Finally, we get a really good week of DVD releases. As of late its been pretty slow, but this week will definitely make up for it. There are a couple of sweet comedies, a few great American classics, and a whole slue of badass Indie flicks. It’s weeks like this that keep me believing in the long-term possibilities of DVD’s. Why don’t we have a peek?
As usual I’ll begin with the New Releases-
Good Luck Chuck (Unrated Widescreen Edition) – Staring Dane Cook & Jessica Alba
Now this movie is an awful piece of shit, but it does have Jessica Alba in it, so for me, it’s a watcher, no matter what. Unfortunately, Dane Cook is a genuine ass cow in this flick. He is typically unwatchable, but on this occasion Dr. Fuckenstien really out does himself.
If you want to see a terrible comedy, but that also is a Jessica Alba movie, then you are going to be in heaven. Late at night, when you’re drunk, put on this shit flick, and you’ll probably laugh until you vomit.
Mr. Woodcock – Staring Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon, & Seann William Scott
Here is a very funny film. I love Billy Bob, and man is he hilarious. Seann William Scott is a take it or leave it kind of fellow, at least half the time I’ll take it, and on this one he delivers. Susan Sarandon is the unsung hero of the film, applying a nice, dry wit to the otherwise rambunctious and slapsticky humor. It’s probably not worth purchasing, but definitely rent the sucker, you will love it.
Suburban Girl – Staring Sarah Michelle Gellar & Alec Baldwin
A Manhattan book editor finds her take on the game of romance changed after she lures the attention of an influential older man. This is another very good & funny movie. A lot of you have most likely not herd of it, but I’m telling you it’s quite fun. Baldwin is always great, but Gellar is very funny and pleasant to watch as well. Not only is she beautiful, but actually gives a relatively believable performance. I hope you’ll check it out.
He Was a Quiet Man – Staring Christian Slater & William H. Macy
An office worker inadvertently becomes a hero after he saves a woman’s life. This is the best film this week, by far. Now, I know none of you have seen this movie and it is such a shame because holy shit it is absolutely amazing. Such an under the radar time of film, I think it showed at like two theatres in all of LA. Well, it’s out on DVD tomorrow, hurry and put this fucker in your Netflick queue, and watch it. You’ll go to work the next day and play the “big brain on campus” as you mingle around the water cooler describing every facet of this movie and how sweet Christian Slater is.
There are a couple of other Indie honorable mentions, The Ten, Family Guy – Blue Harvest, Saving Sarah Cain, & Strays staring Vin Diesel.
How about those Special Editions-
When Harry Met Sally… (Collector’s Edition) – Staring Meg Ryan & Billy Crystal
We all know how terrific this movie is, and finally we get a decent edition of the film. We get commentaries, behind the scenes looks, and a couple of music videos and trailers. In all a worthwhile addition to your DVD collection, go and pick it up.
An Affair To Remember (50th Anniversary Edition) – Staring Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
This amazing old film is a total blow out masterpiece. Directed by Leo McCarey who is famous for helming Duck Soup with the Marx Brothers and Going My Way with Bing Crosby really shines as a legendary filmmaker. This 50th anniversary edition is awesome, with a shit load of supplemental material; it should be on your shelf before the weekend. You can go to Foxstore.com to check out all the details.
In the Heat of the Night (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) – Staring Sidney Poitier & Rod Steiger and Directed by Norman Jewison
The history of this film is well known and its cultural relevance and political significance. But more than all that it’s also a terrific movie. A very compelling story and brilliantly acted by all, don’t get burned out by all the “legacy” hoopla, this is a relevant film and should be watched.
The DVD includes a previously released audio commentary by Steiger, director Norman Jewison, co-star Lee Grant and cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and three new documentaries: “Turning Up the Heat: Movie Making in the Turbulent 60s,” “The Slap Heard Around the World” and “Quincy Jones: In the Heat of the Music.”
Breaker Morant – Staring Edward Woodward and Directed by Bruce Beresford
During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war, is using them as scapegoats.
Generally considered one of the great period pieces, Morant is a breathtaking achievement and thank goodness it’s finally out on DVD. It could use a bit more of a supplemental hook-up, but nevertheless, it’s sufficient.
Now on to the Box Sets-
The New Adventures of Old Christine – The Complete First Season – Staring Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Single working mom Christine Campbell has just learned that her ex is dating a much-younger woman with the same first name. To avoid any confusion, everyone calls one woman New Christine and the other Old Christine. You can guess which is which.
Everybody loves this show, including the associated foreign press, and the Emmy people. I like it but don’t love it, it’s not a laugh a minute but Dreyfus is totally hot and I enjoy pretty much whatever she does, even though it’s only this darn show.
Post-War Kurosawa Box (1946-1955) – Director Akira Kurosawa
A different period in the legendary directors history, but probably more important because he had to change and evolve creatively as time went on. Greencine.com has done an awesome job of breaking down all the details and stats related to the box set. It’s a bit pricy, but what the heck, if you’re a collector this is something you might want to have around.
Overall this week gets an 8.4 for film quality and supplemental additions. I would have liked to see a bit more extras, but hey with flicks like these we take what we can get by way of extras. See ya
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