Safe (Blu-ray) Criticize This! Pick of the Week – Like every other Jason Statham film, Safe is a heart-pounding adrenaline rush of action and violence that will keep even the most ADHD viewer glued to the set. Statham plays Luke Wright, a man who has had everything taken away from him and is on the verge of suicide when he sees a young girl in danger. He rescues her and soon finds himself up against the Russian mob, the Chinese mob, and a bunch of crooked cops. In order to keep her safe, he must kill, beat, and slap around a lot of bad guys, and boy does he ever do it well. Safe is nothing new, but Statham is fun to watch and if you want to check your brain and enjoy some slick action and fight scenes, it’s a winner. The Blu-ray features a great 1080p image transfer and an excellent 5.1 DTS-HD sound mix. Special features include audio commentary with director Boaz Yakin, making-of featurettes, and more. A regular DVD and digital copy of the film are included as well. Film *** Blu-ray **** (out of 5 stars).
Piranha 3DD (3-D Blu-ray) - This sequel to the 2010 remake of Piranha lives up to its promise of more blood and more boobs, yet lacks anything remotely interesting to make it worth watching. The premise takes the killer fish to a water park where they get inside the pools and start munching on people. Unlike the last film though, this is not campy fun and is just plain bad. The one saving grace is David Hasselhoff’s self-mocking cameo, but besides that the film is downright garbage. The 3-D gimmick doesn’t transfer well to the home theatre either and I found myself switching to the regular Blu-ray disc early on. It might look and sound decent, but it is definitely not worth shelling out money for. Special features include deleted scenes, bloopers, making-of featurettes, and more. A regular Blu-ray and DVD copy of the film are included as well. Film ** Blu-ray *** (out of 5 stars).
Also available to Watch @ Home this week is the Emily Blunt/Jason Segel romcom The Five-Year Engagement, the first season of 2 Broke Girls, season three of HBO’s Hung, and High School, starring Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis, and Colin Hanks.
Top image: A scene from Safe. Courtesy Alliance Films.