DVD Picks

DVDs coming out Nov. 20

November 15, 2012 

  • Also out “Booster” “The Dust Bowl” (two-part, four-hour Ken Burns documentary, PBS) “The Rolling Stones Under Review 1975-1983: The Ronnie Wood Years Part 1” “Heaven’s Gate” (1980, Criterion Collection) “Ike & Tina: On The Road: 1971-72” “Tarantino XX: 8-Film Blu-ray Collection” “Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Collector’s Edition” “Doctor Who: Limited Edition Gift Set” (41 DVDs and the comic book “Doctor Who at Comic Con,” BBC/Warner) “Christmas With Danny Kaye” (1963-67, holiday episodes of “The Danny Kaye Show”)

Picks of the Week

The Expendables 2

(R, 102 minutes, Lionsgate): Released in 2010, “The Expendables” grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. Sensitive to fans’ complaints that several of the biggest names in the cast barely appeared, Sylvester Stallone made sure that Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger hang around for more than just cameos this time. Jean-Claude Van Damme signed on to play the heavy. Chuck Norris checks in, too, but with roughly five minutes of screen time.

Director Simon West can’t overcome the vanity of his aging cast, who force him to shoot them only from flattering angles and to go easy on harsh lights. There are loads of horrendous one-liners, lame attempts at humor and some brief, horrifying glimpses at plastic surgery gone way wrong.

“The Expendables 2” barely qualifies as a movie, but it does make for a fascinating study on male vanity. Contains strong bloody violence.

Extras: commentary with West; deleted scenes, gag reel and featurettes “Gods of War: Assembling Earth’s Mightiest Anti-Heroes,” “Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980s and the Rise of the Action Film,” “Guns for Hire: The Real Expendables.”

Bringing Up Bobby

(PG-13, 95 minutes, Monterey Video): Despite a strong cast, this movie had limited theater showings. In an effort to escape a con-artist past and build a better future, Olive (Milla Jovovich) takes her 10-year-old son, Bobby (Spencer List), to live in Oklahoma. Olive seeks to give Bobby the things she never had, but his behavior at his school and in their conservative neighborhood draws the attention of a wealthy businessman, Kent (Bill Pullman).

Olive’s criminal past finally catches up with her, forcing her to make the toughest judgment of all. Contains mild profanity.

Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements

(Unrated, 123 minutes, MVD Entertainment Group): A two-disc documentary about cult-favorite rock group the Replacements, told through the words of their fans. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude and refined it with classic rock and pop. Over the band’s 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both.

Gorman Bechard’s remarkable history of the band starts with its first show as the Impediments to its 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago. Bechard relies less on the band’s music or live footage and turns to fans – their memories, hilarious anecdotes and differing points of view about the foursome’s wildly varied discography and infamous antics. The Washington Post

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