“This Is the End”
Hollywood celebrities try to survive the end of the world. Seth Rogen stars.
There’s every reason in the world to hate “This Is the End,” which makes an unapologetic assault on everything from religious beliefs to sexuality with humor that’s pitch black in tone. And it takes gross-out material so far beyond conventional social limits that it makes “The Hangover” look like a Nickelodeon movie.
What makes this movie work is the take-no-prisoners script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. No one’s career or public persona is safe from comic attack.
“The Little Mermaid”
The animated tale of a mermaid who longs to leave the water is being released for the first time on Blu-ray.
The film is a magical mix of engaging story, wonderful characters and a soundtrack that features some of the best tunes in the history of Disney animation.
“The Croods”: An animated prehistoric comedy that follows a family of cave-dwellers. With voices by Emma Stone as adventurous daughter Eep and Nicolas Cage as her protective father, Grug.
“From Here to Eternity”: The Oscar-winning film is available on Blu-ray.
“The Wizard of Oz”: Remastered version of the film is being released to mark the 75th anniversary.
“Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 7 &8”: David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie’s mustachioed mystery-solver.
“Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited: Fifth-Eighth”: Features Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann as The Doctor.
“North America”: Discovery Channel natural history series narrated by Tom Selleck.
“Glee: The Complete Fourth Season”: It’s a season of big changes as Rachel and Kurt move to New York.
“Jack Irish: Set 1”: A private investigator (Guy Pearce) realizes he can’t outrun or outdrink his past.
Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)