walking), Liv Tyler and James Marsden.
- The Man with the Iron Fists
Quentin Tarantino presents The Man with the Iron Fists, an epic action adventure inspired by classic kung fu movies. When the emperor’s gold is hijacked, every kung fu warrior, assassin and hired gun in China will battle to claim the fortune. Starring Academy Award winner Russell Crowe, RZA, and Lucy Liu, The Man with the Iron Fists Unrated Extended Edition includes jaw-dropping martial arts action that you couldn’t see in theaters. Also starring Rick Yune, David Bautista, Jamie Chung, Cung Le and Byron Mann.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is always watching from the sidelines until a pair of charismatic seniors takes him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the quest for the perfect song.
- The Sessions
Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) has overcome adversity time and time again. But now, at age 38, he faces his toughest challenge yet: losing his virginity. With the help of a beautiful therapist (Helen Hunt), a sympathetic priest (William H. Macy), and his own unbridled sense of optimism and humor, Mark embarks on an extraordinary personal journey to discover the wondrous pleasures that make life worth living.
- Weeds: Season Eight
The last time we saw Nancy and the Botwins it was through the scope of a hit man’s rifle. Nancy had sprung from the joint and gone to New York City where she made a fresh start doing what she does best selling pot and making enemies. Now everyone’s wondering who put out the hit and who got smoked.
From Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America’s bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, this is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent and teenager should see.
DVDs released last week
In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane? Flight is directed by Academy Award winner Robert Zemekis and stars Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo.
- Celeste and Jesse Forever
Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are high school sweethearts who married young and are now at a crossroads at the age of thirty. While Celeste is a success in business, Jesse is unemployed and adrift. Celeste thinks that if they divorce now they could still remain friends. Jesse passively accepts the decision even though he is still in love with her. As reality sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, but her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous.
- Alex Cross
Based on the character created by James Patterson and popularized by Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider, Tyler Perry takes over as Dr. Alex Cross, a homicide detective/psychologist with the Detroit Police Department. Cross meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.
Siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are fleeing from a casino heist when their getaway results in a car accident and a dead state trooper. On the run, they go separate ways, Addison creating mayhem cross-country and Liza being rescued by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), who is en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming. Upon a sibling reunion, a thrilling showdown occurs that pushes the bonds of family to the limit.
- Here Comes the Boom
No one believes in high school teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James) when he decides to moonlight as a mixed martial arts fighter. However, in his quest, Scott discovers a courage and determination that inspires his students and becomes a hero. Also featuring Bas Rutten, Mike Goldberg, Bruce Buffer, Herb Dean, Jacob ‘Stich’ Duran, Mark DellaGrotte and Wanderlei Silva.
- Ben 10: Omniverse – A New Beginning
It’s an all-new series. With an all-new Omnitrix and new alien heroes. A quirky new underground world full with intergalactic life. A new partner named Rook helping Ben save the world and bail him out of trouble. And a new Ben like you’ve never seen him – a little older but not always a little wiser. It’s going to be a wild ride! This DVD includes 10 all-new action packed episodes and more.
- Ultimate Spider-Man: Avenging Spider-Man
Over the past year, Peter Parker has been saving New York City from evil villains as the masked hero Spider-man, while also balancing his heroics with homework and friends. When S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Nick Fury, offers Peter the chance to raise his game to the next level to become the ultimate Spider-man. Midtown High becomes a secret operations base for young heroes under the watchful eye of Fury, and the school’s new acting principal, Agent Coulson. Spidey takes on S.H.I.E.L.D. missions across the Marvel Universe, encounters new villains, and battles his biggest threat yet.
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