Mindless action leads new movies on DVD and Blu-ray this week as Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to movies with "The Last Stand" and Jason Statham teams up with Jennifer Lopez for "Parker."
"The Last Stand" (Lionsgate, 2013; R for violence, language; $29.99, deleted/extended scenes, featurettes). Schwarzenegger's first starring role in a decade casts him as a disgraced former L.A. cop now laboring in rural Arizona as a sheriff whose town is taken hostage by a drug kingpin who escapes from the FBI.
It's no accident that this big, loud, bombastic thriller plays like one of Schwarzenegger's 1980s efforts, as he drops almost as many quips as he does bad guys. And if you turn off your brain and go with it, some of it is fun. But it's also brutal and bloody. (Also on Blu-ray, $39.99)
"Parker" (Sony, 2013; R for violence, language, sex, nudity; $30.99, audio commentary, featurettes). Statham has become the 21st century's Charles Bronson, sturdily churning out one action picture after another, and this one is a little better than most. Statham is a gentleman thief double-crossed by his gang (led by Michael Chiklis), so it's time for revenge. Jennifer Lopez adds some spark as a realtor Statham reluctantly takes on to help. (Also on Blu-ray, $35.99)
"Beautiful Creatures" (Warner/Blu-ray, 2013, PG-13, $35.99; Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions; deleted scenes, featurettes, trailers). More hot-blooded supernatural teenage romance in the South. This "Twilight" twist has a mortal boy dreaming of a mysterious girl who then shows up at his school. Eventually she is revealed to be part of a family of witches, and whether she goes to the dark side or light will be decided on her 16th birthday. Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson have supporting roles. (Also on DVD, $28.98)
"A Common Man" (Anchor Bay/Blu-ray, 2013, PG-13, $24.99). Ben Kingsley is a terrorist who plants five bombs around a city in Sri Lanka, then calls the police chief (Ben Cross) and demands the release of four political prisoners in this failed thriller. (Also on DVD, $22.98)
"Open Road" (Universal/Blu-ray, 2013, not rated, $26.98, Blu-ray and digital versions, featurette, trailer). Free-spirited Brazilian artist (Camilla Belle) travels to America and is befriended by various people on the road, including drifters Andy Garcia and John Savage, waitress Juliette Lewis, and cop Colin Egglesfield. (Also on DVD, $19.98)Comment on this story
"Love Sick Love" (Monarch, 2013; R for language, sex, violence, $24.95). Dark rom-com variation on "Fatal Attraction" has a woman taking her "casual" boyfriend to a remote country house and terrorizing him, along with kids he didn't know she had and her crazed parents.
"Nightfall" (Well Go/Blu-ray, 2013, not rated, $29.98, in Cantonese with English subtitles, featurette, trailer). Hong Kong thriller follows a world-weary detective as he investigates a murder that brings up questions regarding another murder that occurred 20 years earlier, ultimately leading to a surprising revelation. (Also on DVD, $24.98)
"Adventures of Bailey: A Night in Cowtown" (eOne, 2013, not rated, $14.98). This third "Bailey" family movie has the golden retriever developing a crush on a neighbor's dog, which leads to another pooch being illegally sold in historic Cowtown.