This week: Seth Rogen plays superhero, Vince Vaughn keeps a secret from Kevin James and a vampire falls in love with a ghost on the BBC.
The Green Hornet: Seth Rogen plays Britt Reid, the slacker son of a newspaper owner who inherits a fortune after his father's untimely death. Britt bonds with his father's mechanic, Kato (Jay Chou), and the two set out to fight crime in their tricked-out car, the Black Beauty, while presenting themselves as criminals to the media. Oscar winner Christoph Waltz chomps at the chance to play a paranoid Russian mobster, and Cameron Diaz is cute as Britt's unwitting assistant in this stinging film adaptation co-written by Rogen of the 1930s radio program. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a filmmakers' commentary, Chou's audition, a gag reel and three making-of featurettes. BD exclusives include cutting room material, "Trust Me: Director Michel Gondry," "Finding Kato," "The Art of Destruction" and "The Stunt Family Armstrong." The Blu-ray 3D adds 3D animated storyboards for more glasses-on fun. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
The only reason to see this in-flight-caliber comedy by Ron Howard is if you are interested in a fleeting flash of Channing Tatum's bare butt. If not, what you are left with in this lame would-be laugher is Vince Vaughn struggling with whether or not to tell his best friend/business partner Kevin James that his girlfriend, played by Winona Ryder, is cheating on him with Tatum. The tepid humor is decidedly PG-13 (closer to PG, really) despite the mostly mature cast and premise, and not even the presence of Jennifer Connelly as Vaughn's girlfriend or Queen Latifah injects any life to this misfire. Best extras:
Both the DVD and Blu-ray have deleted scenes and the story of how this epic story was conceived in Rome; the BD adds several making-of featurettes, more deleted scenes, a tour of the Chicago locations used in the film and more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict:
Being Human: Season Three: The stakes are high in this third season of the hit BBC show about supernatural roommates as Mitchell the vampire crosses over into purgatory to rescue Annie the ghost and werewolf couple George and Nina brace themselves for the birth of their werebaby. Mitchell and Annie embark on an unprecedented romantic relationship between ghost and vampire as Mitchell learns of a prophecy that a werewolf will end his life. Nothing will be the same after the tearful, shocking conclusion that seems to remove one supernatural being from the equation…at least until next season. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have extended cast interviews, deleted scenes and a set tour. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Also New This Week: What Dreams May Come (BD), From Prada to Nada, Halloween: H20 (BD), All the Right Moves (BD), The Yards, Fat Girl (BD), From Dusk Till Dawn (BD) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962) (BD)