After weeks of drudging through lame horror movies and other early-year fare, we’re finally treated to some DVD releases we actually WANT to buy.  Those include Watchmen and Coraline, two visual stunners and hits in their own right.

Of course, we still have loads of TV on DVD to roll out, plus the three worst DVDs of the week! Check it all out below…



It’s strange that in a movie-going era where anything comic book dominates the hobnobbing of cinephiles for weeks, that such an example of what the genre can be at its best is already somewhat forgotten.

That example was, of course, Watchmen, a film with the visual grandeur of Iron Man, the excitement of Transformers, and the complexity of theme found in The Dark Knight.  It could be that it was too complex, too unfamiliar for the public and that led to its floundering with a by-comparison unimpressive $100MM gross.

Luckily, the film lives on in a two-disc DVD that’s packed with nearly 30 minutes of additional footage in the form of a Director’s cut as well as retrospectives about the original comic and webisodes detailing the film’s creation

However, this set also purportedly includes an insert advertising the ‘Ultimate Edition’ of this DVD coming at Christmas time. So buy with caution.


As visually stunning as any Pixar film, as creepy as any horror movie; Coraline was an interesting filmic experiment that turned out to be a substantial success early in the year.

But what about that creepiness? This film features wicked rag-doll, and borderline violent images that stick with even the most veteran filmgoer long after the first viewing. For children, this must have been a nightmare cocktail.

This, of course, underscores a problem with animated films these days – they don’t seem to make them for children anymore. Animators have become so wrapped up in the ‘appeals to adults’ model that they forgot all about the children. Now we’re left with films about old people dying and a horrific fantasia that can only induce nightmares

So if you don’t mind hearing your children scream, buy the DVD.



“Jon & Kate Plust Eight” – Season 4, Volume 2

Remember when this couple was just a harried family trying to raise eight children instead of fodder for endless tabloids and Internet speculation?

Of course you don’t!  But it’s true, and here’s the DVD proof.  A season that included nothing more than the Harlem Globetrotters, puppies and walking in the woods to worry about.

Ah, simpler times!


  • “This American Life”: Season 2 – Buy Now
  • “Charlie’s Angeles”: Season 4 – Buy Now
  • “Hotel”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “The Lucy Show”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Monk”: Season 7 – Buy Now
  • “Prison Break”: Final Break – Buy Now
  • “Psych”: Season 3 – Buy Now
  • “Pushing Daisies”: Final Season – Buy Now


MadeinUSAALP7-20-09Made in USA – Criterion Collection

People shy away from Frency New Wave, expecting something impossibly pretentious and artsy to dominate their screen, but when Godard was in full flow in the sixties this wasn’t the case.

Instead, he treated audiences to delirious caper films with a dash of noir and a touch of cartoonery.  Of course, there was always some social commentary in there, but at face value these films were pure fun.

With Made in USA he turned his frenzied eye on American consumerism with the story of an amateur sleuth investigating the death of her lover.  Its satirical, funny and crazy fun.

With the Criterion DVD, it’s also loaded with features.  These include interviews with the starts, original trailers, a featurette detailing the cultural references in the film and video essaying detailing the film and its impact.

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:

EchelonConspiracyALP7-20-09Echelon Conspiracy

The Case to Vote for It: The fact that this movie stars the immortal Shane West is probably enough for inclusion.  Even worse is that its plot is essentially a direct rip-off of Eagle Eye where a young kid unwittingly finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy set to unravel the entire world!  All that plus Ving Rhames, Edward Burns, and Martin Sheen.  Shouldn’t those guys be in theatrical releases?

Friday at DeWayne’s

FridayAtDeWaynesALP7-20-09The Case to Vote for It: Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) this is not a new direct-to-DVD entry in the Friday movie series.  Instead, it’s a movie about DeWayne, a kid whose parents go out of town for the weekend, spurring him to throw the ultimate house party.

If only he could escape the intrusions of his grandma and principal!  Or a premise without any cliches whatsoever!

Messengers 2: The Scarecrow

Messengers2ALP7-20-09The Case to Vote for It: Did you know that Messengers 1 actually came out in theaters?  And starred Kristen Stewart?  Of course you didn’t.  Nobody did.  Because nobody saw it.  Despite this, they’ve decided to make a sequel and, surprise surprise, it went straight to DVD!