Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Godzilla,' 'Real Steal,' 'Punished,' and More

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Godzilla,' 'Real Steal,' 'Punished,' and More

Jan 24, 2012

High-Profile New Releases

50/50 (Summit)
Release Date: Sep 30, 2011
Rated: R for some drug use, language throughout and sexual content
Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min.
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Director:Jonathan Levine
Cast:Joseph Gordon-LevittSeth RogenAnna Kendrick,Bryce Dallas HowardAnjelica HustonFull cast + crew

Verdict: Rent Me
Available On: Blu-ray, DVD
Additional Thoughts: 50/50 got a lot of love last year from critics and even had some awards momentum, particularly in the screenplay department, and for the most part it deserved it. It's a smart, charming movie with good performances and an honest approach to what could easily be, and often is, a very manipulative topic.

Read our full Blu-ray review here.

Paranormal Activity 3 (Paramount)
Release Date: October 21, 2011
Rated: R
Genres: Horror
Director: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Cast: Christopher Nicholas Smith, Lauren Bittner, Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Dustin Ingram

Verdict: Rent Me
Available On: Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Additional Thoughts: Paranormal Activity 3 is the best of the series. Not because of any grand innovations - it's still the same old found footage gimmick - but because it has the least-loathsome characters so far. The Unrated Cut here is an improvement over the theatrical, but don't expect any grand revelations.

Real Steel (Disney)
Release Date: Oct 07, 2011
Rated: PG-13 for Some violence, intense action and brief language
Runtime: 2 hr. 7 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama
Director:Shawn Levy
Cast:Hugh JackmanDakota GoyoAnthony Mackie,Evangeline LillyKevin DurandFull cast + crew

Verdict: Rent Me
Available On: 3-Disc BD Combo Pack, 2-Disc BD Combo, DVD
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In honor of today's release, check out this exclusive clip from the Jonnie To-produced, Anthony Wong-starring Hong Kong thriller Punished:

 

High-Profile Catalog Releases

Godzilla (Criterion Collection)
Release Date: May 7, 2004
Rated: NR
Runtime: 96 Minutes
Genres: Sci-Fi
Director: Ishiro Honda
Cast: Akira Takarada, Momoki Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: Blu-ray. DVD
Additional Thoughts: Godzilla + Criterion Collection = Your Money.

Wings (Paramount)
Release Date: Jan 15, 1927
Rated: NR
Runtime: 2 hr. 19 min.
Genres: Drama Action/Adventure
Director:William Wellman
Cast:Clara BowCharles "Buddy" RogersRichard Arlen,Jobyna RalstonGary CooperFull cast + crew

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: Blu-ray
Additional Thoughts: Wings is the first Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, a distinction that automatically makes it a title of interest for film fans. It's also very worth of winning that distinction and still to this day features some of the best aerial photography ever film. 

 

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