New DVD releases

  • Wed Mar 7th, 2012 3:05pm
  • Life

“Footloose”

Hollywood’s trend of cannibalizing itself continues with an updated version of the 1984 Kevin Bacon-Lori Singer dance bonanza “Footloose.” This time it’s former “Dancing With the Stars” beauty Julianne Hough and newcomer Kenny Wormald who want to make a small Texas town footloose and fancy free.

Does the world need another “Footloose”? Probably not. But, this version has just the right mix of nostalgic nod to the original and modern variation on the theme to make it fun. It won’t have you dancing in your seat like the original, but it has enough energy to get your toes tapping.

Grade: B

“Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season”

The HBO series is filled with the trappings of a typical fantasy tale: kings, knights, dragons and mysterious creatures. But at its very dark heart, this series based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, is closer to a medieval version of “The Sopranos” or “Dallas” than it is to a “Lord of the Rings.”

Like those series about families, feuds and fortunes, “Thrones” explores obsession with power and how it’s achieved by any means.

Grade: B+

Also new

“To Catch a Thief”: Hitchcock classic is on Blu-ray.

“The Lion King” and “The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride”: Available on Blu-ray.

“Transformers Prime: The Complete First Season”: Includes 26 episodes of the action series plus bonus content.

“America Goes to War”: Eric Sevareid examines the war-torn years on the American home front during World War II.

“Super Bowl XLVI Champions: New York Giants”: A recap of the team’s Super Bowl winning season.

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