DVD previews from Bob Richards, June25
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The Call - Sony - Rated R
The Call is actually a pretty good, intense, kidnap thriller - for the first two thirds. Stars Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin both turn in solid, heart wrenching performances. But then the film stabs itself in the brain, and goes all vigilante - super woman and takes a competent movie into the land of Stupid. Extras include commentary and a featurette. The blu-ray adds deleted scenes, an alternate ending, set tours, an audition tape, and a featurette.
Upside Down - Millenium Entertainment - Rated PG-13
Ambitious and ethereal, Upside Down is a unique and original sci-fi romance starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess. But, I wonder, does Sturgess ever wash his hair? Bonus features include deleted scenes, a featurette, previsualizations, and more.
A Place at the Table - Magnolia - Rated PG
A Place at the Table is a well made documentary about the difficult problem of hunger in America from the film makers who did Food, Inc. It is a worthy film that gets the dialogue started. Extras include deleted scenes, interviews, and multiple featurettes.
No - Sony - Rated R
I found it hard to believe that No was nominated for an Academy Award.
It is pretty dry…it's a dry, wordy, overlong movie about dueling ad campaigns. While it perks up in the last half hour, just say no. Special features include commentary and a featurette.