New on DVD & Blu-ray, Week of October 11: 'Green Lantern,' 'The Tree of Life' and 'Horrible Bosses'
What It's About: Director Martin Campbell -- best known for hotshot work on 'GoldenEye' and 'Casino Royale' -- tackles the origins of the Green Lantern with mixed results. The Green Lanterns -- some 3,000 of them, each with a ring that grants him the ability to create anything his mind can imagine -- have been the galactic keepers of the peace for eons. That peace is threatened when the worst evil force in the universe -- Parallax, whose strength is based on fear -- escapes its confinement and heads for Earth on its first stop to galactic destruction. Only newly minted Green Lantern Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a cocky test pilot with fear issues of his own stands in the way of total apocalypse. Will he save the world and win the girl? You betcha.
'The Tree of Life'
What It's About: This ambitious story of love, loss and family ties from Terrence Malick, one of America's most highly-regarded filmmakers, tells the story of a small town Texas family in the 1950s that experiences the loss of one of its sons, a tragedy that triggers each family member's deep questioning about their place in the scheme of things. The mother, father, and remaining brother grapple with the way they can absorb horrific change while still retaining their dignity and remaining thriving human beings. It's a tough journey that taxes each family member ... and audiences as well.
What It's About: Three working stiffs -- Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day -- have the worst bosses in the world, but their financial situations and weak job market prevent then from quitting. Tired of putting up with humiliation and (sexual) harassment by the likes of Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston, the three meet with a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx) to get some pointers on eliminating these ogres and come up with a plan to kill each other's boss. Naturally everything that can go wrong, does, and the trio soon find themselves way over their heads in deceit, misunderstandings, and mistaken identities.