New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'The Expendables 2' Gets Loud, but Tarantino Wins the Week

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'The Expendables 2' Gets Loud, but Tarantino Wins the Week

Nov 20, 2012

The Expendables 2 - Lionsgate - Blu-ray, DVD

Release Date: Aug 17, 2012
Director: Simon West
Cast: Sylvester StalloneJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenChuck NorrisFull cast + crew

Here's the thing about The Expendables 2: everyone has already made up their mind about this movie. Lovers, haters, doesn't matter. You know exactly what you want from The Expendables 2, and I can promise you that regardless of what those expectations are, it delivers on them. If you think it has a ridiculous body count, you're right. If you think it has more one-liner quips than story, you're right. If you think it's got a cast who are too old for this sh*t, you're right. If you think they've all got one more action film in them, you're right.

You'll get precisely as much out of The Expendables 2 as you want. No more, no less.

Special Features: Commentary with Simon West; "Gods of War," a clipshow of the main cast; "Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980s and the Rise of the Action Film," a cool 25-minute long look at the characters and films of yester year; a 14-minute piece focusing on the real guns used in the film, hosted by Randy Couture; "Guns for Hire "(14 minutes), a look at real mercenaries; deleted scenes and a gag reel.

 

Tarantino XX - Lionsgate Miramax - Blu-ray

Lionsgate's new Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection contains every feature Tarantino has directed (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol.2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds) and one he only wrote (True Romance), and it's certainly the finest Tarantino collection to date. Before you pull the purchase trigger, though, do know that every individual disc here is a duplicate of the standalone releases in the past. There are no new transfers, no new individual special features. However, the studio has put together two new special features discs that should do plenty to entice Tarantino fans, even if they do already own a few of these movies:

Disc 1: Critic's Corner: The films of Quentin Tarantino (four hours and 50 minutes) is the uncut version of the chats with various film critics and historians that Lionsgate has included on recent Blu-rays for Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. It's all heavy praise of Tarantino's work (no surprise there, obviously) and how it's changed the pop filmmaking landscape. It's fairly light throughout, the kind of material you can throw on in the background of a lazy Sunday and get a sort of crash course in critical Tarantino.

Disc 2: Quentin Tarantino: 20 Years of Filmmaking (two hours and 13 minutes), a remarkably thorough look back through the last two decades of Tarantino, as seen through the prism of his fellow filmmakers. It's stacked with insights and ancedotes from collaborators and imitators alike and is a pretty definitive and insightful piece on the man's still-evolving legacy.

Jackie Brown Q&A (32 minutes), a somewhat standard post-screening Q&A featuring Tarantino, Pam Grier and Robert Forster and hosted by Elvis Mitchell. Funny and charming and, as with all Tarantino chats, often very high speed.

Django Unchained trailers from all over the planet.

Everything Else


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We all have big gaps in our movie history; films we know we're going to appreciate, but for whatever reason we just haven't seen yet. Grave of the Fireflies is sadly one of my gaps. I've heard nothing but incredible things about it, but I've just never gotten around to seeing it. Now that it's available on Blu-ray here in the States, I am completely out of excuses.

The rest of the week is filled with an odd sampling of films from across the board, with no major releases checking off any must-have boxes.The Criterion Collection BD of Heaven's Gate will no doubt be a big deal for many, but beyond that it seems like most distributors know that people are going to be saving their cash for Black Friday deals and will save the big releases for the next few weeks.


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