After last week’s DVD bonanza, this week is a little short with just State of Play to wet your home video appetites. Fortunately, Turner Classic Movies is filling the gap with several box sets of legendary films and there’s plenty of TV on DVD available as well. Oh yes, there’s also the three worst DVDs of the week.

Check it all out below…


State of Play

Starring: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck and Helen Mirren

This is probably the most underrated film made so far this year. It was almost a throwback to mid-70s thrillers when the system was the enemy. Where we saw bedraggled heroes methodically thumbing in order to get to the truth, rather than those quick slapdash shots that may give a cheap thrill, but no real thought is required.

The movie was also a love letter to true journalism. This wasn’t a film about the writing process – instead it showed the extreme amount of work required to write what took Crowe’s character fifteen minutes of actual work behind the keyboard.

So check out the DVD, it’s one you shouldn’t have missed.



HeroesFugitivesALP8-31-09“Heroes” – Season 3

Never has a show plummeted more quickly than “Heroes.” During it’s first season, it was essentially the show of the year, combining ratings, buzz, and acclaim for the super-trifecta of hit making.

Then the second season came, and it sucked. Then the third season came and it sucked more. It’s gotten to the point where if a former fan runs into somebody who says, “I’m so into ‘Heroes’!” they correctly guess that the person must be watching the first season on DVD.

This is followed by a round bit of nostalgia about how good the show used to be, and then a firm recommendation to stop watching the show at the episode before the first season’s finale and pretend it ended there.

Of course, it didn’t and many-a-newly obsessed fans may mistakenly purchase this DVD.


  • “America” – Buy Now
  • “Brothers & Sisters″: Season 3 – Buy Now
  • “CSI”: Season 9 – Buy Now
  • “Desperate Housewives”: Season 5 – Buy Now
  • “The Game”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares”: Season 2 – Buy Now
  • “Rescue Me”: Season 5 – Buy Now
  • “Supernatural”: Season 4 – Buy Now
  • “Two-and-a-Half Men”: Season 6 – Buy Now


TCM Greatest Classics Film Collections

Everybody’s favorite old movie channel is outdoing itself this week by releasing three boxed sets of some of the best films from their library. What’s even better is that you can buy each for about 20 bucks.

Sci-Fi Collection:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Soylent Green
  • The Time Machine (1960)

Mystery Collection:

  • The Big Sleep
  • Dial M for Murder
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Horror Collection:

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
  • Freaks
  • The Haunting (1963)
  • House of Wax (1953)

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:

DrifterHenryLeeLucasALP8-31-09Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas

The Case to Vote for It: Henry Lee Lucas isn’t the most famous of serial killers, but he may have been the most prolific – confessing to hundreds of murders when he was finally captured in the 1980s. Now, as a final punishment for his crimes, the inimitable Antonio Sabato, Jr. will portray him in a film. Not surprisingly, it went straight to DVD.

EarthDayALP8-31-09Earth Day

The Case to Vote for It: This movie is being advertised as an Unrated Director’s Cut. Doesn’t a film have to have some other type of cut in order to differentiate itself with an Unrated Director’s Cut? Doesn’t it have to be rated first? Also, the cover features a topless girl with a knife behind her back.  Saucy.


The Case to Vote for It: Yes, this movie stars Mariah Carey. Yes, it went straight to DVD.  No, it doesn’t need any more justification.

So Which is the Worst of the Week?

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