Not much for new feature films on DVD this week, with only a Jonas Brothers concert movie and the last film Joaquin Phoenix made before he became whatever it is that he is now.
Luckily, the TV on DVD shelves are exploding with HBO series galore and some sci-fi hits. Plus, there’s the 20th Anniversary of Spike Lee’s classic ‘Do the Right Thing’ and the three worst DVDs you’ll find anywhere.
Remember that bizarre beard-strewn appearance Joaquin Phoenix made on Letterman a few months ago that had you scrambling to YouTube before Worldwide Pants put up a copyright claim? Well that appearance was promoting this film.
Since nobody could possibly know what the movie is about based on that appearance, it’s loosely based on a Dostoevsky tale that finds Phoenix’s character choosing between two women in New York City.
The fact that the previous sentence was the first time most people had heard a plot summary of Two Lovers is tremendous evidence of the narcissistic nonsense of Phoenix’s appearance. Hundreds of people worked very hard on the movie for months only to see their biggest marketing chip act afool and not mention the movie. Very selfish from the former/future actor and something for which he should apologize as soon as he stops pretending to be strange.
And now that you know what the movie is about, maybe you’ll want to buy the DVD.
- Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience – Learn More – Buy Now
TV ON DVD
“Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” – Season One
Finally, finally we get this series on DVD. All the brilliance of this little time capsule when the 80s became the 90s and hair gel left the lead’s hair immobile.
For those who are unfamiliar, “Lewis” was a bit of a Ferris Beuller rip-off about a ne’er-do-well kid who pretty much runs his high school. Unlike that film, the show incredibly quirky, kind of a precursor to “Scrubs”.
Seriously, check it out and buy the DVD.
- “Eastbound and Down”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Entourage”: Season 5 – Buy Now
- “Entourage”: Seasons 1-5 – Buy Now
- “Eureka”: Season 4 – Buy Now
- “Princess Protection Program” – Buy Now
- “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Stargate: Atlantis”: Season 5 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
Do The Right Thing: 20th Anniversary Edition
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been two decades since Spike Lee raised many questions of race and societal tension without being heavy-handed or preachy. Instead, we were greeted with a zippily unique film that through us into the racial frying pan from every single perspective, none that seemed to be right.
The 20th Anniversary Edition DVD contains 11 deleted scenes, commentary from Lee, several documentaries including retrospectives and making-ofs, and an interview at Cannes in 1989.
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: Ah, another in the most amazingly cliched tagline canon. For this film, it’s “What She Doesn’t Know Could Kill Her”. Who wrote this tagline? Who is getting jobs simply re-writing hackneyed lines from the forties? As for the film itself, it follows the story of a woman whose husband may have stolen money from the mob.
And the cliches keep on coming! (Yes, that was also a cliche)
The Case to Vote for It: If the fifteen Fast and Furious movies weren’t enough. If you couldn’t get your appetite satiated by Redline and the numerour other ripoffs. Now you have Octane, a film which, once again, delves into the world of illegal street racing.
What’s the difference between this and the other movies? Nothing, except that it wasn’t good enough to be released in theaters.
The Case to Vote for It: Another entry in the Jaws canon of terror lurking in the water that’s not nearly as scary or interesting as the original shark picture, but all the more implausible. In this film a captain and a sea biologist have to stop the creature before it destroys all mankind!