Sandra Bullock’s Oscar-winning role comes home and a classic romance starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart makes its disc debut.
The Blind Side: While Sandra Bullock was off filming this family drama based on a true story, her husband was getting busy with a woman who has more ink than a giant squid. At least Sandy deservedly took home the Oscar for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy, an upper-class Southern woman who rescues homeless gentle giant Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) from the streets. The two develop a quick bond and Leigh Anne and her husband introduce Michael to football. Before long Michael becomes gridiron gold and college coaches compete to sign him in this inspirational football flick. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer, but the BD has many more exclusives like an interview with the real Michael Oher, “Acting Coaches: Behind The Blind Side,” “The Story of Big Quinton” and “Sideline Conversations.” Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me
The African Queen: Most people believe that every movie that’s worth a damn is already on DVD, and yet today we get the simultaneous DVD and Blu-ray debut of this classic 1951 romance directed by John Huston that has been meticulously restored. Humphrey Bogart won an Oscar for his role as gin-guzzling Charlie Allnut, the captain of a broken-down steamer called The African Queen who, against all odds, falls in love with missionary Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn) as they reluctantly join forces to torpedo a German gunboat in war-torn East Africa. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain “Embrace Chaos: Making The African Queen,” but you can also buy a Commemorative Box Set of either edition that comes with a radio broadcast audio CD, a film frame collectible reproduction, collectible postcards and a reproduction of Hepburn’s out-of-print memoir The Making of The African Queen or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me
Fantastic Mr. Fox: In this cute animated film based on the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl, Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) puts his 12 years of domestic bliss with his wife and son at risk when he returns to his wily ways and brings on the wrath of a couple of evil chicken farmers who threaten the entire animal community. Mr. Fox uses his naturally fantastic instincts to save his family and friends. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have “From Script to Screen,” a puppet animation featurette and “A Beginner’s Guide to Whack-Bat;” the BD adds several more behind-the-scenes extras. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
Brothers: When one brother (Tobey Maguire), a soldier fighting in Afghanistan, is presumed dead, the other brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) comforts his supposedly dead sibling’s wife (Natalie Portman) and the two get uncomfortably close. When Maguire, who actually had been captured by enemy forces, escapes and returns home he finds that adjusting to civilian life might be more difficult than fighting the Taliban in this wartime drama that was overshadowed by The Hurt Locker. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a commentary track, theatrical trailers and several featurettes. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
Also new this week: The Men Who Stare at Goats , Red Cliff and Mad Men: Season Three.