Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens
Format: BD, DVD
The movie: Emily Browning plays a 20-year-old nicknamed 'Babydoll' in this action-fantasy movie, who has been institutionalised by her abusive stepfather. Trapped in an asylum, Babydoll retreats to various fantasy worlds with four other young women (Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung). One moment, they're fighting German zombies, the next they're battling robots. Sucker Punch certainly won't be enjoyed by everyone - emotional moments fall flat, for instance - but those who don't tend to demand much from action flicks may find something here, especially with a decent performance from Cornish.
Bonus features: A number of animated shorts including 'Feudal Warriors', 'The Trenches', 'Dragon' and 'Distant Planet'; soundtrack featurette.
Watch the first five minutes of Sucker Punch below:
Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel
Format: BD, DVD
The movie: A strong cast headlines this medieval stoner comedy, which includes James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. Leading the film is Danny McBride as Thadeous, a lazy warrior tasked with helping his brother Fabious (Franco) rescue his girlfriend Belladonna (Deschanel) from the clutches of malevolent sorcerer Leezar (Justin Theroux). Your Highness doesn't quite live up to its potential, but there are a few laughs to be had here and there. McBride is particularly great, outshining the largely forgettable Franco, so if you want to get your McBride fix, this is worth a look.
Bonus features: Alternate scenes; deleted scenes; extended scenes; gag reel; 'making of' featurette; 'Line-o-Rama', 'Perverted Visions' and 'A Vision of Leezar' featurettes; audio commentary.
Watch a trailer for Your Highness below:
Starring: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple, Roxane Mesquida
The movie: Directed by Mysterious Skin's Gregg Araki, Kaboom stars Thomas Dekker as bisexual Smith, who starts college with his best friend Stella (Haley Bennett). It's quite a chaotic film as it tries to juggle being both a raunchy comedy and a dark thriller. There's sex galore, while Smith also has strange and cryptic dreams about a red-haired girl and being pursued by men in animal masks. An unsatisfying ending shouldn't detract from what is otherwise an entertaining and boldly scattershot indie film, with an especially impressive turn from Juno Temple as the sexually-casual London. Temple has since signed up for a role in The Dark Knight Rises.
Watch a trailer for Kaboom below:
Stand by Me
Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell
The movie: The classic film based on Stephen King's short story The Body makes its way onto Blu-ray. Originally a cinema release in 1986, Stand by Me is a coming-of-age drama that follows a quartet of young lads (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell) who head off to search for a boy's dead body. Child actors often get a bad rap for being annoying, but these four are pretty phenomenal and naturally fit into their roles. Their performances and a strong screenplay are the main reasons why Stand by Me still holds up to this day, as well as a reminder of what a talented actor Phoenix was before he unfortunately passed away.
Bonus features: Picture-in-picture commentary with director Rob Reiner and stars Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman; audio commentary with Reiner; music video with Wheaton and River Phoenix; 'Walking the Tracks' featurette.
Watch a trailer for Stand by Me below: