If you like kids movies get ready, because Ice Age 3 is thawing its way onto disc and Tinkerbell now has her own movie as part of the worst three DVDs of the week.  Plus, in a different type of kids movie Orphan is scaring its way onto the small screen.

Of course, there’s films for grown-ups as well with Woody Allen’s latest and a Costa-Gavras’ initial classic getting the full silver-disced treatment.  Which is good, because there’s little to no TV this week!  For shame!

Check it all out below…


Whatever Works

Pardon the pun, but why didn’t this movie work?  Even more, why did nobody see it?  Why was it not promoted.

This should have been New York comedy nirvana.  Imagine, combining the creator of ‘Seinfeld’ with the mad genius of New York comedy – Woody Allen.  The only thing that could have gotten it funnier and more Manhattany was if Neil Simon did a script polish.

At least that’s the way it should have been.

Instead, this film was wildly uneven, throwing old-timey Woody Allenisms at the wall and seeing if any of them stuck to Larry David’s bald head.  Also, nobody saw it.  So you’ll probably need to buy the DVD if you’d like to see what happens when Larry met Woody.



An uncharacteristically slow week for TV on DVD, with just the following series hitting disc:

  • Adult Swim in a Box – Buy Now
  • “The Fugitive”: Season 3 – Buy Now
  • “The Guardian”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Mannix”: Season 3 – Buy Now


Z – Criterion Collection

In 1969 Costa-Gavras exploded with a crazy verite assassination picture that really shook up what thrillers and political films can and will be going forward.  One of the more underrated pictures in terms of its influence, this is one of the first movies to ratchet up the suspense by shooting the whole film in a less glossy and more real way. A precursor to stuff as new as Paranormal Activity.

Finally, it’s getting the full DVD treatment thanks to the good folks at Criterion with a special edition DVD loaded with features:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Peter Cowie
  • New interviews with Costa-Gavras and Coutard
  • Archival interviews with Costa-Gavras; producer-actor Jacques Perrin; actors Pierre Dux, Yves Montand, Irène Papas, and Jean-Louis Trintignant; and Vassilis Vassilikos, author of the book Z
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White

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:

Criminal WaysCriminalWays10-26-09

The Case to Vote for It: This week’s installment of “big star in a movie you’ve never heard of” finds Isla Fisher in this straight-to-disc feature that details the exploits of a girl who seduces an actor so that he can train her criminal friends who plan to pose as a children’s entertainment group in hopes of pulling off a major heist.  So it’s kind of like The Lookout, what with Isla Fisher seducing someone to help criminal friends and all, just without all that pesky quality.

I Can See YouICanSeeYouALP10-26-09

The Case to Vote for It: It was only a matter of time.  For the last few years we’ve watched as 3-D has made swill into profitable movie-making at the multiplexes, and now this seem same ridiculous strategy has found its way onto DVD.  With this film we see a serial killer who can supposedly see you, so, get it, it’s in 3-D?  But that’s not really the case.  The movie isn’t even in 3-D!  The trick is that this set included a 3-D movie along with the main feature.  So not only is this movie terrible but it’s an outright lie.  When you can’t do gimmickry right, what can you do?

TinkerbellLostTreasure10-26-09Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure

The Case to Vote for It: So this movie probably isn’t all that terrible, but it’s just the latest example of shamelessly spinning off a minor character just for DVD sales.  Up next?  Happy starring in The One Dwarf?  Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead from Toy Story on their second honeymoon?  It doesn’t seem that far off.

So Which is the Worst of the Week?

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