11.22.2011: What To Watch – DVD/Blu-ray Releases

What to watch for Thanksgiving besides the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a Bones and NCIS marathon?  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and of course, two former summer movies…one a hit, the other not-so-much.  Need more to keep you busy and away from doing the dishes, or to cure the tryptophan hangover?  The Doctor is in.

Conan the Barbarian (2011 / R / 112 mins) on DVD, Blu-ray, 3-Disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD.  Starring Jason Momoa (TV’s Game of Thrones), Rachel Nichols (TV’s Criminal Minds), Stephen Lang (TV’s Terra Nova), Rose McGowan (TV’s Nip/Tuck), Saïd Taghmaoui (TV’s Lost), Leo Howard (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Bob Sapp (Blood and Bone) and Ron Perlman (TV’s Sons of Anarchy).  Written by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Dylan Dog: Dead of Night), Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara) and Sean Hood (Halloween: Resurrection).  Directed by Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th [2009]).

Jason Momoa’s Conan is no Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan.  The re-interpretation of Conan the Barbarian may be of the same name as John Milius’ original 1982 film but that is where the similarities end.  The $90 million movie suffered set back after set back, including Brett Ratner leaving the director’s chair and a two-year delay in filming.  In its premiere weekend, Conan the Barbarian was ranked #4 behind the new Spy Kids sequel, All the Time in the World, and successful summer hits, The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  It grossed $10.021 million in those three days and just $48.795 million worldwide in a short seven weekends at the box office.  Even Milius’ Conan grossed a worldwide total of $68.851 million and that was in 1982.

Synopsis:  A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan (Momoa) realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Website:  http://www.conanthebarbarianin3d.com/index2.html

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/ConanTheBarbarian

Twitter:  @lionsgatemovies

YouTube:   http://www.youtube.com/lionsgatelive

Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series (2010-11) on 6-Disc DVD and 6-Disc Blu-ray. Starring Matt Smith (Womb), Karen Gillan (Outcast), Arthur Darvill (Robin Hood [2010]), Alex Kingston (TV’s FlashForward) and Ian McNeice (Day of the Dead [2008]).  Produced by Steven Moffat (TV’s Sherlock), Piers Wenger (TV’s The Sarah Jane Adventures) and Beth Willis (TV’s Ashes to Ashes).

Actor Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor continues his travels with the TARDIS in a 13-episode sixth season.  The second season for Smith, who is rumored to be departing from the series after the next season (the last in his contract), was for the first time in the 48-year history of Doctor Who filmed in the United States.  Included in both the DVD and Blu-ray is the 2010 Christmas episode “A Christmas Carol,” commentaries, featurettes, new scenes, prequels and trailers.

The Doctor returns with Christmas special, “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe,” on Sunday, December 25th (click here for the trailer).

Season Six Synopsis:  By the shores of Lake Silencio, in Utah, all of time and space hang in the balance.  And a NASA astronaut is waiting.  The truth about River Song (Kingston) is out and the time has come for the Doctor (Smith) to face his greatest demons.  Venturing across centuries and galaxies, the Doctor, Amy (Gillan) and Rory (Darvill) will encounter the greatest war criminal in all of history – and Hitler.  Together, they’ll discover there’s no scarier place in the universe than a child’s bedroom and a visit to an alien quarantine facility will reveal to Rory a very different side to his wife.  In a hotel where walls move, corridors twist and rooms vanish, death lies waiting.  But the Doctor’s time has yet to come. He has one last stop to make on his final journey – an old friend needs his help and an old foe must be defeated.  But time catches up with us all and the Doctor can delay no more.

Episodes:  A Christmas Carol, The Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot, The Doctor’s Wife, The Rebel Flesh, The Almost People, A Good Man Goes to War, Let’s Kill Hitler, Night Terrors, The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex, Closing Time, and The Wedding of River Song.

Website:  http://www.bbcamerica.com/doctor-who/

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/BBCAmerica


Super 8 (2011 / PG-13 / 111 mins) on DVD and 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy.  Starring Kyle Chandler (TV’s Friday Night Lights), Elle Fanning (Twixt), Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso (TV’s The Big C), Noah Emmerich (TV’s The Walking Dead), Ron Eldard (Ghost Ship), Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee (TV’s Breaking Bad) and Zach Mills (Changeling).  Produced by Steven Spielberg (Real Steel).  Written, produced & directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek [2009]).

J.J. Abram’s sci-fi thriller of Super 8 premiered at #1 the weekend of June 10th, rising atop a more mature box office including the likes of X-Men: First Class, The Hangover Part II and Bridesmaids.  Opening with $35.451 million, the film stayed in the top ten for six weekends, grossing $127.004 million domestically and $132.709 million internationally in 16 weekends.  Super 8 and its stars received one win for Best Science Fiction Movie at the 2011 Scream Awards, and multiple nominations at both the Teen Choice Awards and the Scream Awards.  The DVD and Blu-ray include commentary and featurettes.

Synopsis:  In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident.  Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Website:  http://www.super8-movie.com/

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Super8Movie

Twitter:  @Super8Movie

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