This is an absolute must-buy and the best movie of the year to this point. More than that, it’s a celebration of movies in general as its main character, a lovable robot, expresses itself through old Hollywood musicals when his beeps and chirps fail him. Fan of cartoons or not, this is an essential addition to any DVD collection.
Starring: Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey, Jr.
It never seemed like it would be possible, but somebody managed to make a comedy with Jack Black and nobody noticed. He’s barely visible in the film, completely overshadowed by Stiller, Downey, Steve Coogan, several newcomers and unexpected appearances from the likes of Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey. Did anybody ever think Black would be completely consumed by the rest of the cast of a film?
Speaking of those unexpected appearances, wasn’t it amazing to see McConaughey actually acting again? No more shirtless mugging, just real bombastic comedy. Also, it’s strange that Cruise had to play a man of pure evil to get people to like him again.
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TV ON DVD
“Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Complete Series”
Long before “Saturday Night Live” set the standard for sketch comedy, five Brits and one American created a series that would raise the bar for all comedy with a sketch series that’s never been topped.
In this monstrous set, fans can enjoy old favorites like “The Lumberjack Song” and “The Fish Slapping Dance” while those who are only familiar with the movies get to experience more than 22 hours of blazing comedy in a 21-disc set they never knew existed.
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SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
“Heathers: Limited Edition Locker Set”
The unfortunate name of its special edition notwithstanding, “Heathers” is still the best dark high school comedy of all time. Before the term frenemy became vogue, Winona Ryder was poisoning a group of girls sharing the name of the title, while Christian Slater pulls a gun at school. Oh yeah, they also play a killer game of strip croquet.
This 2-disc edition is loaded with extras including two featurettes and an alternate ending screenplay.
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HORRIBLE STRAIGHT-TO-DVD RELEASE OF THE WEEK
Starring: Vincent Pastore and dozens of Italian actors
There’s a pizza place in New York. But this isn’t just an ordinary pizza place, it’s been in the family for decades and now it’s facing trouble. This trouble isn’t simply related to these tough economic times though. Oh no. These are big troubles. We’re talking mafia troubles. Now it’s up to the shop owner to save the family business while keeping Big Pussy and his fellow gangsters out of the dough.