This weeks Tastiest Morsel Funny People (2-Disc Unrated Edition)
Judd Apatow’s latest comedy didn’t do as well in theaters, but I think it will perform much better on DVD, especially since the features look hilarious including a feature that features a lot of Aziz Ansari who stole the movie.
Fresh Catches Angels & Demons (Two-Disc Extended Edition)
After blistering reviews for The DaVinci Code Ron Howard apparently stepped up the action and toned down the exposition for the sequel. The features are pretty heavy if you get the two disc edition and should be a treat for fans of the book.
Last year’s holiday hit about a couple who have to go to four Christmas parties since both of their parents are divorced finally hits DVD. Just don’t expect much in the way of features.
Robert Rodriguez returns to kids fare hoping for more success like Spy Kids and not like Sharkboy and Lava Girl. Here kids find a wish granting rock which causes chaos in the neighborhood.
Kobe Doin’ Work: A Spike Lee Joint
Spike Lee unleashes his inner fanboy as he chronicles a Lakers game from pre-game to post-game to show everything that Kobe goes through. I would only recommend this for die-hard Lakers or Spike fans.
Aged and Confused
Bill Engvall, another Blue Collar Comedy veteran, releases a comedy special in time for the holidays. I would prefer this over the Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Special.
Crap master Uwe Boll continues to roll out video game adaptations and this looks to be particularly disappointing.
Double Dip DVDs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
This was one of the first Disney DVDs to get a special edition when DVDs first dropped on the scene so this update was long coming as it languished in the vault. The set is full of features as usual and the Blu-ray has some new interactive features that they are trying out which might be annoying.
The long lost Fanboys finally hits the shelves after years in production hell, and I don’t know if I am more excited by the idea of the minky Kristen Bell in the Princess Leia slave outfit, Tom Cruise in an eyepatch, or Kevin James on a Segway. O.K it’s not really a fair contest.
Pick of the Week Brotherhood of the Wolf – Director’s Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
This French film is a classic that didn’t catch on in the U.S. I had to fight to get a sweet three-disc import from Canada a few years back to get access to the features you can get here for twelve bucks from Amazon. The film balances a horror mystery with stunning action with France’s best acting talent including Vincent Cassel (Eastern Promises), Monica Belluci (Shoot ‘Em Up), Samuel Le Bihan, and Mark Dacascos, who found his way into a decent film despite his sketchy history (Double Dragon).
Valkyrie (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)
Continuing a long standing tradition of having British and American actors play Nazis, Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh star in this story of the failed assassination attempt on Hitler by his own men. The DVD comes with two features and two commentaries although the Blu-ray is loaded with extras the standard doesn’t come with. Joe’s review of the theatrical release is here and he will also be taking a look at the DVD later this week.
After languishing in a post-production limbo for years people began to wonder if this film would ever be available. Now that Star Wars – Episode I is ten years old, I wonder if they waited too long to release a film about a group of teenagers trying to sneak their dying buddy into Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to see Episode I before its release (and his death).
My Bloody Valentine 3D
It’s a little gimmicky with the 3D as evidenced by the pick-ax which is ideal for jumping off the screen into your face, but if you like typical “slasher” horror this is a safe bet.
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
Check out the trailer below for this campy thrill ride starring Debbie Gibson that has a Megamouth Shark battling an Enormous Octopus and any human transport foolish enough to sail nearby or even *gulp* fly overhead.
[Editor’s Note: This may be the single greatest DVD ever. That is all.]
A Sci-Fi action film that takes place in…Ancient Norway? Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) stars as a man thrown back in time who tries to help the king fight the dragon creatures plaguing his kingdom. They hoped this would be a cult hit, but they didn’t spend any money to get it exposure. I’m curious enough to check it out. To get an idea of what you’re in for, check out Stephanie’s review of the theatrical release here.
Kobe Doin’ Work – A Spike Lee Joint
Fans of Kobe Bryant can see a night in his life from last year’s playoffs including his pre and postgame work. I just wonder why Spike Lee felt we needed this movie.
TV and Re-Issues True Blood: The Complete First Season
HBO always has a show in the works it seems and they are hoping this Vampire drama will fill one of the voids left by Deadwood, The Wire, and The Sopranos. The reviews have been strong so far and it looks like they might be pricing this set reasonably, which has always been my criticism of HBO’s DVD sets.
24: Season Seven
This is another solid season for 24 which helps atone for the weaker sixth season. Although the return of Tony Almeida is a mixed bag of good and stupid.