RT on DVD: G.I. Joe, Rocky, and Christmas Classics

Plus, Pelham, Forrest Gump on Blu-Ray and more.

by | November 2, 2009 | Comments

This week, another Hasbro toy franchise’s debut hits DVD, as well as a modern remake of a suspenseful thriller, a couple of classics, a doc on the food industry, a couple of perennial Christmas favorites, and a box set of arguably the greatest sports film franchise. Check out our list of recommendations and see if a few of them don’t make it onto your shelves!


G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

With Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise reaping box office profits like gangbusters, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to bring its Hasbro partner G.I. Joe to the big screen. For The Rise of Cobra, Paramount enlisted another blockbuster director, Stephen Sommers (the Mummy films), and secured a list of veteran actors like Dennis Quaid, as well as up-and-comers such as Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Rachel Nichols. Unfortunately, though the movie followed through on its promises of explosive action, much like Transformers, critics found fault with its story and campy, over-the-top nature. Nevertheless, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra still scored over $150 million at the box office, proving summer audiences sometimes just want an excuse to watch larger-than-life heroes save the world once in a while. You can pick it up this week on DVD and Blu-Ray.


The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

In the recent tradition of unnecessary remakes, director Tony Scott (probably best known for Top Gun) decided to revisit 1974’s The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (which had actually already been remade as a TV movie in 1998) earlier this year, and the result was a mixed reaction from the critical community. Starring powerhouse actors John Travolta and Denzel Washington, Pelham depicts an intense showdown between a New York subway hijacker (Travolta) and an MTA dispatcher (Washington). While the performances were bolstered by a strong cast (including supporting roles from John Turturro and James Gandolfini), most felt that Tony Scott’s direction was a bit too frantic and that the film lacked the punch of the original. Still, those looking for a tensely acted thriller, Pelham may not prove to be such a bad ride to take.


I Love You, Beth Cooper

High school humiliation is typically pretty funny, especially when seen through the detached lens of adulthood. This is perhaps why high school comedies lean on style… But then there are style-free humiliation fests. Here, for example, is I Love You, Beth Cooper, a sitcom tidy comedy about the fair-weather love of a valedictorian for the High School Hottie. Chris Columbus’ film, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, fails to live up to the grandeur of the book, but the nostalgia the silly HS revamp drums up may make that all seem unimportant. With deleted scenes, alternate endings, featurettes and more, this notebook is stocked for the summer – which is good, because freshman year is a whole new bundle of humiliation.


Food, Inc.

The idea that dinner is dangerous should conjure up the memories of bad dates past, disgruntled Thanksgiving celebrations or maybe visions of zombie lobsters. But for Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the men who wrote “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “Fast Food Nation,” respectively, the grossest, most callous, inhumane and ultimately destructive part of your supper happens months before you even enter the restaurant. Director Robert Kennar’s expose on the government ally protected policies that force scientists to modify, farmers to overproduce, livestock to suffer and citizens to get sick will leave you with lots to consider. The Blu-Ray includes deleted scenes, celebrity PSAs on the issue, “Nightline’s” interview with the CEO of Chipotle, and 40 minutes of previously unseen footage.


Forrest Gump (Chocolate Box Gift Set)

Does Forrest Gump present an overly-simplistic perspective of the Baby Boom generation’s trials and tribulations? Sure. Did it deserve to win best picture over Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption? No way. But c’mon, cynics: why all the Gump hate? The movie has a few big laughs, some of the best special effects of its time, and a protagonist who, as played by Tom Hanks, is one of recent cinema’s most fundamentally decent heroes. The new Forrest Gump Chocolate Box Gift Set is loaded with making-of docs, interviews, and audio commentary from director Robert Zemeckis, producer Steve Sharkey, and art director Rick Carter. And that’s all we have to say about that.


It’s A Wonderful Life – 2-Disc Collector’s Gift Set

Like Yule logs and eggnog, the holidays wouldn’t be the same without a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life. Which, come to think of it, is pretty strange; Frank Capra’s 1946 classic is darker and more disquieting than most noirs, as its hero George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) embarks on a tumultuous journey of the soul before arriving at his titular conclusion. If you haven’t seen this heartrending classic, the It’s a Wonderful Life Two-Disc Collector’s Gift Set, on DVD and Blu-Ray, is a good way to take the plunge (no pun intended). And though, this set contains no wings, it does come with a limited-edition Christmas ornament that will make you the envy of Bedford Falls, or whatever your hometown happens to be.


Wings of Desire – Criterion Collection

A substantial arthouse hit, Wings of Desire launched Wim Wenders to the forefront of world cinema, inspired a Hollywood remake (City of Angels), and almost certainly made Bono cry like a baby. And why not? It’s a wonderful film, full of grand romantic gestures and haunting black-and-white cinematography. Bruno Ganz stars as an angel who yearns for the messy complications of everyday life instead of the coldness of immortality. This new Criterion edition features a ton of interviews with the film’s cast and crew, as well as outtakes and audio commentary from Wenders and star Peter Faulk.


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Ultimate Collector’s Edition

In 1983, National Lampoon’s Vacation earned its spot as a tried and true comedy classic, which made the failure of its follow-up, 1985’s European Vacation, that much sadder. Who knew the franchise would return with a vengeance in 1989 with Christmas Vacation, which saw the Griswold family playing host to their decidedly less classy (is that even possible?) extended family during the holidays. Though critics still found Christmas Vacation inferior to the original, it found its niche as a classic holiday family comedy, sneaking its way into DVD players and onto TV channels every winter. Though this new release, available on both DVD and Blu-Ray, doesn’t offer any new special features, it does come nicely packaged in a nifty collectible tin, along with stocking stuffers like fake snow, a moose figurine, coasters marked with memorable quotes, and Clark’s Santa hat.


North by Northwest – 50th Anniversary Edition

North By Northwest is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most enjoyable thrillers, for reasons that are readily apparent. Featuring the ultra-suave Cary Grant at his wittiest, this espionage caper follows a hero on the run both from the authorities and a sinister cabal; his journey takes him across the country, where danger awaits at every turn. This 50th Anniversary Edition contains documentaries on Hitchcock and Grant, two in-depth looks at the film and its impact, an audio commentary from screenwriter Ernest Lehman, and a music-only track.


Rocky: The Undisputed Collection (Blu-Ray)

Alright kids, hold on to your gloves, because the ultimate collection of Rocky films is about to hit your video store shelves. Coming exclusively to Blu-Ray this week is Rocky: The Undisputed Collection. This seven-disc set contains not only every Rocky film, from the 1976 multiple Oscar-winning original to 2007’s Rocky Balboa, but hours of special features, including a boatload of featurettes, tributes to various contributors to the films (including Burgess Meredith), a video commentary track with Sly Stallone himself, and more. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the whole collection is on Blu-Ray, so you’ll get to see all the spatters of blood and spit in high definition.

Star Wars – The Clone Wars: The Complete Season One

Like a Korean War vet at the local VFW, Ben Kenobi wouldn’t stop yapping to young Luke Skywalker about his service as a Jedi Knight in the Clone Wars. Now you can discover what all the fuss was about. Chronicling the events between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the animated Star Wars The Clone Wars: The Complete Season One hits DVD shelves with a tie fighter-load of extended episodes and bonus materials, including a 64-page book of production stills and sneak peak at season two.

