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Release Review – Week of February 21, 2012

This Week’s Big Releases

PUSS IN BOOTS
Synopsis: He’s Puss. In boots. There’s lots of Spanish accents and fairy tale characters – IN 3D. Featuring the voices of Antonio Bandaras, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis
Tomatometer Rating: 83%
Special Features: There are deleted scenes, a new short called “The Three Diablos” and several special features, most of which have cat related puns as their titles including: Kitten to Cat, Glitter Box Dance Off!, Klepto Kitty, Kitty Keyboard and Kitty Strikes Again.
Deals: Amazon has the blu-ray combo pack for $24.99 and you can get the 3D blu-ray combo pack at Target or Best Buy for $27.99.
Buy/Queue/Skip: This Best Animated Feature nominee charmed Mel well enough and if you’ve got kids and have already taken them to see ARRIETTY, then go QUEUE IT.

J. EDGAR
Synopsis: Directed by Clint Eastwood with a script from MILK screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, J. EDGAR tells the story of J. Edgar Hoover, who was the head of the FBI for nearly fifty years. Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, and Naomi Watts star.
Tomatometer Rating: 44%
Special Features: The only special feature on the disc is called “The Most Powerful Man in the World”, a retrospective on Hoover’s life and on the film itself.
Deals: The two-disc blu-ray combo pack, which includes a digital copy of the film, is on Amazon for $22.99
Buy/Queue/Skip: Leo swung for the Oscar fences, but the boring story, severe lack of gay, and awful makeup made this a mess. SKIP IT.

Also Available This Week

Also available this week is the Brent Ratnerfest TOWER HEIST, the absolutely incredible MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE starring Elizabeth Olsen.

If you’re in the mood for some pornstache goodness, try SON OF NO ONE with Channing Tatum, though JC might convince you otherwise.

Clint Eastwood’s UNFORGIVEN is available on blu-ray as well as the Bill Murray comedy MEATBALLS.

The BBC America series THE FADES is available along with the 80’s animated series HEATHCLIFF.

If you’re in the mood for a mix of camp, nostalgia, and murder, check out BAD ACTRESS, starring Beth Broderick, who most of us remember as Aunt Zelda in the Sabrina The Teenage Witch series from the 90s.

Best Buy has a handful of good deals this week, including the Special Edition of the first season of THE WALKING DEAD, the second season of ARCHER, and the fourth season of MAD MEN for $19.99 and THE DARK KNIGHT and INCEPTION on blu-ray for $12.99.

Manny’s Pick

My pick this week is THE WAY, starring Martin Sheen and written and directed by Emilio Estevez, the esteemed coach of The Mighty Ducks – represent. The film centers around a doctor (played by Sheen) who has to travel to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (Estevez) who died while attempting the The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. He chooses to take up the trail his son started and meets a host of people along the way who are all taking the trip for their own reasons. While the premise sounds simple, it’s all executed well and definitely worth your time. You can rent it for four bucks on YouTube, and it’ll make you feel better because it’ll help you forget about Charlie Sheen.

See you next week!

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