Fighting robots and battling partners highlight this week’s new DVD offerings.
“PACIFIC RIM,” GRADE B-MINUS: Giant robots battle giant monsters to save the world.
There’s a monstrous battle going on in “Pacific Rim,” and it has nothing to do with the giant robots (called Jaegers) and monsters (known as Kaiju) who trade blows throughout the film. The clash of the titans is between the fantastic vision of director Guillermo del Toro and the cookie-cutter demands of a big summer blockbuster.
The story goes for big emotional payoffs in the final act, but it’s so sentimental, you expect the robots to cry.
“THE HEAT,” GRADE B: Mismatched partners must find a way to work together. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy star.
Not since Mel Gibson and Danny Glover traded jabs in the “Lethal Weapon” movies has there been such an entertaining partnership. Director Paul Feig gets the most out of his leads’ different comedy styles, using Bullock’s more controlled humor as a buffer for McCarthy’s often manic style.
“LOVE ACTUALLY,” GRADE A: This sweet, funny and nearly perfect romantic comedy is being released in a special Blu-ray combo pack to mark the 10th anniversary. An all-star cast that includes Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and Andrew Lincoln make this story about the aspects of love actually an extremely easy movie to love.
“DEFIANCE: SEASON ONE,” GRADE B: The Syfy Channel series offers the most interesting look on television at humans dealing with aliens since “Alien Nation.” In this case, several alien races have come to Earth after their solar system is destroyed. Earth is having its own problems and the communities left — including the one where St. Louis once stood that’s now called Defiance — have to battle for survival.
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ALSO NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK:
“THE FALL, SERIES 1”: Detective (Gillian Anderson) is on the trail of a serial killer stalking the streets of Belfast.
“KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN”: Concert film of the comedian’s appearance at Madison Square Garden.
“LES MISERABLES”: The 1978 film version of the classic Victor Hugo novel.
“HITCHED FOR THE HOLIDAYS”: A commitment-phobe is criticized by his family about his inability to keep a relationship through the holidays.
“ANGER MANAGEMENT: VOLUME TWO”: Charlie Sheen plays a therapist with his own problems.