New on DVD: ‘Hall Pass,’ ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ and more

Hall Pass

Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98/$35.99

The Farrelly brothers return with the lightweight buddy comedy “Hall Pass,” which takes a promising premise and defangs it in disappointing ways, given this is coming from the men behind “There’s Something About Mary” and “Kingpin.” Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play sexually frustrated middle-agers whose wives give them a week off from marriage, which they proceed to squander through their own timidity and ineptitude. There was potential here for edgy humor about stale relationships and how people’s feelings about sex change as they age, but the Farrellys mostly fall back on pointless gross-out gags and juvenile “girls are icky” routines. The DVD and Blu-ray contain a longer cut of the film, plus deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Battle: Los Angeles


Sony, $28.95; Blu-ray, $34.95/$38.96

“Battle: Los Angeles” has been designed to satisfy anyone looking for two solid hours of jittery footage of gung-ho Marines barking at each other while firing automatic weapons at spaceships. Those who want story or character development richer than the average “G.I. Joe” cartoon should look elsewhere. (And honestly, people who want cool battle sequences might be better served by playing a video game.) The “Battle: Los Angeles” DVD and Blu-ray add elaborate featurettes that cover the movie’s technical aspects, which seems to be where most of this production’s creative attention went.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

20th Century Fox, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

Martin Lawrence reprises his role as undercover FBI agent Malcolm Turner, who keeps having to disguise himself as a fat old woman for increasingly unlikely reasons in “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” the third film in the series. This time Turner’s son Trent (played by Brandon T. Jackson) is forced into the family business when he witnesses a murder. Lawrence and Jackson have good chemistry, but that’s not enough to redeem yet another rote retread of a movie that wasn’t that funny in the first place. The DVD and Blu-ray add deleted scenes and a commentary track.

Red Riding Hood

Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98/$35.99

For the movie adaptation of the ancient folk tale “Red Riding Hood,” director Catherine Hardwicke and screenwriter David Johnson play up themes of adult sexuality and paranoia, casting Amanda Seyfried as a ripe young woman living in a creepy European village plagued by wolf attacks. Hardwicke and Johnson’s intentions are honorable, but this “Red Riding Hood” is a bloody mess, throwing in so much back story and so many plot twists that the simple, primal power of the original tale gets lost. This is more a hodgepodge of fantasy/horror/romance clichés than a true reinvention. The DVD and Blu-ray are fairly impressive though, packing in an alternate cut, a picture-in-picture commentary track and hours of featurettes.



“Adrift” (Universal/Focus, $29.98); “The Glades: The Complete First Season” (20th Century Fox, $39.98); “Gordon’s War/Off Limits” (Shout! Factory, $14.97); “Haven: The Complete First Season” (E1, $44.98; Blu-ray, $49.98); “How to Fold a Flag” (Virgil, $19.99); “Insignificance” (Criterion, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95); “Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie” (Paramount, $22.99)