DVD features are coming up a little dry this week with only the reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise and Tyler Perry‘s 400th movie this year hitting the shelves. Luckily, DVD manufacturers are sending us all out to the movies with a bevy of re-released titles loaded with summer movie cash.
All that, plus a trio of cable shows hitting the shelves, and the three worst DVDs of the week!
So is this what’s it’s come to with long-running franchises? That they come become so creatively bankrupt we revert back to re-making the original film only to start the whole process all over again?
It seems that way with franchises like James Bond, Batman, and Halloween following the practice to various levels of success.
It’s hard to say whether or not to count this one as a success or failure. You may recall its outlandish $40 Million opening that had studio execs having money-fight parties all up-and-down Hollywood Blvd. You may also recall that the opening weekend accounted for about 60% of the film’s overall gross.
Of course, you could also judge success based on the film’s quality. To do that, you should buy the extended cut DVD.
Starring: Tyler Perry
Is Madea the black/cross-dressing version of Ernest P. Worrell?
The similarities are a bit eerie: They’re funny, but not funny enough that you’d actually want to watch them for 90 minutes, they’re the singular creation of a comic that probably grew well beyond its limits, and they’re derided by critics but loved by fans.
All that and now Madea is going to jail? If Tyler Perry’s next opus sees her either ‘Scared Stupid’, Saving Christmas or discussing life with Vern then the comparison is complete.
In the meantime, you can pad her creators’ overgrown wallet and buy the DVD.
TV ON DVD
“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” – Season Two
This series may be on ABC Family, but it actually garnered quite a bit of controversy in its first and second seasons? Why? Because its lead was supposedly too young to play a pregnant teen who soon becomes a mother. It was considered exploitative.
Nevermind the fact that teen pregnancy has been on TV for decades. The problem was that in those days teens were played by 25-year-olds instead of the 15-year-old playing a 15-year-old on this series. Amazing how jarring it is to see real life, isn’t it?
So join the controversy and buy the DVD.
- “Burn Notice”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Everwood”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Family Guy”: Volume 7 – Buy Now
- Jesse Stone: Thin Ice – Buy Now
- “Saving Grace”: Season 2 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
Summer Comedy Movie Cash
No matter what special editions get released in a week, free money is always going to win out with regards to being featured here.
This week, the studios have given you 38 chances to get your hands on some Summer Comedy Movie Cash. There’s no specifics about which movies these are actually for, but since all the DVD’s come from Universal it’s a good chance you’ll get a voucher for Funny People and/or Bruno.
Get your Summer Comedy Movie Cash.
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: Remember that cool thriller you went to go see in 2000 because it had J-Lo and Vince Vaughn in it then you found out it was a plotless mess of an excuse to show a few cool visuals?
Well now they’ve made a sequel to it! And it went straight-to-DVD!
We don’t get political here at HSTDROTW headquarters, so this goes into the ranks for the fact that the filmmakers chose that on-the-nose title to sum up the theme and that people described the DVD as having “poor sound and picture quality”.
The Case to Vote for It: Not only does this movie have an awful title, but it’s an outright lie! This movie isn’t a Robin Hood type tale at all. Instead, it’s the story of two inept crews who plot to rob the same drug dealer at the same time! What does that have to do with Robin Hood?