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New on DVD: ‘G.I. Retaliation’ starring Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson

Posted 8:39am on Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013

DVD G.I. Joe: Retaliation: A better-than-average, gravity-defying ninja duel leads to an epic chase — by leaps, swings and zip lines — through the Himalayas in the big set-piece sequence of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The rest of the movie? Seriously, it’s a live-action version of an ’80s cartoon that was designed to sell toys. This is Transformers without the Bumblebee Camaro, a lot of action, a few one-liners and a lot of gunplay. And it was entrusted to the director of the Justin Bieber concert documentary. How good can it be?

Dwayne Johnson plays an action hero who knows his way around a raised eyebrow and a catchphrase. His character, the G.I. Joe-force sergeant known as Roadblock, is a father of two who tells his boss (Channing Tatum) that their little “extraction” from Pakistan is so easy that they’ll be “home in time for Top Chef.” Only they aren’t. Things go boom and bodies go down and the one hour and 50 minutes zip by like, oh, two hours and 10. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital copy, and Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital copy.

— Cary Darling

Also new: Filly Brown; Rushlights; Under the Bed; Assault on Wall Street; Between Us

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