New On DVD
By ANDY GRAY
New this week on DVD / Blu-ray:
“The Monuments Men” – The true story of a group of mostly middle-aged art historians/experts recruited to help find and protect artistic treasures during World War II is turned into an entertaining men-on-a-mission tale with a great ensemble cast featuring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville. It won’t be an Oscar contender, but it’s a better movie than the mixed critical response it received would indicate.
All versions include the featurettes “George Clooney’s Mission” and “Marshaling the Cast.” Blu-ray buyers also get deleted scenes and two additional featurettes, “The Real Monuments Men” and “A Woman Amongst the Monuments Men.” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $30.99 DVD, $40.99 Blu-ray)
“Pompeii” – Kit Harrington plays a slave-turned-gladiator trying to save the woman (Emily Browning) he loves from being forced to marry a corrupt senator (Kiefer Sutherland) in this action tale directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.
A commentary track with the filmmakers and the featurettes “The Assembly” and “The Volcanic Eruption” are included on all versions. The Blu-ray editions include 20 deleted and alternate scenes as well as additional featurettes focusing on the stunts, production design, costume design and the ancient history that loosely inspired the film. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $30.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 3D Blu-ray)
“About Last Night” – Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Christopher McDonald and Joy Bryant star in this remake of the Rob Lowe-Demi Moore movie of the same name that looks at the challenges of dating among young singles.
The featurette “An Un-Romantic Comedy” comes with all editions. On the Blu-ray, the cast offers relationship advice and the featurette “I Love You?” looks at the effect those words have on a relationship. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $30.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray)
“3 Days to Kill” – A Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) with a terminal illness is offered an experimental drug that could save his life – if he does one last job. The only problem is the assignment comes at the same time he’s supposed to be taking care of his teenaged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). Amber Heard and Connie Nielsen costar.
The Blu-ray includes an extended cut of the film as well as a making-of featurette and “McG’s Mission.” All versions include the featurette “Covert Mission.” (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,
“Grand Piano” – Elijah Wood plays a concert pianist returning to the stage for the first time in years because of debilitating stage fright. Right before he goes on stage he gets a message that if he plays one wrong note, he’ll be killed. John Cusack costars in this thriller. (Magnolia Home Entertainment, $26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray)
“Vampire Academy” – Not all movies based on best-selling young adult novels are box-office gold. This film based on the series of books set at a boarding school for peaceful vampires and their half-human / half-vampire guardians pretty much killed any hopes of the rest of the books making it to the screen.
Extras include an alternate opening, deleted scenes and a conversation with author Richelle Mead. (Anchor Bay, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray)
“In Secret” – Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange and Oscar Isaac star in a movie, based on Emile Zola’s 19th Century novel “Therese Raquin,” about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who falls in love with her husband’s friend.
Writer / director Charlie Stratton recorded a commentary track, and the disc also includes deleted scenes. (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, $26.98 DVD)
New on DVD
New this week on DVD and Blu-ray:
“Veronica Mars: The Movie” – More than 90,000 people pledged a total of $5.7 million to finance this film that continues the television series that ran from 2004-07. Kristen Bell plays the title character, who now is about to graduate from law school and has to help an ex-boyfriend (Jason Dohring) accused of murder. Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra and Chris Lowell costar.
Extras include deleted scenes and a featurette that chronicles the film from the Kickstarter launch through production. (Warner Home Video, $28.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray)
“The Art of the Steal” – Kurt Russell plays a former art thief who teams up with his brother (Matt Dillon) for “one last heist.” Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick and Kenneth Walsh costar.
Writer/director Jonathan Sobol is joined by producer Nicholas Tabarrok for a commentary track. Other extras include “Doing the Crime: Making the Art of the Steal” and “The Making of the Theft of the Mona Lisa.” (Anchor Bay, $24.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray)
“Still Mine” – A man decides to build a smaller home on their farmland to make it easier to care for his wife, but his plan runs afoul of local officials and building regulations in this drama starring James Cromwell, Genevieve Bujold and Ronan Rees. (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, $22.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray)
“Making the Rules” – For those wished, after having to hear “Blurred Lines” a kajillion times in the last year, that Robin Thicke would try acting, well, wishes come true. He stars opposite Jaime Pressly in a romantic comedy about a workaholic chef who has to take the summer off after cutting her hand and rekindles things with an ex-boyfriend.
Extras include deleted / extended scenes and an interview with writer / director Jimbo Lee. (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, $26.98 DVD)
“Survival Code” – In this futuristic thriller, a former MMA fighter turned politician must return to his roots – a cage fight against corrupt Russians to protect his town. Ty Olsson, Patrick Gallagher, Terry Chen and Michelle Harrison star. (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, $26.98 DVD)
“After the Dark” – In this drama, a philosophy professor proposes this dilemma to his 20 graduating students – which 10 should be picked to live underground and help restart society in the wake of a nuclear disaster and which 10 should be sacrificed? The cast includes Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movies) and Daryl Sabara (“Spy Kids”). (Phase 4 Films, $16.99 DVD and Blu-ray)