'Out of Africa' and 'The Deer Hunter' get Blu-ray redos

Published: Thursday, March 8 2012 5:34 p.m. MST

Karen (Meryl Streep) and Denys (Robert Redford) in "Out of Africa."

Universal

Two latter-day classics receive Blu-ray redos, leading these movies that are new to home video this week.

"Out of Africa" (Universal/Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, 1985, PG, two discs, $39.98). This true story focuses on Karen Blixin (Meryl Streep) after her sham marriage falls apart, leaving her stranded in Kenya, where she comes to love her surroundings, as well as a great white hunter (Robert Redford).

Grand old-fashioned romance filmed in exotic locations, which, although they looked great in earlier DVD editions, benefit even more from high definition.

Extras: widescreen; Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions; deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, trailer; 44-page booklet

"The Deer Hunter" (Universal/Blu-ray, 1978; R for violence, language; two discs, $19.98). One of the great Vietnam War movies, a three-hour epic that spends its first third allowing us to get to know the blue-collar characters, then throws us into the midst of the war, and finally into its emotionally shattering aftermath. Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep.

Extras: widescreen, deleted/extended scenes, audio commentary, featurette about Universal's history, trailer (also single-disc DVD, $14.98)

"Footloose" (Paramount/Blu-ray + DVD + Digital, 2011, PG-13, two discs, $44.99). Utah's own Julianne Hough makes her starring debut as the rebellious teen in a small town with her eye on the city kid (Kenny Wormald) that just moved in. They both love to dance — which just happens to be outlawed. OK imitation of the Kevin Bacon original will have you tapping your toes.

Extras: widescreen; Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions; deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, trailer (also on single-disc DVD, $29.99)

"Like Crazy" (Paramount, 2011, PG-13, $19.99). Nice, compact, tearful examination of a long-distance relationship as two college students, a U.S. citizen (Anton Yelchin) and a Brit (Felicity Jones), fall in love but then find themselves separated after she violates the terms of her visa. A Sundance Film Festival hit.

Extras: widescreen, deleted/alternate scenes, audio commentary (also on Blu-ray, $29.99)

"The Immortals" (Fox/Blu-ray + Digital, 2011; R for violence, sex, nudity; two discs, $39.99). Here's a gory "300"-style sword-and-sandal epic that seems to aspire more toward "Clash of the Titans" without the monsters. What story there is has Theseus (Henry Cavill) raised up by the gods to stop maniac King Hyperion in his quest to destroy humanity with a magic bow.

Extras: widecreen, in Blu-ray and digital versions, deleted/alternate scenes, featurettes, graphic novel, trailer (also 3-D/Blu-ray/Digital, $49.99, and single-disc DVD, $29.98)

"Columbus Circle" (Universal/Blu-ray, 2012, PG-13, $26.98). Selma Blair is a reclusive millionaire in a Manhattan loft who finds herself mixed up in a murder mystery when her elderly neighbor is killed. Good cast (Kevin Pollak, Jason Lee, Giovanni Ribisi, Beau Bridges, Amy Smart) but as with many modern film noirs, the plot is overly convoluted and multiple twists at the end don't work.

Extras: widescreen, (also on DVD, $19.98)

"Tooth Fairy 2" (Fox/Blu-ray, 2012, $29.99). Remember the Dwayne Johnson "Tooth Fairy" farce? Well, ready or not, here's a sequel — this time with Larry the Cable Guy as a bumpkin transformed into the title character. Silly comedy-fantasy (complete with flying pig) but thankfully bereft of the tasteless gags so common in many of today's kids pictures.

Extras: widescreen, deleted/alternate scenes, featurettes (also on DVD, $22.98)

"WWJD II: The Woodcarver" (Vivendi, 2012, PG, $14.93). Gentle Christian film has a woodcarver (John Ratzenberger) helping a troubled kid who has vandalized a church find his path while prodding him with lessons from the New Testament. The second in a series, "WWJD" is, of course, "What Would Jesus Do?"

Extras: widescreen, featurette, trailer

"Wyatt Earp's Revenge" (Sony, 2012, PG-13, $26.99). OK western (supposedly true) about Earp gathering a posse — Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday, etc. — to track down the psycho who killed his girlfriend. Val Kilmer (who played Holliday in "Tombstone") is aged Earp telling the story; country-music star Trace Adkins also shows up, but not for long (despite second-star billing).

Extras: widescreen, featurette

"Recoil" (Vivendi, 2012; R for violence, language; $19.97). Revenge yarn has a cop tossing the law aside and going after bad guys when his family is murdered. Hey, if you rent a movie starring Steve Austin and Danny Trejo, you know what you're in for, right?

Extras: widescreen, deleted scenes, featurette (also on Blu-ray, $26.95)

EMAIL: hicks@desnews.com

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