This Week in Rentals: Aliens, Penguins, and Hangovers!!! Oh My!!!

On December 6th, there was a bounty of movies released. Some that were summer hits and some that probably will find a bigger audience on home video. One of these is Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens, genre mashup of science fiction and western as a loner (Daniel Craig) with no memory, aside from a strange device, has to deal with exterestrial beings in the wild west. Aside from a massive advertising campaign, Cowboys and Aliens proved to a box-office disatour. Box Office Mojo theorizes that the reason it failed was that “the marketing had not contextualized the film effectively and that hybridized Western films like Jonah Hex and The Warrior’s Way were not successful at the box office.” For those who enjoyed the flick will be delighted to know that two cuts will be released on a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack as well as a mound of extras that include an audio commentary from Director Jon Favreau, a six-part documentry, an 80 minute interview with the director, and much more.

However, it is without a doubt viewers will be seeking after The Help, August’s surprise hit that was on par with Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ impressive box-office success story. The film is about a young white woman, and her relationship with two black maids during Civil Rights era,  who decides to write a controversial book from the point of view of the maids (known as the Help), exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families. For a movie budgeted at $25 million, it was well-recieved by critics and snagged nearly $200 million in total. Released on a Blu Ray/DVD combo, special features include a set of deleted scenes, two featuretts, and a music video by Mary J. Bilge.

And speaking of sucess, it was no surprise to see The Hangover Part II being a big hit at the start of the summer season. However, critics thought different as the movie itself felt like a rehash of the first and can you blame them? The ragtag wolf pack goes to China and run into more zany antics that are to upstage the original’s priceless moments. For example, while the first had a tiger, they get a monkey. Oh the familar hilarity. Viewers who enjoyed this one may question the amount of bonus features included as two documentries and a 5 minute gag reel are the only highlights.

And while Mr. Popper’s Penguins managed to make a decent gross at the box office, critics were a little mixed over Jim Carrey’s return to the animals in this adaptaion of the famed children’s book about a man that inherits a family of penguins. Admist some changes such as Mr. Popper being a workalolic father and using some predicable story archs, at least its a safe watch for the family with additional features like an audio commentay from the director, editor and CGI specialist, plenty of featurettes on the making of the movie, 14 minutes of deleted scenes, and much more.

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Considering my passion of films, I apprecaite reviewing them and recommending ones either some have heard of or know little about.

Posted on December 8, 2011, in Rental Corner and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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