Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Repo Men to Rambo

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Repo Men to Rambo

Jul 27, 2010

This week: Jude Law and Forest Whitaker want your body while Rambo gets the extended treatment.

Repo Men: Healthcare reform is a distant memory in this futuristic sci-fi thriller where artificial organs are readily available to the public at a steep price via The Union. The company gives you a three-month grace period if you fall behind in payments, but after that it dispatches repo men—who have no regard for your safety, comfort or survival odds—to reclaim the body parts. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker are two of the best repo men in the biz, but when the tables are turned and Law becomes hunted due to his delinquent ticker, he devises a plan to take down The Union once and for all. This intriguing story is peppered with some shots of unforgettable violence, but the Dallas ending is a total copout. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain the theatrical and unrated version, the latter of which adds about eight minutes of footage not seen in theaters. Also included are deleted scenes, "The Union Commercials," "Inside the Visual Effects" and a commentary track. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Rambo: Extended Cut: Just before Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables shoots for retro-action nirvana in the theaters comes this extended cut of the already insanely violent fourth Rambo film from 2008. Here Rambo protects a bunch of mercenaries (including Julie Benz) in war-torn Burma by—what else?—blowing apart anyone who gets in the way. This extended version with nine extra minutes also comes bundled with the previous three films in Rambo: The Complete Collection on DVD and Blu-ray. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain over 90 minutes of newly created special features including "Rambo: To Hell and Back—Sylvester Stallone's Production Diary." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me (if you like red meat)

Ip Man: This semi-biographical film is based on the life of Ip Man (played here by Donnie Yen), a grandmaster of Wing Chun and the first person to teach the martial art openly. The story of Bruce Lee's master takes place in the 1930s when various schools would recruit disciples and compete them against each other. Ip Man won Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Awards and is the first of a planned trilogy. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain over two hours of extras, including deleted scenes, interviews with the cast and crew, a making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes footage and much more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Operation: Endgame: It must have sounded good on paper: two secret government agencies—Team Alpha and Team Omega—are locked together in an underground bunker and are notified that they have one hour until their entire operation is engulfed in napalm. Since the two teams hate each other, they start offing each other in increasingly sadistic ways with office supplies—staple removers, paper shredders and anything they can get their hands on. Too bad that the film starring Rob Corddry, Ving Rhames, Maggie Q, Jeffrey Tambor, Ellen Barkin and is more concerned with setting up the splatter shots than the story. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain an alternate opening, an alternate ending and a behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me

Also New This Week: Clash of the Titans (read the full review in Disc-y Business tomorrow), Batman: Under the Red Hood, Stargate Universe SG-U 1.5, Crack in the World, Dark City (1950), Union Station, The Only Way and Neighbor

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