Updated re-imaginings of fairy tales have been all the rage of late, with two of the year’s highest-profile features arriving this week on home video.
Up first is Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney, Blu-ray $39.99, 3D Blu-ray $44.99, Blu-ray/DVD combo pack $44.99, DVD $29.99). Directed by Sam Raimi of Evil Dead and Spider-Man fame, the CG-heavy film stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. The movie grossed more than $230 million at the domestic box office and favorable reviews, making it an obvious hit for the week.
Also out is Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack $49.99, Blu-ray/DVD combo pack $37.99, DVD $30.99), starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as a much more deadly duo than spoken of in the original tale. This time sees the duo all grown up and hunting witches, with a lot of CG effects for help. The film grossed about $56 million domestically in its January theatrical release.
Also out this week:
Lego Legends of Chima: The Power of the Chi (Warner Bros., $14.97)
Digimon Tamers (Cinedigm, $79.99)
The Berenstain Bears: Homerun Cubs (Phase 4 Films, $9.99)
Transformers Rescue Bots: Energize (Gaiam Vivendi, $14.93)
Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne, Set 1 (VIZ Media, Blu-ray $54.97, DVD $44.82)
Bleach: Uncut Set 17 (VIZ Media, $44.82)