Tag Cloud

free movies Brie Larson comedies disaster Black Mirror archives 45 slashers Holidays Pop Lifetime Christmas movies ABC 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards all-time The Academy laika biography Ghostbusters james bond best IFC Films franchise 2021 Nickelodeon MCU dceu cooking Shudder emmy awards popular psycho name the review obituary Fall TV Hear Us Out golden globes sitcom Trivia robots Lifetime serial killer kids comic Travel Channel Pirates trailers DC Universe nbcuniversal Cannes screenings 4/20 boxoffice Mudbound miniseries TruTV Netflix Valentine's Day toronto child's play Red Carpet Superheroes TCA Awards Bravo National Geographic A24 Pride Month Polls and Games ratings Arrowverse canceled DirecTV technology spanish language aliens NYCC foreign Biopics Rock Calendar Mary Poppins Returns comiccon TLC Mindy Kaling TCA crime drama DC Comics YA Epix NBC The Purge anthology Shondaland Crunchyroll Comedy superman Opinion Star Wars E3 CBS All Access cats Mystery Logo Trophy Talk BBC America Disney+ Disney Plus BBC One crime thriller Stephen King RT History cancelled TV series south america die hard Awards Tour quibi FXX jurassic park Marvel Sony Pictures crossover natural history FX TNT Elton John 2017 Amazon Studios Hallmark Christmas movies award winner Action sequels Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt football nfl boxing Tomatazos Best and Worst CW Seed History Funimation Quiz zero dark thirty Adult Swim The Arrangement parents Masterpiece facebook TBS nature Photos Disney streaming service TCA Winter 2020 Marathons Fox Searchlight hist LGBTQ Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Apple TV+ Animation anime Baby Yoda green book BET spider-man elevated horror Netflix Christmas movies Winter TV indie adaptation SundanceTV Christmas criterion war Trailer Year in Review Syfy SDCC OWN BET Awards Endgame TV renewals First Reviews blaxploitation Country Disney Plus Freeform festivals italian spain 72 Emmy Awards kong The Walt Disney Company witnail Legendary cinemax crime docudrama Avengers Sundance Now 24 frames telelvision Schedule YouTube Premium Sundance Star Trek revenge Heroines chucky Tubi screen actors guild VOD Character Guide sag awards fast and furious unscripted rotten movies we love casting cartoon Discovery Channel Kids & Family Horror 20th Century Fox cancelled Winners GIFs Holiday Sneak Peek universal monsters black LGBT romance festival See It Skip It PaleyFest President asian-american AMC Premiere Dates 007 scorecard Toys 2019 children's TV Marvel Television Drama scary movies Film Festival The Walking Dead talk show Comedy Central batman reviews video on demand TIFF Music concert dc Black History Month Song of Ice and Fire PlayStation latino ghosts American Society of Cinematographers GoT VH1 Western hollywood Writers Guild of America cancelled TV shows HBO Go psychological thriller dogs Musical reboot twilight adventure breaking bad Watching Series HBO based on movie Sundance TV Apple Vudu Rocky Video Games Spring TV Box Office Television Academy Lucasfilm Amazon Reality Summer worst movies New York Comic Con mutant prank Mary Tyler Moore Nominations deadpool dragons Pet Sematary blockbusters Ellie Kemper Comic Book Sci-Fi Universal remakes Turner Grammys Disney Oscars Warner Bros. Television Critics Association Acorn TV golden globe awards Spectrum Originals Paramount Network Esquire Britbox cancelled television Pop TV sports hispanic halloween Musicals harry potter Apple TV Plus Awards critics classics Film theme song video Election doctor who ViacomCBS YouTube Red Peacock superhero El Rey Food Network jamie lee curtis docuseries Exclusive Video Classic Film kaiju Dark Horse Comics ITV movie ABC Signature cults IFC tv talk stoner CBS Academy Awards police drama Ovation ABC Family supernatural dramedy Disney Channel BAFTA spanish Hulu cars fresh USA Network women binge Hallmark Mary poppins 71st Emmy Awards stand-up comedy medical drama Tumblr comics spy thriller Interview Showtime hidden camera monster movies 2016 TV One Countdown french Nat Geo FX on Hulu APB period drama Fox News a nightmare on elm street vampires X-Men The Witch MSNBC Rocketman Amazon Prime Video Lionsgate finale christmas movies Paramount Plus mission: impossible MTV DC streaming service E! Marvel Studios Reality Competition Turner Classic Movies politics composers documentary Pixar Paramount romantic comedy 2020 game of thrones Crackle Super Bowl renewed TV shows Spike First Look streaming ID canceled TV shows travel Walt Disney Pictures game show 21st Century Fox japanese Rom-Com OneApp dark book Columbia Pictures YouTube zombie cops Extras WarnerMedia Cartoon Network WGN Emmys GLAAD Anna Paquin FOX Martial Arts satire king kong Amazon Prime DGA teaser SXSW social media transformers Emmy Nominations HBO Max historical drama VICE versus Infographic sequel news TV singing competition animated venice rt archives 2018 thriller blockbuster pirates of the caribbean discovery science fiction The CW television TV Land A&E PBS comic books true crime Broadway TCM Starz mockumentary zombies Tarantino RT21 strong female leads Podcast Fantasy political drama Binge Guide USA Set visit toy story australia space movies indiana jones Chernobyl godzilla Captain marvel Family joker razzies diversity Comics on TV halloween tv TCA 2017 justice league 2015 Teen San Diego Comic-Con what to watch Cosplay werewolf CMT documentaries Thanksgiving films Superheroe CNN BBC worst spinoff stop motion rom-coms Alien ESPN 99% rotten richard e. Grant Creative Arts Emmys series directors Certified Fresh independent Women's History Month