New in Home Entertainment – July 3, 2012

New in Home Entertainment

July 3, 2012

Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy
Rated PG (Should be a solid R)
Available on Blu-ray

This 1968 sci-fi sex comedy starring Jane Fonda was a complete and utter failure upon opening.  Having reached cult-classic status, now forty-four years later, Barbarella is getting its much anticipated Blu-ray release.  The film is still the same cheesy goofball sci-fi flick where the very beautiful (and seemingly most of the time naked) Jane Fonda wanders from one sex scene to the next all in the name of galactic peace.  The new HD transfer gives the film a wonderful look and should make fans of the strange movie very happy.  What won’t make them happy, however, is the lack of any special features.  When you have a film like this, you really expect some kind of extras, but all that lies here is the theatrical trailer.  B-

Born on the Fourth of July
Rated R
Available on Blu-ray

With Universal Studios turning 100, they have been going nuts with transferring their catalog to blu-ray and the latest is the very timely Born on the Fourth of July.  Based on a true story, Tom Cruise delivers this Oscar-nominated performance as Ron Kovic, a teen eager to fight in Vietnam until he became paralyzed from the waste down during the war.  Oliver Stone directs this very challenging piece of U.S. history in a way that will both disturb you and leave you empathetic.  A-

Jesus Henry Christ
Rated PG-13 for some violent images, language and smoking
Available on DVD

According to this story with a title that will offend many audiences, a very bright 10-year-old boy who discovers that he was conceived in a petri dish goes on a journey to find his mother’s sperm donor.  Trying overly hard to be as quirky as a Wes Anderson film, writer director Dennis Lee creates here a very annoying group of characters in a scenario that is hard to be anything but apathetic about.  I like over-the-top but there comes a time when it simply becomes too much.  C-