There are plenty of big-time movies rolling onto DVD shelves including an October tent-pole film that wasn’t, an August tent-pole that wasn’t, and a romantic comedy comeback that wasn’t.
Okay, so maybe these movies aren’t so big, but we do get a chance to catch up with one of the ten Best Picture nominees as A Serious Man hits the shelves, plus a new collection from one of the greatest directors ever.
Check it all out below…
Is Vince Vaughn Over? It seems like if this movie had come out in, say, 2007 it could have been a massive hit. But that was before Fred Claus, before Four Christmases, before seeing Vince Vaughn rolling out his usual shtick had the viewer wondering, “Still?”
Sure, this movie did cross the century mark at the box office, but of the people who saw the movie, nobody seemed to want to admit to it. Is there anybody out there who had a friend run up to them insisting they see “Couples Retreat”? Of course not, it never happened.
So as this movie rolls onto DVD, Vaughn seems to be at a bit of a crossroads. A far cry from his Wedding Crashers heyday. And, of course, still begging the question. . .
Here’s what’s so great about the Coen Brothers. Why they stand so gracefully on their own.
Two years ago they won Best Picture and were on top of Hollywood with a bushel of Oscars. They followed that up with Burn After Reading, which gave them their biggest box office opening ever, and had them rapidly soaring towards the mainstream.
So what do the Coens do with this momentum? They create a strangely comic character study with Richard Kind and Adam Arkin as its most recognizable cast members that’s almost completely inaccessible to most people.
And that’s what the Coens do. They make movies on their own terms, not going after mainstream success, and caring only about quality.
And, again, it pays off with a Best Picture nomination. Check it out on DVD.
- Dare – Buy Now
- I Hate Valentines Day – Buy Now
- Serious Moonlight – Buy Now
- The Stepfather – Buy Now
- The Time Traveler’s Wife – Buy Now
TV ON DVD
It’s not very often that HBO makes a show that is completely invisible. Whether it bombs, it rocks, or it’s just different, their shows always seem to enter the zeitgeist in one way or another.
Then there’s “The Life & Times of Tim”. A twisted bit of cartoon hilarity that you’d need a compass to locate in the buzzosphere. How this show slipped through the cracks is a mystery, considering it’s the funniest thing HBO has made since “Extras”.
It’s coming back next Friday, so it’s the perfect time to catch up with it on DVD.
- “Army Wives”: Season 3 – Buy Now
- “Emma” – Buy Now
- “Gary Unmarried”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “JAG”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “The Sarah Silverman Program”: Season 2, Vol. 2 – Buy Now
- “Vega$”: Season 1, Vol. 2 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
David Lean DVD Collection
David Lean is one of the directors in the forties and fifties who really expanded the scope of cinema. He was a guy who made films that were grand spectacles, stretching the screen as well as the audience’s mind with movies like Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Dr. Zhivago.
There isn’t much of that on this new collection, which instead focuses mostly on Lean’s smaller films that are nonetheless brilliant. Many of these are unavailable on DVD and are found only in this nine disc DVD set that includes:
- The Sound Barrier
- Hobson’s Choice
- Blithe Spirit
- Brief Encounter
- Great Expectations
- Oliver Twist
- The Passionate Friends
- This Happy Breed