Nine films make it to DVD and Blu Ray this week. Four comedies, four dramas and a sci-fi flick give you plenty of options. From romantic comedy, to Will Ferrell, to the Farrelly brothers, lovers of comedy have plenty to choose from. For those with a soft spot for drama, two of the films lean toward action while the other two lean more toward suspense or horror. Our Sci-Fi entry, “4:44 Last Day on Earth” is appropriate in this year of 2012 when some worry about the fate of our world.
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” – At the center of this inspirational comedy is a sheik with vision. He longs to bring salmon fishing to the desert and will spare no expense to make his dream come true. His representative has been given the task of making it happen which brings Britain’s foremost fisheries expert on board. Though the expert thinks the project is ridiculous, but is forced to proceed when Britain’s Prime Minister sees this as great “good will” story. Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked and Tom Mison. Rated PG-13
“The Three Stooges” – The Farrelly brothers’ reboot of The Three Stooges finally makes its way to DVD. The comedy is set up like a new series of adventures for the trio, rife with the slapstick the originals were known for. Starring Will Sasso, Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch and Larry David. Rated PG
“Casa de Mi Padre” – A family ranch in Mexico, maintained by Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) is facing financial challenges when Armando’s younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) turns up with Sonia, his new fiancée. His arrival means salvation for the ranch or so Armando thinks until he falls for Sonia and learns that Raul’s successful internal business isn’t on the up an up. Also starring Pedro Armendariz, Jr., Génesis Rodríguez and Gael García Bernal. Rated R
“Friends with Kids” – This is an ensemble piece centering on a close knot group of friends at that pivotal moment when some of them begin to have kids of their own. For the two childless singles still in the group, what is happening to their friends’ lives and relationships gives them pause to wonder if there is a better way. This leads to the two of them choosing to have a child together while agreeing to date other people. Starring Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Rated R
“Silent House” – Sarah is sealed inside her family home with no way out and no way to contact anyone on the outside. Tension builds as things begin to happen and Sarah’s panic changes to terror. Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross and Haley Murphy. Rated R
“Lockout” –A falsely convicted ex- government agent (Guy Pearce) needs to rescue the President’s daughter to clear himself. Set in the not too distant future, she has been taken captive by convicts from an outer space maximum security prison. Also starring Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan and Joe Gilgun. Rated PG-13
“Get the Gringo” – Caught by Mexican authorities and tossed unceremoniously into their prison system, a lifelong criminal must learn to survive but only with the help of a 9 year old boy. Starring Mel Gibson
“Intruders” – Juan is a talented boy who writes imaginative stories. He is being terrorized by a faceless being in his own room. His mother doubts his story at first but soon believes it may be some kind of demonic possession and brings in a local priest to cleanse the place. That’s when they learn Satan is not behind the creature’s attacks. Thirty years later, John (Clive Owen) and Susanna (Carice van Houten) are the protective parents of Mia (Ella Purnell), their 13-year-old daughter. One night she is attacked in her room and John sets out to discover who or what attacked his daughter. Mia describes a creature similar to the one who tormented Juan – Hollowface. Also starring Daniel Brühl and Pilar López de Ayala. Rated R
“4:44 Last Day on Earth” – Willem Dafoe is back again this week with anther suspenseful tale, this time as part of a happy couple living in an apartment in the city. Deeply in love the painter and the actor go about their normal day except today is anything but normal. Tomorrow, at 4:44 a.m., the world will come to a screeching end and there is no way out. No one will survive and yet still some refuse to give up hope. The lovers however have accepted their fate – tomorrow – the world will end. Starring Willem Dafoe, Natasha Lyonne, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta and Paul Hipp Not Rated. Check out the video for this film above. And if you are interested in more films with Willem Dafoe, read “Released on DVD July 3, 2012” to learn about “The Hunter”
Southern Illinois residents can purchase any of these DVDs at Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and other fine retail shops. If you would prefer to rent them, Family Video has them available.
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