There’s a whole lot of funny on DVD this week as two spring comedy hits roll onto shelves in the form of Date Night and Death at a Funeral. Plus there’s a spring comedy you never heard of called The Joneses (with David Duchovny!)
All that plus a big hit show that I’m not sure anybody has ever heard of, plus the feature that’s sweeping nation highlighting that one DVD you can’t believe actually was released.
Check out the new releases below…
I combine these two DVDs for one reason – we’re still waiting for that big no-doubt-about-it comedy of the year. Both of these took their shots, had some decent laughs, some good box office, but never reached the status of being that seminal comedy hit of the calendar year.
You know the movie. The one that everybody saw, everybody quoted for months, everybody stops on HBO at 4:30 on a Sunday and watches the rest of it. Where is that movie this year?
Both Funeral and Date Night had the formulas: Solid casts with big comedy stars (Rock, Fey, Lawrence, Carrell, et. al.), decent trailers with good laughs, and big time premises that normally leave something lasting in the brains of viewers.
But neither really reached the heights we come to expect from that one movie that becomes the comedy of the year. Movies like the following:
- 2009 – The Hangover
- 2008 – Tropic Thunder
- 2007 – Knocked Up
- 2006 – Talladega Nights
- 2005 – Wedding Crashers
- 2004 – Anchorman
- 2003 – Bruce Almighty
- 2002 – My Big Fat Greek Wedding
- 2001 – Legally Blonde
- 2000 – Meet The Parents
See that list? There isn’t a single argument to be made anywhere on that list. Maybe with the exception of Legally Blonde, but even that connected much harder than either of the comedies being released this week. And even more than any other comedy that’s come out at any point this year. Including hits like The Other Guys, Grown Ups and Hot Tub Time Machine. None of them really had the grip, the quality, the zeigeist, or the appeal to the “Comedy of the Year”.
And that’s what’s so troubling. With the exception of Parents every single movie on the list had been released already at this point in the year. So that leaves us to wonder…
- The Joneses – Buy Now
TV ON DVD
“Numb3rs”: The Complete Series
“Numb3rs” ended in May after 6 seasons and 118 episodes.
Read that sentence again.
Take it in.
Got it? Now understand that nothing in that sentence is a lie. Nothing at all.
Yes, there were 118 episodes of “Numb3rs”. They aired on CBS (a major network) over the last five years.
Now that you realize this to be true – ask yourself the following question:
And, Just So You Know, This DVD Exists…
Yes, there are two Oscar winners and one other nominee in this cast.
What DVDs are you looking forward to picking up this week?