This Week’s Tastiest Morsel
Star Trek (Two-Disc Digital Copy Edition)
The reboot of the Star Trek franchise was much better and more successful than I had imagined and they follow it up with a solid DVD launch. You can choose between the Two-Disc standard edition and a Three-Disc Blu-ray which has game demos on the extra third disc for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Included on the sets are deleted scenes which include a peek of the Klingons which will likely be in the next feature film.
Sacha Baron Cohen returns with a little less success and fanfare as he follows up Borat with another improv laden hoax on the public. The DVD has a bunch of deleted and extended scenes and a commentary with the star and director giving behind the scenes insight into the film.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Its A Very Sunny Christmas
This is a 60 minute special episode which is being released early on DVD to enjoy this holiday season, although this will likely be included in the 5th season set if you have been collecting them all.
The Limits of Control
Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) enters the realm of crime thriller with an international cast including Gael Garcia Bernal, John Hurt, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Isaach De Bankole. His movies are usually a little talky, but I think this might be an interesting genre for him so I will check it out.
The director of the wild foreign film Oldboy takes on the tale of a priest who becomes a vampire after getting a blood transfusion. He naturally struggles with his new desires and this should make for another compelling story worth your time. And if you haven’t seen Oldboy check it out before the rumored Hollywood remake which will surely be weaker.
My Sister’s Keeper
Cameron Diaz stars in this film about a mother who has a special needs daughter who relies on the blood of her sister to survive, and the sister now wants to be freed from her life as a donor and live her own life. The DVD is nearly featureless.
Downhill Racer (The Criterion Collection)
Criterion has procured the rights to this early Robert Redford film where he plays a cocky professional downhill skier who’s coach (Gene Hackman) tries to reign him in.
Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series
Conan’s returning sidekick, Andy Richter, had two stints in the sitcom world and this was his last effort which was cut short and until now unavailable on DVD. The set has some interesting and funny behind the scenes coverage with Richter, Conan, and his writing team including Jane Espenson (Buffy), and Jonathan Groff (How I Met Your Mother).
Dane Cook: ISolated INcident
This has Dane Cook toning down his more over-the-top antics for a more intimate set filmed at the Laugh Factory in L.A.
Double Dip DVDs
Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition)
The re-issue has three new documentaries on the Two-Disc set or you can choose one of the epic Five-Disc sets with a limited edition case full of prints, programs, and the CD soundtrack. I recommend the big set because the artwork on the base Two-Disc DVD is terribly photoshopped work while the set has the classic artwork from the poster.
The Sopranos: The Complete Series
This is almost identical to the set released last year, but they cut out the soundtrack and the book. There are no new features so this is a strange re-issue less than a year later.
Rome: The Complete Series
This is another HBO reissue which unites the previously available sets into one new case.
Farscape: The Complete Series
All four seasons united with a ton of features including 29 commentaries, a bunch of documentaries and featurettes, and cast interviews.