Video releases for Jan. 25, 2017 - Catholic Courier

Video releases for Jan. 25, 2017

By John Mulderig
Catholic News Service
NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews from Catholic News Service of new and recent video releases available on DVD and/or Blu-ray — as well as for online viewing. Theatrical movies have a Catholic News Service classification and Motion Picture Association of America rating. These classifications refer only to the theatrical version of the films below, and do not take into account any extra content.
 
"Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number" (1966)
 
Hopeless comedy directed by George Marshall in which a real-estate operator (Bob Hope) lets a movie actress (Elke Sommer) hide out from the studio in an unsold estate causing all kinds of implausible complications with his wife (Marjorie Lord) and maid (Phyllis Diller). Sexual innuendo. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. (Olive Films; also available on Blu-ray)
 
"Charlotte’s Web" (2006)
 
Charming live-action adaptation of E.B. White’s beloved children’s classic about a runt pig (voiced by Dominic Scott Kay) who is saved from slaughter by the love of a young girl (Dakota Fanning), a barnyard of computer-enhanced talking animals (voiced by Oprah Winfrey, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese and Robert Redford, among others), and the fancy web work of a sage spider, Charlotte (voiced by Julia Roberts). Hewing closely to the book, director Gary Winick makes sure that the techno-wizardry never overshadows the story and its simple, timeless themes of friendship and the bittersweet cycle of life. Some mildly crude humor. The Catholic News Service classification is A-I — general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G — general audiences. All ages admitted. (Paramount Home Entertainment; also available on Blu-ray)
 
"Inferno" (2016)
 
Director Ron Howard’s screen version of Dan Brown’s 2013 novel sets "symbology" professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) on another of his globetrotting cultural scavenger hunts. Despite high stakes — a billionaire bioengineer (Ben Foster) with paranoid views about overpopulation has hidden away a pathogen that could kill off half the human race — and the unpredictable loyalties of the supporting cast (Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan and Sidse Babett Knudsen), the result is thin gruel. While untainted by the theological and historical whoppers that marred Brown’s best-known work, "The Da Vinci Code," as scripted by David Koepp, the thriller takes an ambivalent stand on the earth’s supposedly overcrowded future, implicitly endorsing artificial contraception as the proper preventative. Action violence with some gore, skewed moral values, a suicide, cohabitation and nonmarital sensuality, at least one use each of profane and rough language, a couple of mild oaths, a pair of crude terms. Spanish titles option. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; also available on Blu-ray)
 
"The Light Between Oceans" (2016)
 
M.L. Stedman’s 2012 novel about love and loss in 1920s Australia is adapted for the big screen by writer-director Derek Cianfrance, who marshals lush cinematography and first-rate acting. A lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his spirited wife (Alicia Vikander) are happily married but unable to start a family, enduring two miscarriages. When a dinghy washes ashore on their remote island carrying a dead man and an infant girl who’s barely alive, they decide to raise the child as their own. But conscience weighs heavily, and a chance encounter with the lass’ real mother (Rachel Weisz) complicates matters considerably. Mature themes, scenes of marital sensuality, a few profane oaths. Spanish language and titles options. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (Touchstone Home Entertainment; also available on Blu-ray)
 
"The Rugrats Movie" (1998)
 
Animated tale based on the children’s TV series in which five frisky toddlers get lost in a scary forest while trying to return the crybaby infant brother of one of them to the baby hospital. Directors Norton Virgien and Igor Kovalyov have the tykes survive assorted dangers and misadventures as they discover the meaning of friendship and helping the helpless. The Catholic News Service classification is A-I — general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G — general audiences. All ages admitted. (Paramount Home Entertainment)
 
"Sabrina" (1954)
 
Flat-footed romantic comedy in which a chauffeur’s daughter (Audrey Hepburn) is wooed by his employer’s playboy son (William Holden) but his staid older brother (miscast Humphrey Bogart) intervenes to save a business deal from souring if they wed by pretending to woo her himself. Directed by Billy Wilder, the situation provides some droll moments but the slow-paced plot is more cynical than amusing and the motivations of the central character are less than credible. Light treatment of marriage and failed suicide attempt. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. (Paramount Home Entertainment)
 
"The Ten Commandments" (1956)
 
Less an inspirational story based on biblical sources than a dramatic vehicle with a sense of history, director Cecil B. DeMille’s epic production offers some spectacular re-creations, excellent technical effects and good acting from a fine cast, including Charlton Heston as Moses, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson and many other stars of the era. The Catholic News Service classification is A-I — general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G — general audiences. (Paramount Home Entertainment)
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Mulderig is on the staff of Catholic News Service.

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