Tuesday, January 8, 2013

DVD/Blu-ray releases, Jan. 8

This week in new releases on DVD/Blu-ray

Cape Fear (NR)
The original 1962 classic is finally brought to Blu Ray this week. Gregory Peck stars as a lawyer Sam Bowden who puts away the vicious Max Cady (Robert Mitchum). Years later, Max is released and slowly begins mentally tormenting Sam and his family in this suspenseful tale of revenge and murder.

Dredd (R)
In this futuristic action flick based on the 2000 AD comic, Judges respond to a routine call to the Peach Trees Mega Block while on patrol, but Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and Rookie Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) discover that the Mega Block is actually used to as the manufacturing grounds for a new powerful drug called Slo-mo, all being controlled by the malevolent Mama (Lena Heady). Once the building is sealed off, Dredd and Anderson must fight to stay alive and survive wave after bloody wave of gangs and traps.

Frankenweenie (PG)
Young Victor wants nothing more than to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life. Using his genius and science, he is successful, but unfortunate consequences await them. Based off the original Tim Burton animated short.

Hit & Run (R)
In this Dax Shepard-directed action-comedy, Witness Protection Program enlistee Charlie (Shepard) attempts to get his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles, while evading his former gang (led by Bradley Cooper) and the cops.

House at the End of the Street (PG-13)
Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) and her mother move to a new town only to find out that the young girl that lived there had murdered her parents. Elissa becomes friends with their surviving son, Ryan (Max Thieriot) only to discover there is more terror to be discovered.

Jack & Diane
A werewolf movie that really isn't, this revolves around two teenage girls who fall in love and come of age in New York City. As Jack's tough exterior begins to fade, and Diane's sexuality awakens, the two must come to terms with the fact that their affair might be short-lived.

Anger Management: Season One
Charlie Sheen plays a former minor league ballplayer with anger issues who becomes an unorthodox therapist.

Archer: Season Three
The not-so-bumbling ISIS spy returns in the animated espionage/office comedy. Along with the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell and Judy Greer, this season has guest stars Patrick Warburton, Burt Reynolds, George Takei and Bryan Cranston. Not surprisingly, Archer drinks a lot and chases women, but does it while dealing with mommy issues, battling an Asian mafia and going to space.

Dallas: The Complete First Season
The Ewing family returns in the TNT reboot of the classic primetime soap. The action is led by Jesse Metcalfe and Josh Henderson, but Larry Hagman (who recently passed away) and Patrick Duffy are back to battle over oil and power.

Enlightened: The Complete First Season
After suffering a nervous breakdown, Laura Dern's former high-powered exec embraces meditation and self-help as she attempts to re-build her life in this Showtime comedy.

-Andrew Peters