July 20, 2011

DVD Releases

NEW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY:

"LIMITLESS," starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. A luckless, jilted and hopelessly blocked writer (Cooper) finds his miserable situation completely turned on its ear when he's introduced to NZT, a little-known drug that gives the user access to 100 percent of their brain, enabling Cooper to become an overwhelming success in every aspect of his once desperate life. But without conflict we'd have no movie, and director Neil Burger ("The Illusionist") tests his protagonist's newfound perfection with enough oddball plot elements for several films. It's this disregard for logic and order (coupled with the brilliant visual effects) that makes "Limitless" such a blast to watch. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:45

Suggested retail price: DVD $29.99; Blu-ray $39.99 

"TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT," starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris. Agreeable series of comic vignettes aims to do for the '80s what "American Graffiti" did for the '50s and "Dazed and Confused" did for the '70s. While it stacks up to neither of those classics, "Tonight" maintains the same air of genial aimlessness as its lead, a none-too-ambitious MIT grad (Grace, who co-wrote) attempting to woo his high school dream girl (Teresa Palmer) at a high school reunion party thrown by his old rival (Chris Pratt of "Parks and Recreation"). Meanwhile, his best friend (Dan Fogler) has not only stolen a car from the auto dealership he's just been fired from, but has found a bag of cocaine in the glove compartment. Rated R. Running time: 1:37

Suggested retail price: DVD $29.99; Blu-ray $39.99 

NEW ON DVD:

"DOCTOR WHO: SEASON SIX, PART ONE," starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Boasting the most rabid fanbase this side of "Harry Potter," this BBC revamp of the long-running, anything-goes sci-fi series finds the good "doctor" and his companions spending their sixth season righting intergalactic wrongs against such backdrops as '60s-era America, an island monastery and even a pirate ship. A no-brainer purchase for fans, but newcomers should definitely go back to the first season to discover for themselves what all the buzz is about. Not rated, contains mild language and violence. Running time: 5:15

Suggested retail price: DVD $24.98; Blu-ray $29.98 

"TEKKEN," starring Jon Foo and Gary Daniels. A fairly entertaining attempt to adapt the popular video-game fighting franchise to live action follows Jin (Foo, "The Protector") in his brutal quest to become "King of the Iron Fist," an honor bestowed on the last man standing in a potentially lethal hand-to-hand combat tournament. Rated R. Running time: 1:32

Suggested retail price: DVD $26.98; Blu-ray $39.99 

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

"AMELIE," starring Audrey Tautou and Matthieu Kassovitz. A serious contender for the most charming movie of all time, this fantastical romantic comedy from 2001 follows the beguiling Tautou as she sets about improving the lives of those around her (and occasionally creating problems for meanies) through elaborate and clever schemes, ultimately saving the grandest scheme of all for her own imperfect life. Endlessly clever, with eye-popping visuals tailor-made for Blu-ray technology. Rated R. Running time: 2:02

Suggested retail price: $19.99 

"BOYZ N THE HOOD," starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube. A critical and commercial smash, this 1991 drama from director John Singleton (then a mere 23 years of age) paints a dire and unforgettable picture of life in South Central L.A. during the late '80s and early '90s. A then-unknown Gooding stars in his first leading role as Tre Styles, a well-meaning teen trying to avoid the criminal lifestyle adopted by his peers, including the troubled but loyal Doughboy (Cube). Unavoidably dated in terms of fashion but still packing an enormous emotional punch, "Boyz" remains essential viewing. Special features include deleted scenes and a commentary from Singleton. Rated R. Running time: 1:52

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