RT on DVD

RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I

Plus, a stoner comedy, a critically acclaimed doc, and a Disney classic.

by | February 7, 2012 | Comments

Last week was especially robust with new releases, so it’s not surprising that only a few new items of note are hitting shelves this week. Among the rereleases are the George Cukor classic A Star Is Born, the 1967 James Bond parody Casino Royale, the 1963 ensemble screwball comedy It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and the romance Love Story. The new releases include the latest installment of a certain vampire love saga, the third film starring a lovable stoner duo, and Roland Emmerich’s pseud-historical period thriller. Then, we’ve got the highest rated documentary of 2011, another Disney classic in hi-def, and a couple of films from a French New Wave auteur. See below for the full list!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I

25%

Stephenie Meyer’s vampire-human-werewolf romance has captured the female demographic (from tweens to grandmothers) since the first book was published back in 2005, and the film adaptations have understandably been a huge hit as well. The latest chapter in the saga, which amounts to the first half of the final book, debuted last November to the tune of over $280 million in domestic totals and a worldwide gross exceeding $700 million. By now, it’s well known that the Twilight films haven’t earned the best reviews, but that didn’t stop hordes of fans from watching the marriage of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), the subsequent consummation of that marriage (finally, right?), and the ensuing complications that arise when a human attempts to birth a vampire. Even within the franchise itself, Breaking Dawn Part I sports the lowest Tomatometer at 25%, with critics calling it slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally hilarious moments. But let’s be honest: this film was made exclusively to satisfy its existing fanbase, who are only too eager to eat it up; everyone else will have to be content with the fact that there’s only one more to go.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

68%

If Cheech and Chong taught us anything, it’s that stoner humor can have surprising longevity, given the right ingredients (chemistry between its leads, appropriately outrageous scenarios, and copious amounts of ganja). With that in mind, John Cho and Kal Penn have taken up the mantle of the aforementioned duo and given audiences three movies of varying success, the latest of which hits shelves this week. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas finds our titular tokers as somewhat estranged friends, Harold (Cho) having stopped smoking marijuana since getting married and Kumar (Penn) having let himself go after his girlfriend dumped him. Harold, however, has promised a perfect Christmas to Mr. Perez (Danny Trejo), his father-in-law, and when Kumar accidentally burns down Mr. Perez?s tree, he and Harold are again caught up in wild hijinks. Not quite hitting the highs of the first installment but certainly besting the second, Christmas offers more raunchy, irreverent laughs, and though it’s still a bit hit-or-miss, critics enjoyed seeing the pair’s sweeter sides.

Anonymous

45%

If you’ve taken any college (or even high school) level course on Shakespeare, you’ve probably been exposed to the centuries-old controversy that asserts the famous bard’s prolific writings are actually the work of another man. While scholars are never able to prove with any solid evidence precisely who this other man was, many believe the most likely candidate was Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. Anonymous aims to dramatize this angle, dressing the story up in political conspiracy, romantic intrigue, and the power struggles of the Elizabethan elite. And who better to bring you this story than… Roland Emmerich? The guy who did Stargate, Independence Day, and 2012? Yes, that Roland Emmerich. And while the film did manage only a 47% on the Tomatometer, most critics felt it certainly could have been much worse. Anonymous boasts visual flair and emotional bombast, but it too often and too desperately tries to convince the audience of the authenticity of its story, and that’s where it loses steam. Still, if a period potboiler is up your alley, you may get a kick out of it.

Project Nim

97%

Remember that movie last year starring James Franco about the scientist who brings home a baby chimp and attempts to raise it as a member of his own family? Well, Project Nim is basically that same story, except it took place in real life and didn’t end with a massive primate riot. The film documents a fascinating project undertaken during the early 1970s to determine whether or not a chimpanzee raised from birth in a human family could learn enough sign language to indicate some form of syntactic comprehension. Following the chimp subject, Nim Chimpsky, from the time he was taken away from his mother all the way through the end of the project, and several years after, the film intersperses archival footage and contemporary interviews with the various caretakers, handlers, and teachers that passed in and out of Nim’s life. At 98% on the Tomatometer, Project Nim took home the Golden Tomato Award in the Documentary category, with critics calling it equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking. It’s a fascinating film, and it’s more than likely worth your while to check out.

La Jetée/Sans Soleil – Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

One of the more eccentric directors to be associated with the French New Wave, Chris Marker’s dazzling films often blur the line between cinema and art, between documentary and essay. Ironically, his best known work is a movie that doesn’t even move: La Jetée, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi short that tells a story using still photographs, was the basis for Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. The globetrotting experimental essay Sans Soleil reflects on the nature of memory, using images and people from Japan, Africa, Europe, and the U.S.; it served as an influence on Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. A sparkling new Criterion Blu-ray/DVD will help you to get a feel for this most playful of cerebral filmmakers; in addition to new digital transfers, the disc includes several interviews with Marker and docs about his work.

Lady and the Tramp – Diamond Edition Blu-Ray

93%

As they seem to be doing once or twice a year these days, Disney is releasing yet another of their animated classics in brand spanking new Blu-ray this week. This time, it’s the 1955 canine romance Lady and the Tramp, about a cocker spaniel from a wealthy family who runs away from home and falls in love with a mutt from the wrong side of the tracks. While it may not be as revered in the studio’s canon as, say, any of its princess-themed movies, Lady and the Tramp was, in fact, both Disney’s first feature film — after fourteen before it — based on an entirely original story and its first film in Cinemascope, two pretty significant milestones for the animation giant. Granted, the themes present here are all quite familiar — star-crossed love, notions of class distinction, diamonds in the rough — but in true Disney fashion, the film finds ways to be relatable both to adults and children alike. At 88% on the Tomatometer, it may not be at the top of everyone’s Disney list, but we know there are a lot of you out there who love the movie, so now’s your chance to get the Blu-ray.

