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This week, Tom Cruise sees ghosts (and learns their protocols), Jackie Chan does that voodoo he do so well and Conan is no longer quite so barbaric — because he’s for kids!
PICK OF THE WEEK: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Blu-ray & DVD)
You’d think we’d be tired of watching Tom Cruise run away from explosions — and we might’ve been if The Incredibles’ Brad Bird hadn’t slipped into the director’s chair and given the proceedings a welcome shot of adrenaline. Mission: Impossible films always have a somewhat-tenuous relationship with plot logic, and this one is no different, but it all moves with such grace that it really doesn’t matter.
The Divide (Blu-ray & DVD)
What if you survived a nuclear detonation, but were stuck in a basement with Heroes’ Milo Ventimiglia and Aliens’ Michael Beign? Sounds like a hoot and a half.
Operation Condor 2: Armour of God (Blu-ray)
There’s Nazi gold — and, with it, Nazis — and Jackie Chan’s treasure hunter is after it. Or something. Kinda irrelevant once you get to the finale, in which Chan once again makes his case for the hardest-working man in the kick-punch business.
Starman: The Complete Series (DVD)
All the dewy softness of John Carpenter’s extraterrestrial romance, but at a breezy television pace. Also, Robert Hays stepped in for Jeff Bridges.
Conan the Adventurer: Season Two, Part 2 (DVD)
You know that Conan cartoon you’d always hoped you’d get that respected the source material and was a thrilling adaptation at the same time? Yeah, this isn’t it. Not even close. But it’s almost worth watching just to see how ridiculous something with the name “Conan” on it can be.
The pesky robots are launching yet another direct-to-video apocalypse. You’d think, by now, they’d learn.