New on DVD
By ANDY GRAY
New this week on DVD and Blu-ray:
“We’re the Millers: Extended Cut”- This was a surprise summer hit in theaters, earning about $150 million. Jason Sudeikis stars as a small-time drug dealer who recruits his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), a nerdy teen (Will Poulter) and a runaway (Emma Roberts) to pose as his family as he tries to smuggle marijuana in from Mexico.
The movie is being released on DVD and Blu-ray in an extended cut. Other extras include the nine-part featurette “Stories from the Road” along with deleted scenes, gags and additional outtakes. (Warner Home Video, $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo)
“2 Guns” – This somewhat convoluted crime tale has been turned into a star vehicle for Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as rival undercover investigators who find out they’ve been double crossed. Director Baltasar Kormakur (who directed Wahlberg in “Contraband”) is smart enough to realize they are his best weapons, and the script by Blake Masters gives the stars plenty of room to banter, to push each other’s buttons and strut their stuff. It also supplies meaty scenes for a supporting cast that includes Edward James Olmos, James Marsden, Bill Paxton, Paula Patton and Fred Ward.
All versions include deleted / extended scenes, the featurette “Undercover and into Action” and a commentary track with director Baltasar Kormakur and producer Adam Siegel. Blu-ray buyers get three additional featurettes – “The Good, the Bad and the Sexy,” “Finding the Vibe” and “Living Dangerously.” (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray)
“Disney’s Planes” – Originally produced as a direct-to-video release, this “Cars”-with-wings animated feature ended up grossing nearly $90 million in theaters.
Extras include deleted scenes, the animated “Franz’s Song” and the featurettes “Klay’s Fight Plan,” “Top 10 Flyers” and “Meet the Racers.” (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, $29.99 DVD, $44.99 Blu-ray / DVD combo, $49.99 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo)
“The World’s End” – Director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who previously collaborated on “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” reteam for a third feature about five men who attempt to complete a pub crawl they first tried when they were students. This time a new set of otherworldly obstacles await.
All versions include a making-of featurette and a commentary track with director/screenwriter Wright and star/screenwriter Pegg. Blu-ray buyers get two additional commentary tracks – one with actors Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine and a second with Wright and director of photography Bill Pope – deleted / alternate scenes and nine additional featurettes. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray)
“Paranoia” – Liam Hemsworth plays a young employee forced to go undercover at a rival company to learn its secrets and gets caught in the middle of a battle between the rival CEOs (Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford). Amber Heard costars in a thriller directed by Robert Luketic. (20th Century Fox, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray)
“The To Do List” – Aubrey Plaza stars as a bookish teen who creates a to-do list of all the sexual experiences she wants to experience before going to college in this comedy costarring Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Donald Glover, Andy Samberg and Scott Porter.
Hader joins director Maggie Carey on the commentary track. Other extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel and the featurettes “Maggie Carey: Directing Her To-Do List” and “Dirty Mouth.” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $30.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray)
New On DVD
By ANDY GRAY
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition” – After making four movies out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Peter Jackson is in the midst of turning the 300-page “The Hobbit” into three separate films, the first of which clocked in at 169 minutes. For those who can’t get enough of this world – and the box-office grosses indicate there are many of them – Jackson and New Line / Warner Home Video are releasing an extended edition with 14 additional minutes a month before the second installment hits theaters.
After a somewhat bare bones release in March, this Blu-ray edition includes a commentary track by Jackson and co-writer Philippa Boyens and two discs with about 9 hours of featurettes and minutia. (New Line / Warner Home Video, $34.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $54.98 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray combo)
“Grown Ups 2” – Adam Sandler and buddies Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade are back together playing buddies in this sequel where Sandler’s character moves back to his hometown and deals with bullies old and new. Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello costar.
All versions include a digital download copy, eight deleted scenes and the featurette “Shaq and Dante: Police Force.” Blu-ray combo pack buyers get three additional featurettes – “Look Who Stopped By,” “Mr. Spade’s Wild Ride” and “The Feder House.” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $30.99 DVD, $40.99 Blu-ray / DVD combo)
“White House Down” – Being second with a similar premise – White House under attack! – didn’t help this movie, which earned $20 million less than “Olympus Has Fallen” with a budget estimated at twice the size. The President (Jamie Foxx) is in jeopardy and a cop (Channing Tatum) passed over for the Secret Service is the only one who can protect him.
All versions include a digital download copy and four featurettes that look at the pairing of Tatum and Foxx, the direction of Roland Emmerich and other facets. Blu-ray buyers get a gag reel and nine additional featurettes, many of which focus on the special effects and action sequences. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $30.99 DVD, $40.99 Blu-ray / DVD combo)
“Turbo” – Ryan Reynolds provides the voice for a snail that dreams of being a race car in this animated feature.
The Blu-ray includes multiple featurettes, music videos and an interactive “Shell Creator.” (Dreamworks Animation, $29.98 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray / DVD combo, $48.99 3D Blu-ray combo)
“Parkland” This movie that looks at the events surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination through some of the peripheral characters (doctors at the hospital where Kennedy was taken, the Dallas chief of the Secret Service, Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother) got mixed reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and didn’t generate much interest in limited release. It’s being rushed out on DVD in time for the 50th anniversary of the shooting.
Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, James Badge Dale and Jackie Earle Haley are part of the ensemble cast. (Millennium Entertainment, $19.99 DVD, $24.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo)
“Girl Most Likely” Kristin Wiig’s first starring role post-”Bridesmaids” didn’t get the same love from audiences or critics. She plays a woman forced to move back in with her family after personal and professional disappointments. There she clashes with her mother (Annette Bening), mom’s new boyfriend (Matt Dillon), the pop star impersonator (Darren Criss) now renting her old bedroom and others.
Extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel and the featurettes “Making Most Likely” and “Life in the Human Shell.” (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray)
“Lovelace” Amanda Seyfried plays “Deep Throat” star Linda Lovelace in a movie that tells the story of a low-budget porno that became a pop culture phenomenon and tells Lovelace’s story of torture and abuse. Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Bobby Canavale, James Franco and Sharon Stone costar. (Anchor Bay, $24.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray)
“Passion” Brian DePalma directs this tales of ambition, sexual intrigue and murder inside a corporate office starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. (Entertainment One, $24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray)