A pretty solid week on DVD as nearly half-a-dozen honest-to-goodness features are immortalized in shiny-disced brilliance including, by my math, the first 2010 wide releases to appear on DVD! Congratulations, Leap Year and Tooth Fairy, the dubious honor is yours!

The rest of the releases are led by Nine, that movie that you heard a lot about last year until it actually came out and then seemed non-existent as well as Tetro, Francis Ford Coppola’s new film that you meant to see.

Check it out below…



“The musical is back!”

Remember when Hugh Jackman wasted 9 minutes of the Oscars in 2009 with a flat musical number that proclaimed exactly that?  Kind of remains to be seen, no?

Nine is another one of those “Garbage Can Films” – where a massive Oscar Campaign is at the ready, yet it all gets tossed once the movie fails with both critics and audiences alike.

But this one had more riding on it than one Oscar campaign.  Nine was the torchbearer for the entire musical genre – a film that was set to reignite the fire that’d been smoldering since Mamma Mia! swept up audiences a couple summers ago.

Instead, it fell flat. Dreadfully flat.  Flat to the point that the musical genre has been resuscitated on. . .TV.

That’s right! The musical is back in the form of great shows like “Glee” and “Treme“.  So, once again, TV outdoes film.  It’s an under reported story over the last ten years: TV beats film in just about every way it can. Now, the musical is on that list as well.

But if you prefer the features, you can buy this musical on DVD.

Leap Year

“I just know that there are a lot of people who will say it is the worst film of 2010.”

This isn’t my review, or my opinion.  I didn’t even see this movie.  You know who spoke that quote? Matthew Goode. The co-star of this film.

Not only did he give us that gem, he also went on to describe the movie as “turgid” and mentioned that he only did the movie because it filmed close to his home.

So, I suppose, in essence he sort of submarined the movie.  But I see it completely differently.  It would be amazing if Leap Year, rather than distancing itself from these comments, fully embraced them.

Imagine seeing that quote from Matthew Goode on the DVD Box.  Then, you see it paired with a dozen bad reviews on the back.  You’re in the store thinking, “Wow, not only did critics hate this movie, but the co-star thought it was terrible.  I kinda have to see this.”

So rather than hoping that your rom-com catnip is alluring enough to make your DVD stand out from the pack, suddenly everyone who walks into Blockbuster see what may be the worst movie of all time staring them in the face.  That morbid curiosity could actually make this a DVD hit.

And if you’re struck by that same sort of desire for punishment, you can buy the DVD here.



Some day again there will be something interesting in the TV on DVD category, but it’s not this week.  Though it is a bit surprising to find out that “Dirt” was on the air for two seasons.


  • “According To Jim”: Season 2 – Buy Now
  • “Dirt”: Season 2 – Buy Now
  • “The Facts of Life”: Season 4 – Buy Now
  • “Man vs. Wild”: Season 4 – Buy Now
  • “Pen & Teller Bullshit!”: Season 7 – Buy Now
  • “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union”: Season 2 – Buy Now

What DVD will you be picking up this week?