In this week's Video Score, a bunch of Hollywood's biggest male actors get their butts handed to them by Gina Carano. "Haywire" was one of the year's biggest surprises, and it still packs a bunch on Blu-ray.
Plus, we have the rest of the week's biggest releases down below!
Pick of the Week
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Gina Carano
, Michael Douglas
, Michael Fassbender
Mallory Kane (Carano) is the woman the U.S. government calls on to take care of their dirty work. She's fast, efficient, and -- perhaps most important of all -- clean. But when Mallory makes the mistake of saving a Chinese journalist from certain death, she becomes an enemy to the very same government she once served.
When MMA fighter-turned-action star Gina Carano first met with her A-list "Haywire" co-stars — Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor and Antonio Banderas — she did so knowing that at some point in the near future, she'd likely have to beat them up.
But according to Carano, that fact never got in the way of their working relationships. "It wasn't about beating each other up," she said. "It was about creating something great, and that's what they do every day on film, so it was nice to be able to share what I do."
Carano spoke with MTV News in the lead up to the release of "Haywire" on Blu-ray this week, and she explained that her approach to fighting on film was not that different from her cage fighting. "I've learned through fighting that you never judge anybody off of what you think you know about them," she said.
In The Video Score today, we have a throw back to when horror movies were actually scary, one of last year's most celebrated film debuts from a writer-director, and that movie Halle Berry did about sharks. We're breaking down the week's major Blu-ray and DVD releases all for you below!
Pick of the Week
"The Innkeepers" (2011)
Director: Ti West
Cast: Sara Paxton
, Pat Healy
, Alsion Bartlett
A pair of self-styled ghost chasers hunt for spirits in a run-down New England inn in this subtle thriller from director Ti West. The Yankee Pedlar Inn is a hotel in Torrington, CT, that's been welcoming guests for over a hundred years. However, not many have been stopping by lately, and the owners have chosen to shut it down. In the Yankee Pedlar's last weeks of operation, the staff have been reduced to just two people, Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy). Neither one is especially interested in hotel management, but they're both students of the supernatural: They've come to the Yankee Pedlar because it has a reputation for being haunted and they want to see for themselves if ghosts walk the halls before it's too late.
Robert Rodriguez loves "Roadracers," a film he made on a sliver of a budget in between his indie hit "El Mariachi" and his breakout "Desperado."
He told me that much almost as soon as he got on the phone. "I love 'Roadracers,' " he said. "It is one of my favorite movies." You could hear the excitement in his voice.
And he has a reason to be excited. After years of attempting to get "Roadracers" out on DVD and then eventually Blu-ray, Rodriguez finally succeeded with the April 17 release in high definition. Part of the reason it had taken so long to hit video was because of the film's origins.
You know that when it's a movie starring Mark Wahlberg, you can expect a few things. He's probably going to be a tough guy, probably out of Boston. There might be a crime involved and some revenge to be had.
What you never expect is the dancing ninja.
Check out this deleted scene from the upcoming Blu-ray release of "Contraband" above.
This week on The Video Score, Tom Cruise climbs a very, very tall building, and Michael Fassbender gets very, very naked. Two of last year's best movies are just hitting video, so check out everything that the week has to offer in our helpful Blu-ray/DVD column!
Pick of the Week
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (2011)
Director: Brad Bird
Cast: Tom Cruise
, Paula Patton
, Simon Pegg
The Kremlin has been bombed, and the blame has fallen on the IMF. As a result, the president initiates Ghost Protocol, and accuses Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of placing the bomb in an attempt to incite a global nuclear war. Now, in order to clear the IMF of terrorism charges, Ethan assembles a new team to uncover the truth by using every high-tech trick in the book.
This week on The Video Score, we've got all your new major video releases including an Oscar winner and a horror movie people didn't think too much of. There are also three great classics coming out, two of which are on Blu-ray. "A Streetcar Named Desire" is our pick of the week, just edging out Georges "Papa Georges" Méliès' "A Trip to the Moon," which should seem very timely if you checked out "Hugo" last year.
Pick of the Week
"A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)
Director: Elia Kazan
Cast: Marlon Brando
, Vivien Leigh
In the classic play by Tennessee Williams, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), in a seedy section of New Orleans. Stella's boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), not only regards Blanche's aristocratic affectations as a royal pain but also thinks she's holding out on inheritance money that rightfully belongs to Stella.
One of the many reasons to respect director Cameron Crowe is how selectivity he chooses his projects. Sure, we'd like to see more films from him, but we also fully appreciate the fact that he doesn't hop into the director's chair willy nilly.
Another reason is for his use of music during filming, which is the subject of a featurette on the recently released DVD/Blu-ray for his latest film, "We Bought A Zoo," a film we felt was overlooked during award season.
Check out the exclusive clip from the making of "We Shot A Zoo" above to hear what stars Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church and Matt Damon had to say about how Crowe's musical inclinations enhanced their performances and overall experiences.
The Video Score is your guide to everything you need to know about what's out this week, all in one place. What's available? Which formats? Is it streaming? How much will it set you back? We'll break down the week's biggest new releases and some smaller ones that deserve your attention. Check back each Tuesday to find out what's hot that week and where you can catch it all!
Pick of the Week
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jack Nicholson
, Faye Dunaway
, John Huston
J.J. Gittes is a private investigator who gets roped in a conspiracy in 1930s Los Angeles that involves the wife of an engineer, her tycoon father and the resource the town needs most of all, water. "Chinatown" played a key role in a golden age of filmmaking and remains a classic to this day.
After making three beloved animated movies, "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille," Brad Bird made a jump to live-action film in a most unexpected way. He didn't take on a fable populated by wide-eyed children, retired superheroes or talking animals, like his animated features. Instead, Bird directed the fourth film in a wildly popular action-adventure series, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."
The transition, one that surprised many familiar with his work at Pixar, was anything but surprising to Bird. During the time in Bird's career where he actively developed film projects, more than half of those proposed films were live-action. His most storied project was the repeatedly-stalled "1906," an epic retelling of the San Francisco earthquake of that year and the police corruption responsible for the subsequent chaos.
After "Ratatouille," "1906" had stalled out once more at the story stage after years of struggling with a huge budget, and Bird decided he wasn't going to wait around for his move into live-action. "Suddenly, I had looked up and a couple years had gone by, and there were still significant story challenges on '1906,' and I said, 'I can't keep preparing to make a movie. I've got to make a movie,' " Bird said.