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This week's DVD, Blu-ray releases: 'Green Lantern', 'Rio'

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A big-budget superhero movie, a kid-friendly animated feature, a John Carpenter horror and a trio of highly-regarded Quentin Tarantino flicks - there's something for everyone in this week's batch of home releases.

Below, we list the biggest Blu-ray and DVD films out today.

Green Lantern
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong
Format: BD 3D, DVD
The movie: "In brightest day, in blackest night..." Ryan Reynolds takes on the Green Lantern mantle as the superhero hits the big screen, playing Hal Jordan - a confident yet reckless test pilot bestowed the power of the Lanterns. Hal has to contend with the insidious threat of Parallax, a gigantic entity of fear looking to consume Earth, while also trying to win over love interest Carol Ferris (a brunette Blake Lively). Hal's power of being able to manifest anything in front of him with his mind lends for some cool CGI effects and it's a fairly entertaining movie, even if it doesn't quite fulfil its potential.
Bonus features: Deleted scenes; Justice League #1 digital comic; preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series; various featurettes including 'The Universe According to Green Lantern', 'Ryan Reynolds Becomes the Green Lantern', 'When Parallax Attacks' and 'We Are the Corps'.

Watch the first five minutes of Green Lantern below:



Rio
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Jemaine Clement
Format: BD 3D, DVD
The movie: In this animated film from the makers of Ice Age, Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway voice Blu and Jewel, two rare blue macaws who are captured and soon on the run from evil cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement). But the biggest draw is the wonderful setting of the Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro. Vibrant and colourful, it's a massive treat for the eyes. Rio is not as deep as many of the Pixar features nor is it as emotionally resonant, but it's a film that kids will lap up and adults won't mind sitting through.
Bonus features: Deleted scene; Taio Cruz 'Telling the World' music video; 'Welcome to Rio' music video; exclusive 15 levels of Angry Birds: Rio; featurettes including 'Blu Shows the Way', 'Saving the Species One Voice at a Time', 'The Sounds of Rio', 'Explore the World of Rio' and 'Carnival Dance-o-Rama'.

Watch the first two minutes of Rio below:



The Ward
Starring: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Lyndsy Fonseca
Format: BD, DVD
The movie: John Carpenter, responsible for plenty of horror classics including 1982's The Thing and Halloween, returns to helm The Ward starring Amber Heard as an institutionalised woman haunted by a ghost. She and a number of other girls (including Danielle Panabaker and Nikita's Lyndsy Fonseca) start fearing for their lives and the claustrophobic environment produces some suitably tense moments, accompanied by a creepy score. On the flip side, despite Carpenter's influence behind the camera, the script is rather weak resulting in a movie that doesn't quite live up to the director's lofty standards.
Bonus features: Interviews with the cast, producers, production designers and John Carpenter.

Watch a trailer for The Ward below:



Pulp Fiction
Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis
Format: BD
The movie: An all-time classic, crime drama Pulp Fiction finally comes to Blu-ray. Quentin Tarantino directs as he employs a non-linear narrative to tell a variety of stories that tie into each other in inventive ways. John Travolta is Vincent Vega, a man who carries out jobs for his mobster boss Marsellus (Ving Rhames). In another story thread, Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) wins a prizefighting match he was paid to throw by Marsellus and ends up on the run, while elsewhere, two people known as 'Pumpkin' (Tim Roth) and 'Honey Bunny' (Amanda Plummer) plan to rob a diner. Pulp Fiction really is an exceptional must-see film. It's become such a big part of pop culture now that you're missing out if you've not experienced it at least once. Other Tarantino movies out on Blu-ray today are Jackie Brown and the George Clooney-starring (and absolutely terrific) From Dusk Till Dawn.
Bonus features: Retrospective cast interviews with Travolta, Jackson, Rosanna Arquette, Eric Stoltz, Tim Roth and more; critics' retrospective; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes footage; production design featurette; 'Pulp Fiction: The Facts' featurette; trivia track; stills gallery; and more.

Watch Eric Stoltz talking about Pulp Fiction below:



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