We have both sides of the spectrum hitting DVD shelves this week, as the mega-hit Star Trek flies into video stores at the same time as mega-bomb Bruno. One had the big buzz, the other had the biggest reverse-buzz of all time. Yet somehow, they both come out on the same day.
Plus, we finally have a good Christmas DVD as the “Always Sunny” gang does their best to desecrate the holiday as well as, the most extensive Gone With The Wind DVD you’ll ever see. And, as always, the three worst DVDs you’ll find anywhere.
Check it all out below…
Remember when this movie came out? Remember the initial reaction? Remember the first couple of weeks in May when everybody was declaring it an amazing piece of film, a tremendous experience? Doesn’t that all seem like it was a bit silly now? A few months after, this movie was largely forgotten. The movie that people were proclaiming as one of the best summer movies of all time had been left far back in our memory banks replaced by Terminator bashing or Public Enemies disappointment.
Now, it’s back on DVD. Will it relive its former glory? Will people once again proclaim its greatness and hail J.J. Abrams as the king of the new wave of Sci-Fi? Or will people simply buy the DVD and have it collect dust on their shelves next to their copy of Star Wars Episode III?
This is another one of those movies that came and was quickly forgotten. Actually, it was incredibly quickly forgotten. Like the day after it was released it was gone and dead. Why? Twitter.
Twitter supposedly killed this movie. As soon as people walked out of the film (that should have been rated NC-17) they launched an assault of Tweets decrying it as the most offensive piece of filth they’d ever seen. Tweeps saw the 140-character reviews and the Twitterati had its day: Bruno was dead and is now essentially forgotten.
This simply speaks to the way the Internet allows old-school marketing to spread so rapidly. It used to take several weeks for negative word-of-mouth to damage a film, now it’s a matter of one night as evidenced by Bruno‘s titanic Friday to Saturday collapse.
Will it stick? We’ll just have to see how many buy this DVD.
TV ON DVD
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas”
Is this the funniest show on TV? Well, it damn well could be. Anybody who’s been following this outrageous season have laughed more this season than ever as the zany gang again tackles issues like the economy, consumerism and interventions with their signature descecratory aplomb.
But now, a DVD? A special DVD that’s only 43 minutes? What’s the deal with that? This is essentially a two-part “Sunny” episode that we’re now forced to pay nearly 20 bucks to see. This from the independent comedic forces fighting the good and outrageous fight for actual humor on television. Sure, it will probably be more outrageous than what’s available on FX, but actually having to pay? Seems fishy.
So if you’re a “Sunny” die hard, this is probably a must-buy DVD. However, it may simply contribute to the start of a major sell-out from this hilarious quintet. So buy with caution.
- “Andy Barker, P.I.”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Farscape”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Rome”: Complete Series – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
Gone With The Wind – 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Another week, another landmark legendary classic. This one could probably be considered the greatest movie ever made. It made more money than any movie (adjusting for inflation, of course), has always been included on the top ten “best of” lists of movies ever made, it features the most famous film line of all time, and everybody’s seen it.
Wait. Has everybody seen it? I haven’t. I’ve never felt like sitting down for the four hour Civil War tale that has had its ending spoiled for me by that iconic line. Also, just as often as it’s been called one of the best movies, it’s also been tagged as overrated. So the question remains – has anybody that is capable of accessing the Internet actually seen this movie? Was this just a classic of yesteryear that never carried through to the digital age? So. . .
Well, if you haven’t seen it, now’s probably the best opportunity you’ll ever get. That’s because it’s now available in a massive 6-disc DVD Set that is absolutely stuffed with extras:
- 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year is a fascinating tribute to a year considered to be one of Hollywood’s greatest. This documentary, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, had its on-air premiere in July as part of TCM’s month-long festival saluting that year’s ‘bumper-crop’ of films.
- Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On is an exploration of the legacy of this most beloved film through illuminating interviews, footage and visits to historical sites, events and museums.
- Moviola: The Scarlett O’Hara Wars — a 1980 WBTV Special, never before seen on home video.
- The Making of a Legend documentary (1989 TV Special) (Narrated by Christopher Plummer)
- Restoring a Legend – Chronicles the film/video restoration process
- Dixie Hails Gone with the Wind -1939 Premiere newsreel
- 1940 MGM historical short – The Old South
- Atlanta Civil War Centennial 1961 premiere newsreel
- International prologue
- Foreign language version sample scenes
- Theatrical Trailers
- Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland – Exclusive 2004 Documentary
- Cast profile – Gable: The King Remembered
- Cast profile – Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
- The Supporting Players – Cameo portraits of an unforgettable ensemble
- At Tara
- The O’Hara Plantation in Georgia
- Thomas Mitchell as Gerald O’Hara
- Barbara O’Neill as Ellen, his wife
- Their Daughters
- Evelyn Keyes as Suellen
- Ann Rutherford as Carreen
- The house servants
- Hattie McDaniel as Mammy
- Oscar Polk as Pork
- Butterfly McQueen as Prissy
- At Twelve Oaks
- Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes
- Rand Brooks as Charles Hamilton, her brother
- Carroll Nye as Frank Kennedy, a guest
- In Atlanta
- Laura Hope Crews as Aunt Pittypat Hamilton
- Eddie Anderson as Uncle Peter, her coachman
- Harry Davenport as Dr. Meade
- Jane Darwell as Mrs. Merriwether
- Ona Munson as Belle Watling
- Cammie King as Bonnie Blue Butler
- Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year – New documentary about Hollywood’s watershed year narrated by Kenneth Branagh
- Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On — Exploring the legacy of the most beloved film through illuminating interviews, footage and visits to historical sites, events and museums
- Moviola: The Scarlett O’Hara Wars 1980 WBTV Special never before on home video
- 20-page reproduction of the original and complete 1939 Souvenir Program
- 40-page Production History Book with photos and production notes
- Eight Frameable 5×7 Art Prints
- CD soundtrack sampler featuring eight tracks
- Main Title
- The Barbecue
- Escape From Atlanta
- I’ll Never Be Hungry Again!
- Paddock Scene 5:27
- Scarlett In The Mist/Rhett Leaves
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: Since there are absolutely no plot details for this movie available, I’ll let a fake trailer voiceover for the movie make its case: Nathan Bexton, Jonathan Breck, in a film from the creator of Dog Soldiers and Cemetery Gates – Once It’s Unleashed it Can Never Be Stopped: It’s Evilution. Yes, that is exactly how this movie would be promoted if it were in theaters. No surprise at all it would go straight to stores.
The Open Road
The Case to Vote for It: Who should we pity more with this movie? Is it Justin Timberlake? He was probably thrilled to be working with acting legend Jeff Bridges – maybe finally to be taken seriously as an actor. Or is it the aforementioned Bridges? He probably thought he’d have a big hit on his hands with Timberlake at his side. Now it’s being dumped directly to DVD. Wow, this must be horrible.
The Case to Vote for It: Pitty poor Poppy (the name of Emma Roberts’ character) she used to be a spoiled Malibu princess. Now she’s being shipped off to boarding school in England to get straightened out! Worst of all, she’s stuck in a terrible straight-to-DVD flick. Poor Poppy just can’t win!