Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Killers to MacGruber

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Killers to MacGruber

Sep 07, 2010

This week: Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher dodge bullets on-screen while Will Forte tries to sidestep the SNL curse.

Killers: Do you remember the chemistry that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had on-screen in Mr. and Mrs. Smith that lit fires offscreen as well? Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher don't even have a spark of that in this rote rom-com as a young married couple with a serious stumbling block—Heigl is unaware that Kutcher is a contract killer until bullets start to fly. You’ll wish they wouldn’t duck. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have the ironically titled "Killer Chemistry: Behind the Scenes With the Killers' Cast," deleted/alternate/extended scenes and a gag reel. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me

MacGruber: The problem with films based on Saturday Night Live skits like Coneheads, It's Pat, A Night at the Roxbury, Superstar, The Ladies Man and pretty much every other SNL flick except The Blues Brothers and Wayne's World is obvious: a funny short sketch doesn't usually translate into a funny feature-length film. In MacGruber, Will Forte plays the MacGyver-ish leading man who, with the help of Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig, tries to stop Val Kilmer from nuking Washington D.C. The crude, juvenile humor on this unrated disc (highlight: MacGruber makes really strange sex sounds) works much better when lubricated with a generous serving of your favorite liquor. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a feature commentary, deleted scenes and a gag reel. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (if you just left happy hour).

Solitary Man: Michael Douglas leads an all-star cast (Danny DeVito, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Aaron Eisenberg) in this sophisticated adult comedy about a man (Douglas) who has it all: a successful career, beautiful family and luxury Manhattan pad. The problem is that the same irresistible charm that got him where he is could also cause his life to unravel. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain an audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast and the theatrical trailer. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Tommy (Blu-ray): The Who's surreal rock opera directed by Ken Russell stars Roger Daltry in the titular role of the character who, at the age of six, saw his father murdered by his mother and her lover. The traumatized boy retreats into the darkness of his mind and becomes deaf, dumb and blind in this Oscar-nominated musical that features Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Jack Nicholson and many more stars circa 1975. Best extras: Despite Tommy looking and sounding better than it ever has for its Blu-ray debut, Sony skimped on any extras whereas some international DVD versions have hours of bonus features. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Also New This Week: Forbidden Planet (read the full review in Disc-y Business tomorrow), Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season, The Office: Season Six, Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, That Evening Sun, The Phantom (2010) and Wonders of the Solar System

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