RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Dark Knight Rises Completes the Trilogy

Plus, an acclaimed indie, an older romance, and some found-footage horror.

by | December 3, 2012 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got some good new releases and a few reissues worth mentioning. Among them are the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, an award-winning indie drama that got a lot of people talking this year, and a couple of Pixar movies available in new sets. See below for the full list!

The Dark Knight Rises


After two critically acclaimed and commercially successful Batman films, it was up to Christopher Nolan to deliver the final chapter in similarly rousing fashion. And while it would have been difficult for anyone to replicate the phenomenal success of 2008’s The Dark Knight, Nolan came pretty close, concluding his trilogy with a tale of redemption that scored a Certified Fresh 87%. Picking up the story eight years after the events of the last film, TDKR finds Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) living as a recluse in his Gotham mansion while the city enjoys a time of peace. When a new enemy emerges and threatens to destroy Gotham, Bruce suits up yet again to meet the challenge and clear Batman’s name. Critics say the film is a satisfying, spectacular finish to the series, both thoughtful and action-packed, even if it doesn’t quite measure up to its immediate predecessor. The film is available this week in a standalone edition or in a complete trilogy package, and includes featurettes on the making of the film, the characters, Wally Pfister’s cinematography, and the history of the Batmobile.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green


Peter Hedges has established a solid career as a screenwriter (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) and helmed a couple of fairly well-received films (Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life), but he’s never quite tackled magical realism before. Judging by The Odd Life of Timothy Green, maybe he should keep it that way. The story here revolves around young couple Jim and Cindy (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner), who are unable to conceive. After burying a box full of their ideal child?s characteristics in the back yard, a young boy suddenly arrives on their doorstep, claims them as his parents, and exhibits all the traits they collected in the box, leading them to believe they’ve received a miracle. Critics felt that the film’s heart was in the right place, but its story is so thinly written and cloyingly sentimental as to turn off most viewers. If you don’t mind all that — or its 39% Tomatometer — then you might find this a heartwarming little yarn.

Hope Springs


Generally, you don’t see many romantic movies about older couples, and when you do, they’re often either pat or patronizing. Leave it to seasoned vets like Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep, then, to make a movie examining mature relationships that actually works. Hope Springs stars Jones and Streep as Arnold and Kay, a longtime married couple who have hit a rut. Wanting to reconnect with her husband and reintroduce some excitement into their love lives, Kay convinces a reluctant Arnold to fly with her to Great Hope Springs and engage in a week of therapy with a renowned specialist (Steve Carrell). Almost predictably, both Jones and Streep make the most of their roles here, and critics couldn’t get enough of them. Its conclusion probably won’t blow any minds, but Certified Fresh at 73%, Hope Springs has enough thoughtful insights and grown-up laughs to satisfy those looking for a less raucous rom-com.

Beasts of the Southern Wild


Every year, there are a few very small films that tour the festival circuit, gradually (or immediately) building buzz and promising to make waves, come awards season. This year, that film is Beasts of the Southern Wild, a fantasy drama that has already won awards at Cannes and Sundance, among others. A first-time effort for writer/director Benh Zeitlin, his co-writer Lucy Alibar, and star Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts is a Louisiana set tale about a young girl named Hushpuppy (Wallis) who lives with her unhealthy father Wink (Dwight Henry) in a bayou community. The pair endure a storm and subsequent flood before Wink’s health begins to fade, and Hushpuppy sets out to find her mother. Critics were enamored with young Quvenzhane Wallis, and for many, the film’s emotional journey was on par with other quintessentially American coming-of-age tales. Certified Fresh at 86%, the film is available this week for those who want to know what the fuss is all about.



Whether or not you’ll enjoy Butter is a matter determined, it would seem, by whether or not you live in the Midwest, and even then, it probably doesn’t really matter that much. A thinly veiled slice of American satire, Butter stars Jennifer Garner as the wife of a butter sculpting champ (Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell) who decides to enter the annual competition when her husband is forced to retire. However, she’ll have to face fierce competition from a local stripper (Olivia Wilde) and an adopted girl (Yara Shahidi), all the while balancing her tumultuous private life. Critics agree that the cast is full of talented people, but there’s both a lack of subtlety in the attempted satire and a disquieting air of self-satisfaction that permeates the story; in other words, it’s neither as incisive nor as funny as it could have been, and that’s why it sports a 35% on the Tomatometer.



Anthology films can be tricky endeavors, as it can be difficult to maintain both a consistent theme and a consistent level of quality in a film when several directors are involved. This seems to have been the case for V/H/S, a collection of found-footage horror shorts by people like Joe Swanberg (Nights and Weekends) and Ti West (The House of the Devil), among others. The framing story finds a group of criminals hired to retrieve a videotape from a house occupied only by a corpse in the living room, sitting in front of a collection of televisions and VHS tapes. As different videos are played to determine which is the one the thieves are looking for, audiences are treated to the other bizarre recordings that comprise the rest of the film. At 51%, V/H/S impressed a few critics who felt the film found some interesting ways to play with its format, while others felt the execution was too hit-or-miss. Horror fans may take their chances, but make sure to take some Dramamine.

Silent Night


If you listen to the Rotten Tomatoes Radio Show on Sirius XM, you might have caught Malcolm McDowell telling one of our editors to do something very specific to himself last week. Well, Mr. McDowell was on the show to talk about this movie, a loose remake of the 1984 holiday horror movie Silent Night, Deadly Night. In this update, McDowell plays Sheriff Cooper, a small-town lawman on the lookout for a serial killer stalking his community in a Santa Claus suit. Unfortunately for the sheriff, it’s Christmas Eve, and there are Santas everywhere, so which one is his killer? Silent Night opened last Friday in limited release, but it gets its DVD release tomorrow, and though it only has a handful of reviews so far, at 63%, it’s actually got a much Fresher Tomatometer than the original; a true holiday treat for the kiddies.

Also available this week:

  • Pixar films Finding Nemo and Up are both available in new 5-disc editions this week, complete with assuredly great extras included.
  • The Criterion Collection is also releasing two reissues: Terry Gilliam’s Brazil and Purple Noon, the René Clément-directed 1960 adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
  • The brutally violent and adult-themed classic anime film Ninja Scroll is available on Blu-Ray with Japanese commentary subtitled in English.
  • Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can becomes available on Blu-ray, with extras largely found on the previous DVD release.

Tag Cloud

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