This week’s releases are from two ends of the spectrum: soon-to-be Fortune 500 soldiers fight to clear their names; a couple of cops try to prove they really are good at their jobs; and a son tries to ensure he’s the only man in his mother’s life.

The A-Team on blu-rayThe A-Team (Blu-ray)
Convicted by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit, a daring team of former Special Forces soldiers (Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) must utilize their unique talents to break out of prison and tackle their toughest mission yet. It’s going to take guts, split-second timing and an arsenal of explosive weapons to do this job – it’s going to take The A-Team!

The characters are well casted and true to the original ‘80s television series on which the film is based. Jackson may be the only mismatch at times, but he has large, Mr. T-sized shoes to fill. At approximately two hours (give or take depending on the version you’ve chosen to watch), the film never drags or feels too long. Paralleling the planning of an operation with its actual execution is clever and timesaving, allowing the narrative to move forward at an exciting pace. In addition, it includes a few surprises along the way to keep the movie interesting. This big screen adaptation is funny, thrilling and very entertaining.

Special features include: theatrical and extended versions of the film which differ by 15 minutes; commentary by director Joe Carnahan; “The Devil is in the Details: Inside the Action with Joe Carnahan”; deleted scenes; a gag reel; A-Team theme mash-up montage; “Plan of Attack”; character chronicles; visual effects commentary with visual effects supervisor James E. Price; BD-Live extras; and digital copy of the theatrical release. (Fox Home Entertainment)

Cyrus on DVDCyrus (DVD)
Not-so-recently divorced John (John C. Reilly) thinks he’s finally found the perfect woman when he meets the sweet and sexy Molly (Marisa Tomei). There’s just one problem – Molly’s son Cyrus (Jonah Hill) clings to his mom like lint on a T-shirt, and he’s not about to let another man come between them. It’s one awkward moment after another as John and Cyrus fight for the right to be Molly’s No. 1 man.

This film progresses very slowly. The eccentric characters drive the story forward and hold the audience’s attention, but even this falters at time. Hill and Reilly deliver exceptional performances in this fairly heavy drama. Both men are known for their comedic performances, but they prove their acting talent runs deeper than a few laughs. Tomei continues to be stellar, portraying an unconventional but supportive mother. The characters’ depression and other issues are weighty subjects for a comedy, but it still manages some entertaining moments.

Special features include: alternate scenes – “Cyrus at Party” and “Puppet Movie.” (Fox Home Entertainment)

The Other Guys on blu-rayThe Other Guys (Blu-ray)
NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and P.K. (Samuel L. Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don’t get tattoos – other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). You’ve seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They’re not heroes – they’re the “Other Guys.” But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City’s biggest crime.

The first 10 minutes of the film centre on Johnson’s and Jackson’s characters and it’s incredibly amusing as their testosterone-fuelled hijinks cause maximum damage yet collects widespread admiration. They are buddy cops on overdrive, which is a hilarious concept. Then the focus shifts to Ferrell’s and Wahlberg’s characters and the movie goes downhill. There’s no chemistry between the two, the majority of the jokes fall flat but are repeated endlessly, and the story is weak at best. On the other hand, the soundtrack is an impressive mix of old and new. It’s also possibly the best and most consistent element of the whole film. In addition, the highlight of the movie is a high-speed car chase performed to the song “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas and the Papas.

Special features include: both the theatrical and unrated versions of the film; deleted and extended scenes; The “Mom”-mentary – unrated version; “Line-O-Rama”; gag reel; alternate action; “Pimps Don’t Cry” music video; featurettes: “Crash and Burn!”; “Bed Bath and Way Beyond”; “Extreme Close Up”; “Everyone Hates The DVD Guy”; “Wasn’t That???”; “Why Are There Brits On This Movie?”; “Rob Riggle Like To Party”; “We Shouldn’t Kiss a Chicken”; “Mark Walberg’s Eating Contest Entourage”; and “Lendl Global Commercial”; movieIQ, BD-Live; and a digital copy of the film. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

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