RT on DVD

RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Legend of Hercules, Labor Day, and More

by | April 29, 2014 | Comments

We skipped RT on DVD last week because there wasn’t much to talk about; unfortunately, this week is only marginally better, with an epic action flop, a bit of a clunker from Jason Reitman, and another found footage horror movie. After that, we’ve got a handful of smaller releases, some of which are actually worth checking out. Read on for details:



The Legend of Hercules

3%

The first of two movies this year about the Greek demigod, The Legend of Hercules established a pretty low bar for Dwayne Johnson to overcome. Kellan Lutz stars as the titular hero, son of Zeus and the mortal Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee), who is betrayed by his stepfather, the King (Scott Adkins), and sold into slavery in Egypt. Presumed dead, Hercules secures himself a gladiator battle back in Greece, hoping to reunite with his lover (Gaia Weiss) and exact vengeance upon the King. Critics found very little to like here, calling the film a failure on almost every level, from its poor visuals and lackluster storytelling to its wooden acting and stale action sequences. Renny Harlin has directed his share of stinkers in the past, but at 3% on the Tomatometer, The Legend of Hercules is pretty bad, even by his standards.



Labor Day

35%

Beginning with his 2005 directorial debut, Thank You For Smoking, Jason Reitman was on a pretty impressive hot streak, so it was something of a shock when Labor Day elicited little more than a half-hearted sigh from critics. Based on the eponymous novel by Joyce Maynard, Labor Day stars Kate Winslet as divorced single mother Adele Wheeler, who takes her teenage son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) shopping one Labor Day weekend and runs into a mysterious injured man named Frank (Josh Brolin). Adele allows Frank to come home with them, and though he soon reveals he’s an escaped convict, he succeeds in winning them over. Winslet and Brolin are quite capable actors, of course, and they make the most of the material, but most critics found the tone so earnestly melodramatic that it rendered the film’s more calculated moments largely powerless. At 33%, this isn’t just Jason Reitman’s lowest-rated film, it’s the only Rotten film he’s directed, period.



Devil’s Due

18%

If you thought the found footage format had been pretty much exhausted by horror filmmakers, you thought wrong. In Devil’s Due, the latest of the genre, young couple Zach and Samantha McCall (Zach Gilford and Allison Miller) decide to document every step of their surprise pregnancy. Sam begins to behave erratically and Zach notices shadowy characters hanging around the house. Will things go full Rosemary’s Baby, or is it all just a harmless Candid Camera gag? Critics were quick to call out Devil’s Due on its derivative elements, taking care to note that the film draws from better predecessors but fails to do anything fresh with the ingredients. At 18% on the Tomatometer, it’s kind of a half-baked creepshow that relies on a mish-mash of familiar horror tropes.

Also available this week:

  • These Birds Walk (100%), a documentary about the fates of street children in Pakistan.
  • Certified Fresh Chilean importGloria (99%), about an aging divorcee whose budding relationship with a younger man prompts her to confront her past.
  • The Selfish Giant (97%), a Certified Fresh adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story about the relationship between two restless teenagers in northern England who steal and sell scrap metal.
  • Escape from Tomorrow (56%), about a recently unemployed man who descends into a surreal nightmare while vacationing in Disneyland with his family.
  • The Best Offer (55%), starring Geoffrey Rush and Jim Sturgess in a romantic drama about an introverted antiques dealer who comes out of his shell when he’s asked to restore the works belonging to an equally reclusive woman.
  • Gimme Shelter (22%), starring Vanessa Hudgens and James Earl Jones in a based-on-true-events story about a pregnant homeless teen who regains her footing with the support she finds at a shelter.
  • And lastly, from the Criterion Collection, Dino Risi’s 1962 road trip comedy Il sorpasso is available in a new DVD/Blu-ray combo.

Tag Cloud

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