Fast Five Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reunite with the stars of the previous Fast movies for the fifth (and arguably the best since the first) in the franchise, this time set in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro. You know the drill: It's their one last big heist, but it means settling the score with a local crime boss by stealing all his cash while evading the U.S. feds led by Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). To pull off their Ocean's 11-style plan, Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) call upon all their old friends: Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang and of course Jordana Brewster, as Dom's sister/Brian's now-pregnant wife (for someone supposed to be with child, Brewster looks like she could afford to eat a cheeseburger or three and what's she doing running pell-mell through the slums? Anyway...).
The action, when it happens, is great--foot chases through Rio's favelas, a terrific train robbery scene that defies the laws of physics, Diesel and Johnson going mano-a-mano like two hulking, veiny superheroes (why has it taken so long to put those two in a movie together?) and a whopper of an ending. The only problem with third-time director Justin Lin's demolition-derby car porn is it's Way Too Long. He spends so much time setting up the heist and on some of the lesser characters that the whole second act is kind of a drag, and not the racing kind--in fact the movie cuts away from showing the competitions with the locals that result in our gang winning several hot rods. But, it's all big dumb fun nonetheless, and the chemistry between all the leads keeps the movie's engine revved. Extras: Featurettes on Dom, Brian and Agent Hobbs, deleted scenes, gag reel, Lin commentary (DVD/BD); the BD adds featurettes on the Dom/Hobbs showdown, the vault chase, behind the scenes with Tyrese and a visit to the set.
Scream 4 Poor Sidney (Neve Campbell) just can't seem to shake that Ghostface killer, especially now that her nemesis, reporter Gail (Courtney Cox), has written a book about the Woodsboro murders that's been turned into the Stab movie franchise. It's been a decade and a half since Wes Craven's first Scream, and while the characters may now be texting instead of calling when Death is afoot, the basic formula complete with self-referential jokes and sly jabs at the genre remains the same. It's better than Scream 3, that's for sure, and a worthy sequel for fans some 10 years later. Extras: Making-of featurette, alternate opening, extended ending, deleted scenes, gag reel (DVD/BD).
Also new this week: Lion King 3D on Blu-ray, African Cats
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Quentin Tarantino's seminal Pulp Fiction makes a lonnnng awaited Blu-ray debut, along with the director's follow-up, Jackie Brown. These titles are a don't miss. Pulp Fiction adds several brand new features with this release: cast interviews and a critics' retrospective.
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