November 16, 2010

New on DVD and Blu-ray: The Kids Are All Right, Avatar Collector's Edition, Modern Times, The Complete Metropolis

This week on DVD & Blu-ray, check out the quirky family comedy The Kids Are Alright, travel to Pandora (again) with the Avatar Collector's Edition, or indulge your love for the classics with fabulous re-releases of Modern Times and The Complete Metropolis.

MRQE Pick of the Week: The Kids Are All Right
MRQE Metric: 79
The Kids Are All Right [Blu-ray]This lighthearted but topical dramatic comedy has been one of the better-reviewed films of the year, and is expected to make big waves again come awards season. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a middle-aged hippie couple rearing two teenagers in California. When their children become curious about the identity of their anonymous sperm donor, they set out to track him down. What they find is Mark Ruffalo as Paul, a scruffy and charming vagabond who immediately enchants them. A spur of the moment dinner invitation is made, and soon Paul is squirming his way into the lives of the family, sparking mixed feelings, discomfort, and serious soul searching on the part of Bening and Moore. What results is a unique approach to the tried and true familial dysfunction film. Check this one out for the fabulous performances: anything Julianne Moore is in tends to be fabulous.

The Kids Are All Right
The Kids Are All Right [Blu-ray]
The Kids Are All Right [Amazon On Demand]
The Kids Are All Right

MRQE Metric: 77
Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector's Edition + BD-Live) [Blu-ray]There's already been a huge release of James Cameron's blockbuster on DVD and Blu-ray, but you can't blame him for going to the well again in the hope of more consumer dollars. This time out, it's the Three-Disc Extended Collector's Edition (try saying that five times fast). This features a whopping three separate cuts of the movie, including an even longer version “never shown in theaters,” forty-five minutes of deleted scenes, and a feature-length documentary. My personal favorite goodie is the “family audio track with objectionable language removed.” Nearly-naked blue aliens are still family-friendly as long as they don't curse, I guess.

Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector's Edition + BD-Live) [Blu-ray] 
Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector's Edition)
Avatar [Amazon On Demand]

MRQE Pick: Modern Times
MRQE Metric: 98
Modern Times: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]The highest rated movie on MRQE, Charlie Chaplin's classic farce about the rat race, is coming out in a gorgeous Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-Ray, featuring a brand new high definition transfer. Chaplin is at his slapstick best here, wrestling with oversized machines in an almost graceful ballet. The social commentary comes as fast and furious as the gags do; this is a classic for a reason. Since it's a Criterion Collection release, you know that the extras will be equal parts informative and entertaining: as well as an audio commentary by Chaplin expert David Robinson, there's also a handful of rarely-seen Chaplin shorts (among many, many other features). It's a perfect gift for the film buff in your life (or for yourself).

Modern Times (Criterion Collection) 
Modern Times: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray] 

MRQE Metric: 93
The Complete Metropolis [Blu-ray]For decades, Fritz Lang's Art Deco classic has only been available in a somewhat truncated form, due to much of the footage supposedly being lost. An amazing find a couple of years ago and a painstaking restoration led to this: the most complete version of Metropolis any of us under eighty years old have ever seen. This is Metropolis as it was meant to be seen, folks. Now you can see what all the fuss was about. The quality difference for the recently found footage is discernible, but it's come a long way and doesn't ruin the viewing experience.

The Complete Metropolis 
The Complete Metropolis [Blu-ray]
Metropolis [Amazon On Demand] 

Check out all the latest movies just released on DVD and Blu-ray on MRQE!

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