Beastly And Red Riding Hood Get Fairytale Endings With June Blu-Ray Releases
By Jessica Grabert
It’s either been a dismal or great year for fairytale retellings, depending on how you look at it. Both CBS Films’ Beastly and Warner Bros.’ Red Riding Hood had theatrical releases in March, to underperforming budgetary and critical success. Still, two retellings in one month (not to mention Hoodwinked Too’s current release) has given fairytale lovers a lot to look forward to/complain about. If you missed either title in theaters, Red Riding Hood will hit Blu-ray and DVD on June 14th, and Beastly will follow suit two weeks later.
Here’s a look at what you can expect from both releases:
Red Riding Hood: (June 14th) Catherine Hardwicke’s first film since Twilight proves she thinks she is an artistic director, but should probably just be going for the straight shot. If she really wanted to tell an overly dramatic Red Riding Hood story, she should have taken a page from Angela Carter. Still, Red Riding Hood is always a fine tale, and with extra scenes, featurettes, a gag reel, a music video, and casting tapes coming with the Blu-ray release, a $35.99 cost could definitely get you worse movies. The cheaper DVD will only come with additional scenes.
Beastly: (June 28th) With Sony Pictures Home Entertainment set to distribute this Beauty and the Beast retelling, you could do a lot worse. I mean it. Beastly knows what it is and what purpose it’s supposed to serve, and director Daniel Barnz gives us a few nice moments as a filmmaker. Even in thankless roles, Peter Krause and Neil Patrick Harris are awesome. Plus, Sony isn’t going to cocksucker DVD buyers out of special features; both sets will come with deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a music video, and two featurettes.
I know what my pick would be, feel free to comment and let us know yours.