A surprising almost-hit and pair of not too surprising flops hit DVD this week as Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Pink Panther 2 and Inhkeart roll onto disc. Luckily there is one film of quality being released, Waltz With Bashir.

Unfortunately, that’s about it for home theater lovers this week except for a pair of art films and couple TV series.  At least we still have the three worst DVDs of the week for some unintentional comedy potential.




The Pink Panther 2

Starring: Steve Martin



Ah, Steve Martin. Steve Steve Steve Martin.  We want to love you, we know you’re a genius, but then you spend an entire film looking off-camera to make sure your massive check’s cleared.

But we go anyway. We know it’s probably awful. We know you’re mailing it in to finance your banjo album, but we can’t stay away from a new Steve Martin film, even if we know it’s a sequel nobody asked for, and the results will mirror our opinion.

So go ahead, buy the DVD, you know you will anyway.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Starring: Isla Fisher

It’s rare that the two types of sexist Hollywood cliche are combined into one character, but with Confessions of a Shopaholic we get the chance to see just that.

As the title would suggest, the main character loves to shop.  Absolutely loves it. Just like Hollywood thinks every woman does. What’s more is that all her shopping is keeping her from getting a man – the ultimate quest of any female character in Hollywood.

So buy the DVD, and see this impossible collision of sexist stereotypes.



TomJerryChuckJonesALP6-22-09“Tom and Jerry” – The Chuck Jones Collection

Chuck Jones is the legendary animator responsible for the early days of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Shorts.  In the early 60s he worked on a series of Tom & Jerry shorts following his departure from Warner Bros.

Now you get all those shorts on one collection complete with two documentaries featuring the legendary animator on this two-disc DVD.


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High Hopes

This film established Mike Leigh’s (Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky) stark realism and focus on the working class. While many of his later films went into a bleak dramatic direction, this is a black comedy that satirzes Margaret Thatcher’s England.

Until now, you could only get this DVD in England or part of a set. Now, you can own this DVD on its own.

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:

TheCodeALP6-22-09The Code

The Case to Vote for It: Morgan Freeman!  Antonio Banderas!  Together in a movie that completely skipped theaters and was once called ‘Thick as Thieves’.  A generic bank heist flick that has ‘formulaic’ written all over it.  Sounds like a real winner!


BackwoodsALP6-22-09The Case to Vote for It: In a world where a torture porn movie opens in theaters every single week, something really has to terrible to go straight to DVD.

That’s exactly what’s happened with ‘Backwoods’ as Hilary Duff’s sister leads a cast that encounters some ferocious locals living near their campsite on a high school reunion.  Creepy.

LegendoftheBogALP6-22-09Legend of the Bog

The Case to Vote for It: Vinnie Jones, aka That Big English Guy in Movies, stars as a the leader of a group of people dealing with the attacks of a revenge-seeking mummified body.  Worst of all, they all may have a terrible secret responsible for these mythic attacks.