New on DVD & Blu-Ray: RoboCop, Lone Survivor, and Breaking Bad

by | June 3, 2014 | Comments

We’ve got a couple of explosive action films headlining the column this week, along with another retelling of the greatest story ever told, a new box set for an iconic TV series, a few indie films, and a handful of TV season sets. Read on for details:



Joel Kinnaman stars as Alex Murphy, a police officer in a near-future Detroit who barely survives a car bomb explosion, only to be reborn as the titular cyborg as part of an experimental program. José Padilha’s RoboCop split critics down the middle at 49% on the Tomatometer; though most felt it did little to distinguish itself from Paul Verhoeven’s subversive 1987 film, quite a few thought the remake was a lot better than it had any right to be. The DVD/Blu-ray/digital copy/UltraViolet pack includes a handful of deleted scenes, three featurettes, ten Omnicorp-branded spotlights on the various machines and weapons from the film, and a couple of trailers.

Lone Survivor


This based-on-true-events story stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster as a team of Navy SEALs tasked with the covert elimination of an important Taliban leader; when they are unexpectedly discovered by local shepherds, things quickly take a turn for the worse. Though some critics found what they considered a jingoistic angle to be a bit hard to swallow, most were taken by Lone Survivor‘s propulsive action and sheer visceral power, leading to a Certified Fresh 75% Tomatometer score. Disc bonuses are limited to one lengthy featurette profiling Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg’s character) and a number of shorter ones ranging in content from typical behind-the-scenes pieces to a collection of tributes to the real life soldiers involved in the failed operation.

Son of God


Pieced together from the History Channel’s 10-hour miniseries covering The Bible, Son of God focuses solely on the rise and fall (and rise again) of Christianity’s central figure, played by Portugese actor Diogo Morgado. Most critics agreed that this presentation of the oft-told tale was hokey and heavy-handed, not to mention a bit choppy and inelegantly constructed, and it earned a mere 21% on the Tomatometer. The faithful ones who will be picking this up can expect a couple of mini-docs on modern-day Christianity and a making-of video, among other extras.

Breaking Bad – The Complete Series

Widely considered one of the greatest American television series ever produced, Breaking Bad came to a close in late September last year, ending the meth-cooking misadventures of Walter “Heisenberg” White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Critics rated the show Certified Fresh in each of its seasons, all of which sit at an impressive 100% with the exception of the first (78%). The new box set being released this week contains essentially the same content as the previously available collectible set that came in the replica money barrel, except that it’s packaged more traditionally and doesn’t include all the nifty extras like the commemorative coin or the Los Pollos Hermanos apron. Otherwise, you’ll still get the 55 hours of bonus features, so this is ideal for anyone who was waiting for a more compact set.

Also available this week:

  • The Trouble with the Truth (93%), starring Lea Thompson in a drama about a divorced couple reuniting and reminiscing after their own daughter gets engaged.
  • What’s In A Name? (75%), a French comedy about a father-to-be who causes a family ruckus when he announces his child’s controversial name.
  • The Motel Life (71%), starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as two brothers on the run when one of them flees from the scene of a car accident.
  • The Pretty One (45%), starring Zoe Kazan in a coming-of-age comedy about a shy girl who assumes her twin’s identity when she falls for a new neighbor.
  • In the Blood (44%), starring Gina Carano and Cam Gigandet in a thriller about a deadly woman who must confront her past when her husband is kidnapped on their honeymoon.
  • Season one of Graceland (69%), which follows a team of law enforcement officers operating out of a confiscated mansion.
  • Season three of AMC’s mystery series The Killing (67%), which has been picked up by Netflix for a six-episode conclusion, scheduled to become available this August.
  • Season six of HBO’s vampire drama True Blood (40%), which begins its final season on June 22.
  • Season four of Comedy Central’s Workaholics, centering on three housemates/co-workers who also happen to be idiots.

Tag Cloud

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