This week, the granddaddy of all DVDs hits as Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire lands on shelves five weeks after ransacking the Oscars.
Also, family fave Marley & Me goes to the small screen alongside the enigmatic Seven Pounds.
Check them out below as well as a slew of new TV on DVD releases and your first chance to pick the worst DVD being released this week.
Starring: Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Here it is. Finally on DVD. The year’s Best Picture winner! At last. Actually, it’s amazing how quickly this movie hit DVD. The engraving has barely set on its month-old Oscar and we’ve already given up on showing it in theaters? There still aren’t people rushing to see what is ostensibly the best movie of the year on the big screen?
This is the downside to the home media revolution. There just aren’t many people experiencing movies in their intended medium – the massive screen of a theater. In years past, a Best Picture winner would sit in theaters until the summer movies invaded, now it’s just a waiting game until they rush it onto DVD.
For those who think their TVs and iPods are the best way to enjoy a movie, you can pick up the DVD.
Starring: Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston
This movie was borderline mean. Mean to children. Almost child abuse. How many parents took their kids to this flick on Christmas expecting to see a cute family comedy about a dog only to be treated to a week’s worth of nightmares?
Be it the rampant promiscuity of Owen Wilson’s friend, the stabbing of his neighbor or the infamous euthanatizing of the titular pooch at the end of the film, there wasn’t a parent in the country who didn’t immediately regret hauling the tots to this flick. The creators of the movie should offer to babysit the kids of any parent who lost sleep due to kids crying about this one.
TV ON DVD
“Ricky Gervais: Out of England”
Everybody at this point probably knows that Ricky Gervais is one of the funniest people on the planet. Be it his pair of hit shows (the original “Office” and “Extras”), his surreal podacast, or his boffo appearances at every awards show, we’ve all seen and laughed at this comic genius.
But you many not know just how funny he is. So try this on for size -
Do you really need to know anything else to make you want to check this one out on DVD?
- “Jim Gaffigan: King Baby” – Buy Now
- “Real Ghostbusters”: Volume 1 – Buy Now
- “California Dreams” Seasons 1 and 2 – Buy Now
- “In Plain Sight”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- Dennis Miller: The HBO Specials – Buy Now
- “The IT Crowd”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Hope & Faith”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “The Fugitive”: Seasons 1 and 2 – Buy Now
- “Hannah Montana: Keeping it Real” – Buy Now
- “Spectacular!” – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
None! There are absolutely zero special editions being released this week. A shame. A dirty rotten shame.
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: John Schneider and Ryan Kennedy
The Case to Vote for It: This movie is kind of like The Village except that the town is even more idyllic. The residents enjoy peace, no diseases and everlasting life. How did this happen you ask? They made a pact with an Ogre who lives in the mountains!
Starring: Jesse Metcalf and Shriya Saran
The Case to Vote for It: First of all, it has Jesse Metcalf, and anything with the poor man’s Freddie Prinze, Jr. always merits consideration for the worst film of all time. Secondly, it’s basically “Sleepless in Seattle” except using the oh-so-wonderful theme of outsourcing! Yes, a man falls in love with an Indian phone bank employee whose accent is so good she must be in Califorina.
Starring: Faye Dunaway
The Case to Vote for It: It is a “psychosexual thriller” featuring the 68-year-old, oscar-winning legend that is Faye Dunaway. That’s both disturbing and depressing.