A pretty solid week on DVD headlined by the super-anticipated Blu-Ray release of the original (I say that trying to jinx the inevitable remake) Back to the Future trilogy.
But if 80s movies aren’t your thing there’s still plenty of new movies to float your boat with a pretty broad range. Sex and the City 2 is perfect for the more mainstream blockbuster crowd. Winter’s Bone is all set for everybody outside of New York and Los Angeles who want to catch an Oscar contender before it blows up the precursor circuits but didn’t get the chance in theaters. Finally, we also get the next installment of the millennium trilogy in the Rooney Mara-less The Girl Who Played with Fire. Yes, it’s the Swedish version. All that, plus some really bad TV on DVD!
Check it all out below…
Sex and the City 2
Most people have included this in the, “movies that did okay, but just didn’t quite live up to expectation” category this summer. Here’s the thing: They’re absolutely wrong. This movie was an outright bomb.
Here’t the raw data.
Sex and the City grossed $152 million domestic and a total of over $400 million worldwide. Its sequel couldn’t crack $100 million domestic and didn’t sniff $300 million around the world. This despite a production budget that swelled past the century mark – almost double that of the original movie.
Not only that, but the film did horribly with critics and made almost a third of its domestic gross in the first three days, meaning that nobody was really rushing out to tell their friends they had to see it. All this, plus the DVD of the film is currently being outsold on Amazon by The Girl Who Played with Fire – a film in Swedish.
So yes, maybe this movie turned a profit, but its lackluster performance means that a trilogy may be dead in the water. Especially if everyone involved demands even more money for a third go-round. Which means that while the film may not have lost money itself, it may have killed a potential third cash cow in the vein of its predecessor.
So if you want to see more of Carrie and the gals, you better buy Sex and the City 2 on DVD – because those sales are about all that can save it.
TV On DVD
Another pretty lame week on DVD on the TV front. Just the major surprise of discovering that CSI: New York has been on for six seasons!
- “CSI: NY”: Season 6 – Buy Now
- “Man vs. Food”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Star Wars: Clone Wars”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Tonight – Four Decades of Carson” – Buy Now
- “You Don’t Know Jack” – Buy Now
Special Edition of the Week
“Back to the Future” 25th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-Ray
We don’t normally include special editions (because as soon as you get one, they’re working on another that makes your latest special edition obsolete), and we don’t normally go with Blu-Ray exclusives because we prefer discs everybody can play. But in this case, we’ll make an exception.
Why? Because it’s Back to the freaking Future! And, just look at these extras:
- U-Control (BD-exclusive):
- Setups & Payoffs: As you watch each of the three films, each “set up” showcases items in the scene that prepare you for a future plot point. When you get to that moment in the film, the “payoff” is shown to complete the correlation.
- Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
- Trivia Track: Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies
- Q&A commentaries with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale
- Feature commentaries with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
- Back to the Future Night: hosted by Leslie Nielsen, this original 30-minute special aired on NBC prior to the first television screening of the Back to the Future (new, BD-exclusive)
- Tales from the Future: new six-part retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, plus Executive Producer Steven Spielberg*
- In the Beginning…: Delve into the genesis of the project, casting, re-casting, the DeLorean, sets and overall pre-production.
- Time to Go: Production stories through the release of the first film.
- Keeping Time: The score and the songs of the Back to the Future Trilogy.
- Time Flies: Learn more about how the sequel came about, the futuristic look, the special and visual effects, recreating 1955 and more.
- Third Time’s the Charm: Learn about building a western town, Doc Brown’s love story, the casting of Mary Steenburgen, the train sequence and completing the Trilogy.
- The Test of Time: Back to the Future becomes a phenomenon! President Reagan quotes the film, the Back to the Future ride opens at Universal Studios theme park and fans rebuild the iconic DeLorean. The film’s cast and crew take a look back and discuss why these beloved movies live on.
- The Physics of Back to the Future: A discussion with celebrity best-selling author and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku about the overall appreciation of the science in the Back to the Future Trilogy*
- Nuclear test site ending storyboard sequence: Storyboard sequence of the original proposed ending of the film.*
- Sixteen deleted scenes
- Michael J. Fox Q&A
- Archival featurettes:
- Making the Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three: Original 2002 DVD documentary that takes a look back in time.
- The Making of Back to the Future Part I, II & III: Provides a vintage and historic first look at the making of all three films.
- The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy: a televised special hosted by Kirk Cameron addressing fans unanswered Back to the Future questions.
- Original makeup tests
- Production design
- Designing the DeLorean
- Designing time travel
- Hoverboard test
- Designing Hill Valley
- Designing the campaign
- Back to the Future: The Ride
- Music Videos:
- Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love”
- ZZ Top “DoubleBack”
- Photo galleries, including production art, additional storyboards, photographs, marketing materials and character portraits
- Theatrical trailers
- My Scenes
- pocket BLU: USHE’s pocket BLU app uses iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows and Macintosh computers and more to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player and offers advanced features such as:
- Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
- Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in their favorite episode.
- Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
- Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
- Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard.
Now that’s enough to make your Marty McFly!
And Just So You Know, This DVD Exists…
What movie will you pick up this week?