Monday, August 4 2014, 04:18 PM MDT
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for April 1, 2014
(KUTV) This week's releases include the return of Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Keanu Reeves in 47 Ronin and Disney's Peter Pan prequel The Pirate Fairy.
Anchorman 2 sees the return of Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and company as Ron Burgundy is given a chance at redemption when he is offered a job at New York's first 24-hour news channel. The film isn't nearly as good as its predecessor as too much attention is given to a subplot involving Carell's Brick Tamland and office secretary Chani Lastname (Kristen Wiig). There are still plenty of laughs and the final faceoff between news teams is utterly fantastic.
Abandoned by its studio and marooned at the box office 47 Ronin is actually a decent samurai film that deserved more attention and better reviews than it received (it was not screened for critics locally). The film might not be on par with Seven Samurai or 13 Assassins, but it is at least on par with Flying Swords of Dragon Gate which managed to garner decent reviews. Undoubtedly many were put off by the film being in English, rather than Japanese, but the visuals are quite stunning, the action sequences are solid and despite his reputation Keanu Reeves does quite well in his role.
The latest entry in the Disney Fairies franchise is The Pirate Fairy. It's not quite on par with Secret of the Wings (which was actually given a European theatrical run), but as far as Disney's direct-to-video titles go this Peter Pan prequel is a decent watch that will most certainly keep younger audiences entertained without driving parents into madness.
This week also sees the release of the romantic comedy At Middleton starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga, the crime thriller The Bag Man starring John Cusack with Robert De Niro, and the kid appropriate The Little Rascals Save the Day.
Elsewhere this week Fox is releasing a newly remastered Blu-ray release of the Coen Brothers' classic Fargo, Universal releases two King Kong titles the form of King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes and the forever-delayed release of Joe Lynch's live action role-playing farce Knights of Badassdom (although not exactly as Lynch would have it since this isn't the director's cut) with Peter Dinklage.
Television addicts have the first season of the popular crime drama Broadchurch starring David Tennant and Oliva Colman (it's getting a US remake as Gracepoint for Fox also starring Tennant), the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise and the eighth and final season of the detective comedy Psych.
By: Ryan Michael Painter
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