‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘John Carter,’ And More: This Week On Video

This week on The Video Score, the best show currently on television releases some of that irresistible “blu” stuff. Plus, the flawed, but under-appreciated “John Carter” sees the light of day.

Check out all of this week’s new releases below!

Pick of the Week


“Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season” (2011)
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

Story:
As Walter White’s conflict with the maniacal drug lord Gustavo Fring grows deadlier and deadlier, he must decide how far he is willing to go to save his own life and what that will ultimately cost him. The fourth season of AMC’s hit show played out in an incredible slow burn that made for the series’ best season yet.

On the Disc:
The season four collection features uncensored episodes, deleted and extended scenes, and commentaries on all 13 episodes. If the season wasn’t a big enough yuck fest, the Blu-ray comes with a gag reel, “Better Call Saul” commerical and Gale Boetticher’s karaoke video.

Reviews:
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Metacritic: 74

Where to get it
Amazon: Blu-ray – $24.99, DVD – $19.99
Apple: Digital Download – $21.00 (HD: $33.00)
Netflix Instant: Season 1-3 Available


“Act of Valor” (2012)
Cast: Roselyn Sanchez, Ray, Van O

Story:
An elite team of US Navy SEALs race against the clock to stop a planned terrorist attack on U.S. soil in this film inspired by actual events, which also features a cast of active-duty soldiers.

On the Disc:
The “Act of Valor” disc contains interviews with actual military personnel, behind-the-scenes featurettes and a director’s commentary.

Reviews:
Rotten Tomatoes: 25%
Metacritic: 40

Where to get it
Amazon: Blu-ray – $19.99, DVD – $16.99, Digital Download – $14.99, Digital Rental – $3.99
Apple: Digital Download – $14.99 (HD: $19.99) Digital Rental – $3.99 (HD: $4.99)
Netflix Instant: Not available


“John Carter” (2012)
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton

Story:
Civil War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) was still haunted by the violence he witnessed on the battlefield when he inexplicably awoke on the distant planet of Barsoom (Mars). Upon learning that the inhabitants of Barsoom are bracing for a major conflict and that war appears inevitable, John finds out that love is a rare commodity on the Red Planet, and summons the courage to be the hero the Martians have been hoping for.

On the Disc:
“John Carter” offers an extensive look behind the scenes at the making of the film and also includes deleted scenes with optional director commentary and bloopers. One of the deleted scenes of note is an alternate opening.

Past Coverage:
-Taylor Kitsch Stands By ’John Carter’
Five Reasons To See ’John Carter’

Reviews:
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Metacritic: 51

Where to get it
Amazon: 4-Disc 3-D Blu-ray – $24.99, 2-Disc Blu-ray – $19.99, DVD – $16.99, Digital Download – $14.99
Apple: Digital Download – $14.99 (HD: $19.99) Digital Rental – $3.99 (HD: $4.99)
Netflix Instant: Not available


“Safe House” (2012)
Director: Daniel Epinosa
Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

Story:
A rookie CIA operative goes on the run with a rogue former intelligence officer after a South African safe house comes under attack by heavily armed mercenaries.

On the Disc:
The Blu-ray for “Safe House” comes with extensive looks at the making of the film.

Past Coverage:
Exclusive ’Safe House’ Featurette: Ryan Reynolds, World’s Nicest Action Star
’Safe House’ Trailer: Denzel Washington & Ryan Reynolds Break Out

Reviews:
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Metacritic: 52

Where to get it
Amazon: Blu-ray – $19.99, DVD – $16.99, Digital Download – $14.99, Digital Rental – $3.99
Apple: Digital Download – $14.99 (HD: $19.99) Digital Rental – $3.99 (HD: $4.99)
Netflix Instant: Not available


“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012)
Director: Brad Peyton
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson

Story:
Intrepid young explorer Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) traces a mysterious distress signal to a remote island that isn’t on any map, and he embarks on a daring rescue mission while encountering a vast array of mythological creatures in this follow-up to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth.

On the Disc:
The disc for “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” comes with deleted scenes and a gag reel, as well as, a featurette called “Are You Strong Enough To Survive Mysterious Island.”

Past Coverage:
Five Franchises Dwayne Johnson Could Rock
’Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ Trailer Rocks

Reviews:
Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
Metacritic: 41

Where to get it
Amazon: Blu-ray – $27.99, DVD – $14.96
Apple: Digital Download – $14.99 (HD: $19.99) Digital Rental – $3.99 (HD: $4.99)
Netflix Instant: Not available

The Video Score is your guide to everything you need to know about what’s out this week, all in one place. What’s available? Which formats? Is it streaming? How much will it set you back? We’ll break down the week’s biggest new releases and some smaller ones that deserve your attention. Check back each Tuesday to find out what’s hot that week and where you can catch it all!

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