Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Ninja Assassin to The Fourth Kind

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Ninja Assassin to The Fourth Kind

Mar 16, 2010

This week: Korean pop star Rain gets super violent and Milla Jovovich sells a bag of baloney.

Ninja Assassin: Korean pop star Rain plays Raizo—one of the deadliest assassins in the world—who was taken from the streets as a child and raised with other orphans by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society considered only a myth. When his first love is executed by the clan for trying to leave, Raizo vanishes and waits to exact his revenge. Opportunity knocks in the form of a lovely Europol agent (Naomie Harris) who stumbles upon the clan by tracing a money trail linked to some political murders. Raizo re-emerges to protect her from wave after wave of ninja assassins in this over-the-top, insanely violent thriller that will leave action fans grinning from ear to ear. Extras: The DVD has some additional scenes; the Blu-ray adds featurettes about the myth and lore of ninjas, “Training Rain: Transforming a Singer/Dancer/Actor into a Powerful Ninja” and a sneak peek at Clash of the Titans. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me

The Princess and the Frog: Two-dimensional animation lives on in the latest Disney twist on a classic fairy tale about a beautiful girl named Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) who meets a frog prince who, natch, wants to be human again. A kiss leads them on an adventure through the bayous of Louisiana in this G-rated romp that your wee ones will enjoy. Extras: The DVD has the “Never Know I Needed You” video by Ne-Yo, “What Did you See?” Princess Portrait Game, deleted scenes and more; the Blu-ray adds several behind-the-scenes featurettes, “The Return to Hand-Drawn Animation,” “The Disney Legacy,” “A Return to the Animated Musical” and much more. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me (if you have children under 12)

The Fourth Kind: Steven Spielberg fans already know that a close encounter of the third kind is when one has contact with aliens. The fourth kind, we learn in a prologue by Milla Jovovich, is when alien abduction takes place. The filmmakers claim that this film is based on actual case studies done in Nome, Alaska about some real-life disappearances, and Jovovich is first the mouthpiece for their agenda in an intro where she insists that everything you are about to see is based on real events and then plays psychiatrist Dr. Abbey Tyler in the dramatic reenactments. Once you realize it’s all hogwash, it’s impossible to succumb to the movie’s cheap scares and manipulative techniques. Part Paranormal Activity and part Blair Witch Project, it’s not nearly as good as either. Extras: 23 minutes of deleted and extended scenes on the DVD and Blu-ray. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Forget Me

Did You Hear About the Morgans? If you didn’t, don’t worry about it, because this painful rom-com starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t the next Four Weddings and a Funeral or Sex and the City. Here Grant and Parker play a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. They witness a murder and become the target of a contract killer, so the feds whisk them off to a small Wyoming town where they are forced to slow down the pace and try to rekindle their passion. Did you hear what happens next? Go ahead…guess! Extras: The DVD and Blu-ray contain featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers and a commentary track. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Forget Me

Also new this week: Astro Boy (2009), Broken Embraces, South Park: The Complete 13th Season, Unrivaled, Wonderful World

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