RT on DVD

RT on DVD: The Simpsons, Stardust, and More!

Plus: An indie musical you'll love, Blade Runner redux.

by | December 17, 2007 | Comments

This week the shelves are packed, and just in time for the holidays! Check out the long-awaited big-screen debut of Springfield’s finest (The Simpsons Movie), Matthew Vaughn‘s fantastic tale of witches, romance, and flying pirates (Stardust), or, as we strongly advise, take a chance on one of the year’s best cinematic gems (Once).


The Simpsons Movie

Tomatometer: 88%

It took eleven Simpsons scribes to bring the yellowest family in America to the big screen — and a marketing campaign turning 7-Eleven stores into Kwik-E-Marts that can only be described as “inspired” — but the payoff was huge. After 19 more-or-less stellar seasons (ok, quite a few were less but it got better, didn’t it?) Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie made a fashionably late entrance into the movies, to the tune of over half a billion dollars and counting, with a feature-length adventure involving the destruction of Springfield, a pet pig, environmentalism, Albert Brooks, and Green Day.

 



Stardust

Tomatometer: 75%

Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ illustrated fairy tale captivated readers upon publication in 1997; a decade later, Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn enlisted the likes of Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Charlie Cox) in an English town called Wall bordered by a secret realm of magic, pirates and witches, the Certified Fresh Stardust dazzled critics with its heartfelt, if sprawling, tale of romance and adventure. Check out the DVD for behind-the-scenes commentary, deleted scenes, and a blooper reel.

Once

Tomatometer: 98%

John Carney‘s Irish Once is, quite simply, one of the best films of 2007. The micro-budgeted musical — shot for an astounding $160,000 guerilla-style, on the streets of Dublin — stars real-life artistic partners Glen Hansard (of The Frames) and Marketa Irglova, as a busker and an immigrant who meet and form an immediate musical bond. The Grammy-nominated soundtrack bears 13 hauntingly beautiful original songs, which alone are worth the price of admission. If you missed it in theaters — and a lot of you did — pick it up now on DVD.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut


Tomatometer: 96%

In 1982, Ridley Scott unleashed his stylishly noir sci-fi tale of replicants and blade runners onto the world, and geeks the world over were never the same. But whose vision did they see? After a 1992 Director’s Cut that was ironically not Scott-approved, we now have Blade Runner: The Final Cut. At 93 percent, the original version already had overwhelming critical praise; at 96 percent, Scott’s “final” vision, available this week, may be even closer to perfection.

Bring It On: In It To Win It

Tomatometer: N/A

The original Bring it On (2000) was a gem of a teen comedy about a privileged high school cheer captain (Kirsten Dunst) trawling the cutthroat waters of competitive cheerleading; the uninspired sequel, set on a college campus, provoked one to lament “it’s already been broughten.” Thankfully, a third installment (Bring it On: All or Nothing, starring Hayden Panetierre) revived the flagging franchise, leading us to hope, spirit fingers waving, that the feat could be repeated…in a third sequel! Bring it On: In It To Win It is that new hope — a cheertastic take on Romeo and Juliet. Sigh.

Balls of Fury

Tomatometer: 25%

If you’re like me, you love Comedy Central’s Reno 911; maybe, then, you won’t mind the underrated Balls of Fury, an Enter The Dragon-style spoof about the illicit ping-pong circuit starring Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, Maggie Q and James (Lo Pan!) Hong. Lo Pan!

Underdog

Tomatometer: 15%

Oh Jason Lee, what hath you wrought? You haven’t had this bad a critical ravaging since Stealing Harvard!

Tag Cloud

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