The latest adventures of James Bond tops Tuesday, Feb. 9’s new DVD arrivals.
“Spectre,” Grade ☆1/2: The latest in the long-running 007 series, proves that even James Bond can have a bad day. The film’s convoluted script, watered-down villain and forgettable Bond girl makes “Spectre” the worst of the Bond films featuring Daniel Craig as the charismatic spy. It has so many flaws that it falls into the bottom third of all Bond movies.
It’s not unusual for a Bond script to be so twisted and complicated that it is impossible to keep up with what is happening, even with long explanation speeches by both the good and bad guys. At least those films had a story line to twist and turn.
Daniel Craig seems bored and that’s passed on to the audience. Until this misstep, Craig had been one of the top actors to play the British spy. His lack of energy, coupled with the long list of other miscues, leaves “Spectre” bland, very bland.
“Crimson Peak,” Grade ☆1/2: Mia Wasikowska’s character (Edith Cushing) in “Crimson Peak” is a novice writer. The one thing everyone notices is that her latest work deals with ghosts. She’s quick to tell them that it’s not a ghost story but a story with a ghost.
The same can be said of “Crimson Peak.” The film is less about scares and more of a watered-down version of “Downton Abbey” meets “Game of Thrones.” The majority of the movie feels like the usual period piece about a pair of siblings who will go to any extreme to save their family home. Ghosts occasionally show up to point out clues.
More attention to the terror and less to the Victorian-style tale of love, betrayal and murder would have made the film far scarier.
Also new on DVD and through online streaming services Feb. 9
▪ “99 Homes”: A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by a greedy real estate broker It's an often nail-biting thriller.
▪ “Love the Coopers”: Four generations of Coopers come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration.
▪ “Touched By An Angel: The Complete Series”: Includes all 211 episodes of the series starring Roma Downey.
▪ “Freaks of Nature”: Trio of misfit high school students face an alien invasion.
▪ “Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series”: Contains the 40 episodes of the ninth season.
▪ “Convergence”: Detective on the trail of a terrorist finds himself in a supernaturally charged trap.
▪ “American Experience: Murder of a President”: Soon after taking office, James A. Garfield is shot and efforts to save him keep him alive for 79 days.
▪ “Grandma”: Lily Tomlin stars in this story of a grandmother’s efforts to help her granddaughter.
▪ “Hee Haw: Kornfield Klassics”: Highlights from the country TV variety show.
▪ “Sociopathia”: Twisted psychological thriller from first-time co-writers/directors Ruby Larocca.
▪ “The Leftovers”: A Small town in Texas was spared the sudden vanishing of two percent of the population.
▪ “MI-5”: Search is started for an escaped terrorist. Peter Firth stars.
▪ “A Date With Miss Fortune”: Couple must deal with idealistic ideas about themselves.