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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'No Holds Barred' and More

No Holds Barred
WWE

This week: Fans of the golden age of the World Wrestling Federation -- now known as the WWE -- will rejoice at the long-awaited DVD arrival of 1989's "No Holds Barred" starring Hulk Hogan in his leading-man debut.

Also new this week is the Snoop Dogg stoner comedy "Mac & Devin Go to High School," the man-vs.-nature drama "The Hunter," the Blu-ray debut of "Barbarella" with Jane Fonda, and a Blu-ray anniversary edition of Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket."

'No Holds Barred'

No Holds Barred DVD
WWE

Box Office: $16 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 0% Rotten
Storyline: Hulk Hogan stars as -- what else? -- a world wrestling champ named Rip who refuses to join a competing network, so an enterprising executive creates a program called "Battle of the Tough Guys" in which wrestlers compete in a no-rules brawl for cash. When a convicted murderer named Zeus comes out on top, Rip refuses to take on the challenge until his brother is roughed up and Rip becomes motivated to teach Zeus a lesson in the ring.
Extras!
The lone extra on this DVD debut is a photo gallery.
We Say: Wrestling fans have waited forever for this cheesy guilty pleasure to be available on anything besides the old pan-and-scan VHS and LaserDisc released in 1990. The wait is over -- this digitally remastered DVD is widescreen and features 5.1 surround sound that body-slams its predecessors.

'Mac &Devin Go to High School'

Mac and Devin Go to High School
Anchor Bay

Box Office: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Storyline: This straight-to-video stoner comedy stars Snoop Dogg as 15-year-senior and weed dealer Mac Johnson, who tries to impress a new substitute chemistry teacher by finally graduating. For a chemistry project, Mac teams up with and inspires valedictorian hopeful Devin Overstreet (Wiz Khalifa), whose academic overachievements have caused him to miss out on high school's finer moments.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a commentary by Snoop, Wiz and director Dylan Brown.
We Say: Bluntly speaking, you would need to smoke something seriously strong -- the film opens with a talking joint instructing viewers to do just that -- to roll with this half-baked story unless you are watching just to check out the 15 new songs by Snoop and Wiz.

'The Hunter'

The Hunter
Magnolia

Box Office: $176,669
Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh
Storyline: Willem Dafoe plays Martin, a ruthless loner mercenary sent into the Tasmanian outback to hunt for a Tasmanian tiger -- a striped and dog-headed marsupial believed to be extinct. Martin sets up base at a farmhouse owned by a family whose environmentalist father has gone missing, but Martin's growing attachment to the widow and her two children jeopardizes his mission.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a four-part making-of featurette that, among other things, discusses the mythic status of the tiger.
We Say: Director Daniel Nettheim's gorgeously shot nature-walk drama raises questions about environmentalism and ethics, and features another moving performance by Dafoe.

'Barbarella' Blu-ray

Barbarella Blu-ray
Paramount

Box Office: $613,285
Rotten Tomatoes: 74% Fresh
Storyline: In this 1968 cult classic, Jane Fonda plays the titular "Queen of the Galaxy" on a mission in her spacecraft to bring back the evil Doctor Durand Durand -- the inventor of the deadly Positronic Ray -- to the now peaceful Earth.
Extras! Hardly orgasm-worthy, the only extra on this Blu-ray debut is the original theatrical trailer.
We Say: If you're game for retro sci-fi featuring a highly sexualized Fonda rolling around half-naked on groovy '60s sets, this Blu-ray delivers the high camp -- including Fonda taking on all the pleasures of the organ-like Excessive Machine -- in glorious high definition for the first time.

'Full Metal Jacket' 25th Anniversa

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Full Metal Jacket
Warner Bros.

Box Office: $46 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 97% Fresh
Storyline: Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Oscar-nominated war drama is narrated by Matthew Modine as Private "Joker" and follows him from his recruitment into a grueling boot camp to his experiences with his fellow Marines in the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam war in 1968.
Extras! This Blu-ray triple dip (!) is packaged in a 44-page Digibook with a personal letter and intimate reflections from Modine, plus an audio commentary by stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin and R. Lee Ermey.
We Say:
The Blu-ray format was made to show classics from masters like Kubrick in the way the director originally intended. The first edition of "Full Metal Jacket" on Blu-ray had one of the worst video presentations in the short history of the format. The deluxe edition improved on the quality, but this anniversary edition is the definitive version.

Also New This Week:

"Born on the Fourth of July" Blu-ray
"The Entity" Blu-ray
"Phenomenon" Blu-ray
"Step Up" Blu-ray
"God Bless America"
"The Horse Whisperer" Blu-ray

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