The world of video games has inspired quite a few movies, but it's hard to think of one as clever as Wreck-It Ralph.
The tale of a video-game villain who wants to be seen as good received overwhelmingly positive reviews, did relatively well at the box office and was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature. (Brave won the Oscar.) The more-than-able voice cast includes John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman and Ed O'Neill. The pace is good, and the visuals (especially in Blu-ray) work nicely, particularly when they are used to contrast the styles of different video games.
Extras include deleted and alternate scenes, commercials for video games featured in the movie, and Paperman, which won the animated short-film Oscar.
Wreck-It Ralph retails for $29.99 on DVD, $39.99 for a Blu-ray/ DVD combo and $49.99 for a combo adding the 3-D version of Ralph and Paperman, and a digital copy.
Also this week is the release of Steven Spielberg's classic Schindler's List in a restored, 20th-anniversary set. One of Spielberg's greatest films, it is also a thematic companion to his Saving Private Ryan, particularly on the question of sacrifice for others. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson, in his best performance) is confronted not only by what he has done, but whether he could have done more to save Jews from the nightmares of the Holocaust; Private Ryan ends on the question of how people must live to justify others' sacrifice on their behalf.
The restoration, at least on Blu-ray, is excellent. The extras are from previous releases.
Schindler's List retails for $34.98 for a combo with Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy and $22.98 for a DVD/ digital combo.
These DVDs were also released this week:
Movies: Red Dawn (2012); The Intouchables; Playing for Keeps; Lay the Favorite; The Bay; Garbage; California Solo; A Dark Truth; Interview With a Hitman; Midnight Stallion; Scavenger Hunt; The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond; Muay Thai Warrior (2010); Collaborator; The Marine 3: Homefront; Tyler Perry's House of Payne: Volume 10; Eaters.
TV: Duck Dynasty Season 2: Volume 1; Abducted: The Carlina White Story; Thorne; LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Season 2; Murdoch Mysteries Collection: Seasons 1-4 and Season 5; H20: Just Add Water: The Complete Seasons 1, 2 and 3; Regular Show: Party Pack; The Seven Year Hitch.
For kids: Tom and Jerry: Pint-Sized Pals; Tom and Jerry: Musical Mayhem; Care Bears: Totally Sweet Adventures; Power Rangers: Clash of the Red Rangers — The Movie; Sophia the First: Once Upon a Princess; Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever.