There’s only one big time feature film release on DVD this week, but it’s a big one. At least it seems like a big one. It shoulda been a big one. It wanted to be a big one. But, in the end, not quite a big one. The one we’re talking about? Robin Hood.  Yes, the movie you first started seeing trailers for during the end of last football season is finally available as a distraction from this football season. If you care.

If you don’t, you can distract yourself with the last of the avalanche of TV on DVD options coming out this week which includes last season’s winner for Outstanding Comedy Series and the three-time champ it dethroned.

Read on to check them all out…

Feature Films

Robin Hood

This is a classic case of false advertising.  A classic case.

How exactly is this a Robin Hood movie? Sherwood Forest is barely the backdrop. Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor? Not exactly what we see Robin Hood doing the whole time. And the main villain? Somebody named Sir Godfrey while the Sheriff of Nottingham is barely there.

Yes, this does sort of serve as a prequel, but couldn’t we have gotten a hint of that? Something like “Robin Hood Begins” or “The Road to Sherwood”?  This entire movie is essentially the first ten minutes of “Prince of Thieves”. In other words, everything about Robin Hood that’s not Robin Hood.

So why are they able to get away with this? Why are they able to essentially give us a completely new story and just tack on some Robin Hood elements and slap the title on it and package it as a Robin Hood movie.

If you sell a vitamin and call it a weight loss pill and it doesn’t make you lose weight you’ll be sued. But if you release a movie that has barely anything to do with Robin Hood other than the characters’ names and some vague allusions to what we know about Robin Hood it’s just fine?  Doesn’t seem right.

However, if you don’t care about this sort of thing, you can buy Robin Hood on DVD.

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TV On DVD

“Modern Family”: Season 1

Quick question: Why did “Arrested Development” fail where “Modern Family” became a smash hit?

On the surface they’re the same. Sublimely funny, quirky documentary-esque shooting style, major critical raves, similar time slots (though “Arrested’s” was actually better) and an Emmy for best comedy.  Despite all this, one is one of the biggest comedies on TV while the other barely beat “Oliver Beane” for the smallest.

So what’s the answer as to why one succeeded and the other disappeared? Simple: Like-ability.

The hallmark of “Arrested Development” was how awful every character was. Each was either self-absorbed or outwardly cruel – something that clearly turned off a lot of viewers, as brilliant as the show was.

Contrast that with “Modern Family”, a show that gives us characters who actually seem to care about one another, yet are still able to live within that snarky world of “Arrested Development”. This gives us jokes of similar quality but a warmth everyone can embrace. And it’s that warmth that turns a ratings dud into a smash hit with writing of similar brilliance.

And now, you can buy season one of “Modern Family” on DVD.

Also:

  • “30 Rock”: Season 4 – Buy Now
  • “Bored To Death”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Castle”: Season 2 – Buy Now
  • “Community”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Desperate Housewives”: Season 6 – Buy Now
  • “The Hills”: Season 6 – Buy Now
  • “How I Met Your Mother”: Season 5 – Buy Now
  • “Human Target”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Law & Order: SVU”: Year 11 – Buy Now
  • “The Mentalist”: Season 2 – Buy Now
  • “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Two and a Half Men”: Season 7 – Buy Now

And Just So You Know, This DVD Exists…

Yes, it’s starring Steve Guttenberg.

What DVDs will you be picking up this week?