This week’s releases include: a star-studded music comedy; a one-man trek for freedom; a humorous search for love; a bloody pursuit of justice; an indecent proposal; a vengeful joke; a supernatural mystery; and a unique martial arts journey.

Be Cool on blu-rayBe Cool (Blu-ray)
When gangster Chili Palmer (John Travolta) decides to try his hand in the music industry, he romances the sultry widow (Uma Thurman) of a recently whacked music exec, poaches a hot young singer (Christina Milian) from a rival label and discovers that the record industry is packin’ a whole lot more than a tune.

This film reunites movie couple Thurman and Travolta for the first time since Pulp Fiction and it, of course, includes a dance number. It’s less serious than their previous endeavour, but still includes a sufficient amount of violence and corpses. Surprisingly, the memorable comedic moments belong to two of the then-newcomers to the biz: Dwayne Johnson and Andre 3000. Nonetheless, the entire ensemble is great and the script is entertaining.

Special features not available. (Fox Home Entertainment)

Essential Killing on blu-rayEssential Killing (Blu-ray)
A Taliban member (Vincent Gallo) who lives in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing three American soldiers. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but manages to escape from his captors and becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know.

The film follows one man through the wilderness as he attempts to evade the military he has just escaped. His tactics include robbery, assault and murder. Gallo delivers a captivating performance of a desperate man, but in no way draws the audience’s sympathies. While being shown the treatment of detainees justifies his desperation, his actions are still unconscionable and framed as the actions of a terrorist.

There are no special features. (Entertainment One)

Four Weddings and a Funeral on blu-rayFour Weddings and a Funeral (Blu-ray)
Charlie (Hugh Grant) is always the best man but never the groom. Determined to avoid even a hint of commitment, this handsome English gentleman is notoriously late to every wedding. But today he’s in for a real surprise because not only did he forget the ring, but he also just caught a glimpse of the girl of his dreams (Andie MacDowell).

This is a favourite of mine that probably initiated my fandom of Hugh Grant rom coms. However its success is not based on him alone, but the fabulous friends by whom he’s surrounded. They’re each unique and a little quirky, bringing to life a wonderful screenplay about love and death. Though everyone enjoys a fairy tale ending, the amusing journey to the end is not to be missed or enjoyed.

Special features not available. (Fox Home Entertainment)

Hobo with a Shotgun on DVDHobo with a Shotgun (DVD)
A vigilante homeless man (Rutger Hauer) pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city’s crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused prostitutes and even a pedophile Santa, the Hobo goes about bringing justice to the city the best way he knows how – with a 20-gauge shotgun.

It’s gritty, over-exposed and grotesque, while the blood is unnaturally bright and flows generously. Like Michael Douglas’ character in Falling Down, the Hobo can finally take no more and decides to try and “solve the world’s problems with a shotgun”; he acts as judge, jury and executioner for a range of criminals. Hauer was the perfect choice as he knows how to breathe life into bizarre characters.

Special features include: commentary by director Jason Eisener, writer John Davies, producer Rob Cotterill and original Grindhouse trailer hobo David Brunt; “Shotgun mode clips”; “More blood, more heart,” a making-of featurette; deleted scenes; alternate ending; video blogs; camera test reel; Fangoria interviews; “HDNet: A look at Hobo with a Shotgun”; Grindhouse trailer contest winner; Hobo with a Shotgun faux trailer contest winner: Van Gore; and trailer and TV spots. (Alliance Films)

Honeymoon in Vegas on blu-rayHoneymoon in Vegas (Blu-ray)
Jack Singer (Nicolas Cage) is terrified of commitment but even more terrified of losing his beautiful school teacher fiancée Betsy (Sarah Jessica Parker). So as an act of faith, he takes the plunge and agrees to tie the knot in a quickie Vegas ceremony. But when he makes a bad $60,000 bet with mobster Tommy Korman (James Caan), the marriage “knot” and all of Jack’s dreams start unravelling fast. The only way that Korman will forgive the debt is if Jack will loan him Betsy for the rest of the weekend.

Special features not available. (Fox Home Entertainment)

Overboard on blu-rayOverboard (Blu-ray)
Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn) is the pampered wife of a pretentious, yacht-owning socialite. When their boat gets stuck for repairs, Joanna employs carpenter Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell) to improve her closet space. But when Dean asks to be paid, he’s blatantly turned down by the “nothing is ever good enough for me” Joanna. So when Joanna falls overboard and gets a bad case of amnesia, Dean takes advantage of the situation and, in a stroke of retributive genius, tells her that she’s his wife and the mother of his four unruly children.

It’s not often such an immoral trick can draw so little condemnation, but this is one of those cases. Dean’s chosen punishment for Joanna is mostly harmless, though exhausting and haphazard. It’s made less malicious since Dean doesn’t expect Joanna to fulfill all her marital duties. The kids are ridiculous without being annoying; though it’s amazing they’ve survived as long as they have. The story becomes increasingly sweet as real bonds are formed, even if under false pretences, and the expected ending is the only possible ending.

Special features not available. (Fox Home Entertainment)

Shelter on blu-rayShelter (Blu-ray)
A female forensic psychiatrist (Julianne Moore) discovers that all of one of her patient’s (Jonathan Rhys Myers) multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what’s happening before her time is finished.

The battle between science and God comes to a head in this tale, though it quickly becomes apparent only one can provide the correct explanation. After a few incidences, it’s fairly simple to figure out the source of Adam’s affliction though why it’s happening remains unclear until near the end. The no-holds-bar conclusion is bold and not entirely expected, which is refreshing in a horror movie. Moore and Myers play well together, with Myers convincingly portraying the subtleties of his various personalities.

Special features include: cast and crew soundbites; and B-roll selects. (Entertainment One)

The Warrior's Way on DVDThe Warrior’s Way (DVD)
After a lifetime of training in swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat, the world’s most dangerous fighter (Jang Dong Gun) flees his homeland to start a new life in the American West. But soon the hunter becomes the hunted, and now the legendary warrior must wage a fierce, all-out battle against a renegade gang of outlaws and a pack of murderous assassins from his own past.

Special features include: deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes montage. (Alliance Films)


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