Two major hits come out on DVD from two different ends of the spectrum. First, there’s the Pixar smash Up (maybe the best in that studio’s canon) and second there’s the crass bit of raunch The Ugly Truth. Meaning: There’s something for everybody!
Plus, there’s more kids classics in tow as “Seasame Street” celebrates its 40th anniversary with a retrospective set of the series’ best bits. All that, plus the three worst DVDs of the week!b Check it all out below…
Here’s the truth about 3-D: It sucks. It’s terrible. It ruins movies and makes them worse.
That became true upon seeing Up. One of the best benefits to seeing a Pixar film (other than the always excellent stories and humor) is the vivid colors. The moving piece of digital art that shoots off the screen with an unmatched palette.
At least, it used to figuratively. Now it does literally, and you know what happens? The color suffers. The color doesn’t look nearly as vivid, the images not close to crystalline when viewed through the plastic shields of 3-D glasses.
This is supposed to not matter. Because the awe of 3-D is so overwhelming it wouldn’t matter if the movie was in Black and White. But that isn’t true. You get used to the 3-D by the time the second 3-D trailer has been aired, and by the time the feature starts, you just sort of expect it to be 3-D. It’s no longer a novelty or thrill, it just sort of is, and the gorgeous look of the film suffers for it.
So get this movie on DVD and be thankful you don’t have to suffer with the 3-D.
Starring: Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler
This is what makes no sense about this sort of a romantic comedy – everybody who goes to see it knows precisely how it will end.
We know from the moment the trailer starts that Katherine Heigle and Gerard Butler will end up together. Despite their overwhelming differences and all logic saying that they won’t, everyone knows this is only way this film will end.
So why see it? Why go to a movie when you already know the ending? Isn’t the whole point of a movie to not know where it’s going? To be taken on a ride with an uncertain destination? Yet year after year people flock to movies where they already know the outcome.
So if you buy the DVD, pray it has an alternate ending Easter Egg.
TV ON DVD
“Sesame Street”: 40 Years of Sunny Days
This is kind of a greatest hits for the iconic children’s program with some of the best lessons, songs and celebrity guests packing over five hours of footage.
It’s also loaded with bonus features:
- An interview with Jon Stone on research and curriculum, and the barriers the show broke.
- An interview with legendary puppeteer Caroll Spinney on Oscar the Grouch.
- Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and Jason Weber talk about the creation of Abby Cadabby.
- Behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage of several songs including “Guess The Seasons,” “Hello, Hello,” and “Friendship Song”
- Exclusive archival footage featuring incredible behind-the-scenes studio rehearsals with cast, puppeteers and crew including the making of Dr. Nobel Price, green screen passes of Elmo and other characters and even a production meeting discussion
- An interview with Kevin Clash about the origin of Elmo.
- An on-screen pop-up’s feature with fun facts about Sesame Street.
- A special peek into how everyone’s favorite characters come to life.
- A limited edition, hard cover commemorative book complements the set.
So if you’re a fan of the show (and who isn’t?) definitely consider the two-disc set. It’ll be like reliving the best part of your childhood all over again.
- “Dawson’s Creek”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “JAG”: Season 9 – Buy Now
- “Justice League”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Nash Bridges”: Season 3 – 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: Okay, so there’s kind of a reason that this one went to DVD instead of coming out in theaters. It was supposed to come out, but suffered a pair of distributor bankruptcies that saw it holding its premiere at a Blockbuster. So maybe it’s a bit unfair to include the movie among the dregs of the film industry but it does have Uma Thurman, Colin Firth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and nobody saw fit to try to put it out on the big screen.
It must be awful, correct?
The Case to Vote for It: Here is the plot of this movie: A girl who leads an abstinence group gets drunk one night at college and may or may not have had a little sex in her stupor. Unfortunately for her, denial isn’t an option as a sleazy filmmaker caught the whole thing on tape ‘Girls Gone Wild’-style. So now the girls in the group must go retrieve it. Kind of like Road Trip in that it’s almost a direct rip-off of that plot and probably sucks more. Oh, did I mention the sleazy videographer is played by Rob Schneider? Yikes.
The Case to Vote for It: This week’s installment of the new category – “Terrible Christmas Movie Starring a D-Lister”. Last week it was Tom Arnold, this week it’s Lea Thompson as a busy lawyer whose family is draining her until she visits a mall Santa who grants her wish for a new life.
So it’s kind of like The Family Man in that it’s EXACTLY like the The Family Man.