Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: R.I.P.D.

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98, Blu-ray 3D Combo $49.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment


R.I.P.D.Inspired by the comic book of the same name, R.I.P.D. could be called Men in Black with ghosts.

The action movie stars Ryan Reynolds (Safe House) and Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) as two cops in the Rest In Peace Department, dedicated to protecting the living from destructive spirits.

Bridges is Roy Pulsifer, the veteran sheriff and equivalent to Tommy Lee Jones’ Kay. Like Kay, Roy isn’t too happy to be partnered with newcomer Nick Walker (Reynolds). But when they uncover a plot that could end all life, they must find a way to work together of watch the afterlife release angry souls onto Earth.

Kevin Bacon (X-Men: First Class) and Mary-Louise Parker (TV’s Weeds) also star in the comedy film, which was directed by Robert Schwentke (Red) from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the team behind Clash of the Titans.

Unfortunately, R.I.P.D. didn’t score even close to the kudos received by Men in Black or even Schwentke’s Red. The movie’s critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes was even lower (11%) than the screenwriters’ Clash of the Titans (28%). TIME Magazine‘s Richard Corliss wrote of R.I.P.D., “A half-hour into the film and it feels like the eighth day of jury duty.” Ouch!

R.I.P.D. Blu-ray boxAnd those bad reviews seem to have translated into box office returns, with the blockbuster movie grossing a low $33 million in wide release in theaters.

All formats have special features. The DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack contain these extras:

  • deleted scene
  • three alternate scenes
  • gag reel
  • “Transferring R.I.P.D. — The Making Of” about the adaptation of the original comic book.

The Blu-ray 3D Combo adds:

  • two alternate openings
  • R.I.P.D. Motion Comics: Bringing the Avatars to Life
  • “Nick’s New Avatars”
  • “Filming the Other Side” with the cast and crew talking to director Schwentke about his unique filming technique
  • “Walking Among Us: Deados & Avatars” about the effects that went into making the creatures
  • “Anatomy of a Shootout” with the production designer and visual effects supervisor giving an in-depth look at the scene on the roof of the skyscraper.

Both Blu-ray versions also include a downloadable digital copy and instant streaming through UltraViolet.

Here’s the movie’s trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.