Many of summer’s best and most popular movies are landing on home video this week. Leading the pack is Johnny Depp and his fourth go-around as Captain Jack in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Also out is Ryan Reynolds starring in Green Lantern and the Bad Teacher herself, Cameron Diaz, is coming home on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Rob Marshall (Chicago and Nine) was an interesting choice to take over the directing duties for the Pirates of the Caribbean’s fourth film in the series. But, he proved to be the perfect person to bring back a beat to the franchise. Johnny Depp is Captain Jack Sparrow and this time out, he is searching for the elusive Fountain of Youth. Geoffrey Rush returns as well and throughout the film, a big mystery is which side of the story will Rush’s Barbossa land: good or evil. An interesting addition to the film’s mystical storylines is the introduction of mermaids, used for the first time in a Pirates of the Caribbean film. Extras on the two-disc set we received are highlighted by audio commentary by Marshall and a surprisingly funny Bloopers of the Caribbean feature.
Captain America: The First Avenger: Chris Evans makes his superhero debut in the wildly successful Captain America: The First Avenger. This origins story knocked our socks off when it hit theaters this past summer. Set in World War II, Evans is Steve Rogers, a scrawny young adult who yearns for nothing more than to defend his country. When Stanley Tucci’s scientist enlists him in a super soldier test program, he becomes the American hero of his dreams. Extras abound on this DVD and Blu-Ray including sneak peeks into the world of the upcoming The Avengers.
Green Lantern: Ryan Reynolds dons the green suit in a DVD and Blu-Ray release that landed a few days earlier than Tune in Tuesday, on October 14. Green Lantern disappointed at the box office and despite that, producers are already at work on a sequel. What makes the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Green Lantern enjoyable is that if you take away the story, the film is a visual delight. On Blu-Ray in particular, the colors and sounds pop and are a complete masterpiece of film production value. Extras that are worth your while include The Universe According to Green Lantern, Justice League’s first digital comic and a doc that takes audiences inside turning Reynolds into Green Lantern and a preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
Bad Teacher: Cameron Diaz rocks as the Bad Teacher in this comedy that also stars Jason Segel, Lucy Punch and Justin Timberlake at his geeky best. Diaz is a shallow, gold digger of a woman who only teaches until she can find a rich husband. When she learns that Timberlake’s character is wealthy, and only teaches for the love of it, she withholds nothing in her efforts to win him over. Meanwhile, Segel’s gym teacher patiently sits by awaiting her to notice his affections. Movie Fanatic found the film hysterically funny and it should translate well onto DVD and Blu-Ray.
A Better Life: Filmmaker Chris Weitz officially sheds his American Pie filmmaking background with this deeply moving tale of a Latino father trying to make, well, A Better Life for his family. A powerful film worth witnessing for the many who missed it on the big screen.