After what seemed like an endless stream of great weeks on DVD, all at once they’re falling flat with one of the worst DVD weeks in recent memory. We’re talking a total of one feature film (a small one at that – Bad Lieutenant) and just a smattering of TV on DVD.

There are a couple of Blu-Ray Special Edition releases for you HD Connoisseurs out there, but mostly this looks like a week to enjoy the NCAA Finals, Baseball’s Opening Week, and The Masters.

Still, I suppose you probably prefer DVDs so check out what’s new below…


The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

This was a strange movie in that it was at the same time overrated and underrated.

It was overrated in the sense that everybody who saw it raved about it as though it were the greatest police film of all time. The descriptions of Nicolas Cage’s performance verged on Streepian levels, with many calling it a revelation.

In reality, this is a good movie. Shocking, sure, but not even as crazy as the unrated tag would have you believe. There’s plenty of good stuff, but not nearly as much as the hype would have you believe.

How is it underrated? Well, there’s the fact that nobody saw it, and the fact that Nicolas Cage’s lavish personal life kind of overwhelmed the quality of the film. Than, and all the weird controversy around it, made it seem like something perverse to those who never saw it.

In reality, this is just a good solid cop movie with a fine performance from Cage.  Certainly worth checking out on DVD.


The Unusuals: The Complete Series

Did you know that Jeremy Renner had a television show on the air last season that was canceled just as The Hurt Locker was being released?  Did you know it also stars Amber Tamblyn and Commissioner Gordon’s female assistant from The Dark Knight? Did you know there’s absolutely nothing coming out on DVD this week?

So yes, you can buy this complete series on DVD.


  • “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami” – Buy Now
  • “Simon & Simon”: Season 4 – Buy Now


Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Theatrical Editions) – Blu-Ray

Can I interest you in a nine-disc mega-set of every Lord of the Rings movie in Blu-Ray Hi-Def with a bevy of features?  Really?  There’s finally a DVD release this week you might actually want to buy?  Hallelujah!

Bonus Features Include:

  • Trailers: “The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” Game Trailer, “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy Supertrailer
  • Welcome to Middle-Earth: Houghton Mifflin In-Store Special
  • Quest for the Ring: FOX TV Special
  • A Passage to Middle-Earth: SCI-FI Channel Special
  • Finding Hobbiton
  • Hobbiton Comes Alive
  • Believing the World of Bree
  • Ringwraiths: The Fallen Kings
  • Rivendell: The Elven Refuge
  • Languages of Middle-Earth
  • Two Wizards
  • Music of Middle-Earth
  • Enya “May it Be” Music Video
  • Special Extended DVD Edition Preview
  • Behind the Scenes Preview of “The Two Towers”
  • Trailers; “The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” Game Trailer, “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy Supertrailer
  • On the Set “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” – Starz Encore Special
  • Return to Middle-Earth: WB Special
  • “The Long and Short of It” A Short Film Directed by Sean Astin
  • The Making of “The Long and Short of It”
  • Forces of Darkness
  • Designing the Sounds of Middle-Earth
  • Edoras: The Rohan Capital
  • Creatures of Middle-Earth
  • Gandalf the White
  • Arms and Armor
  • The Battle of Helm’s Deep
  • Emiliana Torrini “Gollum’s Song” Music Video
  • Special Extended DVD Edition Preview
  • Behind the Scenes Preview of “The Return of the King”
  • Trailers: “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy Supertrailer, “The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” Game Trailer
  • The Quest Fulfilled: A Director’s Vision
  • A Filmaker’s journey: Making “The Return of the King”
  • National Geographic Special – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
  • Aragorn’s Destiny, Minas Tirith: Captial of Gondor
  • The Battle of Pelennor Fields, Samwise the Brave
  • Eowyn: White Lady of Rohan, Digital Horse Doubles
  • Heart/Frodo, Every Path, Test, Aragorn, Time, Every Step, Sword, Decided
  • Special Extended DVD Edition Preview
  • Digital Copies of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

Now that’s a lot of features.


  • The Natural: Director’s Cut – Blu-Ray – Buy Now

What DVD will you be picking up this week?