Chris Hicks: ‘Captain Phillips’ leads interesting films new to DVD, Blu-ray this week
“The Prey” (Cohen/Blu-ray, 2011, R for violence and language, $34.98, in French with English subtitles, featurettes, trailer). Highly charged thriller, loaded with exciting stunt work, despite a contrived plot. A bank robber in prison makes the mistake of taking his seemingly weak cellmate under his wing, unaware the guy is really a sadistic serial killer. When the killer is released, he stalks his old cellmate’s family — so the robber breaks out of prison to stop him. (Also on DVD, $24.98)
“Life’s an Itch” (Monarch, 2014, not rated, $24.95, featurette). This low-budget comedy tries for a Jack Lemmon vibe (circa the 1960s). A composer stays home to work while his wife heads off to Hawaii with their kids and her mother (a slumming Kathleen Quinlan). At the last minute he’s informed that a yoga teacher is moving into their guesthouse. As you might expect, she’s attractive and free-spirited, and all the friends and neighbors that drop by are oddballs. Forced, silly farce.
“Richard the Lionheart” (Lionsgate, 2013; R for violence, sex, nudity; $26.98, featurette, trailers). Malcolm McDowell is King Henry II, who sends his son to a prison where he will battle villains and learn to rely on his own strength, ingenuity and character.
“Machete Kills” (Universal/Blu-ray, 2013; R for violence, sex, language; two discs, $34.98; Blu-ray, DVD, digital versions; $34.98, deleted/extended scenes, featurette, trailers). Ridiculous over-the-top action film by Robert Rodriguez, starring Danny Trejo as the character he played in the first “Machete,” which was based on a fake trailer in “Grindhouse.” Charlie Sheen, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara and Mel Gibson co-star. (Also on DVD, $29.98)
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." Website: www.hicksflicks.com
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