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'Breaking Bad'

The final season of "Breaking Bad" is out on DVD this week ($55.99 DVD, $65.99 Blu-Ray, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) and so is a complete series box set ($250.99, Blu-Ray), packaged in a black barrel, just like the one that contained Walt's money on the show.

The complete series set includes several tchotchkes, including a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, collectible booklet and a "Breaking Bad' challenge coin (whatever that is).

But the best extra in the complete series set for fans is probably the 135-minute documentary "No Half-Measures: Creating the Final Season of 'Breaking Bad.'"

It's an in-depth look at the making of the show's final season, from the table read of the final season's premiere episode to the last day on set, which, interestingly, was not even filming a scene for the final episode (it was the flashback scene to the pilot -- Walt in the desert, calling Skyler -- that was in one of the episodes leading up to the series finale).

The documentary also goes behind the scenes on other episodes, including "To'hajilee" and "Ozymandias." And in one of the most intimate moments, the camera crew captures stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as they read the series finale script -- stage directions and all -- for the first time on March 10.

-- Rob Owen.

'Reds 2"  2.5stars

Reuniting the old gang or assembling a new one is almost always more fun than whatever sequel follows, and that is the case with "RED 2."

The title is short for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous," and "RED" was the name of the 2010 movie based on a graphic novel and introducing retired CIA agents Frank and Marvin played by Bruce Willis and John Malkovich, with Helen Mirren as freelance assassin Victoria. They are back and joined, again, by civilian Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), who has gotten a taste of the spy game and wants more.

This time, they are at odds or aligned, sometimes in quick succession, with Catherine Zeta-Jones as a fetching Russian agent; Anthony Hopkins as a brilliant scientist locked up for three decades; and Byung Hun Lee as a contract killer. At stake is a weapon of mass destruction that vanished during the Cold War and still threatens to kill millions.

"RED 2" tilts more toward comedy; it's hard to take the action seriously, with silliness and globe-trotting standing in for a coherent, vaguely believable plot.

Rated PG-13 for pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material.

-- Post-Gazette

"Getaway" 1.5stars

"Getaway" may leave your head spinning -- at how an entire movie can be reduced to a series of insane chase scenes stitched together with a silly, nonsensical plot that pairs Ethan Hawke with a miscast Selena Gomez and plops the whole enterprise in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Yes, Bulgaria, where many cars went to die or to be harmed in the making of this action thriller.

Mr. Hawke plays Brent Magna, a onetime race car driver who discovers his wife has been kidnapped. To save her, he must find and steal a Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, tricked out with armor along with multiple cameras inside and out, and embark on a mysterious mission, directed by a distant voice.

Not long after the ominous odyssey begins, an armed young American (Ms. Gomez) tries to hijack the car and becomes another hostage who bickers and then, of course, bonds with Brent. With tires squealing, he speeds through the city, leaving a trail of broken bodies (mainly cars because we almost never see the human toll) and smashes, bashes and crashes.

Filmed in Bulgaria, "Getaway" looks gritty and low rent, as though most of the budget went to stunt drivers and fleets of cars.

Rated PG-13 for intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures, and language.

-- Post-Gazette

ALSO THIS WEEK: 

“Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition”: Includes “Moon Zero Two,” “The Day the Earth Froze,” “Gorgo.”

“Jobs”: Ashton Kutcher stars in the story of the man behind Apple computers.

“Photo: A History From Behind the Lens”: Examines the past, present and future of photography.

“The Horror Show”: Even the electric chair can’t stop some serial killers.

“Bill Cosby: Far from Finished”: Bill Cosby partners up with Comedy Central for his first comedy special in over two decades.

“Murdoch Mysteries, Season 6”: Series based on the characters from Maureen Jennings’ “Detective Murdoch” novels.

“The Snow Queen”: Animated tale based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson.

“Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 10”: David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie’s mustachioed mystery-solver.

“Jim Breuer: And Laughter For All”: Marriage and parenthood won’t keep Jim Breuer from losing his manic sense of humor.

“Impractical Jokers: The Complete First Season”: The DVD includes all 17 episodes from the TruTV series’ first season.

“Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me”: A look at the formation of Big Star, a Memphis rock band that garnered massive 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 and 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.

— Rick Bentley,  McClatchy Newspapers


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