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Hemsworth movie goes straight to DVD

"Quincy Alfonso" (2019-03-13)


Superhero Chris Hemsworth need not worry that his latest flick Blackhat is going straight to DVD in Australia.

The Thor star is in good company.

Aussies Jackie Weaver and Sam Worthington and yesterday's heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have all recently had the same humbling experience.

Here's just a few of the big name actors and the movies they chose to star in, that were not considered appealing enough for a theatrical release Down Under.

- Sabotage (2014) - With Arnold Schwarzenegger and Aussie hunk Sam Worthington in the lead roles, you'd think this would have some chance of being a theatrical success. But no.

- Parkland (2013) - Jackie Weaver has been in great demand since her first Oscar nomination in 2010. However this is one of her movies, which is based on the events in Texas on the day JFK was assassinated, that never made it here. Also starred Zac Efron and Billy Bob Thornton.

- Escape Plan (2013) - Even though it was a commercial success, the action thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone and Schwarzenegger, was considered to not have enough box office appeal.

- Stand Up Guys (2012) - Al Pacino hasn't made too many turkeys but this movie has less than a 50 per cent rating from both critics and audience on Rotten Tomatoes. It also starred Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin.

- 50/50 (2011) - Not a laughing matter for Seth Rogen's comedy-drama film which went straight to the shelves and online catalogues.

- Walk Of Shame (2014) - A film that has lived up to its name in more ways than one for actor Elizabeth Banks who has racked up a couple of straight to DVD movies in Oz.

- People Like Us (2012) - Starring Chris Pine and Banks, this drama, which also featured Michelle Pfeiffer, was given a cinema bypass.

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