This Week’s Tastiest Morsel
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Two-Disc Limited Special Edition + Digital Copy)
It is a little frustrating seeing this released next to epic 4-disc editions of the first two movies knowing full well that we will be double dipped at some point in the future. But until then these discs are packed with features and in the new family style each feature is hosted by a cast member.
Public Enemies (Two-Disc Special Edition)
This was a tough week of competition or this would have been my pick of the week. You just can’t lose with Christian Bale and Johnny Depp heading up a Michael Mann film. Although I find it odd that all the TV ads for the DVD don’t show Bale a year after starring in one of the highest grossing movies of all time (The Dark Knight). Get the two-disc so you can enjoy all the features on the history of John Dillinger and the Michael Mann commentary.
Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep channels Julia Childs while Amy Adams tries to hack her way through one of Child’s cookbooks in present day to hopefully inspire her to write. As usual women get shafted on features but it does include a commentary from Nora Ephron and has a featurette on the cooking prep that Streep and Adams went through.
World’s Greatest Dad
Bobcat Goldthwait continues to distance himself from his wild 80’s persona with a strong directorial effort in this Robin Williams led dark comedy.
Amy Adams hits again this week with the tale of two aspiring jazz musicians. However, buyer beware, this movie was panned by most critics and was held to be released next to Julie & Julia to help it get sales.
Lost: The Complete Fifth Season
The show finally embraces the hardcore fans by featuring a cool “Dharma Initiative Orientation Kit” version of the 5th season for increased shelf and nerd appeal. And for the normal fans you can grab the regular edition which has similar features to past releases with a bonus celebrating the 100th episode.
Rescue Me: Season 5, Volume 2
If you bought Vol. 1 you might as well lock it up. Personally, I plan to wait until the show wraps up and grab the complete collection.
AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa (Criterion Collection)
If you are shopping with a fat wallet and want to stun your cinephile friend/relative/spouse this is a slam dunk. Even caressing the box can make you smarter.
Wesley Willis’s Joy Rides
Called a “Rock You Mentary” this film chronicles the life and times of the wild Wesley Willis who penned unforgettable tunes like “Rock and Roll McDonalds”, “The Chicken Frog”, and “Birdman Kicked My Ass”. I was saddened when he passed away and I am excited that this exists and will run to get a copy.
Double Dip DVDs
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Ultimate Edition) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ultimate Edition)
This is a 4 disc reissue on the first two Harry Potter films which were The Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Each film gets an extended cut and 2-3 new features with a collector’s book. Both are also available in Blu–ray.
Coraline (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition w/ 3D)
This is the same as the previous release but with a new casing, 4 sets of 3-D glasses, and a Book and Postcard set.