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Following a Labor Day hiatus, the DVD Releases return just in time to discuss the first summer disappointment of the year as Wolverine hits shelves.

Luckily, there’s also plenty of TV on DVD to wet silver-disced appetites and, as always, the three worst DVDs of the week.

Check it all out below…


X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Starring: Hugh Jackman

This film, well movie, well flick, may be the finest example ever of big screen event-turned-action figure commercial. How else do we explain the thin plot of the movie? How else could somebody justify a storyless mess during which our “hero” does nothing more than traipse through wherever he’s traipsing in an aimless attempt to simply meet as many mutants as possible for just long enough to make the creation of a small toy justified.

It seems this is where we’ve gotten with these remakes and sequels.  Eventually, the story has been so drained out of the characters that now the only reason to make a movie is to figure out an inventive way to further the product tie-ins.

Let’s see if the directors admit as much on the commentary of this two-disc special edition DVD.



“My Name is Earl” – Final Season

The curious case of “My Name is Earl”:  An extremely underrated show, often funnier than its more buzzed-about peers, and routinely earned better ratings as well.

Then, for inexplicable reasons, the axe fell last May as Earl was canceled in favor of shows that don’t get the eyeballs or elicit the guffaws of this mustachioed hero. Even stranger, no other network would pick up the series, a hit with a built-in audience, though it was shopped to nearly everybody.

So now, we have no more Earl, no more Randy, no more Crabman, and, instead, many other shows we didn’t want and won’t be as funny.

At least we can take solace in the final season on DVD.


  • “It’s Always Sunny in Phladelphia”: Season 4 – Buy Now
  • “The Big Bang Theory″: Season 2 – Buy Now
  • “Bonanza”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Crash”: Season 4 – Buy Now
  • “CSI: Miami”: Season 5 – Buy Now
  • “Grey’s Anatomy”: Season 5 – Buy Now
  • “The IT Crowd”: Season 3 – Buy Now
  • “Private Practice”: Season 2 – Buy Now

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: In this movie, James Franco marries Sienna Miller, just so he can attempt to escape to Canada while on parole.  Seems like a completely sensible and logical plan.  The only problem is that they get into a car accident along the way and she dies.  Except she’s kind of not dead.  She’s kind of a zombie.  Or something.  Plus, look at the DVD case – it doesn’t even look like they were together when they took the picture.

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The Case to Vote for It: Well, there’s the title for one.  There’s also the fact that this film was doubtlessly made during the post-LOTR hangover when anything fantasy was getting greenlit for awhile since that movie was so successful.  Now we’ve reached a time when the dregs of this genre are finally making their way on to DVD shelves.  And star people like David James Elliot.

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The Case to Vote for It: Ah, another one of those movies where a bunch of former friends get together after a long while and air out their secrets and grudges.  Plus it has the worst tagline ever – “What You See Isn’t Always What You Get.”  Ugh.