New on DVD
This week’s new DVD releases offer something for those young and old.
“Ramona and Beezus”: Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby must deal with an imaginative younger sister. Selena Gomez stars.
Joey King is the perfect pick as Ramona Quimby in the new family-friendly film based on Beverly Cleary’s books. Someone should hurry up and invent a time-freezing machine so Joey can stay this age for future projects. The screenplay by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay throws out a host of emotional challenges for Joey, from major family disasters to one of the worst school picture days in history.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”: Michael Cera plays a musician who must defeat the seven evil boyfriends of the object of his affection.
This isn’t your standard film adaptation of a comic book. Director Edgar Wright mixes in bits from the physics-defying world of video games with the paneled construction of comic books to create a unique and eye-popping experience. The topper is the angry musical soundtrack that accents the film perfectly. Wright even uses music as a weapon of mass destruction.
“Men of a Certain Age: The Complete First Season”: The cable series from “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Ray Romano looks at three average guys who wonder if their lives have been well spent. The focus is on males around the age of 50 but should appeal to people of all ages because of the first-rate cast and smart writing.
“Certain Age” works because of the honest dialogue between these men. They don’t suddenly know the meaning of life, but struggle just to get through another day. Those struggles are both funny and serious.
Also new on DVD:
“Dr. Who: The Complete Fifth Series”: Matt Smith proves a worthy heir for the iconic sci-fi role.
“Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XIX”: Not only does it include the films “Robot Monster” and “Devil Doll,” the set comes with a Gypsy figurine.
“The Super Hero Squad Show”: This is the second volume of the animated series featuring Iron man, Hulk, Silver Surfer and other Marvel heroes.
“Locked Down”: Vinnie Jones stars in the action prison movie.
“The Dry Land”: A veteran deals with emotional troubles after he returns to his home town. America Ferrara stars.
“Damned by Dawn”: A family reunion goes bad when the undead show up.
“Car Bomb”: The documentary looks at the history of car bombs.
“Thirtysomething: The Final Season”: The set includes all 23 episodes from the TV series.
“Charlie St. Cloud”: A young man deals with the death of his younger brother.
— McClatchy Newspapers