michael gallucci

THIS WEEK’S HOME VIDEO RELEASES

In this week's new home video releases on 12/05/2011 at 8:00 am

Cowboys & Aliens (Universal)

This big-budget summer action blowout was a box-office bust, but it’s still kinda fun. How can it not be, with James Bond (Daniel Craig), Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), and Iron Man‘s director (Jon Favreau) kicking space alien ass? It’s part old-fashioned western, part sci-fi laser show … and that’s part of the problem. After a tantalizing setup, the movie mixes genres so haphazardly, it ends up making a mess of both. Still, it’s a frequently entertaining mess, even as it comes crashing down on the range. The extended cut doesn’t add much, but it looks great in HD. Best extra is the feature about the story’s decade-long path from comic book to screen.

Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition (Music Box)

Just in time for David Fincher’s remake of the first part of the trilogy, the original Swedish movies get boxed up with a documentary about the late author Stieg Larsson. Best of all, the four-disc set includes the longer versions, which run a butt-numbing nine hours in all.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Twentieth Century Fox)

Jim Carrey plays a real-estate developer who inherits a half-dozen flightless aquatic birds that take over his NYC apartment in this family comedy, which comes with a high-society party crash, pooping penguins, and some sweet moments. Not as awful as you’d think.

The Simpsons: The Fourteenth Season (Twentieth Century Fox)

The latest collection from TV’s longest-running show dips back to the 2002-03 season for all 22 episodes, including the 300th one featuring Blink-182. Typically, there’s a fair mix of hits and misses on these discs, plus deleted scenes, sketch galleries, and commentary. 

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