New on Blu-Ray/DVD for June 12, 2013 – Grab the "Oz" and see "Snitch"

A pretty good week for new releases with 2 out of 3 worth seeing/addition to your collection.

Walt Disney Pictures Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Oz (James Franco) prepare to confront The Wicked Witch.
Walt Disney Pictures
Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Oz (James Franco).

Oz the Great and Powerful – Joined by a flying monkey and a porcelain doll, con-man Oz (James Franco) sets off to through a magical world in a quest to stop the Wicked Witch — who may be Evanora (Rachel Weisz),¬†Theodora (Mila Kunis) or Glenda (Michelle Williams). Sam Raimi has a lot of fun in this CGI-extravaganza that’s a worthy prequel to the beloved classic.

David Appleby/Paramount Pictures Gretel (Gemma Arterton) and Hansel (Jeremy Renner) learn their next target in "Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters."
David Appleby/Paramount Pictures
Gretel (Gemma Arterton) and Hansel (Jeremy Renner).

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters – This was a goofy idea that re-imagined the siblings (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) as witch-killing bounty hunters.

It’s not the worse premise and honestly could have worked, but needs a skilled director and writer to pull it off and this one has neither.

Steve Dietl/Summit Entertainment Malik (Michael Williams) watches John (Dwayne Johnson) in "Snitch."
Steve Dietl/Summit Entertainment
Malik (Michael Williams) watches John (Dwayne Johnson) in “Snitch.”

Snitch – This drama was billed more as a hard-hitting action-thriller, no doubt to bring Dwayne Johnson’s fanbase to theaters instead of being more honest and saying it’s about a father making a deal with the DEA to get his son released from prison after being framed in a drug deal.

That plan didn’t work out too well as the film only managed $42 million, but it’s much better than its meager box office gross and definitely worth seeing as Johnson goes beyond his regular tough guy roles and shows great depth.