Two ends of the spectrum for DVD releases this week. One of the mega-half-assed-hits of the year The Proposal prematurely comes to DVD and the most puzzling bomb of the year (only a “bomb” because it should have made more than Wolverine and Transformers combined, and yet it didn’t make half as much in total as either blockbuster did opening night), Drag Me To Hell, joins it in silver-disked glory.
Also, just a smattering of TV on DVD, a newly packaged Oliver Stone classic and the three worst DVD’s of the week!
Check it all out below…
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock
There’s just no stopping Sandy B. After a two-year hiatus from pretty much anything resembling fame, she stormed back this year to a nearly $200 million megahit that made “surefire box office” fare like Angels & Demons and Terminator look like September releases.
Seems Bullock may be one of the few remaining bankable stars – the female Will Smith perhaps? How else to explain the unbridled success of a film promoted with a trailer whose best joke was, “It’s the morning”?
Not that they need any more money, but now you can buy this hit on DVD.
It’s very strange. Every week in the spring there seems to be the same horror movie released in theaters. They always have teens, they always have a bad title, and the trailer always looks horrible. Not only that, they’re always universally panned by reviewers and often by audience who are disappointed more often than not. Despite all this, these movies always make money. Sometimes into the upper realm of eight figures.
Then, in May, a movie comes out with a dynamite trailer and better young pretty actors than we normally see. It’s touted as “From the Director of Spider-Man” and gets universally great reviews. A surefire hit right? After all, all the bad movies make money, so why not the good one?
Of course, like all potentially sure things, it bombs. Which, means you have to buy it on DVD for anybody to make money. So sad.
TV ON DVD
“Futurama” – Complete Series
This could be the most in-retrospect overrated series of all time. It’s hard to walk fifteen feet on the Internet without happening upon a message board lamenting its cancellation or discussing how it was the most brilliant series ever to series.
Problem is, this was not anywhere close to the talk at the time of its premiere. Pretty much, the only response to this show was, “It’s okay, but it’s not as good as ‘The Simpsons’.” Despite that, a few timely Adult Swim reruns, and it’s the gold standard by which we measure all humor in the world.
Needless to say, there’s going to be a huge run on this 18-disc collection.
- “Flashpoint”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Girlfriends”: Season 1-7 – Buy Now
- “Legend of the Seeker”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Married. . .With Children”: Season 11 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
Natural Born Killers – Unrated Director’s Cut
After seeing Woody Harrelson as a funny/lovable killer in Zombieland it may just be time to see him as a real/scary killer. Luckily, Natural Born Killers is on DVD in a new two-disc set for just that purpose.
This is the unrated director’s cut (not sure what more mania could be inflicted, seemed like the film reached its quotient quite nicely) but expect as much gore as you can possibly handle alongside these extras.
- Introduction by Oliver Stone.
- Commentary by director Oliver Stone.
- Featurette: NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now? – a new documentary providing a look at how the film might be different if today’s technology advancements were available.
- Chaos Rising: The Storm Around Natural Born Killers – a ‘making-of’ documentary about the storm of controversy surrounding the film.
- Six deleted scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone.
- Alternate Ending with introduction by Oliver Stone.
- Charlie Rose Interview – Charlie Rose interviews Oliver Stone on the making of this violent film.
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: Here’s the official description: “Wilbur Krump has just about every card stacked against him; with an empty bank account, a dead end job, a few extra pounds, and a cop who has it out for him. If that s not enough he still lives with his mother! So who in their right mind would want to marry him?” Umm, probably nobody, but dollars to donuts he marries something of a dreamgirl. How about something that’s in the least realistic?
The Case to Vote for It: Okay, so this movie actually came out about three years ago, but here it is being released on DVD again. Why? Because it has Robert Pattinson in it, of course, and you never take a time to roll out a newly super-successful actor’s earlier foibles onto DVD when there’s the possiblity of duping tween girls. That’s like the first rule of the film business.
The Case to Vote for It: Here’s why you should never sign up for one of those psychological experiments that pays money for participating. Because you just might end up in a white room with four strangers and eventually become forced to kill each other! Seriously, it’s a real hazard of responding to those Craigslist ads.