Summer Movie Marathon
This month’s eclectic home-video lineup includes and Appleseed Alpha. By Mercedes Milligan
Carlos Saldanha’s colorful, musical sequel to Blue Sky’s CG avian adventure brings Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three nestlings to the Amazon rainforest in search of elusive kin. But illegal loggers threaten their human allies, while scheming cockatoo Nigel ( Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement) is hot on Blu’s tail feathers. Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth and Andy Garcia join the A-list voice cast for this second South American outing.
With the single-disc DVD, you get special features “Rio Refresher,” “Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2,” “Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends,” music videos for Janelle Monae’s “What is Love” and story opens with elderly Emilio being sent to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily, petty swindler named Miguel, who is also full of insider tips on surviving life in the home. The English dub cast stars Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe.