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This week is on the quieter side in terms of releases, but it does see a musical reworked for the movies hit Blu-ray for the first time. Additionally, Melissa McCarthy goes on a road trip with her alcoholic grandmother in Tammy and Sookie says goodbye to Bill for the last time. Check out this week's releases, below.
Jersey Boys Blu-rayThere was a lot of love and sweat put into Jersey Boys when it originally came together as a jukebox musical on Broadway. The writers took a look at the behind-the-scenes perspectives of each of the members of The Four Seasons and ended up with a hopping product with a great soundtrack that won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Bringing Jersey Boys to the big screen was a large task, but director Clint Eastwood largely succeeds.
The story follows The Four Seasons as they choose a name based on a bowling alley title and try to make their way higher and higher up in the showbiz world. Later in the flick, the personal lives of band members Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen), Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda), and Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) become more of a focal point. All of the leads do compete for time onscreen, and in order to accommodate, there are a lot of unnecessary theatrical devices used in the flick, including breaking the fourth wall to narrate what’s going on.
What consistently works in the film is the music. From "Sherry," "Walk Like A Man," "Rag Doll," and the infamous "Big Girls Don’t Cry," Franki Valli and The Four Seasons offer a wealth of catchy pop hits that are interspersed throughout the film in the perfect moments and contexts (there's even an appearance from The Angels, who sing "My Boyfriend's Back"). It makes Jersey Boys a widely enjoyable movie, despite its faults.
You can order Jersey Boys over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s set is pretty basic, but the extras hit the right notes. There’s a really likeable segment for fans of both the musical and the movie, called "From Broadway to the Big Screen." It basically walks the audience through the process it took to make Jersey Boys. It’s an in-depth look that connects the musical with the film in a ton of key ways.
"Too Good to be True"
"’Oh, What A Night’ To Remember"
Tammy Blu-rayI’m not sure why Melissa McCarthy opted to do two road trip comedies so close together. A little over a year after hopping into a car with Jason Bateman, she decided to headline Tammy, a road trip movie that follows McCarthy on a road trip with her alcoholic grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon). It’s funnier than you would guess, but I’m not sure that’s saying much.
McCarthy’s Tammy is really stuck in a rut at the start of the movie. She is fired from her low-end fast food job and her marriage is over. She gets into a vehicle with her alcoholic grandmother and doesn’t look back. The premise is sound, but the hijinks aren’t all that great in Tammy. Hitting up honkytonk joints and buying beer for minors doesn’t make for the most on-point jokes, but Sarandon and McCarthy do make for a great team, and overall the two manage some laughs out of both underwhelming and over-the-top situations.
The biggest problem here seems to stem from the editing of the film, which was directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. There are plenty of instances where Falcone does the comedic moments right in the film, and he’s aided by an incredible cast that includes Nat Faxon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh and Allison Janney, but there are also so many weird and unnecessary shots in the movie it throws off the pace. (The weirdest? A lengthy shot of Kathy Bates dancing.) Regardless, if a road trip movie starring Melissa McCarthy isn’t enough to get you to tune in, perhaps the extended cast will be. At the very least, the cast is a better reason to catch Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s flick than the Blu-ray, which offers lackluster extras.
The disc comes with a few comedy staples, including deleted scenes and a gag really and an extra called "Fun Extras" that is not aptly described. They are okay, but there’s nothing there that is really worth recommending. If you are interested in the set, you can order it over at Amazon.
Extended Cut of Tammy
Tammy’s Road Trip Checklist
Getting On: The Complete First Season DVDHBO has a slew of big releases out this week. Chief among these are True Blood’s final season, along with the first season of Getting On. The short, six-episode first season stars Laurie Metcalf as Doctor Jenna James, a woman running an extended care unit in a California hospital. Her excellent staff includes Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash, who capably take uncomfortable humor and makes it feel realistic.
The show’s not plotty, and it deals with death and dying in a way that manages to be both humorous and respectable. Plus, the DVD copy of the first season comes at a reasonable price. You can order Getting On: The Complete First Season over at Amazon. Additionally, some more of this week’s releases are listed, below. Unless otherwise noted, sets are available on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Other November 11 Releases
True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season
True Blood: The Complete Series
I Am Ali
We Could Be Kings DVD
Happy Christmas DVD
Welcome To The Space Show