Vampires, Wolverines and video-game characters populate this week’s new DVD releases:
“THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN — PART 2,” GRADE B: The Cullens must find a way to stop a war between the vampires. Robert Pattinson stars.
Edward and Bella are not only newlyweds, but proud parents of bouncing baby Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) who, because of her odd DNA, grows and matures at an incredible rate. Jacob has now shifted his focus from Bella to Renesmee, which eventually will lead to some awkward Thanksgiving meals.
With no love triangle to create tension, the majority of the production is devoted to rounding up fellow vampires — the most intriguing played by Lee Pace — who can witness that Renesmee’s not the threat that the crotchety ruling Volturi gang thinks she is. Director Bill Condon manages to keep the tempo of the film at a solid pace.
“RED DAWN,” GRADE B: The remake of the 1984 film about a group of teens who band together to fight an invading army brings the same patriotic bravado and coming-of-age emotions that made the original so popular.
It’s like waving the American flag each time this rag-tag team of teens show maturity beyond their years to make life miserable for the North Korean army that’s taken over Spokane, Wash.
The film’s an explosive enough nod to the original to make this new band of Wolverines real winners
“WRECK-IT RALPH,” GRADE B: The villain of a classic arcade game wants to be a hero.
This likable movie will entertain old and young because of the wide range of video games that serve as the backdrop for the stories.
Director Rich Moore has done a masterful job of blending all of the varied degree of visuals that come with arcade games.
ALSO NEW ON DVD:
“THE INTOUCHABLES”: Film based on the true-life friendship between a quadriplegic and the man he hires to care for him.
“SEVEN YEAR HITCH”: Two best friends discover they are legally married.
“PLAYING FOR KEEPS”: A man returns home to rebuild a relationship with his son. Gerard Butler stars.
“THE NATIVITY STORY”: Keisha Castle-Hughes stars.