The latest Harry Potter film is new to DVD this week, as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to school for his 6th year at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince... but as the years pass, the future of the school for young wizards grows darker. Reuniting with his friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), Harry's world is thrown off balance as the group matures, while Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) has him investigating larger issues involving one of Voldemort's childhood teachers (Jim Broadbent). All the while, the lines between good and evil blur, as Dumbledore counts Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) as his ally, and Harry turns to a spellbook that belonged to a a mysterious "half-blood prince," which could be slowly corrupting him. On DVD and Blu Ray. Now with Rifftrax!
Stingray Sam is not a hero, but he does do the things that folks don't do that need to be done.
Keep an eye out for the Stingray Sam DVD in the store this week. It's the box that has a picture of 2 cowboys on the front, and nothing written on the back. Don't be fooled by this lack of information; Stingray Sam is the best way to kill 60 minutes this week.
Stingray Sam is a family appropriate, sci-fi/western, unlikely [non] hero story with catchy musical numbers, bizarre visuals, 10 minute hand shakes and a dash of incompetence packed into a 6-episode featurette, set in the space colonies of the future. Are you a man that has ever wondered what it would be like to be pregnant? Have you ever tried to imagine what goes on in the mind of a corporate mascot? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Cory McAbee’s Stingray Sam.
Johnny Depp stars as the legendary John Dillinger in Michael Mann's Public Enemies, which begins at the height of Dillinger's notoriety in the 1930's, just as the FBI declares him Public Enemy #1, and promotes the agent (Christian Bale) who brought down Pretty Boy Floyd (Channing Tatum) to head the nation's first "war on crime." The film follows Dillinger, his partner Red Hamilton (Jason Clarke), and his long time companion Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard) as they proceed through a world that has less and less use for celebrity bandits like himself and Babyface Nelson (Stephen Graham). On DVD and Blu Ray.
After a pandemic destroys most of humanity, two brothers (Lou Taylor Pucci and Chris Pine) head out across the country to find a safe place to wait for the virus to die out in Carriers. Along the way, they've picked up a survivor (Piper Perabo) and make a rule to treat any infected people as if they were already dead. When they meet a father with an infected child and hopes to reach a medical camp that has been developing a vaccine, they can pursue a hope of the future, but only by breaking the rule that kept them alive.
Corey Macabee's followup to The American Astronaut is Stingray Sam, an episodic science fiction western musical that follows Stingray Sam and the Quasar Kid across the galaxy as they find themselves on a mission to retrieve a kidnapped girl. Each chapter contains one song, and leads them to the next point on their mission.
The Bollywood Singh is Kinng is a stylized gangster film where "Lucky" Singh has become the king of the Australian underworld, while his brother "Happy" Singh is the terror of his Punjabi village... not because of any malice, but through buffoonery and clumsiness that inspire the villagers to send Happy to bring his brother back home. True to Bollywood style, the action and comedy are both done with the same brightly colored and extravagantly shot choreography as the film's many musical numbers.
Amy Adams has two new movies on DVD this week, the first being Norah Ephron's Julie & Julia, where she plays Julie Powell, a young writer who attempts to cooke every recipe in Julia Child's (Meryl Streep) famous cookbook. As Julie blogs about her project and slowly gains public support, her story is contrasted against Julia's time in 1950's Paris, and her first steps on the road to becoming a world-renown chef. With Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina.
Moonlight Serenade stars Alec Newman as a high-profile financial manager who makes his living predicting business failures, but spends his nights playing jazz standards. When he hears Amy Adams singing along with him as she walks by his window, they pair up and play together, but while she wants to use him to get recognition in a high profile jazz club, he doesn't want to play for other people... though they both might need to re-evaluate their priorities.
Bobcat Goldthwait's newest movie is World's Greatest Dad, a dark satire starring Robin Williams as an aspiring writer and poetry teacher who has a few problems: he can't get his books published and his secret girlfriend (Alexie Gilmore) is paying too much attention the the much more popular creative writing teacher (Henry Simmons), but his biggest problem is his son (Daryl Sabara), who is one of the least likable people on the planet. When Williams lies to help his son save face, the lies begin to take on a life of their own, and the fabrications begin to undermine all the good they were meant to do.
Hubbel Palmer stars as grocery store stock boy who wants to be something remarkable in Humble Pie, but he's not sure exactly what. First inspired to be an actor by William Baldwin's stage and acting class, he begins to step out by assisting teenagers and impressing his boss (Bruce McGill), but every step forward is a comic misadventure, and not something that goes unnoticed by his meddling mother (Katherine Quinlan).
Our two new documentaries this week are The Cove, about the activists who try to uncover the secret surrounding a dolphin cove in Japan, and the story an adorable polar bear cub's survival against all odds in Knut & Friends.
New this week to Reckless Video's TV New Releases are the 5th Season of the science fiction/mystery show Lost, as well as the conclusion of Rescue Me's 5th Season and the 3rd Season of the popular comedy Ugly Betty.