New on DVD and Blu-ray this week is a nice collection for both adults and kids — including Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro facing off, a wonderful series of Gregory Peck films, and life inside Tron’s virtual world. Let’s take a closer look…
‘Tron: Legacy’ – When Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) goes looking for his virtual world designer dad (Jeff Bridges), he ends up in the digital world of The Grid. I’m way more excited about the DVD/Blu-ray release then I was when the movie arrived in theaters a few months ago. Partly because this edition includes both the original ‘Tron’ movie and the new one, ‘Tron: Legacy,’ as well as a boatload of bonus features.
Read more about the features on the Reel Life With Jane Facebook page. Rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language; 125 min; ‘Tron: Legacy’ review; Buy on [amazon_link id=”B004K4N64E” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Amazon[/amazon_link].
‘Little Fockers’ – Another fun installment of the Focker series that finds Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) finally getting an “in” with his tightly-wound father-in-law Jack (Robert DeNiro) after ten years. But when Greg takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, Jack’s suspicions about the male nurse are only heightened.
Teri Polo returns as Greg’s wife Pam and Owen Wilson as her lovelorn ex Kevin, as well as Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and Blythe Danner. Rated PG-13 for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content; 98 min.; buy on [amazon_link id=”B0018AQ2RG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Amazon[/amazon_link].
‘Taxi Driver: 35th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray’ – Filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s 1976 film about a Vietnam vet approaching his breaking point on the sordid streets of New York City finally gets a blu-ray release with plenty of digital enhancements and extras. The urban drama stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle and Albert Brooks. Rated R (definitely not for kids); buy on [amazon_link id=”B004IFYMYI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Amazon[/amazon_link].
Gregory Peck Re-Releases – Four classic Gregory Peck films arrive on DVD this week from Universal Pictures: ‘[amazon_link id=”B004I1K066″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Arabesque[/amazon_link]’ (Sophia Loren, not rated, 1966); ‘Captain Newman, M.D.‘ (Tony Curtis, not rated, 1964); ‘Mirage‘ (Diane Barker, not rated, 1965); and ‘The World in His Arms‘ (Ann Blyth, not rated, 1952). While none of these individually released films include special features, it’s a pleasure to see some real acting from the master Gregory Peck and his co-stars.
‘Chuggington: Chuggers to the Rescue’ – These cute little trains deliver action and laughter on their hit TV series, as well as on DVD. Six train-tastic episodes find Brewster, Wilson and Koko helping each other out of jams, learning emergency rescue skills, and taking on new responsibilities. There are jetpacks, storm machines and daring escapades, too! Join the chuggers as they learn about patience, accountability, following instructions, and how to get the job done. Not rated; buy on [amazon_link id=”B0049AF6VU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Amazon[/amazon_link].
‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ – This third story in the franchise finds Lucy and Edmund Pevensie returning to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
While not as memorable as the first film, this one is still entertaining with great special effects. Rated PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action; on DVD/Blu-ray April 8, 2011; Reel Life With Jane Review; buy on [amazon_link id=”B002ZG99PE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Amazon[/amazon_link].