DVD previews: 'Jobs,' 'Red 2'
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Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, Nov. 26:
"Jobs" (PG-13, 127 minutes, Universal): A dramatization of the life of Apple founder and chief executive Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher), the movie opens with a brief prologue showing a graying Jobs at the 2001 unveiling of the iPod. The film then leaps backward to the 1970s, when a barefoot and much younger Jobs is about to become a college dropout. The film follows Jobs from the creation of Apple Computer in his parents' garage to his 1985 firing and triumphant return to the company in 1996. Kutcher does a couple of things well, aping Jobs' guarded, tight-lipped smile and familiar, half-hunching, half-bouncing gait. But there's a void inside the man that Kutcher never fills. The problem is not with the actor but with the film itself. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by first-time screenwriter Matt Whiteley, "Jobs" confuses the story of Apple, the company, with the story of its guru and guiding force. Contains obscenity, brief sensuality and drug use. Extras include commentary with Stern, featurettes on Kutcher inhabiting the Jobs role, the musical score and "The Legacy of Steve Jobs."
"Red 2" (PG-13, 116 minutes, Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate): The 2010 sleeper hit "Red" felt refreshing and paid as much attention to the comedy as to the action, but the luster has faded in a clunky and unsatisfying "Red 2." CIA retiree Frank (Bruce Willis) has returned to the quiet life, shopping at Costco with his girlfriend, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). As he attempts to embrace the joys of the 'burbs, she's despondent, craving adventure. Luckily, Frank's quirky former partner, the conspiracy theorist Marvin (John Malkovich), appears with a new plan. The trio ends up traveling to Paris, Moscow and London trying to discern the meaning of Operation Nightshade. Frank and Marvin have been accused of spearheading the mission, even though they know nothing about it. New enemies crop up to take the three heroes down, including their old friend Victoria (Helen Mirren). To spice things up, Catherine Zeta-Jones materializes to play Frank's ex-paramour. And Anthony Hopkins shows up in the role of an institutionalized scientist. Contains violence, language and drug references. Extras include deleted scenes, gag reel. Also, on Blu-ray: an extended behind-the-scenes featurette.
"Getaway" (PG-13, 90 minutes, Warner): Former race car driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) comes home to his Bulgarian apartment to find the Christmas tree toppled and a pool of blood on the floor. Before he can wonder what happened, he receives a call from a vaguely Eastern European-sounding fellow who demands that Brent steal a particular car and complete a few strange tasks, or he'll never see his wife again. Off Brent goes, periodically answering calls from the madman, then following such orders as: Drive into a park, smash through an outdoor holiday market and skid across an ice-skating rink. At some point a girl (Selena Gomez) jumps into the car, claiming the stolen ride is hers. The evil puppet master insists Brent drag her along on his escapades. She's not happy. But wouldn't you know, she quickly transforms into a caring accomplice who has a few high-tech tricks up her sleeve. Contains language, a rude gesture, action and violence. Extras include crash cams and four making-of featurettes, including "Selena Gomez: On Set."
Also: "The Canyons," "Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman" (Japan, 25 Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, The Criterion Collection), "JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide" (History Channel documentary), "Le joli mai" ("The Lovely Month of May," 1963), "Battle Ground," "The Horror Show" (1989), "Samson & Delilah" (Australia), "How Sherlock Changed the World" (PBS documentary), "Photo: A History From Behind the Lens" (documentary, Athena), "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish" (2010)," "The Snow Queen" (Russia, animated) and "Please Kill Mr. Know It All."
Television series: "Breaking Bad: The Final Season," "Murdoch Mysteries, Season 6," "Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 10" and "Old Dogs & New Tricks: Seasons 1 & 2."
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