Don’t say I didn’t warn you. All three feature films released this week came out in January. Not really a month that inspires confidence. And when each of those films includes a bankable star (Denzel Washington, Kristen Bell, and Michael Cera, respectively) and are still dumped at the beginning of the year, there’s reason for trepidation. So proceed carefully into these DVD-infested waters.

Now if you’re more of the cautious type. You’re in luck. There also nine television series hitting the TV on DVD shelves this week, so you’ll know what you’re getting into with those. But, if you’re a true daredevil, we have a very special feature for you this week.

Check it out below, if you dare…

FEATURE FILMS

 

When in Rome

 

With this movie, let me replay a quick conversation I had with my mom. As I did not happen to catch this gem:

  • Mom: “I just saw When in Rome, that was literally the worst movie I’ve ever paid to see.”
  • Me: “I told you not to see it.”
  • Mom: “Now I like that Kristen Bell. Why would she even make a movie like that? Is that just something you have to do? Is it just for the money?”

And my mom makes a great point – why would someone like Kristen Bell star is something as lamely reviewed as Rome? I think the answer comes down to this – there simply aren’t enough good roles for women.

I’m sure Bell would love to star in something smart. Something sharply written with a great character she could really get into. But how many movies are there with a female lead that fits that description? Maybe three every year? And those go to Streep, Roberts or Kidman and that’s about it.

So Bell ends up slumming it in another run-of-the-mill rom-com with a hokey premise and no jokes of a guffaw-inducing nature. And why is that?

It’s simple really. Look at the credits for this film – it’s directed by a man and written by two men. I hardly think a woman would let a character flit around in a way that has my mom lamenting 10 dollars lost.

But again, the latent sexism of Hollywood precludes those female’s jobs behind the camera, and I’m stuck listening to a ten minute rant about this film’s shortcomings.

So if you’d like to see if my mom was right – check this out on DVD.

The Book of Eli

 

It’s not a DVD, it’s a weapon!

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Also:

TV ON DVD

“Family Guy”: Volume 8

Do you know that nine years ago this series was cancelled, yes cancelled, by Fox? And since then it’s gone on to produce over 100 episodes. Yes, 100 episodes – enough to syndicate a series – since it’s been cancelled.

Why do I bring this up? Because we’re only a few days away from another Fox animated series, “Futurama” returning with new episodes to Comedy Central.

Now will that series go on to be as successful as “Family Guy”? Who knows. But if it does, how embarrassing will that be for Fox? Animated series are cash cows because of the merchandising and syndication opportunities. Plus a production cost much lower than live action shows.

If “Futurama” really succeeds – it would be tantamount to a station giving up on another lucrative show type, like, say a talk show, and let it build its brand before going to a cable network.

Wait, you mean that already happened? Whoops.

Anyway, you can check out the eighth DVD volume of “Family Guy” today.

Also:

  • “American Dad”: Volume 5 – Buy Now
  • “Everwood”: Season 3 – Buy Now
  • “Hawthorne”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Here’s Lucy”: Season 3 – Buy Now
  • “Leave it to Beaver”: Season 3 – Buy Now
  • “MacGyver”: The TV Movies – Buy Now
  • “My Three Sons”: Volume 2 – Buy Now
  • “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”: Volume 4 – Buy Now

And, Just So You Know, This DVD Exists. . .

What DVDs are you looking forward to picking up this week?