The summer movie season's first big blockbuster is also fall's first big DVD release. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' lands today. Also out: Jessica Biel is easy on the eyes in the period rom com 'Easy Virtue.' Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'
What It's About: The first in a series of planned origin stories, it rewinds to the formative days of fan favorite Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). What do we learn about him? He's fought for America in every major war (or else just starred in 'Gettysburg,' 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Apocalypse Now'; it's hard to tell), he's got one diabolical brother (Liev Schreiber), and as it turns out, he's Canadian (which makes said U.S. patriotism all the more perplexing).
What We Say: Like 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' the awe factor is drained from the superhero series in this highly disappointing, soulless prequel that opens awkwardly, gains a little steam and then ultimately bottoms out, dull and flat in its third act. The rivalry between Wolverine and Schreiber's Sabretooth is enticing, but there are too many other jumbled plot points toss in, and the poorly staged action feels straight out of an '80s Sly Stallone or Steven Seagal movie.
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What It's About: An aristocratic family in 1920s England goes up in arms when their son (Ben Barnes) brings home his new wife (Jessica Biel), who's not only American, but has been around the racetrack (she's a driver) AND the block.
It's Kind of Like: 'Atonement' meets 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'
What Critics Say: Reviewers were decidedly split on this period rom com – literally split, actually – with 50 percent giving it a positive grade, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Nearly all agreed, however, that Jessica Biel looks fab in a top hat.
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Other September 15 DVD Releases:
'Next Day Air'
'Knights of Bloodsteel'
'An American Werewolf in London'
New on Blu-ray:
'Army of Darkness'