August 31, 2010


This week on DVD & Blu-ray: Michael Caine seeks revenge in HARRY BROWN. Owen Wilson brings a classic comic strip character to life in MARMADUKE. Tyler Perry gives us more marriage analysis in WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? The classic 1981 horror flick, THE EVIL DEAD, gets a hi-def treatment. Read what the critics had to say.

MRQE Pick: Harry Brown
MRQE Metric: 61

Much like Clint Eastwood before him, Michael Caine takes a page from his own oeuvre with Michael Brown, a revenge thriller that's in-keeping his 70s classics, like Get Carter. The elderly Michael Brown (Caine) lives in a neighborhood that is changing for the worse. At first indifferent, Brown's feelings change first as he arrives too late to see his wife pass on in the hospital because of gangs hanging out under and overpass. It gets worse when his close friend, Leonard (David Bradley), is murdered. Brown soon turns vigilante. Critics praised Caine's performance, and it's clear how Roger Ebert came to the assessment that Harry Brown is "...a revenge thriller poised somewhere between 'Death Wish' and 'Gran Torino.'"

Harry Brown [DVD]
Harry Brown [Blu-ray]
Harry Brown [VOD]

MRQE Metric: 37

Brad Anderson's comic strip about a large dog and his family owners comes to life, with Owen Wilson voicing the eponymous dog. The plot revolves around the Winslow family who move from Kansas to California, and the people…er, pets, they meet along the way. In spite of powerful voice talent from Wilson, George Lopez, Kiefer Sutherland, Emma Stone, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, this family flick was largely panned, and while kids might get some enjoyment out of talking animals, parents might wince at the forced humor.

Marmaduke [DVD]
Marmaduke [Blu-ray]
Marmaduke [VOD]

Why Did I Get Married Too?
MRQE Metric: 38

A sequel to 2007's more well-received comedy, Why Did I Get Married?--with the entire cast returning--Why Did I Get Married Too? follows the same four couples on their annual couples retreat to the Bahamas, in which they work out their marital troubles by asking "Why did I get married?" This time around, as an ex-husband arrives unexpectedly, accusations of unfaithfulness threaten to break a couple apart. While the film was the third highest grossing opener for Tyler Perry, it was also his worst critically. As Lisa Rosman of Time Out New York wrote, "Burdened with a bevy of unlikely plot twists, this is less a movie sequel than the latest installment in a big-screen soap opera."

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (Widescreen Edition) [DVD]
Why Did I Get Married Too? [Blu-ray]
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? [VOD]

The Evil Dead
MRQE Metric: 76

Sam Raimi's iconic 1981 horror movie about five college students vacationing in a cabin in the woods, who soon discover an audiotape that releases evil spirits, is now out on Blu-ray with a bevy of extras. According to press releases, Raimi personally supervised the hi-def transfers, and worked on new audio commentary, which also features producer Robert Tapert, and star Bruce Campbell. Other features include, deleted scenes, two making-of docs, and three featurettes in which the cast reunites in front of fans at various conventions. While the film didn't get such praise upon its first release in 1981, over the years reception changed as the film reached cult status among horror fans.

The Evil Dead (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]

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