Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From TRON: Legacy to Little Fockers

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From TRON: Legacy to Little Fockers

Apr 05, 2011

This week: TRON gets a 21st-century upgrade, the Fockers return, Narnia goes to the edge of the world, Kevin Spacey gives a bravura performance as Jack Abramoff and Jim Carrey falls hard for Ewan McGregor.

TRON: Legacy: Get rezzed about sequel to TRON that took 28 years to arrive. Jeff Bridges returns to play both Kevin Flynn, the genius ENCOM software engineer who has become trapped in the virtual world of the Grid, as well as Clu, the reverse-aged computer version of himself who wants to escape into the real world. Bruce Boxleitner is back as ENCOM executive Alan Bradley as well as a reversed-aged TRON and is joined by newcomers Garrett Hedlund as Flynn's son and Olivia Wilde as a sexy sentient "isomorphic algorithm." TRON: Legacy is available individually on DVD, Blu-ray or Blu-ray 3D as well as bundled with the original TRON. If you have the setup, the 3D version is the way to go because it is simply the best-looking Blu-ray 3D out there for mass consumption—the depth in the screen is impressive as neon light cycles race and crash into shards of glass that pop out of the TV. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions have a sneak peak at the upcoming animated series TRON: Uprising as well as "Visualizing TRON" and "Installing the Cast." The real treats are exclusive to the BD, including "The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed," which features key cast members and shows what happened in the days following the conclusion of TRON: Legacy, as well as "Launching the Legacy" and the "Derezzed" music video by Daft Punk. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me (Read the exclusive interview with TRON himself, Bruce Boxleitner, on Disc-y Business tomorrow.)

Little Fockers: Here is a franchise built on the supposedly hilarious premise that Focker sounds like f**ker. If you're still giggling, you might be onboard for this unbearably unfunny third entry that has Ben Stiller as a head nurse whose marriage is under the watchful eye of his father-in-law, Robert De Niro, just as sexy pharmaceutical rep Jessica Alba enters the picture. There is actually a scene where De Niro, whose character is having heart problems, argues with Stiller while sporting a giant erection. Trust Blu-ray Bob—this isn't how you want to remember the man who starred in The Godfather, Raging Bull and Goodfellas. Best extras: A string of clips from the film every time someone says "Focker." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Fock It and Forget Me

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: In this third Narnia adventure, Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship the Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world in this expensive and dull fantasy adventure. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain many behind-the-scenes featurettes and the animated short The Untold Adventures of the Dawn Treader. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (if you own the previous movies and need to know what happens next)

Casino Jack: Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is incredible as Jack Abramoff, the real-life Washington superlobbyist who went down in flames after an illegal Indian gambling scheme explodes into a worldwide scandal. Jon Lovitz plays a dimwitted and sleazy business partner who ruins Abramoff's reputation in this hilarious dark comedy about greed, corruption and the greasy people that keep the wheels of Washington turning. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes and the director's photo diary. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

I Love You Phillip Morris: Jim Carrey reminds us that he can sometimes be an earnest and more understated funny actor in his role as a con man who, while in prison, falls hard for the eponymous character (Ewan McGregor). The outrageous and ingenious schemes that Carrey cooks up to escape from prison and impress McGregor are both tragically funny and oddly touching in this warped romantic comedy that breaks all the rules. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, commentary and a making-of featurette. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Also New This Week: Taxi Driver (BD), TRON: The Original Classic, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (BD), Fiddler on the Roof (BD), The People vs. Larry Flynt (BD), Mystic Pizza (BD), Jawbreaker (BD) and Arthur/Arthur 2: On the Rocks (BD)

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