DVD: “Bad Grandpa,” “The Fifth Estate,” “I Used To Be Darker,” & More!


It ain’t a very gay week in home entertainment, but we still have some DVD/Blu-ray/VOD awesomeness… and a little boy in drag hijacking a children’s beauty pageant!

Johnny Knoxville’s trouble-stirring alter ego gets a feature-length outing with Bad Grandpa (above), while international rabble-rouser Julian Assange gets the biopic treatment in The Fifth Estate.

Realism dominates indie drama I Used To Be Darker, while fantastical 3D cartoon fun rules Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2.


Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

($39.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 DVD; Paramount)


Under convincing old-age makeup, Johnny Knoxville again hits the streets as his 80-something Jackass alter-ego Irving Zisman. A la Borat, while following a storyline – Zisman and cherubic eight-year-old grandson, Billy, road trip to meet the boy’s neglectful father — the film is mainly composed of real, unsuspecting people’s reactions to his antics, which range from launching through a store window to causing havoc at a wedding and children’s beauty pageant (Billy performs a lurid stripper routine in drag at the latter). Additional reactions and the extensive techniques involved in these scenarios are chronicled in the extras, while both theatrical and an unrated, lengthier cut are included with the Blu-ray.



The Fifth Estate

($36.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 DVD; Walt Disney Studios)


Benedict Cumberbach plays snow-haired WikiLeaks founder Julian Asange in this Bill Condon-directed biopic. Extras entail a trio of brief making-of featurettes.



I Used to Be Darker

($27.99 DVD; Strand Releasing)


A selection at 2013’s Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, this Baltimore-set indie sees an Irish teenager run away to shack up with her aunt and uncle — played by real life musicians Kim Taylor and Ned Oldham — just as they’ve decided to separate. Extras include deleted scenes, music videos, and an interview with the director.


Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

($45.99 3D Blu-ray, $40.99 Blu-ray, $30.99 DVD; Sony Pictures)


In this sequel to the hit animated film, Bill Hader returns to voice inventor Flint Lockwood, who confronts all sorts of zany fruit-animal critters like shrimpanzees and tacodiles in eye-popping 3D. Fun! Extras include four short films featuring Cloudy characters, a commentary track, behind the scenes featurettes, a Cody Simpson music video, and more.






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