Bad bad guy and good bad guy
Red 2, Grade C-plus: There was a playfulness to the 2010 action film Red, directed by Robert Schwentke, that elevated it above the standard action-film offering.
Director Dean Parisot fails to find that level with this sequel. It's still a fun action movie, but all the aging-buddy elements that made the original film such a surprise hit have been replaced with standard fight-and-flight sequences. Plus, the first one's camaraderie has given way to a disjointed mix of characters.
If there had been no Red, the sequel wouldn't be so disappointing - it hits all the right action-genre buttons. It just doesn't live up to the first.
The good news for those who have not watched the series is that every episode is being released in a DVD set in a replica black barrel. Devotees will know that black barrels are the choice when it comes to hiding money.
As if you need any other reason to buy the set, there are more than two hours of unseen footage and a new documentary that chronicles the making of the final season.
Also new on DVD this week:
Mystery Science Theater 3000, 25th Anniversary Edition: Includes "Moon Zero Two," "The Day the Earth Froze," "Gorgo."
Jobs: Ashton Kutcher in the story of the man behind Apple computers.
Photo, A History From Behind the Lens: Examines the past, present, and future of photography.
Bill Cosby, Far From Finished: Cosby partners up with Comedy Central for his first special in more than two decades.
Getaway: Former race car driver is pitted against the clock in an attempt to save his kidnapped wife.
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 6: Series based on the characters from Maureen Jennings' "Detective Murdoch" novels.
Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 10: David Suchet stars as Christie's mustachioed mystery-solver.
Big Star, Nothing Can Hurt Me: A look at the formation of Big Star, a Memphis rock band that garnered great critical acclaim during its brief career in the 1970s.
JFK Assassination, The Definitive Guide: Complexities of one of America's most infamous tragedies are broken down.
Old Dogs & New Tricks, Complete Seasons 1 & 2: Series follows the friendship and tribulations of four diverse, successful West Hollywood men.
Battle Ground: British soldiers find themselves stranded in France after a failed charge on the German trenches.
Knightriders: George Romero's film about modern-day knights who ride motorcycles instead of horses.