So many DVDs, so little time. This week we have some interesting choices including Quantum of Solace and Bolt, as well as a few lesser known films by Rob Schneider and Freddie Prinze Jr. Check out a full list and commentary for this weeks DVD film, TV, special edition and horrible straight-to-DVD releases below…
Starring: Daniel Craig
If a James Bond movie is released, and nobody cares, did it even really exist? That’s the question facing Quantum of Solace a James Bond movie that left theaters more quickly than an Aston Martin and with less fanfare than even Timothy Dalton’s worst takes on the franchise.
The movie wasn’t that bad.It wasn’t that good either.It was like the type of “American Idol” performance that gets a contestant voted off: simply forgettable.It could be that it was only 90 minutes long and did away with any semblance of a plot, favoring pure visceral action to the densely formulated conspiracies of the past.It could be that Bond wasn’t any fun, turning into an angry secret agent bent on vengeance.
Voices of: John Travolta and Miley Cyrus
Much like Solace, Bolt debuted to almost no fanfare, and left theaters without anybody seeming to care. Did anybody talk about this movie at any point during its release? Sure it made boatloads of cash, got excellent reviews, and earned an Oscar nomination, but nobody ever seemed to notice it was in theaters.
It’s very peculiar, considering it featured mega-stars Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, but that didn’t seem to matter.Maybe it will find new life with its DVD Release with a two-disc and single-disc edition.
TV ON DVD
“The Life & Times of Tim”: Season 1
You probably missed this series on HBO when it was buried as part of their “Late Night Sunday” block, but it certainly deserves your eyes. It’s an animated gem from the creator of the Budweiser Lizards. An odd source for comedy, but one that delivered outstanding results.
“Tim” follows maybe the most intensely laid-back character in the history of television as he deals with misadventures ranging from causing a priest to question his occupation to putting a hooker in a church choir. All is delivered with a deadpan that makes Ben Stein seem like he’s had fifteen Red Bulls.
Definitely check this one out on DVD.
- “Andy Richter Controls the Universe”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit o’ Revolution” – Buy Now
- “In Treatment”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “The Riches”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Room 222”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Runaway”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Sesame Street: Follow That Bird” 25th Anniversary Edition – Buy Now
- “Taggart”: Set 1 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
Fast and the Furious Movies
Following last week’s shameless re-release of about 1400 movie packed with Fast and Furious movie cash, somebody got the bright idea to release two-disc limited editions of the first three movies in this landmark series.
- To Catch a Thief: Centennial Edition – Buy Now
- “The Odd Couple”: Centennial Edition – Buy Now
- Lilo & Stitch: Big Wave Edition – Buy Now
- Never Say Never Again: Collector’s Edition – Buy Now
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Collector’s Edition – Buy Now
HORRIBLE STRAIGHT-TO-DVD RELEASE OF THE WEEK
It’s time for this section to become a little bit more democratic.So now we’re offering three nominees for the HSTDROTW and giving you the ability to vote on which movie you think is the worst to make its premiere on store shelves this week.
The nominees are:
Starring: Rob Schneider
The Case to Vote for It:It’s starring Rob Schneider!Need anything else be said?Even The Animal got released in theaters meaning this movie is thought to be significantly WORSE than that one.Worse than Deuce Bigelow, worse than Surf Ninjas. Possibly the worst Rob Schneider movie ever made.That’s saying something.
Starring: Val Kilmer
The Case to Vote for It: It shares its title with a holiday nobody cares about.It features Kilmer in an hour’s worth of makeup every day and co-stars everybody’s favorite Wilmer: Valderamma. All that and it’s about the most hackneyed of all clichés – the last big heist.
Starring: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Chris Klein
The Case to Vote for It:Look at that cast! It’s like a role call of actors whose careers ended in 2005. This movie gives you the answer to the question “What happened to the tall guy in ‘American Pie’?” and “Is Freddie Prinze, Jr. still alive?” Plus, it’s about a love triangle. How original!