Short Circuits: 'Transcendence' on video; top 10 PC games

  • Updated: July 21, 2014 - 2:51 PM

Johnny Depp stars in “Transcendence.”

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This one’s not too smart

The dystopian future envisioned by last year’s critical darling “Her” reappears in “Transcendence,” albeit with a lot more testosterone. You could even call this new thriller — in which a godlike artificial intelligence, played by Johnny Depp, starts building an army of cyborg zombies — “Him.”

Unlike that earlier film about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, which was a poetic, melancholic meditation on the failure to connect, “Transcendence” is a kind of high-tech horror story.

The DVD includes the featurettes “What Is Transcendence?” and “A Singular Vision” (on director Wally Pfister). The Blu-ray adds “Guarding the Threat,” “The Promise of A.I.,” “It’s Me,” “Singularity” and “R.I.F.T.” featurettes.

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Colin Covert says: In his first, and likely last, outing as a director, cinematographer Pfister delivers a garbled, dispiriting, pseudo-cerebral non-thriller.


Also out Tuesday: “An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight,” “Blue Ruin,” “Dom Hemingway,” “Heaven Is for Real,” “Make Your Move,” “Sabotage.”


Top 10 PC games

1. “WildStar”

2. “Dark Souls II”

3. “Transistor”

4. “Wolfenstein: The New Order”

5. “Tropico 5”

6. “Watch Dogs”

7. “BattleBlock Theater”

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