Chris Hicks: New movies on DVD led by Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ final ‘Twilight’
“Wreck-It Ralph” (Disney/Blu-ray 3D, 2012, PG, four discs, $49.99; Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions; deleted/alternate scenes, featurettes, faux commercials, Oscar-winning animated short “Paperman”). Clever, funny spoof of video games, both modern and especially vintage, has the title character (voiced by John C. Reilly) tired of being the bad guy, so he escapes to explore other opportunities.
Naturally, this leads to a disruption of the video game universe and Ralph’s encounters with a variety of characters from myriad familiar games is action-filled and often hilarious. Thirtysomethings who grew up with the games referenced here will have an especially good time.
And be sure to watch the utterly charming “Paperman,” the black-and-white, dialogue-free short cartoon that won an Oscar last month, which is a bonus feature here. (Also on Blu-ray combo, $39.99, and DVD, $29.99)
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2” (Summit/Blu-ray, 2012, PG-13, $39.99, Blu-ray and digital versions, audio commentary, featurettes, music video; also on DVD, $30.98).
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1: Extended Edition” (Summit/Blu-ray, 2011, PG-13, $29.99, Blu-ray and digital versions, theatrical and extended versions, audio commentary; also on DVD, $22.98). “Part 2” is, of course, the finale of the quadrilogy ( er pentalogy?) of Stephenie Meyer's vampire/werewolf stories, this one wrapping things up as the Cullens and Volturi go to war. “Part 1” extends the film by eight minutes but also includes the theatrical version.
“The Intouchables” (Sony/Blu-ray, 2012; R for language, drugs; $35.99, in French with English subtitles, Blu-ray and digital versions, deleted scenes). A Senegalese man living in a Paris slum becomes the unlikely caretaker to a wealthy quadriplegic in this true story that has been an around-the-world crowd-pleaser. Excellent all the way, and laced with a surprising amount of comedy, some of it very funny. (Also on DVD, $30.99)
“Playing for Keeps” (Sony, 2012, PG-13, $30.99, deleted scenes, featurettes). Predictable comedy has Gerard Butler as an over-the-hill former soccer star trying desperately to win a job as a sportscaster. Meanwhile, he begins coaching a youth soccer team in an attempt to reconnect with his estranged son and perhaps win back his ex-wife (Jessica Biel). Dennis Quaid is a benefactor with an agenda, and Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the soccer moms pursuing Butler. (Also on Blu-ray, $35.99)
“The Bay” (Lionsgate, 2012; R for violence, language, $27.98, audio commentary, featurette). Barry Levinson (“Rain Man,” “The Natural”) directed this found-footage horror movie, a faux documentary about suppressed tapes recorded by a rookie TV reporter and her cameraman, along with amateur sources, revealing a Fourth of July parasitic outbreak in a small New England town. Better than most with enough jolts to please fright-flick fans.
“Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lionsgate, 2012, not rated, $19.98, featurette). Lifetime cable movie tells the true story of the title character, kidnapped as an infant, raised by a woman who was not her mother and ultimately uncovering the truth as an adult.
“The Seven Year Itch” (Gaiam, 2012, not rated, $14.93). Romantic comedy about a career woman (Natalie Hall) who has let a slacker pal (Darin Brooks) live in her home for seven years. Now she’s about to marry someone else — unaware that her fiancé is a cheat — unless her friend reveals his true feelings and saves the day.
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