DVD is on overdrive this week with new feature releases, droves of TV on DVD and a couple of special editions too big to ignore.
Yes, Star Wars is here on Blu-Ray, so rev up your comments engines for an assault on George Lucas filled with more vitriol than Jabba had for Han. Yes, even the DVD picks column isn’t safe from the Lucas-hating Trolls!
Check it all out below…
Why does it always have to start at the beginning?
Thor, by unofficial measures, is the 4,897th comic book super hero movie to come out in the last 6 months. These movies have a variety of directors, storylines, tones, takes and ways of approaching the genre but they all have one thing in common: they all start at the origin story of the superhero.
While that seems like the logical place to begin, it’s often the least entertaining. For the first third of the movie we’re loaded with nothing but exposition, backstory and simply watching a “normal” person. Where’s the fun in that? Not to mention the fact that just about everybody who’s going to see the movie knows the origin of the superheroes anyway – so it’s not even something we need to know.
The other problem with every superhero movie functioning as an origin story is that they become very formulaic. These films aren’t repetitive because they’re about superheroes, they’re repetitive because they’re about the origins of superheroes. There’s only so much new you can do with a structure that’s been repeated so often.
My suggestion: Start in the middle. Once we get to the inevitable Dr. Strange movie, Flash movie or a Hawkman movie, let’s start in the middle. Let’s present the hero as already established as see what happens? It will certainly at least be different.
But if you still like Superhero origin stories, you can buy Thor on DVD.
Or you could check out an awesome Superhero origin story that I missed last week due to labor day – X-Men: First Class on DVD.
TV on DVD
“Glee”: Season 2
Much has been written about ‘Glee’s’ Jumping the Shark in season 2, about how it’s lost its way, and how it isn’t fun anymore. But nobody seems to be able to point to the reason for its decline.
I think the reason is very simple: it got away from its core philosophy.
When this show premiered, it was a story about outcasts and underdogs. The “Losers” of the posters. The main characters were all outsiders (with the exception of Finn) and the story was about how they banded together to overcome their being pushed to the fringes.
A lot of fun right? Well, that, I suppose, became unpalatable for somebody involved in the show as those outcast characters were quickly pushed aside to make room for storylines about the cheerleaders, the new hunky football players on the team and to beef up villain Sue Sylvester’s role.
In other words, the show decided it was time to ignore the outsiders so the prettier people could shine. The exact opposite of the intent of the show, and a cruel reminder that the original theme behind the show doesn’t work in the real world, as the creators choose to focus on the characters who are most popular, not with fans, but with the other people at the fictional high school.
All that, and Matthew Morrison continues to be the lead on this show.
But if you liked the show’s second season, you can buy Season 2 of ‘Glee’ on DVD.
- “The Big Bang Theory”: Season 4 – Buy Now
- “Blue Bloods”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Camelot”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Grey’s Anatomy”: Season 7 – Buy Now
- “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”: Season 6 – Buy Now
- “Outsourced”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Private Practice”: Season 4 – Buy Now
- “Rescue Me”: Season 6 – Buy Now
- “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Supernatural”: Season 6 – Buy Now
Special Edition of the Week
Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-Ray
Oh, Star Wars, fanboys. Will you ever learn? Your little boycott of this DVD set won’t faze George Lucas in any way at all.
Do you understand that there are millions of fans of Star Wars who couldn’t care less that these aren’t the original theatrical versions? Are you aware that there are millions of people who don’t even really know the difference between the Special Editions and the Theatrical Editions?
See, some people just really really like these movies. They don’t care about the money grabbing, the “affront to fans” and everything else that convention attendees discuss. They’ll just rush out to get three of their favorite (and three they put up with) movies on DVD.
And let’s face it, you’re going to Buy the Star Wars Complete Saga on Blu-Ray even with your animus toward Lucas.
Though I suspect many of you will just buy the Original Trilogy on Blu-Ray.
If not, feel free to disagree in the comments.
- Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Blu-Ray – Buy Now
And Just So You Know, This DVD Exists…
Keep in mind, Mandy Moore got Because I Said So and License to Wed released in theaters and this went straight-to-DVD. (shudder)