Pixar's toys say farewell on an emotional high note and the Goonies 'r' still good enough for us.
Toy Story 3: What happens to Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys in Pixar's billion-dollar-earning sequel when Andy heads off to college? They should have been relegated to the attic but instead mistakenly end up in the donation box. The Sunnyside daycare center seems like heaven at first, until it turns out a rival toy has tricked them into the toddler room--where being a toy is no easy job, and the only solution is escape. Viewers who have followed this beloved animated series will love the way this heart-tugging sequel wraps it up, but it could be frightening for the littler ones. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain many behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes and an epilogue; the BD adds a "Trivia Dash," alternate commentary track, roundtable discussions and more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Edition: "Goonies never say die," and generation after generation keeps rediscovering this Steven Spielberg production directed by Richard Donner and starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton. In an attempt to save their homes from greedy developers, a gang of misfits finds a treasure map and follows an underground passage filled with booby traps to pirate One-Eyed Willie's treasure. This anniversary edition is packaged with a board game, a 64-page reproduction of a 1985 souvenir magazine, a reprint of a Goonies Empire Magazine article and 10 storyboard cards. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray debut have director and cast commentary, a making-of documentary, deleted scenes and the two-part music video "Goonies 'R' Good Enough" by Cyndi Lauper. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Centurion: "Splat Pack" writer-director Neil Marshall delivers this ultraviolent historical adventure about the Roman Empire's legendary Ninth Legion and its futile attempts to conquer the Picts in Northern Britain. Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender), the sole Roman survivor of a brutal Pictish raid on a frontier fort, bands together with a small platoon behind enemy lines while being hunted by a fearsome mute warrior woman of the woods (Olga Kurylenko). If history is written in blood, this bloody good action-adventure flick is dripping with the stuff. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary with Marshall and crew, deleted scenes, outtakes, interviews, a making-of documentary, behind-the-scenes footage and an HDNet special on the movie. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
V: The Complete First Season: This remake of the '80s sci-fi series is about a race of seemingly human-looking aliens whose ships arrive and hover over 29 of Earth's greatest cities. The Vistors, or Vs, are led by the beautiful Anna (Morena Baccarin), who promises to share the technological advances of her culture with humans. What FBI agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell) discovers is that the Visitors are actually sinister reptilians in disguise, and she bands together with a small group of resistance fighters to expose Anna's fascist plot in this compelling series that touches on real post-9/11 issues just like Battlestar Galactica did (albeit lacking the latter's excellent effects). Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentaries, "The Visual FX of V," "The Actor's Journey," "An Alien in Human Skin: The Makeup FX of V" and unaired scenes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (before season two begins on January 4, 2011)
Also New This Week: The Pacific, The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition, The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years and Not of This Earth