This week: A scarier sequel, a brutal remake, the The Social Network
of online porn, Wes Craven's latest, a Ridley Scott classic and the on-screen comedic pairing of Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver.
Paranormal Activity 2: The first Paranormal Activity sent shivers up and down audience's spines with its story of a young couple being terrorized by a supernatural presence. Paranormal Activity 2—the events of which take place concurrently with the original film—retains the first movie's amateur home video style but is even scarier, if you can believe it. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)
You Again: Kristen Bell plays a PR exec who flies home to find that her brother is marrying the girl that bullied her in high school. Meanwhile Bell's mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) is reunited with her son's future mother-in-law (Sigourney Weaver), who used to be Curtis's best friend in high school until they had a falling out. This could have been comedic gold with two extremely talented funny ladies like Curtis and Weaver, but director Andy Fickman takes the middle-of-the-road approach and the laughs are few and far between. It's all too restrained, stinks of in-flight entertainment and is, ultimately, a wasted opportunity. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain featurettes, an interview spoof and deleted scenes; the BD adds more deleted scenes and a gag reel. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me
Middle Men: Think of this comedy-drama also based on a true story as online pornography's answer to The Social Network. The story follows two morons (Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht) who have the genius idea of charging people's credit cards for access to online adult material in the '90s. The duo partner with a Russian mobster for access to new skin and are then forced to enlist the help of businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) to get them out of trouble. Harris—a happily married family man—fools himself into thinking he's staying clean in a dirty business. Although the film has a bit of an identity crisis (it starts off as a comedy and tries to get all serious towards the end), it makes up for it with a helping of sex, beautiful women, violence and general audaciousness. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain an audio commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes and a "Slap Montage." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
I Spit on Your Grave (2010): This remake of the reviled 1978 cult film—which also makes its Blu-ray debut today—is about a big-city novelist (Sarah Butler) who shacks up at an isolated cabin to write her book only to be brutally raped by a bunch of hillbillies. One by one Butler exacts her bloody revenge on her redneck attackers in this unrated role-reversal shocker that is tailor-made for the Fangoria crowd. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a commentary track, a featurette and deleted scenes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
My Soul to Take: The latest from horror maven Wes Craven is about a group of seven teens who were all born at the exact moment a small-town killer known as the Riverton Ripper was killed. Now, 16 years after the Ripper's death and their births, the Riverton Seven are starting to get dispatched in the same way as the Ripper's original victims. Although there are some jumpy moments and well-shot sequences, the unfamiliar cast is too green and the teen-speak dialogue tries too hard ("Wake up and smell the Starbucks") to recommend this to anyone except diehard Craven fans. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain an audio commentary, an alternate opening, alternate endings and deleted scenes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me (and hold out for Craven's Scream 4).
Thelma & Louise (Blu-ray): Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) are two friends forced to go on the lam in a '66 Thunderbird after Louise shoots and kills Thelma's rapist. The gorgeous Western landscapes (including Brad Pitt's torso) in the 20th anniversary edition and Blu-ray debut of Ridley Scott's female-power classic have never looked better, and the story about the bond between two women literally pushed to the edge still resonates two decades later. Forget about goofy faux feminist romps like the Sex and the City movies—Thelma and Louise are the real deal. Best extras: Commentary tracks, deleted and extended scenes, an extended ending with optional commentary by Scott, featurettes, storyboards, Glenn Frey's "Part of You, Part of Me" music video and more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Also New This Week: Beauty and the Briefcase, For Colored Girls, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Life as We Know It, Legends of the Fall (BD) and Rush Hour (BD)