This week: Sylvester Stallone pays homage to '80s action films, Julia Roberts traipses around the globe for enlightenment, a silent classic is restored and more.
The Expendables: Director-writer-actor Sylvester Stallone assembles a who's whom of the action genre—Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and cameos by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger—in this explosive throwback to those kick-ass action movies of the '80s and early '90s. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)
Eat Pray Love: Based on the popular novel by Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love stars Julia Roberts as a fortysomething woman who gets tired of her handsome, sweet-natured husband (Billy Crudup) and a hot affair with a younger man (James Franco), so she drops everything (Rent? Bills? Obligations? Meh, who cares?) and jets around the globe to Italy, India and Bali in search of something "meaningful." Most people find themselves in college, but what Julia finds is a world full of strangers who take an inexplicably active interest in her love life. Forces conspire to push her into the arms of a new man (Javier Bardem) in Bali, but by then most of you who like plausible fiction will have had enough of this insufferably narcissistic journey of a woman of privilege masquerading as something deeper. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "Ryan Murphy's Journey with Eat Pray Love;" the BD adds three more making-of featurettes and a music video of sorts featuring clips from the film with Eddie Vedder's "Better Days" playing over them. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me (and if you can't, seek out a hypnotherapist to help you forget)
The Complete Metropolis: There isn't enough room here to list all the movies that have been influenced by Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis. The German Expressionist masterpiece is about a society divided into two classes: one of management who live in luxury in the skyscrapers above and the working class toiling away in the underworld. After a print of the film was discovered in Argentina, Metropolis was extended another 25 minutes for this meticulous restoration. We will never have a truly "complete" version since some of the footage is damaged beyond repair, but finding the Argentinean print has yielded the most coherent and satisfying Metropolis to date. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain the original score, a 50-minute documentary on the restoration of the film, the 2010 re-release trailer and an interview of the curator of the museum where the lost footage was found. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
I'm Still Here: Ever since Joaquin Phoenix announced that he had retired from acting and aspired to be a rap singer, people were left scratching their heads. After Phoenix's incoherent appearance on Late Show with David Letterman is when the "hoax" talk began to spread. It turns out that, yes, director and Phoenix's brother-in-law Casey Affleck admitted that this is all one big ruse, and knowing that detracts from film's portrayal of an actor spiraling out of control and wanting something different. There are moments of shock as you watch Phoenix clash with the people around him, pursue Sean "P. Diddy" Combs around the country and indulge in drugs, booze and women, but when you know it's a hoax it comes across as an extended Borat segment without the laughs. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary by Affleck and Phoenix as well as deleted scenes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Also New This Week: Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, The Pillars of the Earth, The Search for Santa Paws, The Tudors: The Complete Series, Deadwood: The Complete Series and Flipped