What’s the amazing thing this week? There are no fewer than eleven feature films hitting DVD shelves at the same time! The really amazing thing? The combined Box Office gross for these 11 movies is less than the take for Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Needless to say, there isn’t an Avatar in this bunch, but they’re still some solid movies to pop in your player this week, including an Oscar front-runner. It’s a little movie you might have heard about called The Hurt Locker. So yes, there’s now officially no excuse.
Check it all out below…
Wow. I mean, wow! Wow about what? Wow about how unbelievably overrated this movie is. The Dark Knight thinks the hype doesn’t match the result, The Hangover, thinks there’s a negative disparity between what you’ve heard about and what you actually see. This could be the most overrated movie of the decade.
Why is that? Because so many people are calling it one of the best movies of the decade. It seems like since critics began rolling out there Best of the Decade Top Tens in December it’s been a requirement to put The Hurt Locker somewhere on that list. Normally near the top.
Why is that? Is it considered good form for a film to start like a house on fire only to flame out while it moves in 900 different directions for no good reason? Is it excellent filmmaking when the main story is put aside for a half-hour in order to introduce a subplot that adds nothing to the film in any way and lessens the climax?
It’s not like The Hurt Locker isn’t a good movie – the first 80 minutes are gripping as you’ll see, but it’s hardly a great movie and certainly not one of the best of the decade.
Still, you’ll probably want to see if the film does live up to the hype, so you’ll probably want to buy the DVD.
And now we segue from the overrated to the ranks of the underrated. Okay, maybe this movie wasn’t quite underrated (critics did love it), but it was completely missed by the general public. Even though it had Tony Soprano and the return of Anna Chlumsky of My Girl fame!
So here’s what you’ve missed if you didn’t catch this movie in the theaters: About 200 hours worth of dialogue crammed into 90 minutes, more off-color similes than a David Mamet repertory theater, more laughs than a dozen Hangovers, and as many differing British accents as a night in a Welsh pub.
If that sounds like your cup of acidic tea, than buy the DVD. (Yes, that rhymed)
- Amreeka – Buy Now
- Big Fan – Buy Now
- The Brothers Bloom – Buy Now
- The Burning Plain – Buy Now
- Fame – Buy Now
- Halloween II – Buy Now
- I Can Do Bad All By Myself – Buy Now
- Moon – Buy Now
- Post Grad – Buy Now
TV ON DVD
“The Simpsons” – The Complete Twentieth Season
Missed Morgan Spurlock’s disappointing 20th Anniversary Simpsons Special? Well now you can catch a preview of it on this DVD Set!
Yes, that is the ONLY extra on this DVD set which comes out after Fox skipped several seasons to seemingly capitalize on the current press surrounding the series’ 2oth year on the air.
This would make one think that a couple years from now a feature-packed edition of this season will come out, but for now you can only buy a bare-bones DVD.
- “Becker”: Season 3 – Buy Now
- “By The People: The Election of Barack Obama” – Buy Now
- “ER”: Season 12 – Buy Now
- “Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch” – Buy Now
- “John And Kate Plus Eight”: Season 5 – Buy Now
- “Robin Hood”: Season 3 – Buy Now
- “Top Gear”: Season 12 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
8½ – Criterion Collection
You have to feel a bit for the Criterion people. They undoubtedly held the release of the Blu-Ray and the re-release of the DVD to coincide with the musical remake of Nine taking over the movie world.
Poor reviews and a horrible box office turn out have left that movie as an afterthought. Now the Fellini original is left to fend for itself.
Oh well, cinephiles should still gobble up this disc as it is loaded with extras:
- High-definition digital transfer of restored film elements (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on Blu-ray edition)
- Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam
- Audio commentary featuring film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU film professor Antonio Monda
- High-definition digital transfer of a new restoration of Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini
- The Last Sequence, a new 52-minute documentary on Fellini’s lost alternate ending for 8½ (available on Blu-ray edition)
- Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a compelling 48-minute documentary about Fellini’s longtime composer
- Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmüller, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
- Rare photographs from Bachmann’s collection
- Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos
- U.S. theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring writings by Fellini and essays by critics Tullio Kezich and Alexander Sesonske
What DVDs are you looking forward to picking up this week?