New in Home Entertainment – July 26, 2011

New in Home Entertainment

July 26, 2011

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

When a down-on-his-luck writer happens upon a drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain, he quickly becomes a rich and powerful man with enemies that want to use him or steal his drug from him.  Before Limitless, Bradley Cooper was a celebrity, but with this performance and the ensuing box-office receipts, he has become a true star.  The movie itself is a blast to watch and provides for a very fast paced and entertaining couple of hours.  The script is smart and sexy and so are the performances by the talented cast.  Sometimes the pic moves at such a rapid pace that you feel it is trying to overcompensate for something or cover up some holes, but at the end that just doesn’t matter when you’ve had such a good time.  A-

Source Code
Rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

When a bomb goes off on a train, killing hundreds of people, a secret government agency attempts to discover who the bomber is by utilizing an agent (Jake Gyllenhaal) who can relive the last 8 minutes before the bombing, over and over, until the discovery is made.  While the premise is pretty far-fetched and truly in the world of some crazy science fiction, the movie itself is entertaining when its not mind-boggling.  The ending goes a little too far from the science they invented, but I’m sure that’s what they were going for.  Jake is at his usual very good self in his own little Groundhog Day adventure and the fast paced directing proves to be an effective tool in not allowing you to over-think the plot too much until the movie’s over.  B+

Donnie Darko: 10th Anniversary Edition
Rated R for language, some underage drug and alcohol use and violence
Available on Blu-ray

If you like Jake Gyllenhaal and Source Code isn’t far out enough for you, then definitely check out this psychological sci-fi thriller that made Jake a star.  The story revolves around a high school student and his demonic bunny advisor.  It’s like Harvey on acid.  Ranked 143 in the IMDB Top 250, the pic has definitely earned its place as a modern indie sci-fi legend.  This new set contains Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy of the film as wells as a boatload of extras including the director’s cut and multiple commentaries.  A-