A slowish week in DVD-land as we only get two feature films (Dear John and The Road) to keep us company why we avoid The Prince of Persia at all costs.

Luckily, there’s one titan of a TV on DVD set hitting shelves to quench our entertainment thirst in the midst of a movie drought as True Blood unleashes its second season in all its silver-disced glory.  Just in time to catch up before the second season starts in mid-June.

Check it out below…


Dear John

Didn’t this movie just come out in the theater?  I could’ve sworn when I went to see MacGruber on Friday (big mistake) this movie was playing in another theater.

Seriously, it had Amanda Seyfried in it, the movie was something about mail, and it certainly had a romantic look to the poster.  I swear this movie is out right now!  What a revolution to release a movie on DVD the same week in opens in theaters!

Oh.  Wait.  You mean that movie is called Letters to Juliet and is completely different?  Coulda fooled me.

So I guess if you go see that one, you should still check out this completely different movie on DVD.

The Road

It’s time to be that guy.  That guy you all hate. The guy who says the book is better than the movie. But I’ll do it with a caveat. “The Road” is not actually that much better a book than it is a movie.  The problem is that if you’ve read the book the movie is entirely ruined for you.

This is because The Road is simply a straight plot adaptation of the book.  So faithful that it pulls out absolutely no new tricks to fans of the McCarthy work – it just moves along in the exact same way as the book.

Because of this, the movie becomes incredibly boring if you’ve read the book.  There’s just nothing new on the screen that wasn’t on the page. So it isn’t a bad movie, just bad for those who’ve read the source material.

So check it out on DVD if you haven’t read the book.  Though you’d probably be better off with the original.


“True Blood”: Complete Second Season

“Lost” is gone.  Yes, it’s over.  A tear, a whimper, whatever you’d like to mourn its passing.  But I’m more interested in what’s going to take its place. What show is going to inspire such insane loyalty?

Why not this series?  Why not a series densely populated with memorable characters and a story that moves rather than languishing around the same center like so many other dramas.

While this doesn’t have as many big questions to discuss as “Lost”, it does deliver buzzworthy moments with every episode in much the same way as that island-dwelling series.

Don’t believe me?  Check out Season 2 on DVD.  It may help you move on.


  • “Flashpoint”: Season 2 – Buy Now
  • “Leverage”: Season 2 – Buy Now
  • “Royal Pains”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “The Virginian”: Season 1 – Buy Now


Stagecoach – Criterion Collection

Hard to believe this one hasn’t gotten the Criterion treatment yet, as this is really the quintessential Western film.  More so than The Searchers. More so than High Noon as those were sort of the beginnings of the post-modern Western.  This is your grandfather’s Western, in all its John Fordian glory. And now we finally get it in a two-disc set loaded with extras.  Including:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by western authority Jim Kitses (Horizons West)
  • Bucking Broadway, a 1917 silent feature by John Ford, with new music composed and performed by Donald Sosin
  • Journalist and television presenter Philip Jenkinson’s extensive 1968 video interview with Ford
  • New video appreciation of Stagecoach, with director and Ford biographer Peter Bogdanovich
  • New video interview with Ford’s grandson, Dan Ford about the director and his home movies
  • New video piece, featuring journalist Buzz Bissinger, about trader Harry Goulding’s key role in bringing Monument Valley to Hollywood
  • New video homage to legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt, with celebrated stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong
  • Video essay by writer Tag Gallagher analyzing Ford’s visual style in Stagecoach
  • Screen Director’s Playhouse 1949 radio dramatization of Stagecoach, with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Ford, downloadable as an MP3 file
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by David Cairns and Ernest Haycox’s “Stage to Lordsburg,” the short story that inspired the film

What DVD will you be picking up this week?