Cow­boys and dragons

Ac­tion Western and fan­tasy ad­ven­ture head the Blu-ray re­leases.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By DOUG NYE

AN off­beat comic book Western, Jonah Hex, and a fun fan­tasy ad­ven­ture, How To Train Your Dragon, lead this week’s slim list of new ti­tles on Blu-ray.

Jon­ahHex (Warner Broth­ers, 2010): Josh Brolin stars as the long-run­ning DC comics char­ac­ter in this well-done ac­tion Western. Hex is a bounty hunter who knows no fear be­cause he al­ready has es­caped death. To some he is an out­law as he wan­ders the west try­ing to sur­vive.

When the US Army ap­proaches Hex about an of­fer that will grant him free­dom from any war­rants on his head, he agrees. The job is to hunt down the mur­der­ous Quentin Turn­bull and, if pos­si­ble, bring him back dead. The mis­sion be­comes more per­sonal when Hex dis­cov­ers that Turn­bull is the man who killed his fam­ily.

John Malkovich turns in a chill­ing per­for­mance as Turn­bull. Also in the cast is Megan Fox. In­cludes stan­dard DVD copy and a dig­i­tal copy.

HowToTrainYourDragon (Para­mount, 2010): DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion rolls out an­other win­ner in this ad­ven­ture filled with laughs and thrills. A young Vik­ing named Hic­cup de­cides to be­come friends with a deadly foe – a dragon he calls Tooth­less. Such friend­ship goes against all Vik­ing tra­di­tion. But to­gether Hic­cup and Tooth­less tri­umph.

Le­gendOfTheBoneK­nap­per Dragon: See Hic­cup and the gang re­turn­ing to bat­tle the BoneK­nap­per Dragon. It all be­gins when the Vik­ing kids are ship­wrecked on a mys­te­ri­ous is­land.

Three­K­ings (Warner Broth­ers, 1999): Here’s a ca­per movie from Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm. Ge­orge Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze played sol­diers who have been in­volved in Desert Storm. They de­cide to try to make off with US$23mil (RM74mil) in gold stolen from Kuwait by Sad­dam Hus­sein’s army. What starts out as a fun ven­ture soon turns grim as the sol­diers en­counter the hor­rors of war.

Wolver­ineAndTheX-Men:The Com­plete­Series (Lion­s­gate, 2009-10): Pro­fes­sor Xavier and Jean Grey van­ish af­ter an ex­plo­sion at the Xavier man­sion in this 26-episode an­i­mated se­ries. Stunned at first, Wolverine, Beast, Storm and the oth­ers re­group to bat­tle the Mu­tant Re­sponse Di­vi­sion. At the same time, the X-Men hope to avoid a fu­ture that could prove cat­a­strophic for the whole world.

TheHan­gover:Ex­tremeEdi­tion (Warner Broth­ers, 2009): Doug (Justin Bartha) is only two days away from get­ting mar­ried. To cel­e­brate, he and bud­dies Phil and Stu (Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms) along with fu­ture brother-in-law Alan (Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis) drive to Las Ve­gas for one last big party. The only prob­lem is the next morn­ing no one can re­mem­ber what hap­pened the night be­fore. As if that isn’t enough, the groom is missing.

LostBoys:TheThirst (Warner Broth­ers, 2010): The vam­pire trend con­tin­ues in this film about two broth­ers who are the only ones who can stop a vam­pire cult from spread­ing a drug that will turn us all into blood­suck­ers. Corey Feld­man, Tanit Phoenix and Jami­son New­lan­der head­line the cast.

RedDragon (Uni­ver­sal, 2002): An­thony Hopkins plays his fa­mous role of Dr Han­ni­bal Lecter in this pro­duc­tion that takes place be­fore the events of The Si­lence Of The Lambs. Ed­ward Nor­ton plays the young FBI agent Will Gra­ham. As to be ex­pected with a film whose char­ac­ter is nick­named “Han­ni­bal the Can­ni­bal”, there are plenty of squea­mish mo­ments in this one. – McClatchy-Tribune News Ser­vice

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