This week: Ryan Reynolds
is buried alive, prisoners race deadly cars for their lives and Timothy Olyphant
is a U.S. marshal who doesn't miss.
Buried: Ryan Reynolds is a truck driver working in Iraq who wakes up to find himself buried in a coffin with a cell phone, a lighter and not much else in this claustrophobic thriller that will literally have you gasping for air. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)
Death Race 2: This prequel to the 2008 action film Death Race follows the story Carl "Luke" Lucas (Luke Goss), a bank robber who became the most popular driver in the history of Death Race. Luke is sentenced to Terminal Island—a prison owned by the Weyland Corporation that forces dangerous criminals to participate in televised death matches for entertainment. Considering what passes for fun on reality TV nowadays, you can expect something like this to be commonplace in the near future (picture the Kardashians racing Snooki and the loser getting sheared or something). Death Race 2 has some surprisingly good special effects for a straight-to-disc flick and co-stars Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames, so fans of the first film and the featured tough guys will race to this one. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have a commentary track, deleted scenes and some short behind-the-scenes featurettes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Justified: The Complete First Season: Timothy Olyphant plays Raylan Givens, a U.S. marshal stationed in Miami who is forced to gun down a criminal in a popular upscale hotel. His superiors decide to station the brooding, cowboy-hat-wearing sharpshooter to his hometown in Kentucky despite his protests. There he finds that things have changed a little since he left: one of his past coworkers is a neo-Nazi, his ex-wife has remarried, and here is Raylan thrust back into the middle of a situation he never wanted to revisit. This well-written Southern-fried series is a cut above your typical cop drama, so if you enjoyed Olyphant as a lawman in movies like The Crazies be sure to give Justified a look before the second season premieres on FX. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentaries, a featurette in which author and producer Elmore Leonard discusses the short story that inspired the pilot, "Shooting for Kentucky," "Long Hard Times to Come" music video, "Meet the Marshals" and a sneak peek at season two. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Stone: Robert De Niro plays a parole officer days away from retirement who reviews the case of arsonist Gerald "Stone" Creeson (Edward Norton), who is up for parole. Stone's wife, Lucetta (Milla Jovovich), tries to use her sexual charms to coerce a decision out of De Niro in this slow-moving drama about dark impulses and corruption. A movie with these three leads should be much more engaging—their talents are wasted here. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a making-of featurette and a trailer. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me
Also New This Week: Animal Kingdom, Checking Out (BD), Fire on the Amazon (BD), Lebanon, The Naked Kiss (BD), Shock Corrider (BD), Takers