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One would think that the week of Christmas would bring with it a plethora of new releases in home video, but such is unfortunately not quite the case. Though there are a handful of notable releases, such as District 9, (500) Days of Summer, and It Might Get Loud (all Certified Fresh, by the way), and a couple of nice collections for those familiar with classic American movies and classic American television, there wasn't much in the way of "wow factor" this week. Having said that, we've done our best to pick out the choicest of the few morsels we had to choose from, so we hope there'll be something to suit your holiday fancy regardless.
It's a bingo this week with Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' goose stepping onto DVD and Blu-ray, leading -- by a long margin -- the Jack Black-Michael Cera goof-off 'Year One' and Katherine Heigl in 'The Ugly Truth'. Bad movie fans, meanwhile, should have a great time with Nicolas Cage in 'Bangkok Dangerous'.
This week on home video, we've got a bizarre combination of interests represented by new releases. With the holiday season in full swing, what better gift to give than... a Quentin Tarantino movie? Sure, why not? It got pretty great reviews, and it's the most acclaimed new release on deck this week. But if fantastical, talky, WWII-era war films aren't your thing, then perhaps you'll go for an over-the-top buddy comedy, or maybe a group of talking CGI guinea pigs. Still not your bag? Well, alright, then we've got a collection from a comedy legend, some eccentric animation, a documentary on a winning sports team, and a beloved sci-fi franchise. And, if all else fails, there's always a prosthetic penis to complete the holiday mood.
This week on home video, it's all about Harry Potter. The franchise's sixth installment comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, but that's not all. Warner Home Video is also releasing "Ultimate Editions" of the first two films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which are jampacked with new special features. But if HP and the gang aren't your thang, then there are several other new releases, from Public Enemies to The Cove, a couple of oldies but goodies, a limited edition box set for a popular TV show, and a workout video (yeah, you read that right). Peruse this week's column and see if you'll be picking up any of these choice selections.
Pickings are indeed slim this week for new releases on home video. While we have the requisite new releases, which include a couple of major pictures that opened earlier this year (Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) and a couple of lesser-known flicks (Paper Heart and A Christmas Tale), the offerings were decidedly lacking in terms of special editions and newly packaged items. As such, we've decided to profile a handful of Blu-Ray reissues of films we already know and love (well, most of us, anyway), like Gremlins, The Mask of Zorro, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Check out our complete list and see what tickles your fancy this week!
This week in home video, we've got a lot of brand new releases paired up with a handful of old classics making their comebacks. Among the choices from the current year's latest releases are the conspiracy theory-themed blockbuster based on Dan Brown's novel of the same name, Angels & Demons, as well as the Judd Apatow film about standup comedy, Funny People, which stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. Then we've got Four Christmases and Shorts to round out the new ones, while titles such as The Monster Squad, Ichi the Killer, and Hogan's Heroes make up some of the other choices. Have a look and see what could be added to your collection this week!
If you're a fan of outer space-themed entertainment, then you'll find plenty to love in this week's rundown of new releases in home video. First and foremost, we've got the J.J. Abrams reboot of the beloved Star Trek franchise, which came out in May of this year. Then, we've also got the complete series of the Sci-Fi (now SyFy) Channel's original show, Farscape, and hitting Blu-Ray for the first time is the somewhat "spoofy" comedy Galaxy Quest. If aliens and laser guns aren't your thing, however, there's also an ultimate edition of one of cinema's greats (Gone with the Wind), several other first-time releases, and a cheaper version of one of television's most influential shows in recent memory (The Sopranos). Check the full list to see what's worth picking up this week.
Last week, we announced the release of the big screen version of one of the Hasbro toy company's most beloved franchises, G.I. Joe; it's only fitting that this week we announce the release of the animated series' complete collection. And it's impressive. On top of that, we've got a couple of hot new releases as well, including Pixar's Up and the indie hit Ballast. Sci-fi fans will enjoy the high definition re-release of Logan's Run, while baseball fans will find literally hours upon hours of entertainment in the Official World Series Film Collection. To round out the rest of the list, we've got another animated series collection, a highly rated Michael Mann thriller, the "ultimate" cut of Watchmen, and a new edition of another Pixar classic, Monsters, Inc. Check the article for details on these new releases!
This week, the little movie that could: celebrated arthouse auteur Michael Bay overcomes funding difficulties and triumphs over the studio system with his moving, personal vision in 'Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen'. Plus, Harrison Ford gets back to playing old grouches in earnest political dramas, Jennifer Aniston gets stalked (go figure) and Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo play brothers of the non-'Bloom' variety.
This week, another Hasbro toy franchise's debut hits DVD, as well as a modern remake of a suspenseful thriller, a couple of classics, a doc on the food industry, a couple of perennial Christmas favorites, and a box set of arguably the greatest sports film franchise. Check out our list of recommendations and see if a few of them don't make it onto your shelves!
This week on home video, we've rounded up the usual new releases, but we've also got a lot of independent films that were critically acclaimed but sadly underseen. Then, we've got a reissue of a French classic, a collection of films from a legendary American director, and a couple of sci-fi crowd pleasers. If you're looking for good drama, you don't need huge budgets and larger-than-life stars, and if you need further proof, simply have a look at the highly rated indies on today's list, including Il Divo and Medicine for Melancholy. If that's not your bag, then you might be interested in either Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, or the 15th Anniversary Blu-Ray edition of Stargate. For the kids, we've got Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and for the horror fans, there's Fear(s) of the Dark and Night of the Creeps, both fun in their own ways. Check out the full list!
To celebrate the release of 'Star Trek' on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia, we're giving you the chance to win one of five Star Trek prize packs -- which include the new film, all 10 previous films, a Scene It game and USB port.
This week, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride's bizarro comedy Land of the Lost arrives on DVD (surely bound for a possible cult following among stoners), as does Miley Cyrus' first big screen adventure as Disney songstress Hannah Montana. Plus, John Malkovich heads to South Africa for Disgrace and an Oscar-winning stop-motion animator cranks up the quirk for his feature debut Mary and Max -- starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in puppet form.
This week on home video, you'll be seeing a lot of shapeshifting robots engaged in epic battles with each other, as not only does Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hit store shelves, but also the all-encompassing Transformers 25th Anniversary "Matrix of Leadership" Edition. While the former was a poorly reviewed box-office smash hit, the latter is the source material (as in, every single episode of the Generation One series), often equally incomprehensible in plot, but somehow much more endearing. In addition, we've got a handful of indie dramas in Cheri, Beauty in Trouble, and the Criterion re-release of director Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, which comes packed with special features. Then we've got something for the kids, something for fans of mindless action films, and an American classic getting the hi-def treatment. Check out our picks and decide what you'll be snatching up this week.