Real Steel, The WhistleBlower, Ides of March & TV Shows Worth Your Viewing Time — OR NOT!

Right before Oscars announcements there are typically a slew of movies from the year previous that come out on DVD & Blu-Ray. Here’s the some of the latest ones I have seen: either in theater or on DVD or both! (Yes there is a difference in the presentation but sometimes you get extras on the DVD/Blu-Ray that is truly bonus material) . Here’s what’s coming out on 1/24 and some are already out!

Here’s the latest that’s hit my radar:

Real Steel with Hugh Jackman hit my “must see” radar and I hit the theater happily to see this. This is NOT just a kid’s movie. It’s definitely a great role for Hugh Jackman and something very different from what he’s recently done.

Washed-up boxer Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) scrapes by as a small-time robot-fight promoter as he tries to make a comeback. Against all odds he eventually succeeds—at least in the eyes of his son Max (Dakota Goyo).

There’s something for everyone: it’s perfect for kids; great for the gamer who loves all things tech; it’s a Hugh Jackman film and the characters have depth and authenticity so for movie geeks, it’s killer. It’s worth the buy if not the rental

Slideshow of key set images!

Trailer

Bonus Trailer: Dakota’s Stunt!

The Blu-ray Combo Pack, with its perfect picture and sound, delivers the ultimate punch, offering viewers a variety of supplemental bonus features that take them ringside with Director Shawn Levy on the making of the film.
Exclusive features include a bare-knuckled exposé of the life story of Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), deleted and extended scenes that go deeper into the film and storylines, and a riveting profile with legendary boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. Plus, the revolutionary Real Steel Second Screen app lets viewers sync their iPad™* or computer with the Blu-ray movie to peel back layers of effects with progression reels, check out 360-degree turnarounds of the robots, explore seamless branching pods that delve into the cutting-edge technology used to create the fights, and much more.

• “Like” the Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RealSteelMovie• Follow us on Twitter at @realsteelmovie
• Visit the website at www.steelgetsreal.com• View videos at www.YouTube.com/RealSteelMovie
• Connect with Facebook and Twitter via Real Steel Second Screen– a feature in the combo pack that is best explained here

For a limited time, Dreamworks is offering $5 OFF the purchase of the Real Steel 3-disc Combo Pack. Those interested should visit http://www.steelgetsreal.com/, and click on the offer in the upper right corner of the page. Offer ends 1/29/12.

The Whistleblower
Another film recently in theaters was The Whistleblower starring Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn and directed by Larysa Kondracki.

Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Oscar winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk.

This is a hard movie to watch unless you really love hard dramas. Harder the THE DEBT, this one is serious, deep and yet somehow fails to connect.

Part of the problem with this movie is that because it’s filmed as if it were in Bosnia, there are subtitles when people are speaking other languages so you are constantly switching between watching and reading.. inconsistently. It’s not like the originaal Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — this is mostly English but significant parts are in other languages. It’s also a subject that people have great difficulty wrapping their heads around. For me personally, it was an unpleasant movie and while I had thought I would see it in a theater, maybe it was less intense (hard to believe) than on the big screen!!

Other movies to hit DVD and definitely worth seeing:

Ides of March: One of my favorite movies from this summer and fall was this one! AMAZING! Acting was superb and the relationship were not static and the plot twists were salient, relevant and definitely kept you guessing

This is a great movie to see and worth the buy on the DVD or perferably on Blu-Ray.

Moneyball
Another movie I saw this year was Moneyball and I was both loving it and wishing it were more than it was. Brad Pitt did a great job with Jonah Hill and he was authentic in his role as a baseball team manager. The biggest wish I had was that it wasn’t entirely based on real life of a real baseball manager who did this trick of spending less on players to create a absolutely fabulous team. The multi-dimensional performance by Pitt was what got me. Jonah Hill was pretty authentic in his role and while not exactly like his character this is definitely a must-see movie.

Stevie Wilson,
LA-Story.com

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