New Release Tuesday – 10/1/13

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This is the End

The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption. (c) Sony

Scott’s Take

I thought This is the End was very funny, but I wasn’t head over heals in love with it like most people.  I thought it was ingenuous to have the stars play themselves..it was just a bit too long for my liking.  Still, definitely a must watch this week.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

The Croods

The Croods tells the story of the world’s first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug (Cage) didn’t already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad named Guy (Reynolds.) With Guy’s help the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive – eachother.(c) Paramount

Scott’s Take

In short, the younglings will love it..adults, not so much.

Steve’s Take

There are some animated films that you can see making sense for an adult to see, but The Croods is not one of them. Grab it for your kids, but I think you will have a hard time watching.

The Little Mermaid 3D

Disney’s The Little Mermaid was the first in a series of blockbusters that restored the venerable firm’s reputation as the world’s premiere animated-feature factory. The title character is a precocious teenager named Ariel, the daughter of Triton, king of the Sea. Against her dad’s wishes, Ariel journeys beyond her own world to the surface, where she falls in love with Prince Eric, a handsome human. Foolishly, the little mermaid enters into an agreement with evil sea witch Ursula in order tobecome human herself. The wistfully melancholy ending of the original Hans Christian Andersen story is dispensed with in favor of a joyously happy ending-but not before a spectacular climactic confrontation between Ursula and Triton. The obligatory Disney comic relief is handled by such freshly minted characters as Sebastian the Crab, who, courtesy of voiceover artist Samuel E. Wright, sings the film’s Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.” Other voices are provided by Broadway star Jodi Benson (as Ariel) and such Hollywood reliables as Buddy Hackett, Pat Carroll, Kenneth Mars, and Rene Auberjonois. The enormous box-office take of The Little Mermaid made possible such future Disney cartoon ventures as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. ~ Hal Erickson, Rov

Scott’s Take

A lot of you Disney fanatics have circled this week on your calenders for a very long time.  Relax people, it is finally here.  One of the greatest Disney movies of our time hits DVD shelves this week, and in 3D no less.  A must own.

Steve’s Take

My wife is one of those people that had this week circled on her calendar. The Little Mermaid is finally here. This is obviously a must own and if you have a 3D television then I would advise you spend the extra couple of bucks and grab it!

The Wizard of Oz 3D

L. Frank Baum’s classic tale comes to magisterial Technicolor life! The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy, an innocent farm girl whisked out of her mundane earthbound existence into a land of pure imagination. Dorothy’s journey in Oz will take her through emerald forests, yellow brick roads, and creepy castles, all with the help of some unusual but earnest song-happy friends.

Scott’s Take

Not to be outdone, another classic hits Bluray this week, also in 3D.  The Wizard of Oz is widely regarded as one of the five best films in history.  I missed the IMAX screening but I heard the transfer to 3D is flawless.

Steve’s Take

How weird will it be to see The Wizard of Oz in high definition? I’ve heard that it looks fantastic and once again if you own a 3D television, this is a must own on that version. Go for it.

The Frozen Ground

THE FROZEN GROUND is inspired by the incredible true story that follows Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (John Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years. As the bodies of street girls start to pile up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life, Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces. When a seventeen year old escapee (Vanessa Hudgens) reveals key information about the case, Halcombe is finally on the trail of the killer. But will he catch him in time to save the next victim? (c) Lionsgate

Scott’s Take

This week wouldn’t be complete without a direct to DVD movie from either John Cusack or Nicholas Cage.  Oh wait, in The Frozen Ground we get them both.  I will Redbox this one because I love Nicholas Cage’s bouts of overacting and it’s a serial killer movie. What’s not to like?

Steve’s Take

I lol’d at Scott’s take on The Frozen Ground. That being said, I will also be checking it out. Remember, you will always get me with “based on a true story”.

Volcano

Disaster visits jaded L.A. in the form of an underground volcano, not the big earthquake all the citizens expect. Shot on the largest set ever constructed in the U.S., in nearby Torrance, California, Volcano is a big-budget, special-effects-laden disaster movie with a standard plot. Tommy Lee Jones plays Mike Roark, a by-the-book emergency management director who is spending the weekend with his daughter, Kelly (Gaby Hoffmann), when the previously-unknown volcano blows. Sassy, brainy scientist Dr. Amy Barnes (Ann Heche) is the first to warn of the threat, which begins by sucking one of her co-workers into a steaming fissure. As the lava starts to spurt in red-hot fireballs, Kelly is injured, and Mike sends her to the hospital in order to attend to his duties, rescue citizens, and run the city’s emergency response. Eventually, Roark and Barnes team up to battle the eruption while sparks of romantic attraction fly. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Remember when we had two Volcano movies come out at the same time? Volcano with Tommy Lee Jones and Dante’s Peak with Pierce Brosnan cornered the “erupting” volcano market.  Strangely, we haven’t had a volcano movie since.  I think it’s time for a remake.  Both movies were white hot garbage.

Steve’s Take

This looks like it would be painful to watch. I will pass and suggest you do the same!

Stuck on You

Scott’s Take

Funny yet forgettable film from the Farrelly brothers.  Like Shallow Hal, Stuck on You raised it’s share of controversy back in the day.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out for it’s saucy and hilarious subject matter.

Steve’s Take

I wasn’t a big fan of Stuck on You. I don’t know exactly what it was about the movie. Maybe I should watch it again and get back to you.

Next Week

That’s all for this week.  If you have a 3D television set, this is your week.  Next week we have another big slate of releases with The Hangover 3, After Earth, The Purge, American Horror Story: Asylum, and much more.  Have a great week everyone!