DVD releases

  • Wed May 16th, 2012 6:50pm
  • Life

“The Grey”

A group of survivors of a plane crash must battle a pack of hungry wolves. Liam Neeson stars.

Unlike the traditional horror film, “The Grey” doesn’t allow for passive viewing. Joe Carnahan shot the film in sub-zero weather, giving it an authentic feel.

From the men struggling to make their way through waist-deep snow to the dramatic curl of their frozen breath, “The Grey” reaches out with icy fingers to pull the viewer into the ordeal.

The movie also gets strength from a script by Carnahan and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, which sets aside time to learn about these men. These are not just victims; they’re three-dimensional characters driven by a variety of factors.

Grade: B

“Albert Nobbs”

Some of the most powerful moments in films are those with no dialogue and little action. It’s in these moments that you can tell the difference between those hired to act in movies and those who really act.

Oscar nominee Glenn Close shows in “Albert Nobbs” her superlative acting skills by turning scenes where the camera just lingers on her face into emotionally explosive moments. In her eyes you see the pain, frustration, fear and hope that her character faces as she lives her life as a lie.

Grade: B+

Also new

“The War”: Ken Burns’ seven-part film that explores the history and horror of World War II.

“One for the Money”: An out of work woman gets a job at a bail bonding company. Katherine Heigl stars.

“The Universe: The Complete Season Six”: Cable series offers look beyond the stars.

“Time Team: Unearthing the Roman Invasion”: Archaeologists dig up the past in the long-running British series.

Rick Bentley,

The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)

“Aerial America: Pacific Rim Collection”: A look at the western part of the United States.

“Thomas &Friends: Engine Friends”: Thomas and his friends learn how the Steam Team came together.

“American Masters: Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel”: A look at the author of “Gone With the Wind.”

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)