New on Blu-Ray for March 5, 2013 – "Wreck-it Ralph" seeks hi-score; "Red Dawn" rises

This isn’t the best week for new releases as far as I’m concerned, which is just as well as next week has more than a few I’ll be adding to my collection.

 ©2012 Disney. All Rights Reserved"WRECK-IT RALPH (voice of John C. Reilly) amongst other video game bad guys including Zangief, Bowser, zombie, ninja and M. Bison in a therapy session.
©2012 Disney. All Rights Reserved
“WRECK-IT RALPH (voice of John C. Reilly) amongst other video game bad guys including Zangief, Bowser, zombie, ninja and M. Bison in a therapy session.

Wreck-It Ralph – This video game theme film looked to have all the makings of a classic, but was done in by its two unlikable leads and a dull second act. Still, I liked this more than “Brave” as Ralph’s supporting cast was entertaining enough that I’d pay to watch their movie.

Film DistrictMatt (Josh Lucas), Robert (Josh Hutcherson) and Jed (Chris Hemsworth) get ready for a shoot-out in "Red Dawn."
Film District
Matt (Josh Lucas), Robert (Josh Hutcherson) and Jed (Chris Hemsworth) get ready for a shoot-out in “Red Dawn.”

Red Dawn – A completely unnecessary remake that was even worse than I imagined. It’s got a dumb plot, incomprehensible action scenes, some terrible performances and little redeeming value. The film was shot and completed in 2009, but should have been left to rot even longer. Casting directors Tricia Wood and Deborah Aquila did have an eye for up-and-coming talent casting Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” “Marvel’s The Avengers“), Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games“) and Adrianne Palicki (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) in pivotal roles. Unless you’re a glutton for watching crappy movies, skip this one.

Dale Robinette/Film DistrictGerard Butler stars in "Playing for Keeps."
Dale Robinette/Film District
Gerard Butler stars in “Playing for Keeps.”

Playing for Keeps – Gerard Butler had a lousy 2012 what with the complete failure that was “Chasing Mavericks” and this ill-fated role as a former soccer star who figures coaching his son’s soccer team will help him get his life back in order. This has to be another one Butler wishes he could take off his movie resume.

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