With so many movies that, er, struggled with quality being released on DVD this week, I thought it prudent to blow out the format and play a little game in this week’s DVD picks column.
It’s quite simple. We will list ten DVD’s coming out this week along with a description from the manufacturer of what the movie is about, complete with some of the cast. It’s up to you to decipher which of these movies went straight to DVD and which actually premiered in a theater! (Hint: Seven bowed at a theater and three made the humiliating journey straight to DVD)
You may be able to get three of them, but I think you’ll find it pretty tough to get the other three. It’s just sort of that week in DVD land.
Ready? Let’s get started!
Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) thinks he is God’s gift at his high school. He plays a prank on a fellow high school student, Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) who, unbeknown to him is a witch. Kendra teaches him a lesson by putting a curse on him making him as beastly on the outside as he is on the inside. He has one year to find someone to fall in love with him or stay like that forever.
The lush greens of Tennessee frame the Southern Gothic tale of Bloodworth. An aging honky-tonk musician named E.F. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson) returns home after decades to the lost and aimless sons he left behind: Warren (Val Kilmer), a smooth-talking womanizer and gadabout; Brady (W. Earl Brown, who also adapted the screenplay from a novel by William Gay), a bitter would-be psychic who looks after their disconnected mother (Frances Conroy); and Boyd (country singer Dwight Yoakam), whose deep subterranean anger drove away his wife, the mother of Fleming (Reece Thompson of Rocket Science), an aspiring writer.
Follow the lives of nine strangers (including Charlie Sheen, Julie Delpy, Anna Faris, Kathy Bates, Eva Mendes and Gerard Butler) living worlds apart as they look for love, happiness, success, and friendship against all odds. Carrying the burden of guilt, they must escape their pasts before they can move forward.
Will (Josh Hopkins), a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ (Rachel Kitson), his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ’s married teacher (Samantha Mathis) and CJ confronts her conflicted father, both struggle with formidable decisions about the path their lives will take. Can we vault our differences and meet in the middle? This bittersweet comic drama tenderly explores the cultural divide in America through the lives of one extended family.
Russell (Christian Keys) and Bailey (Jazsmin Lewis) Thomas’ marriage fell apart years ago but they agreed to stay together until their son Justin left home for college. When Justin leaves, so does Russell, but he soon realizes this was a mistake when his ex starts dating Jason, a deceptively handsome and charming new man. Now Russell must win his wife back from a new man who is not as perfect as he seems.
A medieval knight undertakes a mission pitting him against a devious witch and making him the last hope for the world against an ancient and dark force. While searching for food and supplies at the Palace at Marburg, Behmen and his trusted companion, Felson are apprehended and ordered by the dying Cardinal to deliver a young peasant girl – believed to be the witch responsible for the Plague – to a remote abbey where her powers can be destroyed. He agrees to the assignment but only if the peasant girl gets a fair trial. As he and five others set off on this dangerous journey, they realize with mounting dread that the cunning girl is no ordinary human, and that their mission will pit them against an evil that even in these dark times they never could have imagined.
Born from the creative vision of filmmaker Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300), this epic action fantasy launches from the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Locked away against her will, Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four fellow captives – outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) – to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorki (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm).
After a lifetime of training in martial arts and swordsmanship, Yang has eliminated all but one of his clan’s enemies-an infant whose smile instantly melts his heart. Unwilling to kill her and unable to protect her from his own deadly tribe, Yang takes the baby girl and flees, planning to seek refuge with an old friend living in Lode, a frontier town in the American West.
Three hot high school seniors are shocked to discover their names in a legendary book that pairs the school’s virgins with football players. Outraged, the girls are determined to show the guys who’s really running the game of love and launch a series of hilarious, humiliating pranks to get back at the baffled boys in a hysterical battle of the sexes. Rumer Willis (90210), Tania Raymonde (Lost) and Kristin Cavallari (The Hills) star with Rob Schneider (Saturday Night Live) as an overprotective father reluctant to let his daughter grow up.
What began as one of funniest videos of all time is now the acclaimed indie comedy hit of the year! Type The Angriest Man in the World; into any search engine and one name appears Jack Rebney (a.k.a. The Winnebago Man), an 80s RV salesman whose hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was captured on video and passed around on VHS tapes, before exploding into an Internet phenomenon seen by millions. When a young filmmaker goes in search of the legendary man who disappeared 20 years ago, he finds Rebney living alone on a mountain top, as sharp-tongued as ever, but more intelligent and lovable than anyone could have imagined.
So there you have it. Give up? Can’t figure out which of the three movies never made it into theaters?
Well, we know you can eliminate Beastly, Season of the Witch and Sucker Punch. Those movies got big wide releases even though in a vacuum they sound like the three worst movies of the week.
You probably remember some hype over the Winnebago Man documentary and might’ve seen a trailer or two for The Warrior’s Way, so we’ll scratch them off the list.
So that leaves five. Figure it out yet? Here’s the answer: The two movies that were released in theaters are…Bloodworth and Lebanon, PA! These films, according to Box Office Mojo, grossed $12,791 and $48,381, respectively.
So ya see, it’s not always that easy to spot the Straight-to-DVD movies.