G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Paramount Pictures - Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona, Lee Byung-hun, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce. Full cast + crew
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an almost universal step up in quality over the first film, so if Rise of Cobra left a bad taste in your mouth, try to look past that and give it a shot. The ensemble cast has much more chemistry together and the action is apropriately over-the-top. It's not the action movie of the summer, but it's still a fun, slick, glossy movie that knows exactly what kind of tone it's going for and never tries to reach higher than it should.
Special Features: Commentary with Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura; deleted scenes (four minutes); over an hour of individual featurettes focusing on the film's main characters and action set pieces.
Read our interview with Jon M. Chu here.
Other Notable New Releases
I'm not sure what stars aligned to make this a good week for horror movies hitting Blu-ray, but here we are with Shout Factory's new issue of John Carpenter's The Fog, which is one of the best campfire story horror movies ever made. It still holds up to this day and watching any random 10 seconds of it will make you wonder how the remake failed so very miserably to tap into any of this magic.
On the more modern front we have Under the Bed, which would actually make a nice double bill with The Fog. Steven C. Miller's (Automaton Transfusion) film is a cool, contained thriller about a kid who may or may not be crazy returning home. It starts out as a bit of a family drama, but by the time it ends it's a full-blown horror movie that features one of the raddest head rips I've seen in quite some time. Think of it as an R-rated Goosebumps story and you won't be too far off.
I haven't seen the next two genre offerings this week, but I've heard fantastic things about The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. I've heard less enthusiastic things about Black Rock, but our chat with director Katie Aselton makes a pretty convincing argument to see it. And finally we have Criterion's edition of The Devil's Backbone, which is arguably the best movie Guillermo del Toro has ever made.