It’s another solid week on DVD as two bona fide blockbusters hit shelves with holiday releases Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel coming out on DVD. Plus, the last at of the non-Avatar Best Picture nominees comes to your home theater as well. Even in a week where isn’t much TV on DVD this one is hard to beat.
Check it all out below…
I like to say this film fell into the JAG Territory . That is, it was massively successful ($208MM at the box office) yet I’ve never heard anybody mention the film or reference it at all.
The reason this is called JAG Territory is because the TV Show JAG was a top-five hit for several years in the late 90s, yet nobody in the country never met a single person who’d ever seen the show. It was never parodied on a late night show, you never saw its stars in a magazine, it was essentially invisible – except, apparently, it was hugely popular.
Sherlock Holmes falls into this territory gracefully. Sure, Robert Downey, Jr. managed to win a Golden Globe, but wasn’t that the first time you’d even heard of the movie since its trailers inundated television from the start of football season until Christmas? Can you name a memorable line you’ve quoted? A memorable scene you’ve referenced? Absolutely not. This is a movie that everyone saw, yet nobody seemed to remember they’d seen it.
So if you need a refresher, you can Buy The DVD.
To me, this film exemplified why the expansion of the Best Picture nominee field to ten was such a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, An Education, is a fine film. It’s charming. It’s just pretty good. But this, this is something worthy of a Best Picture nomination? Hardly.
Best Picture nominees should be films that transcend the medium. Movies that are so good they demand to be recognized on such a large stage – not enjoyable little films that exist only to make sure we get the full ten. This film’s inclusion shows exactly why there shouldn’t have been ten Best Picture nominees.
But what did you think?
Still, that doesn’t mean the film is bad. It’s definitely worth checking out on DVD.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – Buy Now
- The Baader Meinhof Complex – Buy Now
- Yes Men Fix the World – Buy Now
TV ON DVD
Nothing too special in TV Section this week, just a bit of grab bag:
- “The Abbot & Costello Show”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Invader Zim”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty” – Buy Now
- “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Rhoda”: Season 2 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
Alice in Wonderland - 2-Disc Special Un-Anniversary Edition
Hmmm. Disney somehow decides to release an “un-anniversary” special edition right now. Why would they do that? It couldn’t be because a live action version of this movie is all set to make $300 million and they have a chance to capitalize on that success could it? It’s not like they could always have this DVD ready, but have only now decided to “release it from the vault”. No, these DVDs are planned, and they can only release them every so often. They’d never be able to just slap one together in four weeks. No way.
Well, they did, and its two discs are loaded with features.
Bonus Features Include:
- Reflections on Alice: Walt Disney labored for almost twenty years to get his vision of Alice in Wonderland on the screen. In this featurette, learn about how a exceptional group of talented individuals conquered the difficulties of translating Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale into a classic animated movie
- Deleted scene: Pig And Pepper: In the twenty years it was in development at the Walt Disney Studios, Alice In Wonderland went through many changes. This rare glimpse at a scene that was once considered for a 1939 version of Alice In Wonderland is narrated by the directors of The Princess And The Frog, and offers their informed perspective on how scenes come and go during the development of an animated movie
- Remastered and restored with an all-new transfer
- Virtual Wonderland Party activities including riddles, silly song & dance, Teapot orchestra, Mad Hatter Says, and other games and stories
- “Thru the Mirror” animated short with Mickey Mouse
- “I’m Odd” never before heard song
- 2 Sing along songs
- Set-top game
- “One Hour in Wonderland” documentary (60 mins.)
- “An Alice Comedy: Alice’s Wonderland” featurette (8 mins.)
- “Operation Wonderland” featurette (11 mins.)
- Excerpt from “The Fred Warring Show” (30 mins.)
- Deleted Material Featurettes: “From Wonderland to Never Land,” “Song Demos,” Deleted Storyboard Concept: Alice Daydreams in the Park”
- Original Walt Disney TV introductions and trailers
- Art galleries
What DVD will you be picking up this week?