If you’re a George Clooney fan (and really, who isn’t?) this week equals DVD nirvana as two of his films from last year will debut to join recent release Up In The Air in DVD bins everywhere. There’s also a little movie starring an actress you might have heard of named Sandra Bullock. It’s not like she’s been in the news that much this year, but chances are you may remember her from Speed and want to check her out in Best Picture nominee The Blind Side on DVD. Plus there’s another classic AMC series, a not-so-classic AMC series, and a special edition DVD worth mentioning!
Check it all out below. . .
This year Sandra Bullock rose from the ashes of bad romantic comedies and action films to become a bonified A-Lister.
With two massive hits (this film and The Proposal) and a notable amount of critical acceptance, ultimately resulting in an Oscar. You can now buy her $200MM Oscar winning smash on DVD and watch the performance that changed her career.
Then there’s George Clooney. Hard to argue with the year he’s had. Oscar nomination, continuing success, a girlfriend who can’t speak English, the guy has it all!
Most underrated on that list; however, was this film, which not only gave Up a run for its Best Animated Feature money, but also returned Wes Anderson to his status as a top filmmaker after The Darjeeling Limited threw that off the rails, literally.
But back to Clooney. Clearly we don’t need a poll asking whether or not you’d like to be him, but here’s a question that may inspire even more debate. Well, at least among the first two choices:
Of course, if you need to brush up before you answer, you can buy this animated gem on DVD.
TV ON DVD
“Mad Men”: Season 3
Last week, AMC gave us the second season of its superb “Breaking Bad.” Now it completes a one-two punch by offering up the third season of its sterling “Mad Men,” which begs the question – can a network with only two series be the best network on television?
This is kind of the Ringo Starr corollary: Ringo only wrote two songs as a member of The Beatles – “Octopus’s Garden” and “Don’t Pass Me By” – and both of them were good. He never had a “Revolution 9″ or a “Wild Honey Pie” or an “Only a Northern Song” to blot his resume. That means, batting average wise, he was the best Beatle. Two songs, both good, no strikeouts.
That’s sort of what AMC has become – the Ringo Starr of television networks. Sure it doesn’t have the long list of shows like cable top dogs FX, HBO, and Showtime, but it also never made anything as horrendous as the last season of “Entourage” or “Testees” or “The Tudors”
So when you buy your “Mad Men” Season 3 DVD and begin to wonder if AMC is in fact the best television channel, ask yourself this – Was Ringo Starr the best Beatle?
- “7th Heaven”: Season 10 – Buy Now
- “Father Knows Best”: Season 4 – Buy Now
- “The Prisoner”: Miniseries – Buy Now
- “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”: Season 6 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
The African Queen - Commemorative Box Set
This is one of those movies that you see on so many “Best Of” lists that you get ready to watch and log on to Netflix, only to discover that it isn’t available on DVD. Now, the wait is finally over, as Paramount has found a print worthy enough to transfer onto the DVD format, and they’ve done it in a handsome collection with all the Hepburn and Bogart bells & whistles including many special features.
This film is essentially a must-buy for fans of classic cinema. And since it comes in a two-disc collector set, it really is a no-brainer.
Bonus Features Include:
- Bonus CD of a Lux Radio Theater broadcast where Bogart reenacts his role opposite Greer Garson
- Eight Stills
- All-new hour long “making of” feature with never-before-seen images and commentary
- A Condensed Version of Hepburn’s out-of-print 1987 memoir
- Featurette: “The Making of the African Queen: Or, How I Went to Africa With Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind”
- A reproduction of 4 35mm Frames from the Film
What DVD will you be picking up this week?