A strong week for new DVDs on the shelves, with every single one on our list coming in at better than average. The most popular, Captain America, barely squeaks into that category, but the rest can truly be recommended. Criticker users particularly liked the Pearl Jam documentary, celebrating their twenty years of existence, and the Finnish holiday horror romp, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, in which Santa Claus isn’t as warm and cuddly as usual.
Captain America: The First Avenger – Average Tier 5.03
Marvel launches another super franchise with this action-packed origin story, which follows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as he volunteers for a secret experiment during World War II. Transformed into a superhero named Captain America, Steve goes after the Axis. With his perfect physique and heightened reflexes — and his sidekick, Bucky (Sebastian Stan) — Steve battles the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), a super soldier created by Italian fascists. Captain America: The First Avenger @ Amazon
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale – Average Tier 6.45
Director Jalmari Helander expands his award-winning shorts for this unusual Christmas story set in the frozen beauty of Finland, where local reindeer herders race against the clock to capture an ancient evil: Santa Claus. Single father Rauno (Jorma Tommila) and his young son, Pietari (Onni Tommila), are caught up in the chaos as international scientists dig for artifacts. What they find endangers the entire village. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale @ Amazon
Winnie the Pooh – Average Tier 6.35
A day in the lives of Owl, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Pooh, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore as they set up a trap to capture the evil ‘Backson’, who supossedly kidnapped Christopher Robin. Winnie the Pooh @ Amazon