Not a whole lot on DVD this week. The 3-D extravaganza Monsters vs. Aliens is about all we have in the feature category with just a few minuscule indie films joining the fray.
There’s still some TV on DVD to dominate your player, and the 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz to keep you happy on this meager week. And, of course, the three worst DVDs anywhere!
Check it all out below…
Most people don’t know this, but Monsters vs. Aliens made nearly $200 million earlier this year! Why, you ask? How does a movie that seemed to just pass under the radar make so much money. Well, 3-D of course! 3-D has become a surefire way to rake in the green at the box office. It doesn’t seem to matter what the movie is, or what the reviews say, you strap on those glasses and you’re ready to start counting your earnings.
Don’t believe it’s true? Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs just beat out a Bruce Willis action film in it’s second week in theaters. How else could that happen if not for those oddly shaped glasses.
So be careful when you buy the DVD. No 3-D there.
TV ON DVD
“Life on Mars” – Complete Series
With “Life on Mars” ABC broke new ground. It wasn’t through its twisty use of time travel or extravagant 70s authenticity, it was in the way it canceled the series.
Normally, fans of shows with a central mystery like this one (Namely, where in the heck is Sam Tyler?) are left wondering what happened when a series is canceled. Fans of “Mars” didn’t have to suffer that fate, as ABC let the producers of the show know in advance that their show was doomed thus allowing it to be wrapped and given its actual conclusion.
So when you buy this DVD, fear not, all your question will be answered.
- “Ax Men”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “CSI: New York″: Season 5 – Buy Now
- “How I Met Your Mother”: Season 3 – Buy Now
- “Kings”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Real Ghostbusters”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Traffik”: 20th Anniversary – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Edition
- Audio Commentary by Historian John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy and Jerry Maren
- Options Music and Effects Only Audio
- “Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo”
- “Good News of 1939 Radio Show”
- “12/25/1950 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast”
- “Dolby 5.1 Sing-Along Feature”
- “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic”
- “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook: Read by Angela Lansbury”
- “Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz”
- “We Haven’t Really Met Properly… Supporting Cast Profile Gallery”
- “Memories of Oz”
- “The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz”
- “Because of the Wonder Thing It Does: The Legacy of Oz”
- “Harold Arlen’s Home Movies”
- “Outtakes and Deleted Scenes” include:
- “If I Only Had a Brain” (4:37)
- “If I Only Had a Heart” (1:36)
- “Triumphal Return to Emerald City” (1:54)
- “Over the Rainbow” (2:08)
- “The Jitterbug” (4:05)
- “It’s a Twister! It’s a Twister! The Tornado Tests” (8:17)
- “Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Excerpt” (2:14)
- “Another Romance of Celluloid: Electrical Power” (10:31)
- “Stills Gallery” is very, very thorough and sure to leave fans pleased.
- “Theatrical Trailer Gallery” includes the following:
- “1939 What Is Oz? Teaser” (0:32)
- “1940 Loews Cairo Theater Trailer” (1:59)
- “1949 Reissue Trailer” (2:50)
- “1949 Grownup Reissue Trailer” (2:22)
- “1970 Children’s Matinee Reissue Trailer” (1:35)
- “1998 Warner Bros. Reissue Trailer” (2:05)
- “Off to See The Wizard Excerpts”
- “Texas Contest Winners”
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: First of all, how is Christian Slater playing a self-help author? What sort of help could he possibly give out? How to be completely vacant during ‘Monday Night Football’? Secondly, does Cuba Gooding, Jr. have the worst career ever for somebody following an Oscar win? Thirdly, what is a movie with two stars of this caliber doing going straight to DVD?
The Case to Vote for It: If there’s a shortcut in the woods that nobody dares take because of the shovel-wielding weirdo who lives nearby, why would you and several of your high school friends decide to take it one day?
Furthermore, what kind of a shortcut is it that goes through the woods behind a school? What is it a shortcut to?
Plus, it has Colin Firth as a guy who wakes from a coma only to discover he supposedly murdered Mena Suvari’s pop star. That sounds plausible.