Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: From the 'Adjustment Bureau' to 'Cedar Rapids.'

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: From the 'Adjustment Bureau' to 'Cedar Rapids.'

Jun 21, 2011

 

This week: Matt Damon fights fate, Liam Neeson struggles to reclaim his identity, Channing Tatum goes Roman and more.

The Adjustment BureauThe Adjustment Bureau: A romantic thriller like this one lives or dies with the chemistry between its two leads, and Matt Damon and Emily Blunt have enough to make their own periodic table. Damon plays a senatorial candidate whose budding relationship with a beautiful dancer (Blunt) is continuously interrupted by the Adjustment Bureau—agents of fate under orders from "The Chairman" to keep the two lovers apart. The Bureau agents wear magic hats that allow them to teleport instantaneously between points in New York via special doorways, so Damon uses this information to fight his destiny and forge a new one with Blunt.

Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary by director George Nolfi, deleted and extended scenes, "Leaping Through New York," "Destined to Be" and "Becoming Elise." The BD also has the immersive "The Labyrinth of Doors," an interactive map of New York that transports you around the city via the routes taken by Damon as he utilizes the magical doorways.

Exclusive clip: Watch it here

Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me

UnknownUnknown: Did you enjoy Taken? If so, you'll be onboard for the latest Liam Neeson thriller in which he plays Dr. Martin Harris, who is traveling to Berlin with his wife (January Jones) to give a speech at a conference. While his wife checks into the hotel, Martin rushes off to retrieve an important briefcase that he left in the cab, but the cab gets in a terrible accident and crashes into a river. Martin is rescued by the driver (Diane Kruger) and is taken to the hospital, but when he returns to his hotel after a few days he finds that his wife acts like she doesn't know who he is and that she is with someone else (Aidan Quinn) pretending to be Dr. Martin Harris. What's worse is that hit men are now trying to kill him and his cabbie rescuer, so Martin embarks on a mad dash around Berlin to prove who he really is. What he discovers is that his perfect life was not exactly what it seems.

Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero" and "Unknown: What is Knows?"

Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

 

The EagleThe Eagle: Think of this period action picture as an unofficial, unintentional sequel to Neil Marshall's terrific The Centurion, which is also loosely based on the disappearance of the Roman army's Ninth Legion in Northern Britain in the second century. Channing Tatum plays scowling Roman centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila, son of the man many blame for the disappearance of the Ninth Legion. Marcus embarks on a journey north with his slave boy (Jaime Bell) in tow to retrieve the golden eagle statue—Rome's symbol of honor—from the barbaric indigenous tribes. Although Tatum is on-screen for his Roman-god bod, not his acting chops, he is surrounded by enough quality performers (i.e. Mark Strong) to make this flick fly.

Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary, an alternate ending, a making-of featurette and deleted scenes.

Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

 

Cedar RapidsCedar Rapids: The fun in Cedar Rapids comes from watching a square small-town insurance salesman named Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) dive headfirst into risqué business when he travels to the "big" titular city for a convention. Before long he knocks back sherry, skinny-dips in the hotel pool, befriends a local prostitute, smokes crack and goes to a tweaker party, where he gets into a fight. He's a big-eyed babe in the woods surrounded by wolves, but his camaraderie with fellow agents played by John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr. is genuine and Sigourney Weaver is a hoot in the small role as the former teacher Tim is hot for. You'll root for Tim to walk away from this hangover a winner.

Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, a gag reel, "Mike O'Malley Urban Clogger," "Wedding Belles -- Crashing a Lesbian Wedding," "Tweaking in the USA" and "Top Notch Commercial." Blu-ray exclusives include "Convention Connection," a Fox Movie Channel special and the BD-Live feature "Ed Helms Mad Chopper Skills."

Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

 

Also New This Week: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, The Island (BD), Medium: The Seventh and Final Season, The Women in Cages Collection, Louise: Season One, Happythankyoumoreplease, The Medallion, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Elektra Luxx and Ceremony

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