How would truck drivers ever pass the time without Redbox? The portable rental system has been a big hit with truckers on a budget, offering new and classic movies at truck stop kiosks for as low as a dollar a night. There’s no subscription fee, it’s just pay and go. And go it has – since placing 11 kiosks in or near McDonald’s restaurants in 2002, the service now has over 33,000 kiosks in over 27,800 locations. It accounts for nearly 35% of all DVD rentals in North America.
So, what’s on the menu for the first days of fall in 2012?
Titanic (Blu Ray edition) – dir. by James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
One of the biggest box office hits of all-time is being re-released on Blu Ray to prime audiences for the forthcoming 3D version Cameron will be sending to theaters soon. The special effects look a bit dated these days, but the set design and chemistry between the two leads are the things that got audiences to come back time and again. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you reserve it quick.
For fans of movies like Chariots of Fire, Lonesome Dove, Funny Girl, and Dangerous Liasons.
6 Bullets – dir. by Ernie Barbarash, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Joe Flanigan
The “Muscles From Brussels” is still finding an audience for his action movies, and is currently in a kind of career resurgence courtesy of Sylvester Stallone’s new picture The Expendables 2. In “6 Bullets” Van Damme plays a soldier retired from combat because his actions resulted in the deaths of helpless victims, but now he’s the last hope for a desperate father. The desperate dad knows how to fight, but alone he’s unprepared to navigate the corrupt streets of a foreign city to find his kidnapped daughter.
For fans of movies like Universal Soldier, Kickboxer, Spartan, Jon Woo’s The Killer, and Commando.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting – dir. Kirk Jones, starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, and Chace Crawford.
Four first-time mothers deal with unexpected pregnancy in different ways that have hilarious and heartfelt results. TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don’t stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy’s husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who’s expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn’t so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a “dudes” support group.
For fans of movies like The Sweetest Thing, Parenthood, Knocked Up, and Funny People.
The Cabin In the Woods – dir. Drew Goddard, starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Jesse Williams.
What looks to be a typical teen slasher pic morphs into so much more. The Cabin in the Woods was a smash hit with moviegoers this last spring because it consistently defied audience expectations (not a smart thing when it comes to the horror genre) but gave them something so much more. It’s smart, funny and oh so bloody. Trust us, you’re just not prepared for what’s ahead. This film has it all – zombies, werewolves, dragons, sex, death, rock n’ roll and it’s all pinned under a government conspiracy.
For fans of movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Firefly, Evil Dead, Saw, and Scream.
The Babymakers – dir. Jay Chandrasekhar, starring Paul Schneider, Olivia Munn, and Kevin Heffernan.
Another raunchy comedy adventure from the Broken Lizard boys, who brought us Super Troopers and Beerfest. This time the laughs are a bit raunchier, but it’s got a lot of heart to go with it. When Tommy is unable to get his wife pregnant, he gets his friends to rob the sperm bank where he made a deposit years ago. Needless to say, things don’t go exactly as planned and his entire marriage may be in more danger than before he hatched his harebrained scheme.
For fans of movies like The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Porky’s, and The Hangover.
See you next time for more up and coming DVD releases, truck drivers!