New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Lorax' and More

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This week: "The Lorax," the latest Dr. Seuss animated adaptation, features the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito as the titular character whose crusty disposition masks a real love for the environment.

Also new this week is the documentary "Marley" about reggae legend Bob Marley, plus anniversary Blu-ray editions of "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow, Stanley Kubrick's harrowing war drama "Full Metal Jacket" and Mel Brooks' silly "Star Wars" spoof "Spaceballs."

'The Lorax'

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Box Office: $214 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 55% Rotten

Storyline: In this animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss' children's story, 12-year-old Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) tries to impress his next-door crush (voiced by Taylor Swift) by searching for a special tree, only to discover that the natural world is in need of some TLC as well. Danny DeVito voices the grumpy, orange-furred Lorax while Ed Helms and Betty White lend their voices to the characters of the Once-ler and Grammy Norma, respectively.

Extras! Available on DVD, Blu-ray and a Blu-ray 3D combo pack, the high-definition editions contain three new animated shorts that relate directly back to the movie's storyline.

We Say: Garishly colorful and featuring impromptu musical numbers, this animated feature aims squarely at the wee ones with an environmental message about the importance of conservation and respecting nature. Do let us know if your younger siblings or your own kids run out and plant a tree instead of texting after watching this psychedelic-colored Seuss blockbuster.


[caption id="attachment_141034" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Magnolia"]Marley on DVD[/caption]

Box Office: $1.4 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% Fresh

Storyline: Made with the support of Bob Marley's family, this definitive documentary about the reggae legend chronicles his early days to his rise to international fame. Directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Bob's son, Ziggy Marley, this Rastafarian love letter features rare footage, never-before-seen performances, unreleased music and interviews with people who knew Bob Marley best.

Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain an extended interview with Bunny Wailer and additional interviews with Marley's children: Ziggy, Stephen and Cedella.

We Say: Marley was as much a social and political prophet as one of the most influential musicians in history, and the emotionally charged "Marley" documents this important, near-mythical figure better than ever before.

'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion' 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

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Box Office: $29 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh

Storyline: Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) left Tucson, Arizona after high school to move to Los Angeles, where they design outrageous club clothes for themselves. As their ten-year high school reunion approaches, the dim-witted duo becomes afraid that their lives may not be as impressive as they once thought and hatch a plan to impress their oppressors by posing as successful business women … who design Post-Its.

Extras! Sadly, this Blu-ray debut only contains one very short production featurette with the cast.

We Say: Sorvino and Kudrow are hilarious as two clueless '90s women who watch "Pretty Woman" too much and bumble through one awkward situation after another, and Janeane Garofalo is unforgettable as their chain-smoking, sarcastic classmate with a secret for success.

'Full Metal Jacket' 25th Anniversary Blu-ray

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Box Office: $46 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% Fresh

Storyline: Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-nominated drama is set during the Vietnam War and follows a platoon of  U.S. Marines (including Matthew Modine, Arliss Howard and Vincent D'Onofrio) during their training and the experiences of two of them during the Tet Offensive. R. Lee Ermey famously stars as their hard-assed drill sergeant.

Extras! This anniversary edition comes encased in a 44-page digibook with a personal letter and intimate reflections from Modine. The BD itself also contains Kubrick's "Boxes" documentary.

We Say: Warner Bros. is a studio that always lovingly presents its classics on Blu-ray with the best picture and sound possible, and this must-own Kubrick favorite about the duality of man is no exception.

'Spaceballs' 25th Anniversary Blu-ray

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Box Office: $38 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 54% Rotten

Storyline: Mel Brooks' spoof of "Star Wars" follows a princess (Daphne Zuniga), a clueless rogue (Bill Pullman) and his half-man/ half-dog sidekick (John Candy) as they try to stop the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) from stealing all the air off the princess' planet. To do so, they'll need the riddling advice of the wise imp Yogurt (Brooks) and the mystical power of the Schwartz.

Extras! The only new special feature in this anniversary edition is "Farce Yourself! 'Spaceballs' and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi." All the other features are ported over from the 2009 edition, including the amusing "Watch the Movie in Ludicrous Speed" featurette.

We Say: There are plenty of fans of "Spaceball"'s cornball humor, but if you think it's worth buying on Blu-ray again just to get one more featurette, may the Schwartz be with you.

Also New This Week:

"Adventures in Babysitting" Blu-ray

"Bound" Blu-ray

"Blues Brothers 2000" Blu-ray

"Clue: The Movie" Blu-ray

"Johnny Guitar" Blu-ray

"The Preacher's Wife" Blu-ray

"Grosse Pointe Blank" Blu-ray

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