Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for January 15, 2013

– by Gig Patta

Discs A few movies will be on Blu-ray and DVD this week. The best picks will be action thriller “Taken 2” and horror “The Possession.”

Taken 2

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Synopsis: Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated actor, Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Taken, Batman Begins) returns as Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan must enlist the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one.

Blu-Ray Extended Features

  • Unrated and Theatrical Cut
  • Black Ops Field Manual and Kill Counter
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Alternative Ending
  • FX Piece

Brief Review: “Taken 2” is pretty much a rehash of Liam Neeson kicking some butt. The film is similar to the first movie, but with Neeson’s retired CIA agent Mills trying to escape from a vengeful villain. With the help of Kim (Maggie Grace), the film finds a clever way to track down his kidnappers. It is action-packed and lots of fun if you enjoy Neeson doing what he’s best at—killing bad guys. C+

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The Possession

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Synopsis: Based on true events, "The Possession" tells the story of the Brenek family: father Clyde, mother Stephanie, and daughter Em. When Em purchases an ancient box at a nearby yard sale, she becomes obsessed with her new artifact, and with good reason -- lurking inside is a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

Blu-Ray and DVD Special Features

  • An extensive featurette focusing on the eerie true story behind The Possession
  • Audio commentaries with Bornedal and the film’s writers

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To Rome with Love

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Synopsis: To Rome with Love is a story about a number of people in Italy, some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors, and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.

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Won’t Back Down

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Synopsis: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis play two determined mothers, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

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Branded

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Synopsis: BRANDED is a dark and mind-bending sci-fi thriller into a surreal, dystopian society where mega corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive. One man’s quest to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world.

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Other Blu-ray and DVD releases this week include:

The Other Dream Team

About Cherry

The Intouchables

17 Girls

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