Jeff Bridges plays a hard-living country singer on the mend and Tom Cruise gets an upgrade in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller.
Crazy Heart: Jeff Bridges won an Oscar this year for playing broken-down country crooner Bad Blake—a guy who knows the business end of a bottle after too many years on the road. A journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) sees the real man behind the musician, but is it too late for Blake’s redemption? Everyone seems to love a recovery story, especially the Academy (see Walk the Line). Extras: The DVD has deleted scenes and alternate music cuts; the Blu-ray has more of both plus interviews with Bridges, Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
Minority Report (Blu-ray): Steven Spielberg’s 2002 sci-fi thriller is a critically acclaimed gem based on a story by Philip K. Dick. A pre-couch-jumping Tom Cruise plays John Anderton, an officer in the Precrime Unit in Washington D.C. in the year 2054. For six years the city hasn’t had a single murder because the crimes have been predicted by three “precogs” who see the crimes before they happen and help the police intercept the killers. Anderton believes they are never wrong--until his own name comes up as a killer. Extras: Many of the extras on the already-available DVD are ported over for this Blu-ray debut, including several making-of featurettes. There is also over an hour of all-new exclusive BD extras in high definition, including “The Future According to Steven Spielberg,” “Inside the World of Precrime,” “Philip K. Dick, Steven Spielberg and Minority Report,” “Minority Report: Future Realized,” “Minority Report: Props of the Future,” “Highlights from Minority Report: From the Set,” “Minority Report: Commercials of the Future” and more. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me
The Lovely Bones: What the hell was Peter Jackson thinking? Saoirse Ronan plays a murdered young girl who watches over her devastated family and killer from the other side, which apparently looks like a CGI-generated douche commercial. Ronan’s calming, disembodied voice narrates the proceedings in what has to be the most flowery, ethereal and inappropriately pillow-soft exploration of a horrible crime ever filmed. Beware of angry icicles! Extras: The DVD is a barebones affair, but the Blu-ray has a 15-segment production diary. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Forget Me -- Fast
The Young Victoria: Emily Blunt plays Queen Victoria in this sumptuous Oscar-winning costume drama about the early years of her monarchy and her legendary romance with Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have deleted and extended scenes, a making-of featurette, “Lavish History: A Look at the Costumes and Locations,” “The Coronation,” “The Wedding” and “The Real Queen Victoria.” Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
Peacock: In this week’s must curious offering starring Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Susan Sarandon, Murphy plays a reclusive man whose life gets exposed after a train caboose runs off the tracks and destroys his house’s fence. Neighbors discover his split personality—he is both the man and the woman of the house. If you thought Murphy was a little cuckoo in Batman Begins, you’ll devour this yin-yang suspense yarn. Extras: The DVD has an alternate ending, making-of featurette, four deleted scenes and footage of Murphy rehearsing and trying to find the right notes for his character. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
Also New This Week: 44-Inch Chest, The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!, A Fork in the Road, Battleship Potemkin and Cheech and Chong’s Hey Watch This