Published Mar 02, 2011This week on the home entertainment front, runaway trains (not a Soul Asylum reference), morally ambiguous superheroes and giant glowing aliens make an appearance, each vying for funds relegated to leisurely pursuits. Here at Exclaim!, we have a rundown of what's hot and what's not in the world of escapist entertainment in our Recently Reviewed section.
Joining the ranks of an endless parade of similar, interchangeable boy comedies, Due Date (pictured) makes its DVD debut, detailing the monkey business of polar opposites Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis on a doomed road-trip race against time. Will someone interfere with animals? Will someone get kicked in the balls? Does someone express disinterest in adult responsibilities? Read our review to find out.
On the animation front, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey voice the latest Dreamworks release, Megamind, wherein the titular villain has a change of heart about his nefarious plans. Also featuring equivocal villains is the low-budget alien invasion movie Monsters.
For something a little more propulsive, we have a review of Tony Scott's latest exercise in frantic camerawork, Unstoppable, which our reviewer describes as Speed without a sense of humour. We also have a review of Zhang Yimou's A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop, which is a cartoonish take on the Coen Brothers 1984 directorial debut, Blood Simple.
Stepping back a few years, or even decades, Jim Carrey's poorly received but surprisingly clever dark comedy The Cable Guy makes its Blu-ray debut, as does the '80s actioner 48 Hours, wherein Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte bicker and fight crime.
As far as music DVDs go, we have the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of Depeche Mode explorations, Depeche Mode: Rewind, 30 Years at the Edge, which our reviewer describes as "dubious" and "half-hearted."
For these DVD releases and more, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.