New DVD releases range from singing competitions to a sci-fi remake.
PITCH PERFECT, GRADE B-PLUS: A college student (Anna Kendrick) finds herself hanging with the wrong crowd.
This movie about college a cappella groups isn't sharp or flat. The script and cast are in such harmony it is definitely a Glee-ful hit. It would have been very easy to tune out Pitch Perfect after so many seasons of Glee, but from the dependable acting of Kendrick to the in-sync direction of Jason Moore, this production is a comedy octave higher than any episode of the TV series.
TOTAL RECALL, GRADE B: A man tries to deal with an identity crisis. Director Len Wiseman, the master of the Underworld movies and actress Kate Beckinsale's husband, has shifted the film focus away from the psychological elements for a more physical approach. Once the film starts, it is a white-knuckle thrill ride that doesn't offer too many chances to breathe.
ALSO NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK:
BLUE LAGOON: THE AWAKENING: Made-for-cable film starring Indiana Evans.
CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS: THREE MEN GO TO WAR: A look at how John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro brought the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust.
THE GOOD DOCTOR: The story of what happens when medicine goes wrong. Orlando Bloom stars.
SHAMELESS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON: William H. Macy stars.
WITHOUT A TRACE: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON: Crime drama starring Anthony LaPaglia.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS: Wimpy kid gets into more trouble.
HERMANO: Two men — raised as brothers — fight to become professional soccer players.
CAN SCIENCE STOP CRIME?: NOVA takes a look inside the criminal mind with cutting-edge forensic techniques that help investigators.
THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM: SEASON THREE: Comedy series featuring Sarah Silverman.
FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON: Ben Stiller is featured in the sketch comedy show.
CALIFORNICATION: THE FIFTH SEASON: David Duchovny cable series about a sex-crazed writer.
QUINCY M.E.: SEASON 4: Jack Klugman plays the mystery-solving coroner.
ARMY WIVES: SEASON SIX, PART TWO: Cable series that looks at military life at home.
FORCED TO FIGHT: Mixed-martial-arts film starring Peter Weller, Gary Daniels.
THE HI-LO COUNTRY: Best friends return from the war to face a battle over cattle ranching.
THE MILLENNIUM BUG: A family seeks refuge from Y2K hysteria only to find the threat of technological shutdown is the least of their worries.
SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION: The Paul Newman film make its Blu-ray debut.
GANDU: A poor young man dreams of being a rap star.
BRO' : A college student gets caught up in the wild lifestyle of professional motocross.