Category: DVDs With Dean

DVDs With Dean – Kicking Off 2010 Digital Style

This Week’s Tastiest Morsel
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Two-Disc Super-Sized Edition)
The last few weeks before Christmas were a little crowded so Cloudy was held off into the New Year, hopefully appealing to those families with gift cards to spend. The 2 Disc Edition does have a “making of” but is mostly full of Miranda Cosgrove music videos and sing alongs, so unless you want that you can live with the Single-Disc Edition.

Fresh Catches
Chuck: The Complete Second Season
I thought this show was doomed to cancellation when it first appeared and it has proven stronger than I imagined. However I still don’t want to watch it. The set has some fun features including webisodes and a gag reel.

Big Love: The Complete Third Season
HBO is hoping to take back over the top spot for hour long drama after losing it to FX for a few years, and keeping Big Love on the air will help.

The Final Destination 3-D
I liked the first Final Destination, but this has gone too far. They even stopped numbering them.

Doctor Who: “The Keys of Marinus” and Doctor Who: “The Twin Dilemma”
More classic Who from the first Doctor and the sixth.

Double Dip DVDs
10 Things I Hate About You (Two Disc Special Edition – Includes DVD & Digital Copy)
The best of the 90’s teen comedies, perhaps because it is based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The new edition has three new features; one being a ten year retrospective with the writing and directing team; the second being audition footage; and third is a new commentary with some of the supporting actors like David Krumholtz, who is funny.

DVDs With Dean – The Final DVDs Of 2009

This Week’s Tastiest Morsel
Paranormal Activity
This was my second favorite Horror movie of the year after Let The Right One In and while I am disappointed that the only special feature is the alternate ending which I saw already on youtube, it still gets the top spot to close out the year. If you are a rabid fan, check out the Collector’s Edition which includes a shirt that is probably too small. And if you think buying a low budget film on Blu-ray is worthwhile you will be rewarded with a digital copy to scare you on-the-go.

Fresh Catches
9
Fans of Tim Burton and Coraline and other dark animated material should love this original tale of 9 hand made creatures who are given life before an apocalyptic event. They now have to band together to survive a ravaged world of oddities and machines. Thankfully, everyone gets all the features regardless of format.

Glee, Vol. One: Road to Sectionals
This is the first thirteen episodes of the hot new hit featuring scene stealer extraordinaire Jane Lynch. The set includes all the musical performances, many of the cast’s audition tapes, and a director’s cut of the Pilot. I haven’t found my way to seeing the show yet but I intend to catch up on DVD.

Jennifer’s Body
Diablo Cody decided to follow up her Juno success with a strange horror movie starring Megan Fox and a huge step down at director in Karyn Kusama (Aeon Flux). If you get the movie on Blu-ray it comes with a few features featuring the popular writer, but standard DVD purchasers only get the audio commentary.

United States of Tara: Season One
Diablo Cody’s second love is this multiple personality dramedy starring Toni Collette that she helped create. While the show is getting great buzz and awards they priced the too short season too high. Rent it on Netflix.

A Perfect Getaway (Theatrical/Unrated Director’s Cut)
Milla Jovovich doesn’t seem to be getting older, but while her looks stay the same her taste in formulaic films seems to stay as well. This time she is on an island vacation that goes wrong in a murderous way with Steve Zhan.

Weather Girl
A quirky romantic comedy that only shows up on my radar because it features Kaitlin Olsen from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Purely a rental.

Facing Ali
This documentary features classic fight footage and interviews with many of Muhammad Ali foes over the years including Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Larry Holmes.

DVDs With Dean – Best Of 2009!

Knowing that many of you blew off your Christmas shopping until the last minute I decided to make a top 5 list for each genre this year so you can run to the store and wrap up your shopping or get Amazon to hustle you the goodies in time to throw them under the tree.

Family
UP
Possibly the best movie of the year this movie will work for people of any age.

The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary)
The classic returns with enhanced visuals and features and you can get a ridiculous collector’s set for a die hard fan.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes
You may think that this is silly since they run on repeat on TV, but how else do you keep the kids quiet in the car?

Coraline
Another solid family hit which comes in 3-D which is always a treat.

X-Men, Volume 1
I waited a long time for this show to be unleashed on DVD and I imagine young kids will enjoy it as I did as a youth, especially given the resurgence of Marvel heroes at the Box Office.

Drama
The Shield: Complete Series
This was the best show of the past decade, and one of the only examples of a show that was excellent from start to finish.

North by Northwest (50th Anniversary Edition)
Hitchcock is starting to get some DVD love, and you can share this classic with anyone who loves good film.

Castle: The Complete First Season
This is the best procedural on TV as it infuses some good humor and originality into the stale medium of police murder mysteries. Use this to pry someone away from one of the CSIs or NCIS.

No Country for Old Men (3-Disc Collector’s Edition)
A stunning and immense set for the Coen Brothers best dramatic film.

Taken
A non-stop thriller that doesn’t disappoint for a minute. Liam Neeson should never stop making action movies.

Horror/Sci-Fi
Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut
A painful double dip DVD, but worth the upgrade as it includes all the ancillary DVDs and new features in an epic set.

Star Trek (Two-Disc Edition)
A worthy reboot of the Star Trek franchise, this would be an especially good idea for those on your list with a Blu-ay player or a shiny new TV.

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series
Right behind The Shield as the best series of the decade, you can console your Sci-Fi friend with this massive set or give an unknowing friend a terrible new addiction.

Let The Right One In
The best horror film of the year, but sadly it went unnoticed due to its subtitled foreignness. Pick it up anyway, and then raise your nose at the eventual weaker American version.

American Werewolf in London
This re-issue of a horror classic was released quietly and was likely missed by your Horror loving friend.

Comedy
The State: The Complete Series
A cult hit on MTV this comedy sketch collection sat in the vault for a long time as they worked out a new soundtrack to replace songs they no longer had the rights to, and now you can finally unleash it on your friends.

Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection Remastered
This is a slam dunk for any older comedy fans, or people who appreciate fine British humor.

The Hangover
It just came out on DVD so it should be a safe bet that the person you are shopping for doesn’t have it, and really wants it.

I Love You, Man
The best of the Apatow style comedies this year, and a serviceable date night movie that guys can enjoy.

Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 4
You can also pick up the Holiday special which would be season appropriate, just don’t watch it with family where it will be wholly inappropriate.

Romance
(500) Days of Summer
If you wait until the very last minute you can grab this on December 22nd when it is released for a sure fire romance hit that they couldn’t possibly have bought for themselves.

Slumdog Millionaire
This was released early in the year but it is a powerful romance story that rocked the Awards season last year.

The Proposal
Sandra Bullock is having a wild career resurgence and you can cash in with her big romance hit of the year.

Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary)
Another solid bet for your older romance fan and it comes with a lot of insightful featurettes they should enjoy as well.

The Nicholas Sparks Collection
If you can’t think of a single movie just unload four in their lap and hope they liked at least one of them.

DVDs With Dean – ‘Twas The Tuesday Before Christmas

This Week’s Tastiest Morsel
District 9 (Two-Disc Edition)
After being chased away from the fabled Halo movie for inexperience, Neill Blomkamp shamed everyone by making a poignant and awesome Sci-Fi hit. Make sure to grab the 2 Disc edition or the Blu-ray to get the features on the special effects.

Fresh Catches
(500) Days of Summer
This critical darling stars two of my favorite actors in Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel and has been lauded as the smart couple’s romantic comedy. Although, couples who don’t have a Blu-ray will be disappointed they held most of the features off the standard DVD.

Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side
Seth Green has now been in too many Star Wars parodies with his involvement in the Family Guy and Robot Chicken adaptations. Now that they are rolling I imagine a Return of the Jedi feature is assured.

It Might Get Loud
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs) and The Edge (U2) all get together to jam and discuss the history of Rock and Roll especially as it pertains to the electric guitar. Music fans should really enjoy this documentary, and it was well reviewed.

All About Steve
Now that Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper are getting a ton of praise the press seems to gloss over this romantic dud that fell in the middle of their year of Hangover and Blind Side success. However, they somehow wrangled everyone back for an Audio Commentary which features the two stars, Ken Jeung, Thomas Hayden Church, the writer, and the director.

Extract
Mike Judge (Office Space) always seems to elude commercial success, so I wonder if he will continue to follow it up with cult success. However, they didn’t spend much effort on the DVD to help them along as it comes with only one featurette.

Double Dip DVDs
Flowers in the Attic
I had to highlight this campy movie that scared me as a kid. It follows a group of kids who have to live with their grandmother after their father dies and she torments them and even tries to kill them off to protect the inheritance. I remember a young Kristy Swanson as the oldest daughter being very interesting to me back then too.

DVDs With Dean – Release Date December 15th

This Week’s Tastiest Morsel
The Hangover (Unrated Two-Disc Special Edition)
The breakout hit comedy comes with new original content like an addition nine minutes of footage in the extended cut of the film, a feature of extended Ken Jeung improv, and a improv sung created and sung by the three stars. They also created one of the first features that made me angry not to have Blu-ray as that edition has a Picture-in-Picture commentary with the stars and Director Todd Phillips.

Fresh Catches
Inglourious Basterds (Two-Disc Special Edition)
For a man who loves to talk I continue to wonder why Quentin Tarantino still avoids making an audio commentary. Had he made one it might have persuaded me to make this the pick of the week, but instead they made a few features over-exposing Rod Taylor.

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
I thought that the success of The Hangover would rocket this film with a similar style and cast to new heights but it performed very poorly in the theaters. Now it hopes to cash in again next to The Hangover and I think it should find more of its audience on DVD.

G-Force (Three-Disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo +Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
An elite team of spy Guinea Pigs are called to foil a plot to take over the world. And family movies continue to be poor unless it was made by Pixar. For a differing opinion, check out Joe’s review here.

Taking Woodstock
Ang Lee wisely fled from the world of action and returns to awkward drama where he tapped comedian Demetri Martin to play the closeted gay man who arranged to host Woodstock in his back yard. While I like Martin as a stand up, few people liked his performance in this film and I wonder if he is going to be able to expand his career in this way.

The Other Man
Liam Neeson and Laura Linney must love working together and for this film they recruited Antonio Banderas as the man who comes between the couple and sends Neeson on a quest to find his wife’s lover and why she needed one.

2009 New York Yankees: The Official World Series Film
Just like the Yankees bought themselves a championship, you can buy yourself a DVD set of the Yankees post-season finale.

Robot Chicken: Season Four
Seth Green and company are fully in their groove now, and they have been getting the green light for their seasons faster and easier.

The Head: The Complete Series and The Maxx: The Complete Series
MTV had a lot of success with Beavis and Butthead, but they also made two sub-par series which I never thought would see the light of day on DVD. But The Head and The Maxx are both being released this week with every existing episode, although the DVDs are being made on the cheap and may not play in devices like Computers and some crappy DVD players.