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DVD releases for the week of Nov. 26. 2013

November 21, 2013


Nov. 21--BUY IT

The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century in director Joshua Michael Stern's "Jobs" (Universal Studios, $24.99/DVD, $32.99/Blu-ray SRP, PG-13), starring Ashton Kutcher as the titular innovator. Chronicling Jobs' rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and forced departure from the company to his return that single-handedly set a course that turned the once-tiny startup into one of the world's most valuable companies, "Jobs" is a fascinating and impressively-acted biopic that is as moving as it is insightful. Dermot Mulroney and Josh Gad co-star. Special features include deleted scenes, commentary with director Stern, several featurettes and a look at John Debney's impressive score.


Not even close to being as much fun as the original film, the Bruce Willis-led "Red 2" (Summit Inc/Lionsgate, $24.98/DVD, $32.98/Blu-ray SRP, PG-13) is still a fun follow-up that finds retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) and his team setting out on a global quest to track down a missing, next-generation lethal device that can change the balance of world power. To succeed, they'll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the technologically advanced super weapon. John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Catherine Zeta-Jones join in on the fun in this inferior but still entertaining sequel. Special features include a gag reel, deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

The story of Ip Man, legendary teacher of Bruce Lee, has been done quite a few times now, but never with the flair and excitement of "The Grandmaster" (Starz/Anchor Bay, $23.98/DVD, $31.98/Blu-ray SRP, PG-13). Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi and Chen Chang star in this visually impressive take on the Ip Man legend, spanning the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty which began the golden era of Chinese martial arts. Unfortunately, this is the truncated version of the film, but still is worth the price of a rental. Special features include a conversation with Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon, a behind the scenes featurette and "The Grandmaster According to RZA."

Notorious writer Bret Easton Ellis ("American Psycho") and acclaimed director Paul Schrader ("American Gigolo") join forces for "The Canyons" (MPI Home Video, $22.99/DVD, $29.99/Blu-ray SRP, Not Rated), a film that stirred up quite a few headlines that generated some unwarranted negative publicity. Manipulative and scheming movie producer Christian (adult film star James Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, while his actress girlfriend and bored plaything, Tara (Lindsay Lohan), hides a passionate affair with an actor from her past. When Christian becomes aware of Tara's infidelity, the young Angelenos are thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature. "The Canyons" is a strange and deliciously twisted film that is worth checking out.


There have always been films that critics hate and audiences avoid at the box office that end up finding a solid and appreciative following once they hit home video. The Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez-starring "Getaway" (Warner Home Video, $24.98/DVD, $32.98/Blu-ray SRP, PG-13) is not one of those films. It truly is as bad, boring and generic as you may have heard. "Getaway" is the story of a former race car driver (Hawke) who is pitted against the clock in a desperate, high-speed attempt to save the life of his kidnapped wife, but is actually just a test to see if you can stay awake for the duration of this snoozefest. Special features include crash cams and several featurettes, including "Selena Gomez: On Set", "Metal and Asphalt" and "Destroying a Custom Shelby."

TV on DVD/Blu-ray

I am the one who knocks! It all ends with a bang with "Breaking Bad: The Final Season" (Sony Pictures Entertainment, $34.99/DVD, $44.99/Blu-ray SRP, Not Rated), a fitting ending to one of the best television shows of all time. If you need to catch up from the beginning, next week will also bring us "Breaking Bad: The Complete Series" (Sony Pictures Entertainment, $224.49/Blu-ray only SRP, Not Rated), a 16-disc set that includes more than 55 hours of special features from all seasons, an all-new two-hour documentary, a 16-page booklet, a commemorative challenge coin and more.


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