While I thought Snow White and the Huntsman had its entertaining moments, it was longer than necessary. But Universal believes some of you want even more of the adventure. The new video releases (Universal, $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray/DVD combo) accordingly include the original film and an "extended edition" that is four minutes longer.
The film stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, and Charlize Theron as the Wicked Queen, really the best role in the Snow White tale. Extras include a digital copy in the Blu-ray combo, profiles of the characters, a set tour and audio commentary.
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And, of course, some of you will try to see whether Rupert Sanders' direction is especially kind to Stewart, since she and the married director had a fling which, after it became public, wrecked her relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. In fact, quite a few tabloids have already dipped into the audio commentary to note all the times Sanders sings Stewart's praises.
I wish I could sing the praises of What to Expect When You're Expecting (Lionsgate, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray), the ensemble comedy with Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, and many others.
Based on the best-selling book, this tale of five couples on the road to parenthood had plenty of performers who are reliable comedic pros, including Banks, Chris Rock, and Tom Lennon. But scenes repeatedly fell flat, or offered a glimmer of possibility, only to fall flat, or proved to have nothing beyond a snippet for the movie's trailer. I kept waiting for it to get better. It proved too long a wait.
Down video road
Start the countdown. All four of the Indiana Jones movies arrive on Blu-ray on Tuesday, which is three-fourths of good news.