Rom-Com lovers get to bug out this week as Something Borrowed lands on DVD with the dubious honor of the first real summer release to hit shelves. Oh happy day!

But the real winner this week are period film buffs who get The Conspirator and Jane Eyre on DVD this week. Two films which, after much investigation, I’ve determined were released this year. Who knew?

Not only that, but season five of everyone’s favorite Showtime Serial Killer, two excellent Special Editions and the worst DVD of the week!

Check it all out below…

Feature Films

Something Borrowed

One sign for me of a true cinephile and somebody who doesn’t know much about the movies they go to see is what they base a pattern of viewing on.

The cognoscente will base this on the director. Coen Brothers? Martin Scorsese? Woody Allen? You’ll see whatever they make because you know it’ll be good.

The layman? They prefer to base it on the actor. “I’ll see anything with Tom Cruise” in it they’ll say. This always puzzled me because what in the world does “Knight & Day” have to do with “Magnolia” have to do with “Cocktail”? Actors are all part of the plan while the director is the plan.

So I used to look down on people who based their viewing choices based on the star of the movie. That was until I realized this:

  • Something Borrowed
  • Bride Wars
  • Fool’s Gold
  • You, Me and Dupree
  • Raising Helen

What are those? Besides just being horrible movies? Those are the last five wide releases that starred Kate Hudson. All rom-coms of some level. All total clunkers. All with a similar vibe. It’s almost as if Kate Hudson hexes whatever movie she’s in. Just look at the picture above, it’s as if she’s trying to suck all the talent out of Ginnifer Goodwin and bring her into Hudsondonia.

So when it comes to saying you see movies based on who is in them rather than who made them, I’ll now except avoiding the films of Kate Hudson as a justifiable stance.

But if you do like Kate Hudson fare, you can buy Raising Helen on DVD.



“Dexter”: Season 5

Remember five years ago? Remember when everybody was saying that Showtime had now supplanted HBO as the best network on television?

Remember when everybody pointed to new shows like “Weeds”, “Dexter”, and “Californication” as turning points that proved Showtime was ready to take its place at the top?

Well, whatever happened to that? Why are all the shows that have come out since then (“Nurse Jackie” excluded) complete duds? Why did a network on the cusp of greatness start giving us “The Big C” and “The Borgias”. Didn’t they want to take their newfound position seriously? Were they totally unaware they’d soon be competing with “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire”?

So many questions, so much befuddlement.

Whatever the answer, you can still enjoy one of their good series by buying “Dexter”: Season 5 on DVD.

Special Editions

I don’ usually put special editions in here because I hate the idea that people who already have bought the DVD once or even twice now have to buy a better edition to get all they want. But these two just may be too good to pass up:

The Big Lebowski: Limited Edition Blu-Ray:

  • Limited Edition collectible 28-pg book packaging including an exclusive interview, Jeff Bridges’ on-set photography, a film timeline, trivia and more!
  • Digital Copy of The Big Lebowski (expires 12/31/2012)
  • U-Control: Scene Companion – Watch behind the scenes footage, interviews and more while you watch the film
  • U-Control: Mark It, Dude – This on-screen counter keeps track of the “F-bombs,” “Dudes” and Lebowski-isms during the film
  • U-Control: The Music of The Big Lebowski – Identify the songs in the film and create a custom playlist
  • Worthy Adversaries: What’s My Line Trivia – Test your Lebowski knowledge with this interactive game
  • The Dude’s Life
  • The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later
  • Making of The Big Lebowski
  • The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever’s Story
  • Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of The Dude
  • Interactive Map
  • Jeff Bridges Photo Book
  • Photo Gallery

The Killing: Criterion Collection

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New video interview with producer James B. Harris
  • Excerpts of interviews with actor Sterling Hayden from the French television series Cinéma cinémas
  • New video interview with film scholar Robert Polito about writer Jim Thompson and his work on The Killing
  • Restored transfer of Stanley Kubrick’s 1955 noir feature Killer’s Kiss
  • New video appreciation of Killer’s Kiss with film critic Geoffrey O’Brien
  • Theatrical trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Haden Guest and a reprinted interview with Marie Windsor on The Killing

And Just So You Know, This DVD Exists…