DVD previews, January 8
Movie history, Charlie Sheen, Tim Burton and more are coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week. Bob Richards takes a look. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
(The Jazz Singer – Warner Brothers – Not Rated)
One of the most important motion pictures ever – 1927’s The Jazz Singer made talking pictures the standard and sounded the death knell for silent films. Besides being historic, it is a compelling, wonderful film. It’s been restored, and looks better than ever on blu-ray. Add hours and hours of wonderful historic shorts and bonus features and you’ve got My Pick of the Week!
(Anger Management – Lionsgate – Not Rated)
After Charlie Sheen’s very public firing from 2 ½ Men, he moved on to Anger Management. The first season of the semi-funny show includes 10 episodes on 2 discs along with a gag reel and two featurettes.
(Dredd 3-D - Lionsgate - Rated R)
Dredd is a very cheesy and somewhat enjoyable guilty pleasure. Dredd is not dreadful - at least not as dreadful as I thought it would be. Extras include six featurettes and a comic prequel.
(Frankenweenie - Disney - Rated PG)
Frankenweenie is a mostly fun homage to classic horror movies of the past. While it starts out strong, it seems a little padded and drags, but then kicks in into high gear at the end and the last third of the movie is a blast.
Extras include two shorts, two featurettes and a music video.
(House at the End of the Street - Relativity Media - Rated PG-13)
House at the End of the Street is a predictable, scare less, ho-hum, run of the mill thriller that is far beneath Jennifer Lawrence's talent. She gives an earnest performance that elevates this bland movie. Bonus features include a featurette and an unrated extended version of the film.
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