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R.I.P.D. on Blu-ray: Ryan Reynolds is a dead lawmen protecting the living

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Rated PG-13

96 minutes

Released on Blu-ray Oct. 29, 2013

Ryan Reynolds is dirty Boston cop Nick Walker who buries stolen gold in his backyard hoping it will improve life for himself and his wife, but immediately regrets the decision. He informs his partner, Bobby Hayes (Kevin Bacon), who is his partner in crime that he intends to return the gold. Bobby kills Nick before he can do so and thus tries to keep their sleazy behavior a secret.

Instead of being sent to judgment once dead, Nick is recruited by the Boston Rest In Peace Dept. (R.I.P.D.) run by feisty Mildred Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker). She informs him that if he agrees to chase after “deados” or those spirits who escape judgment and wreak havoc on earth, his final resting place will likely be pleasant and his earthly misdeeds will be forgiven.

Roycephus “Roy” Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), a lawman from the 1800’s, becomes Nick’s partner and the two must work together to save the living from the deados.

Although the movie is full of action and adventure, unfortunately, the CGI is too cartoony and not even close to being realistic. In addition, the story is convoluted and confusing, although the main theme – love conquers all – remains intact.

The redeeming part of the movie is that it was only 96 minutes long.

The Blu-ray includes an alternate beginning; deleted and alternate scenes; a look behind the scenes; a short about the visual effects; a feature about the deados; a 6-minute clip about the avatars used in the film; the “Anatomy of a Shoothout;” a montage of various alternate avatars; and a gag reel.

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