This Week in DVDs: October 23

By: CW8 Staff
By: CW8 Staff

As we near the holiday season there are more and more great DVDs and Blu-rays hitting store shelves. Sexy, scary, sentimental- yet again, we find a week where there’s something new available for everyone.

Magic Mike

It’s no secret that this wasn’t a film designed for men, so I can’t say I have a lot of thougts on it.

Save for the dancing, I’m not even sure it was designed for watching with the volume on. That said, director Steven Soderbergh definitely delivers some flash, along with a wealth of nearly fabric-free men.

Guys, fret not. If you get suckered into watching this with your girlfriend, fiancé or wife, Olivia Munn was kind enough to show up topless to keep your interest, too.

If you’re a fan of the film, the disc is probably worth picking up. By all indications, the transfer is exceptional, though the package is a bit lacking in special features. If you’re just in the market for clothing-free dancing, however, it’s probably best you stick to the Redbox (or Google).

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

This is a film that’s a little closer to my speed. While not exactly Oscar bait, it’s an entertaining bit of revisionist history that won’t even require a two hour commitment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making any argument for this being a good movie. If you can remove yourself from reality, however, it’s a gory, grotesque, fun ride.

If you’re having friends over before Halloween, this is a great movie to pick up. Date night? Maybe give something else a shot.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection

This is the seventh Madea movie. Seventh.

A mediocre twenty-one percent of critics found it to be worthwhile.

A whopping seventy percent of audience members said exactly the opposite.

I don’t know what else can be said about the film. Yet again, it’s not winning any Academy Awards, but it’s likely a fun flick to watch.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

This movie got middling reviews from both critics and viewers, but may still be worth a watch. The cast is definitely impressive and the romance between Steve Carell and Keira Knightley is believable and sweet-enough. Unfortunately, the movie just never materializes into something that’s deeply compelling.

This one is probably best to check out on Netflix down the road or when you stumble upon a Redbox code.

Also releasing this week are another collector’s edition of Blade Runner from Warner Bros., Disney’s Secret of the Wings, a fifth and inexplicable installment in the Wrong Turn franchise (I was unaware of installments 3 & 4 prior to today as well) and Take This Waltz, starring Seth Rogen in a wholly enjoyable role that no one has ever heard of.


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