DVD reviews: 'Jobs' and 'Red 2'
“Jobs” (2013, PG-13, 128 min., $29.98). Ashton Kutcher, known mostly for his work on television and in sappy romantic comedies, sinks his teeth into one of the more meatier roles he's ever played with “Jobs,” a picture that tries to compute the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Kutcher does a fine job in presenting the driven character, but the film does have plenty of flaws. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, “Jobs” never really gives the viewer a detailed portrait of the innovator. Instead of getting inside Jobs' head, we're just given a series of events that occur between college and the introduction of the first iPod. These happenings have been documented time and time again. The filmmakers would have been better off exploring the explanations behind Jobs' actions in building a technology empire. There are a few featurettes available on Blu-ray and standard DVD packages — Kutcher getting into character, the legacy of Jobs and the film's score. Don't worry about skipping them. A few deleted scenes and commentary with the director also are available. 2 Stars.
“Red 2” (2013, PG-13, 116 min., $29.95). In 2010, the action film “Red” knocked the socks off of moviegoers, putting an older A-list cast in a blockbuster picture with plenty of action. The same formula was put into play for the sequel, but the payoff wasn't as great. That's a surprise, too, because the two films are a lot alike. Viewers get to see Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins and a few other accomplished performers travel across the globe delivering big explosions. While the storyline here leaves a lot to be desired, “Red 2” is plenty of fun behind a terrific cast that works well together. As the film kicks off, Frank (Willis) and Sarah (Parker) are enjoying the quiet life. Things pick up when they're dragged into the search for a missing nuclear weapon. Some of the worst people on the planet are on the hunt for the weapon, so it's up to Frank, Sarah and a few of their well-equipped friends to stop that from happening. An extensive featurette can be found on the extras, but it's only available in Blu-ray packages. Deleted scenes and a gag reel are available on standard DVD and Blu-ray. 2 Stars.
“Getaway” (2013, PG-13, 90 min., $28.98). Ethan Hawke, Jon Voight and Selena Gomez star in this high-speed action adventure from filmmaker Courtney Solomon about a former race car driver (Hawke) trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife. To get her back, he has to race against time under the command of a villain who's threatened to kill his wife.
“Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” (2012, PG-13, 113 min., $26.98). This documentary tells the story of Big Star, a band out of Memphis credited as a major influence in pop and alternative music, including REM, The Replacements, Beck and The Flaming Lips.
“The Canyons” (2013, R, 99 min., $24.98). Tabloid queen Lindsay Lohan returns to the silver screen in this thriller set in Hollywood. Lohan plays Tara, who's dating a rich kid named Christian (James Deen) who wants to make movies. When she gets on his bad side, though, he gets his revenge. Bret Easton Ellis penned the film's screenplay.
“Samson & Delilah” (2009, NR, 101 min., $24.95). A big winner at the Cannes Film Festival upon its release, director Warwick Thornton's picture follows two teens living in an Aboriginal community in the desert of central Australia. When the friends are booted from their community, they're forced to make a grueling road trip to find a new home.
“Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish” (2010, NR, 92 min., $24.95). William Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet,” translated several times over, is set in contemporary New York this time around, and its dialogue is spoken in Yiddish by a young cast of Orthodox Jews. Inserting some comedy into this dramatic story, the film is written and directed by Eve Annenberg.
TV ON DVD
“Breaking Bad: The Complete Series” (15 discs, 62 episodes, $299.99)
“JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide” (History Channel investigation, 2013, NR, 90 minutes, $14.98)
“Bill Cosby: Far from Finished” (standup comedy, 2013, NR, 95 min., $16.99)