“Lone Survivor”: Director and writer Peter Berg takes on the same elements of the American spirit that made his “Friday Night Lights” so powerful: loyalty, commitment, trust, brotherhood, love and devotion. And, just as he did with his examination of high school football in Texas, Berg looks at these elements through a human filter, this time using a story about war and remembrance.
“RoboCop”: A Detroit detective becomes more machine than man. This reboot uses the basic blueprint from the 1987 movie starring Peter Weller. It’s been modified and updated to create a sleeker design, but it is not as intellectually cutting-edge. Big business has become the new go-to villains now that the Russians aren’t as scary, making the film less of a cautionary tale about how machines are taking over our lives and more focused on the evils of corporate America. What the new “RoboCop” loses in its message, it makes up with first-rate fights.
Also new on DVD:
“In the Blood”: Gina Carano plays a trained fighter with a dark past.
“We Always Lie to Strangers”: A look at life in the Branson entertainment world.
“The New Adventures of Superman Seasons 2 & 3”: The Man of Steel continues to conquer the world’s villains.
“Valentine Road”: Documentary looks at school shooting that took the life of a gay teen.
“Barbary Coast”: William Shatner plays an undercover agent patrolling the streets of 1880s San Francisco.
“Rawhide: The Eighth and Final Season”: It’s the end of the road for the Clint Eastwood series.
“Beyond the Trophy”: Story of men’s obsession with power and how far they will go to collect the prize.
“Workaholics: Season Four”: Comedy Central series about very different employees.
“The Nutty Professor”: Jerry Lewis film’s being released as a “50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition.”
“The Adventures of Batman”: Animated series first broadcast as part of “The Batman/Superman Hour” in 1968.
“Mirage Men”: Journey through the badlands and backwaters of America.
— Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee
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