RT on DVD

New on DVD & Blu-Ray: American Sniper, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and More

by | May 18, 2015 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got Clint Eastwood’s uber-successful war film starring Bradley Cooper, a comedy sequel that misfired badly, and some worthwhile TV to catch up on. Read on for details:


American Sniper (2014) 73%

For his latest film, director Clint Eastwood chose the story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who served four tours of duty in Iraq and racked up so many kills that he earned the nickname “Legend.” Based on Kyle?s own autobiography of the same name, the film splits time between Kyle’s (played by Bradley Cooper) exploits in battle — where his reputation earns him a rivalry with a deadly enemy sniper — and his life at home — where he marries his wife (Sienna Miller), has kids, and finds it difficult to readjust. Though some have criticized the film for its historical accuracy, most critics agreed that Eastwood’s direction and some fine performances work to deliver a gripping story. American Sniper went on to gross over $500 million at the box office, and it earned six Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Actor for Cooper’s performance), winning one for Best Sound Editing. Politics aside, it’s one of the better war films to come out in recent memory, and it received a Certified Fresh 73 percent on the Tomatometer.


Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) 14%

Back in 2010, Hot Tub Time Machine proved it was more than a joke title when it earned fairly positive reviews and some decent money. Whether or not its premise was ripe for a second go-round, though, was decidedly answered by its successor, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which didn’t even earn back its $14 million budget. The film follows up with three of the four previous time travelers (John Cusack wisely opted out), who this time jump to the future in pursuit of a mysterious assailant who has shot Lou (Rob Corddry) in his naughty parts. Looking for Adam, they meet his son (Adam Scott) instead, and together, the gang attempt to solve the mystery. Most critics felt HTTM2 was a lazily written, juvenile exercise in potty humor and unlikable characters, earning it a paltry 14 percent on the Tomatometer. You’re probably better off seeking out an actual hot tub and soaking for a couple hours.


 

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Leviathan (2014) (99 percent), the Certified Fresh Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee from Russia about a man and his wife battling to keep the land that has been in his family for generations.
Strange Magic (2015) (18 percent), an animated musical fairy tale about goblins, elves, and the like fighting each other over a magical potion.
Orange Is the New Black‘s second season, Certified Fresh at 97 percent, is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Boardwalk Empire is now available in a Complete Series Boxset on DVD or Blu-ray.
Welcome to Sweden‘s first season (82 percent) is available on DVD.
Glee‘s sixth season, as well as a complete series set, is available.

Tag Cloud

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