New Releases to DVD, Blu-ray, Redbox: April 1

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It’s new movie Tuesday! Here’s what’s cracking.


 New on DVD today:


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – No Joke Cut

The long-awaited sequel released in December, and here, on April 1st 2014 it is–on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack,. A day that will live in_______________.

The original Anchorman film was a wonderful romp in the absurd and entertaining park of hyper-masculine and super sexy San Diego, and its second installment, featuring an all-star cast and all-star budget, was largely disappointing–both at the box-office and for devotees of the original. Blind Ron Burgundy grew tiresome. He was like broken back Batman. Boring.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues had a 119 minute long running time, a bit much for your standard comedy-lite, and the unrated alternative Super-Sized version claims to have an additional 763 jokes, and a great deal of different dialogue.

If you loved the original Anchorman–go ahead and see this movie. There are laugh out loud funny moments throughout. While it’s not even close to touching the # of LOLs of 2013’s unquestioned comedy of the year, This Is the End, but it’s good for some laughs, and for the cameo moments alone.

If not, don’t. Quite simple. Seeing the regular screening of the film is worth a trip to Redbox and the cupcake store on a lazy Sunday.

[Add to Netflix queue]





47 Ronin

While not on par with After Earth and John Carter as an infamous box-office bust–it still wasn’t pretty.  With a $175 million budget, 47 Ronin only reeled in $38 million domestically, but was salvaged from total and utter catastrophe by making 70% of its income internationally–$109 million. Obviously, it was far from profitable.

Keanu Reeves is a Samurai. That’s all she wrote.

[47 Ronin trailer]


At Middleton

Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia fall in love at a college visit with their children for some reason. Also, Taissa Farmiga should play Vera’s daughter in every film as that would be awesome.

Yes, they’re sisters. Aware. Hope she’s on team Violet and Tate forever too….

[At Middleton trailer]

[Add to Netflix queue]


Knights of Badassdom

Nerds doing role play with Peter Dinklage=THE DREAM.

[Knights of Badassdom trailer]


What’s old is new again:




Fargo isn’t just coming to television, but the Coen Brothers’ dark comedy classic (and one of my top-5 films everrrrrrr) is out on Blu-ray today. Get it while it’s hot, aka before the hipsters totally ruin it.




Redbox New Releases:


Sometimes Redbox is a bit late to the game. So if you’re not good at downloading, streaming, or Netflix queue-ing, or are trapped in the world of 2001: Space Odyssey, I’m here to let you know when/where movies show up at your friendly neighborhood Redbox machine.


12 Years a Slave

The Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress winning film is now at Redbox. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid seeing this star studded, emotionally exhausting exercise in inhumanity, then go. do.

Yes, it’s painful, but it manages to be a more “watchable” film than it frankly should be–considering the horror of its content. Aside from the brilliance of the obvious Oscar winning star, Lupita Nyong’o and its protagonist, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Paulson and Michael Fassbender are stunning as the most terrifying sociopathic couple to ever grace this earth. Incredible.

Oh, and Brad Pitt shows up for five minutes to save the day World War Z style–scarf and all. He also crashes in a plane full of zombies onto a plantation. S*** gets crazy.


The Grandmaster

The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee, is now at Redbox. Nominated for two Oscars, the film is beautiful as one would expect coming from Kar Wai Wong, best known for In the Mood for Love, My Blueberry Nights, and Chungking Express.

[The Grandmaster trailer]


Redbox Wildcard:



The Returned

This movie is gets “campy indie film no one’s heard, but it has some spunk” award, among the Redbox releases. I, too, haven’t seen it, but all I’m saying is, give zombies a chance guys.

[The Returned trailer]


Netflix Instant

There are also new streaming options available on Netflix Instant today, including Mean Girls, the entire Rocky series, and A League of their Own, Jumanji, Scary Movie 3, and The Fifth Element, to name a few.

And while some new television series’ like House M.D. have been added to your instant queue, Jack Bauer will no longer be available as Amazon has gained the exclusive streaming rights to 24. May the streaming wars begin.

Any other at home film suggestions? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter.

Tags: 12 Years A Slave 47 Ronin Anchorman 2 Blu-ray Coen Brothers Entertainment Fargo Film Netflix New Releases Peter Dinklage Redbox The Grandmaster Zombies

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