An engaging movie
A running sight gag in "The Five-Year Engagement" has Jason Segel dressed in a pink bunny suit, which his character, Tom, wore to the New Year's Eve party where he met Violet (Emily Blunt). She's dressed as Princess Di, and it's no wonder the two hit it off.
One year later, Tom proposes to Violet in one of the cutest marry-me sequences staged in recent movie history. The film hits a speed bump after Tom and Violet move to Michigan for Violet's post-doctorate appointment. Tom can't find a job and winds up making sandwiches; Violet comes under the sway of a flashy psych professor, and the two begin to grow apart.
Because it's so willing to drill down into Tom's and Violet's misery, "The Five-Year Engagement" involves a higher grim-to-grin ratio than its fluffier brethren. There's an unmistakable ring of truth to the couple's conflicts and mixed feelings.
The DVD and Blu-ray (Universal, $30-$35) include commentary, deleted scenes and making-of featurettes.
Colin Covert's take: "The Five-Year Engagement" is like a delectable meal that goes on too long. It's a very good movie. If a tough editor trimmed it from 124 minutes to 90, it would be wonderful.
Also out Tuesday:
Movies: "Piranha 3DD," "Safe," "Woman Thou Art Loosed."
TV: "Criminal Minds" (Season 7), "Fringe" (Season 4), "Ghost Adventures" (Season 4), "The Good Wife" (Season 3), "Grey's Anatomy" (Season 8), "Haven" (Season 2), "Hung" (Season 3), "The Office" (Season 8), "Parks and Recreation" (Season 4), "Person of Interest" (Season 1), "2 Broke Girls" (Season 1).
Blu-ray debuts: "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," "Airport," "Arachnophobia," "Hocus Pocus," "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," "Mad Monster Party," "Re-Animator."
While watching the seemingly 500th cinematic scene in "Transformers: Fall of Cybertron" ($60 for Xbox 360, PS3, PC; rated Teen), it became clear that this should have been the movie Michael Bay made instead of the chaotic mess we were handed.
The game shifts perspective from iconic hero Optimus Prime to other Autobots, some famous and a few not. This gives players the opportunity to try on many game-play hats and see which ones fit best without committing to a particular style. When players arrive at the big final battle, this concept gets thrown into hyperdrive.
As a sequel to "War for Cybertron," "Fall" is a worthy and strong successor. But disjointed game play might lead players to marvel more at the cinematics than the actual game.
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Because you've been secretly doubling as Bond -- James Bond -- in your off-hours, you'll need a new bulletproof iPhone case, which costs more than the phone itself. Made by a Japanese company, the Marudai iPhone case ($650; www.startribune.com/a1673) supposedly turns your phone into a shield capable of stopping a .50-caliber bullet.
The housing is huge, so the case won't be winning any slimness awards, and the steel and aluminum case weighs in at a hefty 4.63 pounds. When you combine its price, size and purpose, the Marudai case takes home the unofficial award for Most Ridiculous and Totally Useless Yet Completely Badass Invention Ever.
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