Pick of the Week
Patton Oswalt – My Weakness Is Strong (DVD with CD)
Patton Oswalt returns to stand-up after cleaning up in Hollywood with Ratatouille and nine seasons on the hit show King of Queens. This DVD also comes with a CD version which makes for a nice value.
This coming-of-age comedy from the director of Superbad probably would have been the pick of the week but it looks like they scrapped their plans for a 2-disc DVD and released a single disc instead. The single disc case indicates it has features but it will surely be less than the Blu-ray which also has the Digital Copy.
G.I. Joe’s Channing Tatum becomes a bare knuckle boxer in his continuing bid to become an American action hero. The DVD is barebones with only deleted scenes although the Blu-ray comes with a digital copy.
Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star as two spies who becomes corporate operatives who decide to attempt a massive heist with some romantic interludes. The DVD is thin on features but does come with a commentary track from the Director Tony Gilroy and his editor.
Amy Adams (Enchanted) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) star in this indie about two struggling sisters who start working as crime scene cleaners to make ends meet. The supporting actors are also solid including Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Mary Lynn Raskub (24), and Steve Zahn (Strange Wilderness).
TV and Reissues
House – Season Five
In this season you can check out the short lived inclusion of Kal Penn before he was quickly written out of the show to take a post in President Obama’s staff. This season also celebrates their 100th episode which is a big syndication milestone and they honor it with a featurette.
The Last Days of Disco (Criterion Collection)
Whit Stillman’s final film in his loose trilogy following the films Metropolitan and Barcelona gets the Criterion treatment so you can inject some class into your DVD collection. The film features a young Kate Beckinsale (Underworld) and Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) as two graduates who transition into adult responsibility in the waning years of big disco clubs like Club 54.
Lie to Me: Season One
I really like Tim Roth, but we do not need another procedural crime drama? This one focuses on the lie detection skill of the protagonist, and if you buy the DVD there is a feature to help you pick up on non-verbal cues as well.
Californication : The Complete Second Season
The Showtime dramedy has been green lit for a third season which starts in late September, so keep yourself up to date with the second season of self-destruction with David Duchovny.
Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season
For some reason the Blu-ray version doesn’t come out until November, although I can’t imagine why you would need to be buying sitcoms in HD. As usual the DVD comes with Bloopers and alternate takes for this 18 episode season.
Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season
Clark Kent continues to rise at the “Daily Planet” and we finally get a good dose of Doomsday, who is also the focus of one of the special features.
Samantha Who?: The Complete Second Season
The final season of Christina Applegate’s comedy drops with a few backstage glimpses from Applegate including a feature on her dance sequence and her life with the other girls on the set.
Life: Season Two
Another quirky procedural crime drama, this show follows a detective who was falsely imprisoned for many years and now solves crimes by employing the Zen principles he learned to endure life in jail. This season adds Donal Logue (Grounded for Life) to add some comedy edge as the new boss.
WWE: The Rise And Fall of WCW
I grew up watching the ever growing conflict between the WCW and WWF, but I wonder if the history will be properly recorded by the WWE who won the battle and have the ability to edit history in their favor since buying the WCW out.