New DVD and Blu-ray movies this week include The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (review), August: Osage County, Grudge Match, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, and Ben 10 Omniverse: Duel of the Duplicates. I’ve seen the second Hobbit movie. I loved it and plan on watching it again. I’ve heard August: Osage County is also good. And of course, my kids will want to see Ben 10 Omniverse: Duel of the Duplicates. Read on for a summary of the new Blu-ray and DVD releases.
Blu-ray and DVD movie coming out the week of April 8, 2014
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (review)
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, this film continues the adventures of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
- August: Osage County
Academy Award Winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts star in the darkly hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives converge when a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional mother who raised them. Based on Tracy Letts Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, Director John Wells skillfully translates from stage to screen, leading an all-star cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.
- Grudge Match
Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.
- Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
A young California Latino named Jesse is marked for possession by the same malevolent demon who previously claimed Kristi and Katie.
- Ben 10 Omniverse: Duel of the Duplicates
Duel of the Duplicates stars Ben 10 in a battle to protect the Plumber Base. The Plumbers are under attack, and it’s up to Ben Tennyson to save the day. But the bad guys are evil versions of Ben’s own aliens, so it won’t be easy. Use special powers as Feedback, Snare-oh and Bloxx to fight enemies, solve puzzles and find collectibles. Play Duel of the Duplicates, more Ben 10 games and other free online games on Cartoon Network.