- The Washington Times - Friday, June 26, 2015

Movies to possibly tempt the male demographic highlight Blu-ray home entertainment releases this week.

Run All Night (Warner Home Video, Rated R, $44.95) — Gruff, gravely voiced, but oddly lovable Liam Neeson starred in yet another action flick in March that already arrives to home theater screens.

The gangster drama, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, stars Mr. Neeson as retired hitman Jimmy “The Gravedigger” Conlon. He’s having a hard time living with his past but finds old skills required to protect his estranged son after junior witnesses a crime by Mr. Conlon’s former boss’ son.

An obligatory car chase along with a steady diet of hand-to-hand combat and gun fights mix with solid performances of Ed Harris (Mr. Conlon’s life long mob boss buddy now turned against him) and Joel Kinnaman as Jimmy’s son.

The digital transfer highlights some stunning views of a night-time New York City skyline while every high-impact moment — even a fight in a burning tenement building using flaming table legs — looks sharp and detailed.

“Run All Night” certainly makes for a fine evening of rented or on-demand entertainment. It’s a gritty escape along the same lines as “John Wick” but not as fun.

However, due to a very light selection of extras — a 6-minute tribute to Mr. Neeson’s physicality as an action star and a 10-minute look at shooting a movie at night (48 nights in a row at one point) — the Blu-ray is not recommended for permanent purchase to a home entertainment library.

The Forger (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Rated R, $19.99) — John Travolta brings his A-game (as in angst) and Boston accent to a recent film now on Blu-ray where he stars as imprisoned Raymond Cutter.

This forger makes a deal with a crime syndicate lord to get an early release and spend more time with his ailing son.

All Cutter has to do is duplicate a Monet painting, steal the original from a local museum and replace it with his copy.

The film — more television drama than thriller yet more depressing tearjerker than action thriller — will leave viewers feeling suckered by its underwhelming possibilities.

The film’s saving grace is a foul-mouthed performance by Christopher Plummer, the father of Mr. Cutter and more than ready to help his son and grandson with the big heist.

It’s digital transfer neither hinders or helps the final effort as director Philip Martin spends little time highlighting the beauty of Boston. Instead, he concentrates in close-quarter locations for the character’s unfortunate situations.

A 10-minute, promotional featurette offers zero reason to buy the film and keeps it firmly in the rental and on-demand viewing realms.

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