New on DVD/Blu-ray: Magic Mike (2012)

Adam Rodriguez, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, Channing Tatum, Kevin Nash and Matt Bomer in Magic Mike (2012) Movie Image

Hunky hunks Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello take it all off (and then some) in the male stripper movie “Magic Mike”, the male stripper movie with a heart of gold. And a G-string of silver. Plus abs of steel. Discover the magic of “Magic Mike” for yourself (or pretend you’re buying it for your girlfriend (or sister, if you’re a lonely fella)), because the film is currently available on DVD, Blu-ray and Video on Demand from Warner Home Video.

“Channing Tatum is electrifying” (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly) as Magic Mike, an entrepreneur with many talents and loads of charm. Mike spends his days pursuing the American dream, from roofing houses to designing furniture. But at night…he’s just magic. The hot headliner in an all-male revue, Magic Mike has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years, with his original style and over-the-top dance moves. Just as another summer heats up, an intriguing new woman enters his life, causing Mike to think twice about his future as a dancer.

Apparently based on the early stripping career of its star, Channing Tatum, “Magic Mike” was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an effective starring turn from Tatum, who is quickly becoming a major Hollywood draw. Who would have thunk it? But the box office speaks for itself. Made for a pittance, “Magic Mike” was a bona fide hit, and it’s not hard to see why. Take away all the abs and thongs, and “Magic Mike” is a surprisingly good coming of age story.

Tatum stars as Mike, the, er, magician of the title, who hustles women at night and the American Dream by day as a wannabe entrepreneur. “I am Number Four’s” Alex Pettyfer co-stars as Adam, an out of work punk who is introduced to the world of male stripping by Mike. All goes well for the two, until sleazy club owner Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) eventually gets his hooks into the lad. There’s also a romantic plot between Mike and Adam’s older sister Brooke, played with a breath of fresh air by relative newcomer Cody Horn. Olivia Munn co-stars as one of the many women Mike has shagged.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, one thing to keep in mind is that “Magic Mike” is not high art, but then again neither was “Haywire”, the action movie starring Gina Carano that Soderbergh directed prior to “Magic Mike”. The director of “Contagion” and “Che” knows exactly what he’s doing here, and you can’t say he didn’t achieve what he set out to do. The film was a bit more depressing than I had expected given the “let’s take our clothes off and have fun!” vibes sold by the trailers, but to its credit, “Magic Mike” manages to walk the line between being uplifting and depressing at the same time while never fully committing to either one. So who exactly is “Magic Mike’s” audience? Channing Tatum fans, for one. And yes, not running away when a guy takes his clothes and shoves his junk in your face is also a definite plus.

Cody Horn and Channing Tatum in Magic Mike (2012) Movie Image

The Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with the film on standard DVD and Blu-ray, along with an Ultraviolet option. Special features include “Extended Dance Scenes”, which is exactly as it sounds. That’s different from “Dance Play Mode”, which allows you to watch all the film’s dance scenes without bothering with all that story and dialogue stuff. The featurette “Backstage on Magic Mike” (about 7 minutes) goes behind the scenes to reveal what it took for Tatum and his army of man beef to transform from Hollywood hunks to, er, male stripping hunks. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do’em.

Buy “Magic Mike” on DVD or Blu-ray from Warner Home Video.

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