Short circuits 3/6: Time to cut loose with 'Footloose' remake

  • Updated: March 5, 2012 - 2:07 PM

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Julianne Hough, center, and Kenny Wormald in "Footloose."

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VIDEO: Time to cut loose with new remake

In "Footloose," director Craig Brewer has delivered a largely unobjectionable note-for-note facsimile of Herbert Ross' ode to teenage rebellion, young love and the unfettered joy of movement. The Southern town of Bomont has instituted a curfew and banned public dancing and loud music, urged by the Rev. Shaw Moore. When the streetwise Ren McCormack blows into town, he bristles at the strictures. He's also drawn to Moore's daughter Ariel. Brewer's reverence for his source material is equalled by a respect for his characters, who are always given understandable motives. The DVD (Paramount, $30) includes commentary and deleted scenes, while the Blu-ray ($45) adds featurettes and music videos. -WASHINGTON POST

Also out on DVD Tuesday

Movies:

  • Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2"
  • "Immortals"
  • "Jack and Jill"
  • "Like Crazy"
  • "Senna"
  • "The Skin I Live In"
  • "Tooth Fairy 2"

TV

  • "Game of Thrones" (Season 1)
  • "Happily Divorced" (Season 1)
  • "MI-5" (Vol. 10)
  • "Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales" (full series)
  • "Transformers Prime" (Season 1)

Blu-ray debuts

  • "Blues Brothers"
  • "Charade"
  • "The Deer Hunter"
  • "Lion King 1 1/2"
  • "Lion King 2"
  • "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
  • "9 1/2 Weeks"
  • "Parenthood"
  • "Plan 9 From Outer Space"
  • "Reindeer Games"
  • "To Catch a Thief"

 

GAMES: Pedal to the 'Metal'

With the relaunch of "Twisted Metal" ($60 for PS3; rated Mature), Sony decided to stick with what works for the combat driving game -- primarily, tons of road rage and carnage. The game's biggest detriment is something only hard-core fans will notice. In previous games, all the characters had their own stories and resolutions when facing off in Calypso's famous tournament. Sadly, only three characters get the full story treatment this time. Also, drivers are tied to their particular cars, which is a weird sensation for fans watching Sweet Tooth drive in anything but his classic ice-cream truck. Nitpicks aside, the action is manic and impressive. Wide-open maps mean plenty of weapons are available, and the playing field is leveled. All of this sets the stage for the distorted glee that happens online with other players. The online experience is littered with glitches, but as those get fixed the asphalt slaughterhouse that is "Twisted Metal" will continue to entertain long after you're through picking shards of concrete from your teeth. -SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

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