New DVD and Blu-ray releases this week include Batman vs. Robin (animated), The Man with the Iron Fists 2 (review | RZA), Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory), Big Eyes (Amy Adams), Christoph Waltz), and Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess). My kids and I are big fanboys, so we will definitely watch Batman vs. Robin. Damien is Robin in this one. Damien is Batman’s real son. He has an attitude problem, but I still like him. He’s very different from the other Robins. Continue reading for a summary of the new Blu-ray and DVD films for this week.
DVDs coming out the week of April 14, 2015
Batman vs. Robin
The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child, but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, the Batman. While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon, who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham’s secret society known as the Court of Owls. It’s a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary, each other. Witness the epic battle that will shape a destiny and forge the future of Robin forever.
The Man with the Iron Fists 2 (review)
When Thaddeus (RZA) is found badly wounded near a 19th-century Chinese town, miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Yuan) offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng), his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior in this martial arts epic.
Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
When a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London, caretakers Eve (Phoebe Fox) and Jean (Helen McCrory) bring everyone to the desolate and eerie British countryside. 40 years after Arthur Kipps (played by Daniel Radcliffe in the first film, The Woman in Black) left, this supernatural horror film introduces this new group to the now abandoned Eel Marsh House; an odd but seemingly safe location. It isn’t long before Eve starts to sense that this house is not what it appears to be as the children in her care begin to disappear. As their house of safety becomes a house of horrors, Eve enlists the help of a handsome pilot (Jeremy Irvine) to help investigate what is happening. Eve soon discovers that it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in the house inhabited by the Woman in Black.
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
In 1983, a group of childhood friends pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the heir of the Heineken beer empire (Anthony Hopkins). The shocking capture — by gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam — resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual. It was truly the perfect crime… until they got away with it. Based on a true story, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken also stars Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten.