New DVDs this week

Published: Friday, Mar. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 15TICKET

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2" (PG-13, 115 minutes, Lionsgate): The story opens with our once-mortal heroine, Bella (Kristen Stewart), who has just given birth to a half-human, half-vampire baby, Renesmee, with her new undead husband, Edward (Robert Pattinson). Word reaches the Volturi – the vampire world's governing elite – that Renesmee may be a vampire baby who threatens to expose their carefully hidden vampire subculture. As Aro, the leader of the Volturi, Michael Sheen is a rare delight as he attempts to determine whether Edward and his family must be punished and Renesmee destroyed. It ain't much, but it passes for drama – if by "drama" you mean a climactic showdown in a field of snow between the powerful, berobed Volturi and a ragtag band of the "good" vampires, now in league with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and his pack of giant CGI werewolves. Contains sensuality and violence. Extras: "Two Movies at Once" featurette on the simultaneous shooting of both "Breaking Dawn" parts, "Jump to" features that allow viewers to watch only their favorite Edward or Jacob scenes; and "The Forgotten" Green Day music video.


"Red Dawn" (PG-13, 94 minutes, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment): North Korean soldiers substitute for the original Soviet bad guys in a remake of the 1984 action film about high school kids from the American heartland forced to become guerrilla warriors when their small town is invaded. This amped-up retread is a big improvement over the original, but that's not saying much. Chris Hemsworth stars. Contains obscenity, gunplay and violence. Extras: four making-of featurettes.


"Wreck-It Ralph" (PG, 108 minutes, Disney): The 3-D animated comedy is the story of a goofy bad guy out of a retro arcade game who "game jumps," leaving his cloistered universe in search of fulfillment in other games. It's a clever and original idea, with lots of cute sight gags. But the narrative itself is overly busy, noisy and unengaging, with little of the heart that charmed "Toy Story" viewers. Contains mild video game violence and bathroom humor. Extras: "Paperman," Oscar-winning animated short film that played in theaters before "Wreck It Ralph."

Also: "The Intouchables," "Playing for Keeps," "Lay the Favorite," "The Bay," "California Solo," "A Dark Truth," "Interview With a Hitman," "Midnight Stallion," "Scavenger Hunt," "The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond," "Muay Thai Warrior" (2010, Thailand).

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