This week: The coolest summer film you missed, a rote romantic drama, a collection of classics and the return of the Rat Pack.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Michael Cera plays the titular character—the bassist for the garage band Sex Bob-Omb—who must defeat seven evil exes to be with the girl of his dreams in this innovative action-comedy based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)
Grown Ups: Warning: this critically slammed comedy is from the people who brought you Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Click. If you're still reading, this ensemble Saturday Night Live reunion stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider as five childhood friends who reunite over one Fourth of July weekend for the funeral of their coach. Boys will always be boys, of course, and Sandler flicks will always find their audience it seems since Grown Ups grossed $158 million domestically. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a gag reel and "The Cast of Grown Ups"; the BD adds commentary with director Dennis Dugan, "Behind the Back Basket Riff-O-Rama," "Dennis Dugan: Hands On Director" and "The Lost Tapes of Norm Macdonald." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (if you still think Sandler is the final word in outrageous comedy), Forget Me (if you're the rest of us).
Charlie St. Cloud: In this sappy romantic drama that plays like a combination between any Nicholas Sparks adaptation and The Sixth Sense, Zac Efron plays a young sailor who gives up a scholarship to Stanford because of a promise he made to his dead brother. He instead becomes a caretaker at the cemetery where his brother is buried and lingers in the realm of the dead until he meets Tess (Amanda Crew), a fellow sailor who dreams of sailing around the world. Tess, natch, helps Charlie embrace life and leave the dead behind in this irritatingly predictable weeper that co-stars Kim Basinger and Ray Liotta. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, commentary by director Burr Steers, an on-location featurette with Efron in Vancouver and a conversation with psychics and parapsychologists about communicating with dead. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me
The Elia Kazan Collection: Martin Scorsese selects 15 cinematic classics by Elia Kazan for this handsome set. From film noir to period pieces, Kazan worked with Hollywood's finest (Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Gregory Peck and more) in landmark films like A Streetcar Named Desire, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Wild River, Splendor in the Grass, Boomerang!, Gentleman's Agreement, Pinky, Panic in the Streets, Viva Zapata!, Man on a Tightrope, Baby Doll, A Face in the Crowd, Wild River and America, America—all of which are included in this essential collection. Best extras: The documentary A Letter to Elia, written and narrated by Scorsese. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Ocean's 11: 50th Anniversary (Blu-ray): The classic Rat Pack heist film starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Angie Dickson gets a shiny Blu-ray upgrade for its 50th anniversary. When the lights go out on New Year's Eve in Vegas, Danny Ocean (Sinatra) and his 10 partners in crime exploit an opportunity to steal millions. Best extras: Commentary by Sinatra and Dickinson, an interactive Las Vegas then-and-now map, a Tonight Show excerpt featuring Sinatra and Dickinson and the theatrical trailer. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Californication: The Third Season: Playboy writer Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is back with a job as a university professor, which leads to new temptations of the female persuasion in this hilarious Showtime comedy. Highlights include '80s rocker Rick Springfield spoofing himself, Eva Amurri's turn as a student who moonlights as a stripper and Kathleen Turner as Charlie Runkle's (Evan Handler) sexually aggressive boss. Best extras: Blooper reel, "Marcie's Pajama Party," interviews with cast members and select episodes of The Tudors and United States of Tara. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Also New This Week: Sherlock: Season One, Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series, Ramona and Beezus, Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam, Lie to Me: Season Two, Ghetto Stories: The Movie, Antichrist, Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection and Love Ranch