RT on DVD

RT on DVD: The Golden Compass, 27 Dresses, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Also new: How She Move and Diamond Dogs featuring Dolph Lundgren!

by | April 28, 2008 | Comments

If you, like many others, opted out of The Golden Compass while it was in theaters, never fear; your chance to watch it at home has arrived. Then again, instead of picking up that or the underwhelming wedding rom-com 27 Dresses, you could go for the wondrous, Oscar-nominated Diving Bell and the Butterfly. More new releases inside.


The Golden Compass


Tomatometer:
41%

Set in a fantastical alterna-universe with talking bears and animal BFFs, The Golden Compass seemed so promising in its epic story of a young girl battling a sinister organization. And though it’s fun to label New Line’s costly adaptation of Philip Pullman’s series a major disappointment, it nearly doubled its $180 million budget in foreign sales — yet, who knows if any sequels will be made? Now’s your chance to catch the Brit fantasy adventure on DVD.

Bonus Features:

Go for the two-disc edition for writer/director Chris Weitz’s commentary track (is the Magesterium a stand-in for the Catholic Church?) and a whopping eleven featurettes.

27 Dresses



Tomatometer: 40%

“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” Whose bright idea was it to turn every single woman’s most hated saying into a romantic comedy? James Marsden — who almost never gets the girl — is a reporter who wants to write about the world’s busiest matron of honor (Katherine Heigl). Heigl, whose career lows include starring opposite Gerard Depardieu in My Father, the Hero and appearing in the lowest-grossing movie in recent memory (Zzyxx Road, which earned $30 at the box office. Yes, $30.) should have been able to turn her Knocked Up and Grey’s Anatomy successes into something more.

Bonus Features:

Four featurettes and deleted scenes come with the release.

Fun fact: 27 Dresses features tons of actually great songs from the likes of Justice, Regina Spektor, Feist, Bloc Party, and Amy Winehouse.

Not so fun fact: None of the above appear on the soundtrack, which is all instrumental.


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


Tomatometer: 94%

Now here’s a must-see film. Katherine Heigl thinks being single is tough? Try being totally paralyzed, save for one eyeball, and blinking out your memoirs. Such is the real-life story of magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, whose autobiography became the basis of artist Julian Schnabel’s incredibly haunting film of the same name.

Bonus Features:

An otherwise standard behind-the-scenes video is especially fascinating with Diving Bell, thanks to the inventive ways Schnabel chose to film from Bauby’s first-person perspective (for example, watching doctors sew Bauby’s eyelid shut — from the inside!). If you’re one to appreciate imaginative filmmaking and cinematography, the bonus menu should be fairly fascinating.


How She Move

Tomatometer: 68%

Unlike teen dancing flicks Step Up and You Got Served (and more like the excellent Stomp the Yard), this urban tale blends eye-popping choreography with some semblance of plot. Set in Toronto’s gritty immigrant ghetto (Who knew Canada had ghettos — or street dancing!) How She Move centers on a female step dancer (the ripped, American newbie Rutina Wesley) who joins a crew to pay for college.

Bonus Features:

Character and rehearsal featurettes are the most spectacular offerings on this release. What, no dance-along tutorial? Put in High School Musical 2 instead.


Diamond Dogs

Tomatometer: N/A

Oh, Dolph Lundgren; what hath time wrought? The heir-apparent to the Steven Seagal-Chuck Norris subgenre of low-budget cheesy action is back again with another direct-to-video film — which we wouldn’t normally cover here, but Lundgren is the man: a 6’5″ blonde Swedish blackbelt with a master’s degree in chemical engineering who chose a life of cheapo chopsocky stardom making flicks with titles like Hidden Agenda, Direct Action, and now, Diamond Dogs.

Bonus Features:

You can watch a making-of featurette (hey, it’s more than last week’s One Missed Call offered), but let’s get back to Lundgren. Diamond Dogs, besides sharing its name with David Bowie’s 1974 glam concept album, is Lundgren’s 18th straight direct-to-DVD movie. He hasn’t been in a theatrical release since 1996’s Silent Trigger. We may never see him on the big screen again.

Tag Cloud

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