A comic-strip canine gets a live-action update and Tyler Perry talks marriage…again.
Marmaduke: There's a group of people out there that personify their pets and will go see any movie featuring a talking pooch. This live-action adaptation of the comic strip features the voice of Owen Wilson as the titular Great Dane who, along with his cat pal Carlos, moves from rural Kansas to California with owner Phil (Lee Pace). Marmaduke discovers that he literally does not fit in and there are plenty of gags about the teenaged dog's size. Marmaduke also features the voices of George Lopez, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland and Emma Stone but is strictly for the dogs. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "Cowabarka! Surfing Dogs," "Canine Casting" and deleted scenes; the BD adds a gag reel and "Puppy Marmaduke and Kitty Carlos: Home Movies." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me.
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?: This sequel to 2007's Why Did I Get Married? stars Janet Jackson, Tasha Smith, Jill Scott, Louis Gossett Jr., Malik Yoba, Michael Jai White and, of course, Tyler Perry, to name a few in the huge ensemble cast. The comedy follows four couples as they gather in a resort in the Bahamas for their annual one-week reunion where they reconnect and share stories about their relationships and lives. If you're really into safe movies tailor-made for in-flight entertainment, this will satisfy all of your undemanding desires. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "Girl Talk: The Women of Married," "Male Bonding: The Men of Married," a couples character guide and Jackson's "Nothing" video. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me
House: Season Six: Hugh Laurie's amusingly misanthropic Dr. Gregory House is what keeps viewers coming back year after year to TV's best medical drama. This season begins with House having checked himself in to a psychiatric hospital while his staff deals with the moral dilemma of treating a controversial African dictator in addition to solving their usual medical mysteries. The best episodes include "5 to 9," which shows the inner workings of the hospital through Dean of Medicine Dr. Cuddy's (Lisa Edelstein) eyes, and "Lockdown," the first episode directed by Laurie himself. Best extras: Available on both DVD and, for the first time, Blu-ray, the sets contain "Before Broken: An Exclusive Original Short," "A Different POV: Hugh Laurie Directs," "A New House for House," New Faces in a New House" and episode commentaries. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Deep Blue Sea (Blu-ray): Even when director Renny Harlin is bad, he's so good. This soggy 1999 action flick stars Saffron Burrows, Michael Rapaport, Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane and LL Cool J as the staff of Aquatica, a giant undersea research laboratory where experiments are being done on sharks to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The only problem is that the sharks are getting smarter, which means everyone is on the menu once a violent storm hits the station and frees some of the Mensa-worthy fish. The dialogue is hilarious (pay close attention to Jackson's rousing speech), the Nineties CG effects make the sharks look less real than Speilberg's "Bruce" in Jaws, and some of the actors seem unaware of the campy film they're in, but this is still one of the most entertaining killer-fish flicks ever made. Best extras: This Blu-ray debut is currently only available at Best Buy and, as such, details about extras are unconfirmed, but here's to hoping that the documentaries and deleted scenes from the old DVD version are ported over. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Also New This Week: Evil Dead (read the full review in Disc-y Business tomorrow), The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season, Once an Eagle, Brothers and Sisters: The Complete Fourth Season, Sons of Anarchy: Season Two, Harry Brown, Red Riding Trilogy and 9th Company