This Week In Home Entertainment: Monsters University, R.I.P.D. And Family Tree
R.I.P.D. Blu-ray Combo Pack
R.I.P.D begins with one of the grossest-looking monsters film has ever seen. Via voiceover, we learn that Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) has recently joined a post-death police force known as the Rest in Peace Department, following his death at the hands of his Boston Police partner. His partner in this new afterlife police department, Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), is a former cowboy who now spends a lot of time chasing after "Deados," dead spirits that become hideous and bloated as they rot. It’s up to Roy and his recently deceased partner to solve a mystery and save the world in R.I. P.D..
While Bridges’ turn as a comedic cowboy is generally entertaining and Reynolds is fine in yet another action hero role, the movie as a whole is poorly scripted—although some wild demon and monster concepts are introduced—and hits more goofy notes than satisfying ones. It doesn’t help that the movie is full of outrageous characters, including Roy and department head Mildred Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker), who go for comedy a lot of the times, while other characters, including Nick and Boston P.D.’s bad boy Bobby Hayes (Kevin Bacon), play their roles much more seriously. The world in R.I.P.D. has the same attitude and setup as the part-comedy, part-action franchise, Men in Black, and though it has its moments, it never feels like a demon or buddy cop movie that’s striving for something new.
R.I.P.D. is available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD. We took a look at the Blu-ray copy, but you can order any copy you’d like over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: For a movie that didn’t do particularly well at the box office, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has still put together an incredible Blu-ray set that is chock full of bonus features. The film is based on the Dark Horse Entertainment comic book Rest In Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov, and if you are interested in how tropes and characters from the book were brought to life onscreen, there are several bonus features devoted to that concept. The best of these is probably "Transferring R.I.P.D. - The Making Of," which explains how the idea was first pitched, became a graphic novel and then was eventually turned into a film.
Other Special Features:
Alternate Opening #1
Alternate Opening #2
R.I.P.D. Motion Comics: Bringin The Avatars To Life"
Nick’s New Avatars
"Filming The Other Side"
"Walking Among Us: Deados & Avatars"
"Anatomy of A Shootout"
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