Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning play a pair of real-life rocker chicks while director Kevin Smith's latest pairs Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.
The Runaways: This biopic about the meteoric rise and fall of rock goddesses Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) in the girl-group The Runaways still features Stewart as a brooding teenager, a character type she has a lock on. This time, however, her Jett has a harder edge than the delicately sullen types Stewart usually plays in movies like Twilight and both lead actresses do a decent job actually singing the classic Runaways songs like "Cherry Bomb." Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have commentary with Joan Jett, Stewart and Fanning as well as a making-of featurette and one on the real Runaways. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (if you rock)
Cop Out: The Rock Out With Your Glock Out edition of this Kevin Smith movie that was originally titled A Couple of Dicks makes it sound way more outrageous and fun than it really is. Here we have cops Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan getting suspended without pay and chasing a baseball card thief all over the city in an attempt to retrieve a rare card that can fund Willis's daughter's lavish wedding. There are a few laughs to be had, but like its director who got booted off a Southwest flight for being too big, this 107-minute comedy has too many lame side plots that feel like unneeded padding. Best extras: The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack has "Maximum Comedy Mode With Kevin Smith and Sean William Scott," over 40 minutes (!) of deleted scenes and outtakes, a trivia track and picture-in-picture commentary with Smith and Scott. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (if you wear a black trench coat and Smith is your Scorsese), Forget Me (if you're anyone else)
Mother: This disturbing and gritty drama by the director of The Host (Joon-ho Bong) features an Oscar-worthy performance by Hye-ja Kim as the tenacious mother who will do anything to protect her dimwitted 27-year-old son, Do-joon. When Do-joon is accused and quickly convicted of murdering a local schoolgirl, Mother refuses to believe her son committed the crime and starts her own investigation. The more she uncovers, the more she twists the facts in her mind so that Do-joon remains her innocent boy. Although this 129-minute movie could have been trimmed down by a half hour to make it tighter, it's still one mother of a story. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain several making-of featurettes and interviews with the talented Korean cast. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Being Human: Season One: Just before the second season is about to premiere this week on BBC America comes the home-video release of the first season of this acclaimed British drama about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost who share a flat in Bristol and try desperately to fit in with other people. Although there are plenty of humorous touches, the unusual aspect of Being Human is that it is played straight—it's not your typically zany British comedy. Lovely Lenora Crichlow stands out as the ghost, Annie, who comes to realize that her beloved finance is the one who killed her, and the show features plenty of bloodletting and transformations for vampire and lycanthrope fans. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, video diaries, character profiles and an interview with creator Toby Whithouse. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Also New This Week: The Losers (read the full review in Disc-y Business tomorrow), Tin Man, Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World, A Town Called Panic and Ninja's Creed