New on DVD: 'No,' 'The Call,' 'Burt Wonderstone'
05:00 AM, Jun 27, 2013
No2013, Sony, R, $31; Blu-ray, $36
The grassroots ad campaign that helped lead to the ouster of brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988 is depicted in this best-foreign-language-film Academy Award nominee. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Rene Saavedra, who comes up with the lighthearted and entertaining “No” ads to encourage voters to reject Pinochet in a plebiscite that would have given him another eight years in office.
USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says *** 1/2 out of four: “One of the foreign-language-film Oscar nominees, this slyly ironic, illuminating and absorbing account by Chilean director Pablo Larraín brings the complexity of political elections into sharp focus.”
The Call2013, Sony, R, $31; Blu-ray, $40
A 911 operator’s (Halle Berry) blunder leads to a teenage girl’s murder. Six months later when she’s working as a training officer, a call from a kidnap victim comes in. She realizes that the killer is the same one as before, and she’s determined to stop him before he kills again. Puig: **
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone2013, Warner Bros., PG-13, $29; Blu-ray, $36
The egotistical Wonderstone (Steve Carell), whose magic act has grown stale, loses his partner (Steve Buscemi) and gig in Las Vegas. He also loses his audience to a street magician (Jim Carrey) known for his dangerously physical stunts. He gets a chance at redemption, but Wonderstone has to patch up his partnership and rekindle his own magic. Puig: **
Phantom2013, Fox, R, $23; Blu-ray, $30
At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet sub commander (Ed Harris) is sent on a secret mission. He has to battle a rogue KGB agent (David Duchovny) who uses a device that can hide the sub’s identity so that he can launch a nuclear missile to start a war between the U.S. and China. Puig: **