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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray - An­drew Os­mond

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

2015 | U | Blu- ray 3D/ Blu- ray/ DVD Di­rec­tor: Tim John­son Cast: Jim Par­sons, Ri­hanna, Steve Martin, Jen­nifer Lopez, Matt Jones, Derek Blak­en­ship

Both this DreamWorks an­i­ma­tion and its blobby alien hero Oh are ini­tially rather ir­ri­tat­ing, then mod­estly sweet and charm­ing, but you for­get them both very quickly. Home feels like a soft­ened ver­sion of Lilo & Stitch, as Oh meets a young hu­man girl to form a comic cou­ple, mi­nus the quirks and deeper emo­tions of the ear­lier film.

The open­ing is good, with Oh’s peo­ple, the Boov, ar­riv­ing at Earth and blithely lev­i­tat­ing the hu­mans to Aus­tralia. The girl, called Tip, is left be­hind, des­per­ately seek­ing her mum. Be­cause DreamWorks goes for celebrity casts, Tip is voiced by Ri­hanna and her mother by Jen­nifer Lopez. Ri­hanna doesn’t sound much like a teen, but her voice still works for the char­ac­ter. Oh, for his part, is the least pop­u­lar Boov ever. When his blun­der puts his species in peril, he’s forced onto the run, hook­ing up with Tip.

The film is a com­edy chase, with an in­ven­tive ac­tion scene on a fly­ing Eif­fel Tower; then di­min­ish­ing re­turns set in un­til a good- hearted fi­nal twist. Start­ing with the ami­ably av­er­age alien de­signs, Home feels like it’s coast­ing; even Steve Martin as the Boov’s tyran­ni­cal cap­tain seems sub­dued. It’s cer­tainly no Mon­sters Vs Aliens.

Ex­tras: Tu­to­ri­als on draw­ing the char­ac­ters ( 38 min­utes), preview short “Al­most Home”, vi­ral clips of the Boov “test­ing ” Earth ob­jects, deleted scenes, mu­sic videos, other bits and bobs.

That’s one way to beat Premier League ticket prices.

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