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I'm Not There
Fans of the unusual should delight in Todd Haynes' experimental casting of six different actors as American icon Bob Dylan; in the edgiest move of all, he cast a woman (Cate Blanchett) to play Dylan in his electric era, a performance so daring it earned her an Oscar nod. How audacious!
The Weinstein Co. has given us the gift of the 2-disc release, and we should all be very grateful. On the first disc, jump to select songs in the flick complete with on-screen lyrics (Dylan is, like, such a poet) and hear Haynes' in-depth commentary. Then pop in disc #2 for an I'm Not There bonanza, including an unreleased 18-minute flashcard trailer, a la "Subterranean Homesick Blues"; a tribute to Heath Ledger; Ben Whishaw and Marcus Carl Franklin's audition tapes; and the Dylanology guide to all things Bob Dylan.
Over Her Dead Body
Eva Longoria's first major jump from Desperate Housewives to the big screen was a critical and commercial dud in February -- but hey, you can rent/buy it this week on DVD! After all, with summer blockbuster season kicking off (thanks, Iron Man!) you probably need a quiet night in, and a romantic comedy about a dead bridezilla haunting her ex on earth sounds like just the thing to hit the spot...
Over Her Dead Body boasts both a widescreen version and a full screen version. Silly me, you wanted bonus features -- okay, first, you've got a widescreen version of the film... and then there's also a full-screen version. Of the same film. And nothing else.
A romantic comedy starring Hilary Swank? Yeah, right. The former Next Karate Kid --- and, yes, two-time Oscar-winner --- makes for the genre's perhaps most ill-suited lead as a widow getting motivational letters from her dead husband (Gerard Butler).
What could be worse than actually watching P.S. I Love You? Watching a music video by James Blunt (one of a few extras on the release).
The man formerly known as O'Shea Jackson (rapper-turned-urban comedy fixture Ice Cube) here scores his fourth rotten movie in a row, to which we say, for shame, Mr. Cube. You can do better. Even with SNL's Tracey Morgan and dapper-haired comedian Katt Williams in tow, the comedy about church-thieving losers earned too little laughs from critics. Then again, it also stars Flavor of Love's New York (Tiffany Pollard) in her first movie role...so it was good for something.
There's actually a lot here, including outtakes, a pop-up trivia viewing option, and commentary from first-time writer-director David E. Talbert. Disc also includes the unusual treat of Talbert's on-set wrap speech.
Daring in a way only indie films seem to be these days, Teeth brings the urban legend of the vagina dentata to the screen. What is vagina dentata? If you have to ask, maybe you shouldn't watch this horror comedy -- which if you haven't guessed, is rated R. Pic stars newcomer Jess Weixler and the kid from Nip/Tuck.
Director Mitchell Lichtenstein's commentary should prove most insightful. Fun fact: He's also an actor (he played Simon, the gay boyfriend in The Wedding Banquet) and is the son of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Shocking as it is, the latest star vehicle for Paris Hilton did not strike gold with critics. We could count the number of critics who gave it a fresh review on, well, three fingers. The tale of a hot girl and her disgusting BFF made $1,301,176 to date -- which leaves a little over $7.6 million to go if it's going to make up its losses in home video sales.
In the disc's most distinctive extra, Paris Hilton puts makeup on lead actor Joel David Moore. We'd rather eat paint chips for two hours.