It’s a lean, mean week in DVD land as Miley Cyrus
sugars up the latest Nicholas Sparks
adaptation and Brendan Fraser swings into a new jungle.
The Last Song: Author Nicholas Sparks simply must be stopped. He lazily continues to rewrite the same sappy romances with a tragic zinger like The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, A Walk to Remember and Message in a Bottle that keep getting made into movies with varying degrees of success. His latest assault, The Last Song, features Miley Cyrus in a summer romance at the beach (where else?) with Lima Hemsworth, a young man who helps her rediscover her musical talents. If this kind of manipulative, artificially sweetened cinema tugs at your heartstrings, you probably cry at Hallmark commercials. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have a commentary track, Cyrus’s "When I Look at You" music video, and a set tour with young actor Bobby Coleman; the BD adds five deleted scenes and an alternate opening sequence. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me (and burn the lyrics)
Furry Vengeance: For a while, Brendan Fraser was on a roll with Gods and Monsters, The Mummy franchise and Journey to the Center of the Earth, so we're not sure exactly what went wrong. Oh wait, it's what always goes wrong—he chose to star in a movie like this one with a bunch of zany CGI-enhanced critters. Here he plays a dad who moves his family to the woods of Oregon to oversee a supposedly eco-friendly housing development. The local animals—understandably irritated by the destruction of their habitat—wreak havoc on Fraser's life by sabotaging his work and sense of peace. With his wife and child ready to bolt, Fraser declares war on the beasties. Here is to hoping Fraser finds his way back to real work again. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, a gag reel, a featurette on working with animals and more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict:Forget Me
Skellig: The Owl Man: Young Michael (Bill Millner) hates his life: his new home is shabby, he is picked on at school and his baby sister is very ill. But he discovers a strange human-like creature named Skellig (Tim Roth) living in the garden shed who has wings and seems to have magical powers. Michael finds hope in this fallen angel who watches over him in this British-TV family drama about learning to spread your wings and fly. Best extras: Neither the DVD nor Blu-ray contain any extras. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Black Orpheus (Blu-ray): This 1959 film made by French director Marcel Camus is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set in the modern context of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Starring Breno Mello and Mardessa Dawn and featuring the renowned soundtrack of Brazilian composer Antonia Carlos Jobim, the Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film has never looked or sounded better in its Blu-ray debut. Best extras: Archival interviews and footage, a feature-length documentary about the film's cultural and musical roots and its resonance in modern-day Brazil and more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Also New This Week: Dexter: The Fourth Season (read the full review in Disc-y Business tomorrow); Cemetery Junction; DOA: Dead or Alive; The Good, the Bad, the Weird; The Killing Room, Ugly Betty: The Complete Fourth and Final Season, Cougar Town: The Complete First Season