While the movie theaters are filled with people all going to see the Joss Whedon creation, The Avengers, the home DVD market has been a bit slow in the past few weeks. That all changes today as a whole bunch of movies, most of them from 2011, come to the home movie market. These include one that was nominated for an Academy Award, a critically acclaimed movie starring Woody Harrelson and a found-footage film that surprised critics.
Here are the films new to DVD this week:
Chronicle - Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Dane DeHaan. A bunch of kids with an obsession for filming everything in their lives, comes across a strange hole in the ground out in the woods. When they go into that hole, they emerge with super powers that allow them to move objects with their minds and to fly. At first, they behave a lot like kids and use their powers to play a number of ridiculous pranks on others. However, one of the kids is profoundly disturbed, suffering years of abuse, and he begins to use his powers to get back at the people who have harmed him. This leads to a confrontation the skies above their home town. The movie was critically acclaimed and surprised many when it was released. Rated PG-13.
The Grey - Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, James Badge Dale. A group of men who work for an oil company in the Arctic circle are excited about heading home. However, when their plane crashes, they find that it is more than just the cold that they will have to survive. The group is being stalked by a pack of hungry wolves. Neeson plays the man hired by the oil company to kill wolves, but appears to be a man falling apart mentally. Can he pull himself together and get them out of their mess? A pulse-pounding action-adventure. Rated R.
Rampart - Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Jon Bernthal. Harrelson plays a uniformed cop on the edge. He has seemingly nothing but hatred for the people he is supposed to be protecting and he plays by his own rules. However, his rules sometimes means breaking the laws he is supposed to be upholding. When his own life and family is threatened, can he save them? Does he deserve what’s coming to him? The performance of Harrelson was praised by critics upon its release. Rated R.
One for the Money - Katherine Heigl, John Leguizamo, Daniel Sunjata. Heigl plays a woman who suddenly finds herself desperate for money. She suddenly has no job and no husband so, to make ends meet, she takes her cousin up on his offer to work for his bail bonds business. She becomes a bounty hunter, despite having never handled a gun or pursued a man before. Her very first assignment ends up putting her on the trail of a wanted cop that she happens to have had a relationship with in the past. Rated PG-13.
The Devil Inside - Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth. Years ago, while attempting an exorcism, three people ended up brutally murdered. That woman ended up in an institution. Now, her daughter has become obsessed with finding the truth behind what happened all of those years ago. What she finds will leave you screaming in terror and chilled to the bone. Rated R.
Albert Nobbs - Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Glenn Close earned an Oscar nomination for a role she originated on the stage. She plays a woman in 19th century England who works as a butler by dressing as a man. Albert Nobbs lives a very particular, very neat and very nervous life. When the possibility that her secret may be found out arises, will it become exposed? All Albert knows is how to be a butler and if the secret comes out, what will happen? Rated R.
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