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BluTuesday – August 13, 2013

Howdy! Joseph here, and I’ve got the newest releases on Bluray for August 13, 2013. This week’s episode features people blowing up the White House, fairy tales come to life, police officers on the beat, and the struggles of girls in the Big City. Sound good? Come on, then!

Olympus Has Fallen (R)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 48%

When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs an all-star cast featuring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune. This movie comes in both a two disc Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD version. In the year of the White House destruction movies, this was the best of the two. Go check it out; you won’t be disappointed.

Olympus Has Fallen


Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season

The curse is broken, magic has arrived, and there’s no telling what, or who, will be unleashed. Now the exiled fairytale characters of Once Upon a Time must grapple with a flood of awakened memories as they come to grips with their new “reality.” Old loyalties will be tested, new heroes will emerge and vengeful villains will wreak havoc, including ruthless pirate Captain Hook and the relentlessly wicked Queen of Hearts (Barbara Hershey). This series comes in two separate five disc versions: one in Bluray, the other in DVD. This show is wicked fun, and it’s worth checking out to continue the adventure.

Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season

Southland: The Complete Fifth & Final Season

A tourist flattened by a Hollywood tour bus. Rival gangs at a drug dealer’s funeral. Victims cooked by their killer. Welcome to sunny Los Angeles, where LAPD beat cops and detectives work 24/7 doing jobs that require an arsenal of razor-sharp instincts and quicksilver reflexes. The fallout seeps into the personal lives of the flawed but dedicated officers, who must also cope with new motherhood, a penchant for painkillers, domestic drama and corruption’s temptation. But even heroes need heroes, and when two cops are kidnapped, the entire department scrambles to save their own in an explosive series finale. This season is only available in a two disc DVD version, but it is my pick of the week; it’s tenacious and you can’t help but get sucked in.

Southland: The Fifth & Final SeasonGirls: The Complete Second Season

Following the urban adventures of a group of 20-something women, the series focuses on Hannah Horvath (Dunham) and her complicated web of NYC friends, ex-friends, boyfriends, and ex-boyfriends. This season, Hannah forges ahead with her dream of being a bestselling author and begins seeing someone new, but her enthusiasm is tempered by the responsibility she feels for her now-ex Adam (Adam Driver), convalescing after his S1-finale accident. Let down by work and still lonely after calling things off with Charlie, Marnie (Allison Williams) needs her best friend and former roommate more than ever, but lingering awkwardness – and some surprising turns – only drive a wedge further between them. Meanwhile, still-married Jessa (Jemima Kirke) returns from her honeymoon, supplying Hannah with surprising new ideas. Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) takes charge of her new identity as a sexually active woman – and copes with the emotions that come along with it – as Ray (Alex Karpovsky) has an out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude toward their relationship. The girls may have their ups and downs, but the show’s raw poignancy and fresh humor remain constant. And Season 2 of Girls is as addictive as ever. This season is available in both a three disc Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a two disc DVD version. I’m sure it’s a brilliant show, but I’ve never seen a nanosecond of it. I’m not saying avoid it, mind you; I’m just saying it’s not for me. But, if you like it, I love it.

Girls: The Complete Second Season

Well, that’s the end of that for this week. Got any questions or comments? Did I miss anything you wanted to talk about? Hit me up in the comments below.

Until next time…

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Joseph K. Seltzer is a movie reviewer for When not writing or talking obsessively about the art of movies and TV to anyone who will pretend to listen – especially when it comes to his love for the musical score – he works as a Help Desk technician for a local school board. Generally, you can find him either burrowed in front of the TV watching movies or playing video games, or spending time with his precocious daughter.
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