NEW FEATURE FILMS ON DVD
“The Incredible Hulk”
Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, and Tim Roth
After the failure of the first Hulk film, Marvel rebooted everyone’s favorite green giant for a more action-packed version. The results were about the same box office-wise, but reviews were far more positive. Devotees can pick up a 3-disc collector’s edition.
Starring: Liv Tylear and Scott Speedman
For those who though “Funny Games” was too soft, there’s this horror flick where a young couple (Tyler and Speedman) spend a romantic weekend together only to be tormented by a bizarre family in masks. Not quite torture porn, not quite Hitchcock, but certain to be bloody good fun.
Starring: Michael Madsen
This film, exec produced by Quentin Tarantino, features Madsen as the ultimate badass biker in a modern-day tale that looks suspiciously like a 70s motorcycle movie. Maybe that’s because it’s released under the “Grindhouse” brand.
Starring: Ben Stein
This documentary was released in maybe half-a-theater, but counts as a new feature release nonetheless. It features everyone’s favorite deadpan superstar as he investigates why nobody in the scientific community will even launch a rudimentary investigation of whether or not there’s any credence to the theory of Intelligent Design.
“Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot”
The Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (or MCA) directed this documentary that follows several top high school stars as they participate in a playground basketball tournament in Brooklyn. Some of them will be in the NBA this year including Michael Beasely and Jerryd Bayless.
TV ON DVD
- Proving that the target audience of “Family Guy” is morons, that series releases its “Freakin’ Sweet complete with all the equipment required for a night of Ping (see: “Beer”) Pong and enough recycled Simpsons jokes to fill a high school variety show.
- Fans of the classics will rejoice that both “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “The Outer Limits” release their full seasons on DVD.
- Also, “According to Jim” releases its first season today on DVD. The sad thing about that is that there are still seven more seasons to come. At least.
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
The folks at Criterion always do a great job, and this week they’ve given their one-of-a-kind treatment to the Jack Lemmon classic “Missing”. Lemmon earned an Oscar nomination for his role as a father teaming with his missing son’s wife (the also-nominated Sissy Spacek) to learn his fate amidst the political turmoil of the Chilean coup of 1973.
The new Criterion edition features several video interviews with the cast and director as well as an interview with the author of the declassified documents detailing the true story behind the events of the film.
HORRIBLE STRAIGHT-TO-DVD RELEASE OF THE WEEK
Remember when a film tagged with the National Lampoon brand meant that it was funny? Well, those days are over as that brand has found itself onto every lowbrow piece of buffoonery produced in the 21st century.
This week, they reach even lower with the story of sleazy medical attorney who meets the first doctor he can’t sue in “RoboDoc”. Of course, that doctor happens to be a busty blonde, so you can imagine that her robobreasts will make several appearances in a film that features sitcom castoffs David Faustino and Alan Thicke.
Complete list of this weeks DVDs:
• According to Jim: The Complete First Season
• Anaconda 3: Offspring
• Ben 10 Alien Force: Season 1, Volume 1
• Dynasty: The Third Season Volume 2
• Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
• Family Guy: Volume Six
• The Incredible Hulk
• The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Fifth Season
• LA Ink: Season 1 Volume 2
• The Lazarus Project
• Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 6
• The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series
• The Naked Brothers Band: Season 2
• The New Adventures of Old Christine: Season 2
• The Stone Angel
• The Strangers
• A Threevening with Kevin Smith