Bob's home entertainment preview for May 28
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A legendary, epic movie, Kerry Russel and more come to DVD and blu-ray this week.
Cleopatra - 20th Century - Rated G
1963's Cleopatra is the most expensive movie ever made - it would have cost over 300 million in today's dollars. It is also a legendary film that got out of control, and is probably more famous for what happened off screen than what is on screen. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton began their torrid love affair during the filming of this movie. That said, it is an entertaining spectacle - a four hour long, entertaining spectacle. Celebrating 50 years, and newly restored for blu-ray, it looks and sounds fantastic. The extensive and entertaining bonus features include commentary and five featurettes including a very entertaining one from the head of Fox production that really dishes the dirt on this film. It's My Pick of the Week!
Dark Skies - Anchor Bay - Rated PG-13
Dark Skies borrows heavily from Paranormal Activity, Poltergeist, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but washes out the thrills any of those movies gave us. This isn't frightening - it's more mildly disquieting. Keri Russell is quite good and her wardrobe provides distraction during the long stretches where nothing much happens. J.K. Simmons is convincing while delivering lines any other actor would turn to pure cheese. Then, there is the hack ending. The one that screams, "I have no idea how to end this!"
Bonus features include commentary and alternate and deleted scenes from the film.
Lore - Music Box Films - Not Rated
Lore is a bleak account of a family of orphans in post-Hitler Germany. Hard to watch, but compelling, this German language film features a standout performance by Saskia Rosendahl as a teenager left to fend for herself and her siblings by her Nazi parents. Extras include two featurettes, deleted scenes and an alternate ending.