Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 (Blu-ray) Criticize This! Pick of the Week – For fans of the Harry Potter franchise, picking up Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 on Blu-ray is a no-brainer. For one, it’s the last film in the series and most likely you own the other parts as well and second, the Blu-ray is stunning and has an amazing picture and a wild 5.1 DTS-HD sound mix. I found it much more enjoyable at home than I did in the theatre in 3-D too. Special features are loaded and include Maximum Movie Mode, an hour-long interview with author J.K. Rowling conducted by actor Daniel Radcliffe, deleted scenes, and much more. A regular DVD and digital copy of the film is also included. Film **** Blu-ray ***** (out of 5 stars).
The Change-Up (Blu-ray) – I was right, The Change-Up does get better with multiple viewings. Since receiving my Blu-ray copy I’ve watched the raunchy Jason Bateman/Ryan Reynolds switching bodies comedy numerous times and have laughed more hysterically each time. Like Wedding Crashers and Old School, The Change-Up is going to earn a larger audience in the home market and will one day be looked at as a comedy classic. The Blu-ray release is solid and includes the theatrical and unrated cuts of the film, audio commentary with director David Dobkin, a gag reel, deleted scene, and more. A regular DVD and digital copy of the film is also included. Film **** Blu-ray *** (out of 5 stars).
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Blu-ray) – The biggest surprise about Crazy, Stupid, Love. is that it is a very watchable romcom that didn’t bow down to the stereotypical genre storylines we’ve come to expect. There were also some genuinely funny moments between Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling and they played off each other wonderfully. Unfortunately, the other cast members, including Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, and Julianne Moore, were given mediocre roles and never got to shine to their full potential. Still a very decent watch though and one I recommend. Special features on the Blu-ray release include deleted scenes and two featurettes. A regular DVD and digital copy of the film is also included. Film *** Blu-ray *** (out of 5 stars).
Tabloid – Errol Morris’ latest documentary, Tabloid, tells the story of Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming who was accused of enslaving a Mormon missionary in the U.K. in 1977. She’s also been involved in a dog cloning case and a few other bizarre incidents. Although she claims most of what Morris presents about her is false, her story is interesting and makes for a good watch even if it’s not Morris’ best work. There are no special features on the DVD. Film *** DVD * (out of 5 stars).
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