RT on DVD: Transformers, Starship Troopers To Invade; Avoid Jessica Alba's Eye
Plus downloading at Blockbuster, Tinkerbell talks, and the ultimate Dirty Harry box set!
Look out! Starship Troopers and Transformers are about to assault your senses in HD, and soon you can choose Harold and Kumar's adventures. This week's new releases are mostly stinkers (The Eye, Semi-Pro), but Dirty Harry's got your back with a fantastic new box set. Are you feeling lucky, punk?
Make it a Blockbuster...download...night?
Are video stores headed the way of the dinosaur? Not if Blockbuster can help it. The rental chain has begun testing new in-store download kiosks where customers can zip in, ATM-style, and download movies right onto their digital media players. The goal is to have you in and loaded in 30 seconds -- that is, only if you have the Archos media player, which you can buy in a Blockbuster store, which you can use portably or plug into a TV set...which sounds all too troublesome to us lazybones DVD buyers.
Choose Your Own Harold and Kumar Adventure!
Those folks over at New Line must be smoking the good stuff, because making the release of Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay a Choose Your Own Adventure-style DVD is inspired, to say the least. In addition to switching between new and alternate scenes, you can get up close and personal with the real Harold Lee and "the guy who plays George W. Bush." Look for it July 25.
An HD Transformers extravaganza!
The web is abuzz with the official news that a Transformers Blu-Ray release will hit stores September 2, supervised by director/spectacle aficionado Michael Bay himself. The 2-Disc Special Edition is expected to boast no less than 30 extras, featurettes, trailers and Easter eggs -- all in glorious, ear-shattering, eye-popping HD.
Another Starship Troopers sequel is coming...
Casper Van Dien is back as Johnny Rico, Roughneck soldier and extinguisher of space bugs, in the third installment of the saga that began with Paul Verhoeven's 1997 boob-, bomb-, and bug-filled satire. Ed Neumier makes his directorial debut with Starship Troopers: Marauder, which comes to DVD and Blu-Ray August 5; if you're really Starship crazy, you can buy the entire trilogy the same day.
Disney To Make Movies for Fairies
After you're done fueling your testosterone levels with Starship Troopers, get in touch with your softer side with the first of four all-new direct-to-DVD Disney films...about fairies! Disney's had enough of the lame super sequels -- Ariel's racked up a lot of mileage over the years -- so they're turning their attentions to Peter Pan sprite Tinkerbell, who will appear along with her fairy BFFs and talk for the first time in Disney history -- unless you count Julia Roberts in Hook, which we admittedly don't count either.
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