August 15, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'The Big Wedding' / 'The Company You Keep' / 'Olympus Has Fallen' / 'Girls: The Complete Second Season' / 'Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season'


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Robert Redford in “The Company You Keep.” Shia LeBeouf also stars.

Sony Pictures Classics

"THE BIG WEDDING," starring Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton. Would-be wacky hijinks ensue in this loose remake of the 2007 French farce "Mon frere se marie," which gathers an amusingly unlikable family led by drunken sex fiend patriarch De Niro and uptight ex-wife Keaton for the inevitably chaotic nuptials of adopted son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) and his wife-to-be, Missy (Amanda Seyfried). Adding to the madness are siblings Katherine Heigl and Topher Grace, who each bring their own baggage to the proceedings. Rated R. Running time: 1:29

Suggested retail price: $19.98; Blu-ray $24.99 

"THE COMPANY YOU KEEP," starring Robert Redford and Shia LeBeouf. Still foxy after all these years, director-star Redford busts out a good, old-fashioned, '70s-style thriller for grown-ups. "Company" follows Redford as a former Weather Underground member who reunites with fellow former activists Nick Nolte and Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") while attempting to elude the FBI and a tireless young reporter (LeBeouf) after interest in a bank robbery he was involved in 30 years ago is rekindled. Rated R. Running time: 2:05

Suggested retail price: $30.99; Blu-ray $35.99 

"OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN," starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart. It would appear Hollywood is really intent on blowing up the White House lately, what with Channing Tatum saving D.C. from certain destruction in "White House Down" and Butler doing the same in "Olympus," in which he plays a disgraced Secret Service Agent forced to reacquaint himself with his former duties when terrorists swarm our nation's capital. It's "Die Hard" in the White House, a whole lot of mindless fun. Rated R. Running time: 2:00

Suggested retail price: $30.99; Blu-ray $40.99 

"GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON," starring Lena Dunham and Allison Williams. One of the most discussed TV series of the past decade, Dunham's queasily addictive brainchild offers more squirm-inducing yet relatable moments, transporting brave viewers back to their twenties more vividly than one previously thought possible. Bad decisions and heartbreaking conversations abound, with Hannah (Dunham) back on the dating scene while still playing nurse to her injured ex (Adam Driver), and Marnie (Williams) finding her job prospects unexpectedly bleak. Special features include commentaries from cast and crew. Not rated. Running time: 6:30 

Suggested retail price: $39.98; Blu-ray $49.99 

"ONCE UPON A TIME: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON," starring Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin. ABC successfully gets in on the fantasy bandwagon with this popular series, which gathers a variety of familiar faces from fairy tales and classic literature together in the land of Storybrooke. Some impressive effects and fun performances highlight this age-old tale of good vs. evil. Not rated. Running time: 15:46 

Suggested retail price: $45.99; Blu-ray $79.99 


"THE MUPPET MOVIE: THE NEARLY 35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION," starring the voices of Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Yes, you read that correctly. Kermit, Piggy and the gang first graced the big screen back in 1979, more than three decades ago, but thank to Jason Segel's recent revamp (and its upcoming sequel), they're back in the limelight where they belong. This set is the ideal way to remind oneself how sublime Henson's felt family was back in their heyday. Special features include behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes. Rated G. Running time: 1:35 

Suggested retail price: $29.99 

"SECONDS," starring Rock Hudson and Salome Jens. Well ahead of its time, this widely acclaimed 1966 thriller from director John Frankenheimer ("The Manchurian Candidate") features one of Hudson's finest performances as Tony Wilson, a wealthy, attractive individual with a beautiful house and a satisfying, enjoyable life. It's a situation threatened only by the fact that Tony used to be Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph, "Serpico"), an unassuming middle-aged banker who signed up for an intriguing service that effectively turns you into a different person with a new life, but controls your life henceforth.

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