New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Epic' for the Kids, 'Scary Movie 5' for the Teens, and 'Amour' for the Adults

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Epic' for the Kids, 'Scary Movie 5' for the Teens, and 'Amour' for the Adults

Aug 20, 2013

Epic - 20th Century Fox - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 
Director: Chris Wedge
Cast: Beyoncé KnowlesColin FarrellJosh Hutcherson,Amanda SeyfriedChristoph WaltzFull cast + crew

We live in a golden age of computer-animated features; one where studios are backing unique, original and creative films that are satisfying for both kids and adults alike. Unfortunately Epic doesn't quite check off all of those boxes. It's a fine film about a girl who is shrunken to the size of a bug and introduced to a hidden world fighting for survival, but it's just not quite as impressive as some of the other animated films on the market these days.

Will young kids like it? Probably. Especially the ones who love nature and the idea of a humming bird with a saddle on it. But adults will probably be a bit bored by a story that's flat, a voice cast that's uninspired, and animation that's strangely lifeless despite being filled with nothing but life. Epic is far from a bad movie, it just not only fails to live up to its own title, but other animated films in recent years.

 

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Remember when the Scary Movie franchise was a clever and relevant riff on pop-culture horror? Well it hasn't really been that for nearly a decade now, but if the last two entries ruined the franchise for you, you may want to give Scary Movie 5 a try. It's not great, but it looks like comedy genius compared to this year's A Haunted House. Most of the jokes are crude and aimless, but there are some genuinely smart pokes at recent pop-culture films--if you can get past the initial stunt casting.

Speaking of horror movies, this week also sees the release of No One Lives and Evidence. The former is the new movie from the director of Midnight Meat Train, and it features a pretty fantastic bad guy played by Luke Evans, who is clearly having a ton of fun. Unfortunately the good guys are all obnoxious dead bodies waiting to happen. If you don't care about characters and just want a big, bloody body count, it delivers. Having not seen it, I'm not sure if the same can be said of Evidence, from the director of The Fourth Kind, but it's got an intriguing premise and a decent cast. It's probably at least worth waiting for a late-night cable watch.

Swinging back to more serious territory, Oscar winner and severe mood ruiner Amour hits Blu-ray this week. You're guaranteed to want to curl up in a ball and weep after it, but that's kind of the deal when it comes to Michael Haneke films. And lastly we have Shadow Dancer, a thriller from the director of the fantastic documentaries Man on Wire and Project Nim.

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