New in Home Entertainment – October 15, 2013

New in Home Entertainment

October 15, 2013

Pacific Rim
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language
Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D

Just the thought of Guillermo del Toro directing a film about giant robots fighting off humongous alien monsters determined to destroy the planet gets me excited.  Perhaps the movie needed bigger stars, but regardless it really delivers exactly what is promised – a ton of fun and giddy mayhem with a good story and excellent special effects.  While worldwide audiences ate it up with over $400 million in receipts, the U.S. did not as the box office came in at just over a hundred.  But don’t let that fool you – this is a terrific genre film worth your attention.  A-

The Croods
Rated PG for some scary action
Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D

While many of the animated pics have been failures of late (i.e. Planes and Turbo), Dreamworks Animation really came through this year with this original adventure about a caveman family forced to leave the sanctuary of their rock home after a massive earthquake and survive in a colorful new world.  With great storytelling, beautiful animation and in impressive voice cast including Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Keener, The Croods turns out to be a quality motion picture good for both kids and adults.  A-