DVD: “Premium Rush,” “Killer Joe,” Yet Another “Resident Evil,” And More!

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Christmas week is slim pickings for home entertainment, but there are some pretty fine and fun titles regardless. Matthew McCaunaghey plays a cop who freelances as hitman in the noir-ish Killer Joe (above), while Joseph Gordon-Levitt rides his way into big trouble as a bike messenger in Premium Rush, andRichard Gere plays a corrupt Bernie Maddof style villain in the tense Arbitrage.

And Milla Jovovich faces zombies—yet again—in the latest installment of the horror franchise they couldn’t kill, Resident Evil: Retribution.

FIRST: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s in a Premium Rush



Premium Rush
($35.99 Blu-ray, $30.99 DVD; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a daredevil bike messenger whose latest delivery is pursued by a mentally unstable Michael Shannon. Lots of nerve-wracking bike chases through Manhattan make this thriller lot more fun than you’d expect—and, hey, Levitt even shaved his legs for the production. Extras include a quartet of featurettes.

NEXT: Matthew McConaughey flashes his Killer smile


Killer Joe
($24.99 Blu-ray, $19.98 DVD; Lionsgate)

William Friedkin (The Exorcist, Cruising) directs this adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play about a young bumpkin that employs a sleazy cop (Matthew McConaughey) to kill his mother. Of course, that plan doesn’t go so well. McConaughey has delivered some truly out-there performances this year, and this is one of the best. Extras include a commentary by Gina Gershon, a stage-to-screen featurette, and a cast Q&A conducted at SXSW, and more.

NEXT: Richard Gere goes Bernie Madoff in Arbitrage



($24.99 Blu-ray; $19.99 DVD)

Richard Gere is amazing as a Bernie Maddof type whose web lies threaten his and his investors’ world. The less you know the better, but this is good stuff with amazing performances from Gere and Susan Sarandon as his smarter-than-he-thinks-she-is wife. Extras include deleted scenes and a commentary track with writer/director Nicholas Jarecki.

NEXT: It’s Alice in zombie wonderland in the latest Resident Evil

Resident Evil: Retribution 3D
($45.99 3D Blu-ray, $35.99 Blu-ray, $30.99 DVD; Sony)

In the fifth Resident Evil film, zombie-slaying protagonist Alice (Milla Jovovich) revisits her past while attempting to escape from the evil Umbrella company and an endless array of special effects. Blu-ray extras include commentaries, deleted scenes and outtakes.


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