One of the best films of the year, The Help, comes home on DVD and Blu-Ray on this Tune In Tuesday. Not only does it feature one of the best casts, but it more than satisfies the legions of fans of the book that it is based on. Also out today on home video, we have Cowboys and Aliens, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, The Debt and The Hangover Part II.
The Help: The international bestseller and blockbuster summer film comes home on Blu-Ray and DVD. The story of a woman (Emma Stone) who takes it upon herself to collect the stories of The Help who essentially raise everyone in Jackson, Mississippi is powerful, funny and could easily be in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars this year. Movie Fanatic received the Blu-Ray and DVD combo-pack and the extras are astounding. Highlights include the Making of The Help featurette and especially powerful is In Their Own Words: A Tribute to the Maids of Mississippi which takes audiences into the real life maids that inspired the story. The Mary J. Blige video for The Living Proof is also a fine treat.
Cowboys and Aliens: Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig combine forces in this sci-fi, Western mash-up that also stars Olivia Wilde and is directed by Jon Favreau. What happens when a small Western town comes under attack from aliens from a distant galaxy? Normally, there is nothing the Cowboys of the title could do. But, when a mysterious stranger arrives in town (Craig) with a mystifying gadget attached to his arm, the Westerners stand more than a chance against their extra-terrestrial invaders. Extras on the Cowboys and Aliens DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack include a Making Of feature and a doc on bringing the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg to life. What stands out of the extras on the Blu-Ray is the piece on Jon Favreau called Call to Action that should give his fans more than a few reasons to keep cherishing the actor, writer and director’s work.
The Hangover Part II: The blockbuster sequel to the blockbuster comedy The Hangover arrives on home video and there are more than a few reasons to toast this raucous comic adventure. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, aka The Wolfpack, are back. As he did in the first film, Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow steals the show. The Hangover Part II essentially follows the same storyline as the first film, although the stakes are much higher as the gang heads to Bangkok for Helms’ character's wedding. In fact, the best extra on the entire Blu-Ray DVD combo pack is Jeong’s Mr. Chow and his tour of Bangkok -- worth the price of the disc alone.
The Debt: Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren rivet as the two actresses portray the same character, forty years apart, in this grab-your-heart thriller set in Israel in modern day and East Berlin in the early 1960s. The Debt is astounding and it's a don’t miss on the small screen. It will likely be forgotten by Oscar voters, but it is worthy of attention.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Jim Carrey does delicious work in this family comedy based on the famous children’s 1938 book by Richard and Florence Atwater that gets a modern update. Carrey charms and the penguins are beyond cute. Mr. Popper’s Penguins is also a can’t miss DVD or Blu-Ray when it comes to watching the film with family.