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