Not a whole lot hitting the shelves this week, just the Best Picture nominee you didn’t see (The Reader) and the attempted blockbuster that absolutely nobody saw (The Spirit). Luckily, we have all 8 seasons of “Wings” to tide us over until next week!
Check out below to see what else is new on DVD this week…
This was the most controversial Best Picture nominee perhaps of all time. Be it the 30 minutes of softcore porn to start the film, the movie’s supposed apology for the Holocaust or the fact that it kept mega-hit The Dark Knight from storming the Kodak Theater a lot of things found people resenting the film immediately after its name appeared onscreen at the nominations ceremony early one Tuesday morning.
But what about the film itself? Good? Bad? Mediocre? Nobody seems to know the answer to that question. The torrent of pre-judging found many people refusing to see the film. They said things like, “Why would I see that anti-Semitic picture” or “I’m not seeing anything that robbed The Dark Knight” or even “I’ve already seen Kate Winslet naked in fifteen other movies, what’s one more?”
Well, shame on you all! Enough prejudice, see all your 2008 Best Picture nominees and buy the DVD.
(*Note from the Editor: I saw this movie (read review) and was blown away by it. This or Milk was my pick of the year. It’s beautiful, poignant, and in no way anti-Semitic. People who “worked” for the Nazis were not evil, they were being told by their government that what they were doing was right. The point of the movie is to see why people do the things they do, so that we as a people can wake up and hopefully make better decisions in the future. Think big picture people!*)
Speaking of films absolutely nobody saw, here’s The Spirit with it’s sub-$20 million domestic gross and likely $90 million advertising budget. It seemed like every commercial break from Thanksgiving to New Year’s featured The Spirit in some capacity, and yet the theaters remained empty.
This should be an embarrassing film on the level of Cutthroat Island or The Postman for the amount of ad bucks spent for very little return, but nobody seemed to notice. So instead of becoming the next Ishtar, The Spirit falls into that odd state of limbo occupied by films like Poseidon – a bomb that nobody remembers at all, not even in a bad way.
So rush out for the DVD before it disappears into a sea of indifference.
TV ON DVD
“Wings”: The Complete Series
Remember lazy weekdays in the summer during childhood when the only options on TV were soap operas and boring game shows? Then you turned up the dial a few notches to the USA Network and discovered Joe, Brian, Lowell, Helen and the rest of the crew at the Tom Nevers Airfield.
Remember when that seemed like the only thing that channel ran 24/7? Whether it was 10:00AM or 5:00PM you could always catch those wacky pilots on USA.
So start your own USA network nostalgia channel with this 27-disc set.
- “House of Saddam” – Buy Now
- “Knots Landing”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Malcolm & Eddie”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Skins”: Volume 2 – Buy Now
- “Super Mario Bros. Super Show”: Best Of – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
Pillow Talk – 50th Anniversary Edition
You may not know it – but treacly little Pillow Talk was actually a bit of a groundbreaking film. This is due to director Michael Gordon’s revolutionary idea to have his leads Doris Day and Rock Hudson talk to each other in bed – but on a split screen via the telephone. This kept copacetic with the Production Code’s insistence on separate beds while achieving the intimacy required in the story.
This new edition includes Commentary by film historians and a couple of featurettes including one documenting the “chemistry” between the closeted Rock Hudson and his costar.
HORRIBLE STRAIGHT-TO-DVD RELEASE OF THE WEEK
Three terrible movies, three new DVDs. Which is the worst? Cast your vote and tell the world!
The nominees are:
The Case to Vote for It: Here is the actual plot of this movie – A guy who likes to have sex with kitchen appliances accidentally has his penis amputated in one such act of love. He’ll never be able to make love again, until he learns of a porn star that just passed away – making a penis transplant possible. All that plus a horrible double entendre in the title!
The Case to Vote for It: It stars Steve Guttenberg for one. There’s also the plot to consider. In the midst of a painful divorce a boy accidentally falls down a well. Hate it when that happens. Luckily, the Gutte, playing a fireman, is there to rescue him. There’s also supernatural elements – because that’s the only thing this story was missing!
The Case to Vote for It: This is a nice family tale about a young boy who doesn’t want to play sports and instead trains to be a male cheerleader, learning about himself and life in the process. Doesn’t sound too bad, so why is this on the ballot? Because LOST’s Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) plays the kindly neighbor who mentors this boy. What is he going to teach him? How to slowly break down and manipulate others with a Machiavellian gleam in his eye? This can’t end well.