New DVD and Blu-ray releases this week include Maleficent (review | Angelina Jolie), Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), A Most Wanted Man (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl), Planes Fire and Rescue (animated), and Rio 2 Sing-Along (animated). I saw Maleficent at the theater and plan on watching it again on DVD. I also saw Hercules. It’s a different take on the legend of Hercules. Continue reading for a summary of the new Blu-ray and DVD releases for this week.
Blu-ray and DVD movies coming out the week of November 4, 2014
Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty. In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. but as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land.
Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human. Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in this gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages.
A Most Wanted Man
Present day Hamburg: a tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about him seems to add up; is he a victim, thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue is a British banker and a young female lawyer, determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit, who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks.
Planes Fire and Rescue
Bring home the thrill of a lifetime with Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue. This heart-pumping comedy-adventure features a dynamic crew of elite aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfires. When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with a team of veteran firefighters; together, they battle a massive fire, and Dusty learns what it takes to be a true hero.
Rio 2 Sing-Along
Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio and more. Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio.
Below are some of the DVDs that will be released in the next few weeks. Use the contact form if you want to add your DVD to my list, have me do a review/giveaway or report an error.