This week, we once again welcome Keanu Reeves into our homes with the release of the megabomb The Day the Earth Stood Still. Luckily, it’s still Oscar DVD season so we get Doubt to fill a need for good acting. Also, we have family films with Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey, if you’re looking for something for the kiddies.
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…
The producers of this film have some brass ones. Why? Because they are actually packaging this tepid remake with the 1930s classic that routinely finds itself on top 100 lists for the best movie ever made.
Who made this decision and what was there reasoning? They wanted to apologize for desecrating another Hollywood classic? They felt guilty that anybody would pay to watch Keanu Reeves sleepwalk through another movie and wanted to make sure they got at least one good film for their money? They simply want to embarrass themselves?
Special Features are never really that exciting, but the DVD release of this film is greatly improved by its director’s commentary. This is because Doubt may be the worst-directed film of the decade as John Patrick Shanely spends the entire picture getting in the way of his cast and his own screenplay with frenetic camera and wind-swept ambiance that does nothing but distract.
This is why a director’s commentary is such a brilliant feature! What fun to watch Shanely explain why he included about 1,600 cuts in the climactic scene rather than letting Hoffman and Streep just act! Surely Shanley’s reasoning for having Davis and Streep walk down a leaf-strewn road during their devastating scene will possibly be more entertaining than the entire film.
So rush for the one-disc set and fire up the commentary track!
- Bedtime Stories – Learn More – Buy Now
- Donkey Punch – Learn More – Buy Now
- I.O.U.S.A. – Learn More – Buy Now
- Tale of Despereaux – Learn More – Buy Now
- Yes Man – Learn More – Buy Now
TV ON DVD
A J.J. Abrams Extravaganza!
It could be the impending release of Star Trek, it might be that “Lost” is heating up, it could be that “Fringe” returns to the air this week. Whatever the case, Two of J. J. Abrams most beloved TV series are getting the full DVD re-release treatment this weekend.
And it’s a full re-release. That’s right. All four seasons of “Felicity” and all five of “Alias” hit the shelves this week with designs on giving everyone an Abrams overdose.
Luckily, “What About Brian?” wasn’t included.
- “Beverly Hills: 90210”: Season 7 – Buy Now
- “Deadliest Catch”: Season 4 – Buy Now
- “Down and Dirty with Jim Norton” – Buy Now
- “Dynasty”: Season 4, Volume 1 – Buy Now
- “The Paper Chase”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Yo Gabba Gabba: New Friends” – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
No Country for Old Men – 3 Disc Collector’s Edition
This is the reason why DVD’s suck. Just when you think your feature-packed original release of this film on DVD is as good as it will ever get, the studio drops a far more essential version of the film onto shelves in another shameless cash grab.
Why? Why can’t we just get the ultimate version on the first pass? Why do we have to line our shelves with special editions only to have then outpaced in six months by collector’s or ultimate editions packed with more features? It’s an endless cycle that makes every DVD purchase a risky investment – that three years from now your version will still be the most definitive.
So buy this new three-disc set. If you dare.
- Tim: 30th Anniversary 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: Dennis Rodman
The Case to Vote for It: This is a basketball movie in which Dennis Rodman leads a team of little people onto the court. How exactly did this get made? What was the pitch meeting like? Well, we got the star of Double Team now we just need five little people for him to coach to a championship. It’s pure gold!
The Case to Vote for It: Well, there’s the title for one. Also the fact that it’s a movie about strippers who run a barber shop while its owner is in jail. Of course, Hijinks ensue because those strippers just can’t stop dancing and taking their clothes off! Oh, exotic dancers, will you ever learn?
The Case to Vote for It: It’s a high school film with the tagline “Life is what you learn between the sheets”. ‘Nuff Said