Wondering what’s new to rent, buy, and stream at home this week? Here is a list of the new movies on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download this week and my attention-span-sensitive advice to buy-it, rent-it, or skip-it:
- Captain America: The First Avenger – Rent-it – Top 10 This Week – Marvel comics has a third great superhero film of the year with this pleasantly nostalgic, good-ole-fashioned, action adventure film starring Chris Evans as the first Avenger.
- Winnie the Pooh – Rent-it – Top 10 This Week – I’m not just saying this because my sister read every Winnie the Pooh story to me as a kid, Winnie the Pooh truly is a sweet and nostalgic family treat – it is a perfectly short family film for children (which Harry Potter is not!)
- Attack the Block – Rent-it – Top 10 This Week – If you liked Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead you will love this British sci-fi spoof about a group of inner-city kids who go to war with aliens.
- Shaolin – Rent-it – This film about feuding warlords and Shaolin monks is more of an epic drama than an kung-fu action-adventure, but the handful of hand-to-hand fight scenes are spectacular and the big-budget cinematography is beautiful. It’s no 13 Assassins though.
- Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings – Skip-it – Five Worst This Week – If you can resist not watching this mindless horror movie please do — otherwise you might actually enjoy this ridiculous fourth film.
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Rent-it – Top 10 This Week – Tinker Tailor is full of thrilling twists and a handful of recognizable faces (Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Tom Hardy) who star in this myterama about British spy during the Cold War.
Movies re-released on Blu-ray this week:
- Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy – Buy-it – This awe-inpsiring special-effects trilogy about dinosaurs living amongst humans in the 20th century gets progressively worse with each film, but the first is so utterly stunning (especially on Blu-ray) it justifies purchasing all 3 and having a “Back to Jurassic” movie marathon.
- The Conversation – Rent-it – This highly-paranoid 1974 film from Francis Ford Coppola stars Gene Hackman as a very private man and sound surveillance expert who’s hired to invade people’s private lives by listening in on their conversations.
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