New to DVD and Blu-ray: ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ Don Draper and Another Sandler Disaster
New on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming this week, 'Moonrise Kingdom' enchants, while 'That's My Boy' doesn't.
The latest film from Wes Anderson -- on a roll after 'The Darjeeling Limited' and 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox' -- serves as a great reminder that he's absolutely one of the best American filmmakers of our time. The story of a star-crossed love between two pre-teens on the tiny East Coast island of Penzance in 1968, 'Moonrise Kingdom' has the kind of heart -- and smarts -- too few films have. With a great supporting cast that includes Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Edward Norton, the film's nonetheless stolen by its young leads Jared Gilman and Suzy Hayward. The home release is light on extras, but, in all seriousness, the warmth and slightly off-kilter realism of 'Moonrise Kingdom' is what makes the film worth seeing in and of itself.
The times change, but the wardrobes don't; as 'Mad Men' season 5 comes to DVD and Blu-ray, it's the perfect time to recap all of the sex, scheming, death and advertising that went on in this year's season -- or, if you prefer, finally break the seal on the latest season and devour it back to front. There are commentaries from series creator Matthew Wiener, but there's great acting to be found here -- especially in Jon Hamm's continuing work as Don Draper, the man who manages to represent the soul of every age he's in without having much of a soul of his own. Don't be lulled into complacency by the sight of married, domesticated Don Draper early in this season; plenty of things happen to remind you that 'Mad Men' has never let its characters feel too safe from the currents and tides of the age in which they live. ...
One of Adam Sandler's worst efforts in years -- which, 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry' considered, is saying a lot -- 'That's My Boy' comes home with deleted scenes to pad out its already excruciating length, as well as a gag reel and even more lazy, half-bored improvisation from Sandler and cast. The plot involves Sandler's re-connection with his long-lost son, who he had early in life thanks to an affair with his much-older teacher that made him a tabloid joke. Now, with Sandler needing money to avoid ruin, he seeks out high-roller finance wizard son (Andy Samberg) to try and re-connect while borrowing the needed cash. Too long, too creepy and barely funny in any way a human being would recognize, 'That's My Boy' is a strong contender for worst-of-the-year honors you can now see for yourself, but don't say I didn't warn you.
The wacky waylaid zoo animals of the 'Madagascar' films are back, in an adventure that will divert and entertain your kids while it makes you reach for earplugs (or scotch). It's easy to mock this three-quel, to be sure, but the vocal performances (including Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett-Smith) are all charming, the comedic stylings of Sacha Baron Cohen are back, and the frantic set of making-of material and bonus features like games, commentary and fun featurettes will keep the young set diverted, at the very least. For all eight of you with 3D TVs, the film is available in that format, as well.