An intriguing box-office battle was set up in June when two buddy movies premiered opposite each other. It was especially interesting because one was a tried-and-true male-action movie — White House Down, with Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum — while the other was a much rarer women-in-action pairing — The Heat, with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
And the women won.
The Heat not only bested White House Down at the box office, it currently is the 10th most-popular movie in America in 2013, according to Box Office Mojo. It outdrew such grandiose films as Pacific Rim (which, like The Heat, comes to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday), The Hangover Part III, The Wolverine and Elysium. It underscored not only the box-office appeal of Bullock, currently floating in movie space in Gravity, but that of McCarthy, who has co-starred in two hits this year, The Heat and Identity Thief. (And her TV series, Mike and Molly, begins a new season on CBS on Nov. 4.)
The Heat ($29.98 DVD, $39.99 in a Blu-ray-DVD/digital combo) was amusing escapism in which a tightly wound FBI agent (Bullock) and an abrasive Boston police detective (McCarthy) are forced to work together. Bullock's character carried echoes of earlier films like The Proposal, and McCarthy undoubtedly reminded people of her breakthrough work in Bridesmaids.
There wasn't much of a plot, but there was enough to pin on scenes of the two characters bickering and bonding. Though reviews were not all glowing — Rotten Tomatoes calculated only 65 percent were positive — it was enough to get people into theaters. And it might even be enough to get women more chances to be as tough and outspoken as other buddy movies have let men be.
Extras on the DVD include audio commentary and several featurettes. The Blu-ray combo adds more commentaries; deleted, extended and alternate versions of scenes; and a second, unrated cut of the film.
These DVDs were released this week:
Films: Pacific Rim; The March; Ingenious; The Colony; A Hijacking; Notting Hill (1999); Dracula: The Dark Prince; Come Dance With Me; Drug War; Lost and Found (2008, animated); Hitched for the Holidays; Last Will and Testament; Maniac; Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle; Wild Style: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (1983); Merry In-Laws; The Eagle Has Landed Collector's Edition (1976); TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends — Barbara Stanwyck (also Legends box-sets for Gary Cooper, Ronald Reagan and Val Lewton); Home for Christmas: A Golden Christmas 3; David Starkey's Music and Monarchy; Shrek the Musical (Broadway production); It's a SpongeBob Christmas!; The Halloween Stories Collection, Volume 2.
TV series: Defiance: Season One; Anger Management: Volume Two; Bewitched: The Complete Series (33-disc set); I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series (20-disc set); Hart of Dixie: Second Season; Gentle Ben: Season One (1967-68); Counting Cars: Season 2, Volume 1; The Untold History of the United States; The Partridge Family: The Complete Series (12-disc set); Vikings Season 1; The Fall: Series 1; The Pallisers: 40th Anniversary Edition (eight-disc set); The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (four-part BBC documentary); Monsters vs. Aliens: Cloning Around; Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness — The Scorpion Sting (2011); Bubble Guppies and Team Umizoomi: Into the Snow We Go!
THE WASHINGTON POST