I Want My DVD: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

by admin February 21, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Stop, thief! Somebody stole Eddie Murphy's career!

Tower Heist
Tower Heist was intended to serve as Eddie Murphy's big comeback vehicle after a string of moderately successful (but critically reviled) kids movies. And director Brett Ratner goes out of his way to recapture the silver-tongued comic's glory days, introducing his character -- master criminal (in his own mind, anyway) Slide -- with a scene that deliberately echoes his breakout flick, 48 Hrs.. And Murphy is definitely the best thing about this otherwise wan heist comedy, which strands a good cast (Ben Stiller! Matthew Broderick! Alan Alda!) with mostly bland material. The actual heist in particular disappoints, ending with a surprise reveal that makes about as much sense as Murphy's decision to make Norbit.
Extras: A commentary track with Ratner, his editor and the movie's co-writers (not surprisingly, Murphy is nowhere to be heard), a video diary and additional featurette, deleted scenes, a gag reel and a pair of alternate endings.
Click here to read our original review

Martha Marcy May Marlene
Sean Durkin's impressive debut feature is a tense, moody psychological portrait of a young woman (Elizabeth Olsen, in a terrific performance) that's trying to readjust to her old life after fleeing a cult. Jumping back and forth in time, the film effectively places viewers inside the main character's fractured state of mind. Expect to be thinking and talking about the provocative final shot long after the credits roll.
Extras: Durkin's short film Mary Last Seen, which serves as a prequel of sorts to the main feature, four featurettes and an extended conversation with the filmmakers.
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On the Bowery
An important piece of cinematic history and a fascinating film in its own right, Lionel Rogosin's 1956 feature On the Bowery fused documentary and narrative techniques in its depiction of life along a real life boulevard of broken dreams, the Manhattan stretch of road known as the Bowery. Rogosin cast real Bowery residents in his film and shot extensively in the bars and flophouses that dotted the neighborhood. The result is a remarkable time capsule of a New York that's long since vanished.
Extras: An introduction from Martin Scorsese and two making-of documentaries helmed by Rogosin's son, Michael, as well as a pair of archival films depicting life on the Bowery in the '30 and '70s respectively. A second disc offers two more Rogosin features: 1957's Out, about Hungarian refugees fleeing their country post-revolution and 1964's Good Times, Wonderful Times an anti-war film intended to critique America's involvement in Vietnam.

The Son of No One
When he's not taking paycheck roles in movies like G.I. Joe and The Vow, Channing Tatum does the indie thing with director Dito Montiel, who previously collaborated with the ex-stripper on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and Fighting. Their latest feature together casts Tatum as a New York cop struggling to come to terms with a dark secret in his past. The rest of the ensemble includes Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Juliette Binoche and Tracy Morgan in a rare (for good reason) dramatic turn. Although it possesses an appropriately scuzzy vibe, this extended homage to '70s cop dramas lacks the gravitas, compelling narrative and memorable cast of characters that still make those movies favorites with filmmakers and film buffs alike.
Extras: A commentary track with Montiel and a batch of deleted scenes.

Also on DVD:
Clint Eastwood's latest Oscar hopeful J. Edgar fell short at the box office and with critics despite a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as the infamous FBI founder, J. Edgar Hoover. Blame Dustin Lance Black's overstuffed script and Eastwood's flat direction rather than the star. The Shrek movies may be taking a temporary time out, but DreamWorks Animation isn't about to stop milking money from the franchise. Puss in Boots spins off Antonio Banderas's scene-stealing, swashbuckling kitty into his own adventure. Remember Honey? That 2003 Flashdance knockoff with Jessica Alba and her body double shaking her booty as an East Harlem dancer? Well, nine years later, someone finally made a direct-to-DVD sequel... minus Alba, natch. Honey 2 instead features Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham as an ex-juvie who returns to her home in the Bronx and falls in with a crew of street dancers. A minor hit in theaters, Emelio Estevez's latest directorial effort The Way stars his dad, Martin Sheen, as a grieving father who decides to honor his dead son's memory by hiking through the Pyrenees.

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