Tag Cloud

FX Sundance serial killer Dark Horse Comics japanese First Look Pop TV worst Musical spanish language theme song FX on Hulu Turner Classic Movies franchise Netflix Christmas movies high school a nightmare on elm street Holidays Amazon Studios Image Comics what to watch Horror suspense chucky Ghostbusters Best and Worst free movies 71st Emmy Awards Turner Mary Poppins Returns Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Marvel Studios Spectrum Originals Logo television Calendar cults BBC One National Geographic Winners The Arrangement psycho hispanic binge sitcom AMC Vudu joker The CW indie Emmys Native Crackle Apple TV Plus festival heist movie 2019 broadcast Schedule rt labs critics edition lord of the rings Television Critics Association asian-american dc 007 Martial Arts scene in color film series streaming movies Cannes GLAAD basketball space LGBT crime thriller Brie Larson ratings italian hollywood black comedy 45 Baby Yoda Sneak Peek Valentine's Day Nominations VOD RT History mutant richard e. Grant 2017 21st Century Fox cartoon 73rd Emmy Awards adventure canceled TV shows American Society of Cinematographers universal monsters news pirates of the caribbean Oscars spy thriller Best Actress IFC Films DGA Legendary 72 Emmy Awards Hulu MSNBC ITV Lucasfilm Set visit TBS TCA 2017 Christmas archives Rocketman Syfy USA 2015 Tarantino Holiday obituary Pet Sematary TNT 2020 finale Starz SXSW See It Skip It period drama Extras Reality DC Comics YouTube Red MGM Sundance Now Hallmark Christmas movies Fall TV sopranos Funimation live event latino quibi critic resources deadpool stand-up comedy Universal Pictures Walt Disney Pictures ABC Family Paramount Pictures elevated horror TruTV telelvision Shudder Cosplay young adult Film Festival 20th Century Fox Super Bowl Disney Channel Country teaser historical drama debate SDCC Polls and Games new star wars movies OWN war sports technology Sundance TV slashers dark stop motion superhero Shondaland justice league aapi mob Heroines TV One Winter TV documentary Academy Awards Creative Arts Emmys golden globe awards CBS All Access witnail MTV Netflix 24 frames discovery parents TCM spanish olympics facebook OneApp romantic comedy Best Actor Universal rotten directors cancelled TV shows spider-verse new zealand Reality Competition toy story casting blockbusters art house Classic Film halloween ESPN die hard Spike comedies docudrama science fiction Rocky hispanic heritage month The Purge TIFF know your critic social media blaxploitation Ovation Family indiana jones popular PaleyFest Election posters godzilla Pride Month Pacific Islander Elton John twilight Fox Searchlight Lifetime Christmas movies DC streaming service Chernobyl El Rey summer preview 4/20 PBS french satire WarnerMedia Masterpiece Sony Pictures Indigenous Britbox transformers concert Hallmark History movies robots saw Marvel zero dark thirty Watching Series A&E game of thrones boxoffice Fargo independent genre stoner Comedy TCA HFPA vampires Amazon Prime Video target scene in color Emmy Nominations ABC cancelled zombies Fantasy children's TV Paramount Network golden globes marvel cinematic universe Action Chilling Adventures of Sabrina films Character Guide monster movies Film 99% kong Fox News movie foreign Drama hist talk show Women's History Month GIFs ID Travel Channel child's play Adult Swim Prime Video spain Columbia Pictures IMDb TV NBA Alien adenture criterion legend halloween tv Rock Spring TV book summer TV Wes Anderson Certified Fresh game show Comedy Central Photos FOX Mystery Hear Us Out football razzies TV Land 90s gangster scary movies Food Network video on demand screenings crossover jurassic park live action nature politics WGN Star Trek A24 blockbuster Premiere Dates TV movies BET Awards travel psychological thriller Acorn TV VH1 TCA Awards Tumblr sequels biography werewolf breaking bad Comic-Con@Home 2021 comic book movies TCA Winter 2020 rt labs comiccon YouTube Esquire HBO Max nbcuniversal kaiju 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sony Best Director mcc streaming Pop Endgame San Diego Comic-Con classics summer TV preview Geeked Week 2021 video comics spinoff Tokyo Olympics best Exclusive Video MCU Superheroes king arthur emmy awards japan Discovery Channel series ABC Signature comic book movie TLC VICE PlayStation laika streamig APB RT21 Showtime dragons crime drama Star Wars Celebration Quiz diversity 79th Golden Globes Awards women Biopics Trivia TV Apple TV+ crime dreamworks batman TV renewals CMT DC Universe romance Lionsgate singing competition anime dexter Apple Amazon First Reviews anthology Trophy Talk cancelled TV series natural history Pixar Comic Book superman comic new york cinemax scene in color series thriller Freeform doctor who fresh rt archives E3 Focus Features Interview Mindy Kaling SundanceTV composers worst movies Red Carpet cats Star Wars Western CBS Podcast mockumentary 2016 political drama comic books Disney+ Disney Plus james bond Nickelodeon Bravo Epix ViacomCBS Peacock Ellie Kemper disaster Mary poppins X-Men Infographic miniseries tv talk Disney Writers Guild of America scary Broadway Stephen King Superheroe LGBTQ FXX slasher cops AMC Plus jamie lee curtis Thanksgiving prank Paramount Plus Nat Geo Trailer unscripted South by Southwest Film Festival Awards Tour The Witch royal family zombie Video Games true crime Musicals target christmas movies Warner Bros. Year in Review Pirates ghosts harry potter IFC BBC leaderboard hidden camera HBO Go venice screen actors guild DirecTV award winner police drama rotten movies we love dogs Arrowverse Tomatazos Binge Guide Disney Plus rom-coms versus CNN animated international Mary Tyler Moore black trailers NBC Avengers Neflix YouTube Premium all-time nfl marvel comics sequel Teen Paramount toronto Song of Ice and Fire Grammys kids name the review Crunchyroll aliens remakes HBO Mudbound Sci-Fi scorecard strong female leads documentaries australia President cancelled television wonder woman Black History Month dramedy canceled Lifetime Tubi Marvel Television NYCC Marathons Rom-Com medical drama Summer Box Office supernatural book adaptation BAFTA based on movie 94th Oscars fast and furious Hollywood Foreign Press Association Comics on TV Black Mirror critics Animation feel good Music E! south america Captain marvel Toys SXSW 2022 reviews USA Network Tags: Comedy boxing interviews mission: impossible BET vs. king kong Kids & Family The Walt Disney Company Countdown Oscar CW Seed obi wan 2018 reboot renewed TV shows New York Comic Con action-comedy sag awards Amazon Prime cars festivals YA The Academy The Walking Dead GoT Anna Paquin adaptation cooking spider-man Instagram Live green book Awards scene in color revenge trophy BBC America 93rd Oscars Best Picture Disney streaming service Television Academy docuseries dceu Cartoon Network 1990s Opinion biopic