New to Blu-Ray/DVD last week (April 12, 2011)

19 Apr

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (April 8, 2011)

Rated: PG

Starring: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley

Director: Michael Apted

Synopsis from IMDB: Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  I thoroughly enjoyed the first Chronicles of Narnia film, mostly because it was a book I was forced to read during childhood and was interested to see C.S. Lewis’s masterpiece on-screen.  However, my distaste for reading prevented me from completing the other two novels and therefore my interest in the films has deteriorated.  If you were a fan of the first two films you’ll probably want to complete the trilogy, though this film was less critically praised than the other two.  For those of you new to the franchise, check out the first two then make your decision from there.

On a related note, Liam Neeson is the most bad*ss man alive

Add Voyage of the Dawn Treader to your Netflix Queue.

Country Strong

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester

Director: Shana Feste

Synopsis from IMDB: A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester).

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  What a terrible segue from Liam Neeson and all his glory.  Despite there only being two major releases this week, Country Strong still manages to be the lesser of the two.  It is a wonder why Little Fockers didn’t get pushed back to compete with this instead of the laundry list of last week’s releases.  The novelty of Gwyneth Paltrow singing country has worn off since the film’s theatrical release and her appearance(s) on Glee.  Throw in Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and I’ll be skipping this one for sure.

Add Country Strong to your Netflix Queue (At your own risk).

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