Switched at Birth, Cowboys & Aliens, Super 8 and MORE Movies Hit DVD & Blu-Ray for Holidays!

New Releases on DVD & Blu-Ray provide those who love watching movies and TV shows in the comfort of their own home– sans commercials– at their convenience. No need to watch it all at once — and you can pick up all the episodes or scenes you might have missed before.

Switched at Birth

I recently saw a promo for this in a theater. I thought it was a movie! I didn’t realize it was a TV show and yet it was a very interesting and poignant story that would make for a great family movie– along with a teenage skewed audience. Much to my surprise when I found out that it was a series and now it’s out on DVD and you can see season 1 on DVD!!

From the studio that brought you “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” comes a groundbreaking new drama about the upheaval that two teengirls experience when they discover that they were accidentally switched at birth.

Bay Kennish, a talented graffiti artist with an edgy streak, grew up in a wealthy family with happily married parents and an older brother. Daphne Vasquez, an athletic teenager who lost her hearing at an early age, grew up with a single mother in a working class neighborhood. When the girls’worlds collide, family bonds are tested, new romances are sparked, and they start to learn that it’s who they are inside that matters, not where they grew up. Relive the girls’ journey and catch up before the premiere with “Switched At Birth: Volume 1.”

This 2-Disc DVD set contains all 10 episodes plus exclusive collectible iPod skins, this two-disc set is a must-own for every fan!
Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 SRP (US)

Other releases that are out include Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens was out this summer and it did modest box office. What they couldn’t seem to figure out was how to market this movie? Was it sci-fi set in the wild west or was it a Western with a bit of a tweak of weirdness to it. I wound up seeing this and realized it’s definitely a sci-fi with a wild west presentation. It starts up with the usual manner of a bad guy versus an unknown loner– but it changes really fast and the ending has a great twist to it. So either buy this in various configurations including the extended version or rent it. It’s worth the view– and it’s fun during time when all you will see are reruns– even on cable!

Just out this week is Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

This is the prequel starring Frieda Pinto and James Franco who is the scientist who triggers the events that lead to the apes becoming sapient. It’s not so much about Franco’s character (though the character in the plot line has his own responsibility for this situation occurring), this is more of a character in the form of an ape being mistreated and seeking revenge against those who have destroyed his life. Definitely not for everyone– and if you want a lot of things to make sense, skip this one. However it’s worth some microwave popcorn or for that person who is a Planet of the Apes buff.

Super 8 was JJ Abrahms pays homage to Steven Spielberg (his idol) in this youth-oriented, 1960’s action flick featuring lots of young kids caught in a situation where they trying their best to extricate themselves (and those they care about) from a predicament not of their making but of something they witnessed and happened to capture on super 8 film.

There are trademark Spielbergistic acting, direction, special effects and dialogue that only one who has grown up with Spielberg would recognize. I loved the film.. if only for the FX and the amazing way Abrahms handled them. It’s not easy to live up to someone who is a living legend and Abrahms would have been better off being the best at what HE does best– which are things like bringing real people to the table (Alias, Star Trek) and turning these people into heroes yet making them inevitably human.

Other movies that are about to release on 12/20 are the following:

Dolphin Tale— a perfectly fabulous movie for families

Columbiana— a strong lead featuring Zoe Saldana playing an assassin. Sort of a Sydney Bristow gone totally wrong, this is a really good ro9le for her and though the others in the movie are merely so much set-dressing, Saldana is great — even at her own stunts too.

Midnight in Paris — a Woody Allen ensemble piece featuring Owen Wilson (out of place and seemingly overwhelmed), Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard and more. Bruni and Cotillard are most at ease. Bruni seems to be playing herself.

Straw Dogs— a remake of the Sam Pekinpah original. Well-done by transferring it to the south with Alexander Skarsgård virtually stealing the movie with his down-home ex-boyfriend of Kate Bosworth. The violence is overwhelming and while Lurie tried to downplay it (or so they say– whoever “they” are), the movie just doesn’t work as well as the original. I saw the original and it was absolutely terrorizing to a woman.. and this one was still harsh and violent without the understanding why the husband played by James Marsdan, didn’t defend his wife better or even realize they were unwelcome.

Margin Call. Zachary Quinto coproduced this movie and one of his friends wrote and directed it. The cast is absolutely phenomenal in a range of performances. Paul Bettany is spot-on perfection as a trader; Jeremy Irons oozes greed and cynicism; Stanley Tucci is remarkable as the person first to find the problem and first to get the boot; Zachary Quinto deciphers the problem Tucci’s character discovers — and once that element is clear– he’s left without much to do but stand around. Kevin Spacey rocked in his oily character who eventually finds that he has some morality left but sells his soul to be able to survive. Demi Moore is low-key and plays her cards tightly and is good– better than she has been in a long time. Simon Baker shows off that he can be mean, rotten and underhanded as well as cute. Penn Badgely seemed to be lost in deep water. A really well done film that deserved more time, visibility and wider release. I saw it in a 1947 classic vintage theater that reeked of mothballs but was a historical landmark. The movie was good enough to keep me there despite battling a holiday parade, no parking, a long walk, no real food and uncomfortable seating. If you want to see what went on behind the scenes with the financial crisis of 2008.. and who actually did what .. see this movie. It’s as close to the truth as you will get.

Stevie Wilson,

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