This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.
Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.
EASTBOUND & DOWN (SEASON 1)
Eastbound & Down creator/writer Jody Hill‘s style of comedy definitely isn’t for everyone, but those capable of embracing his raw, cynical attitude may just find themselves rewarded with one of the funniest shows television has to offer. So far, everything Hill has done revolves around a specific formula: bad things happening to bad, dumb people. Between this and Observe & Report, I doubt there’s any mystery about Hill’s feelings toward a large majority of the American public; regardless of the crazy situations his characters get into, there’s always this sense of depressing truth to them, always making sure we know that people like this aren’t too far off from the type of people you might find in any small middle-to-lower class town. This aspect of the show helps elevate it beyond a simple dark comedy to somewhat of an unsettling character study, presenting one man’s desperate struggle to cling to this distorted reality that his fame helped create for him, only to find actual reality settling in and crashing down on him.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary with creator/writer Jody Hill, actor Danny McBride, director David Gordon Green, and writer/actor Ben Best, “Making Eastbound & Down”, “Kenny Powers: Greatest Hits”, “Schaeffer Motor Commercials”, “Stevie’s Dark Secret”, and deleted scenes.
|Amazon – $19.99|
What? Free $5 GiftCard when you buy both Eastbound & Down (Season 1) and Entourage (Season 5) on DVD.
Where? Best Buy.
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In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley debate the retitling of The Karate Kid, praise the tremendous new trailer for Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, ridicule the changed subtitles of Let the Right One In’s home video release, and delve into the merits of Universal Soldier: The Return. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from IFC.
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Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Disney and Sony have released a bunch of new photos to the Los Angeles Times for their 2009 movie preview. I’ve included a few of the photos after the jump.
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There has been a lot of schedule shuffling going on at the studios this week.
Universal has moved Paul W.S. Anderson’s Death Race remake up from September 26th to August 22nd 2008. The film was originally set to go head to head with DJ Caruso’s Eagle Eye and Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but will now go up against Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicolas Cage, The House Bunny starring Anna Faris, Crossing Over starring Harrison Ford, and the Uma Thurman/Colin Firth romantic comedy The Accidental Husband.
20th Century Fox has set a February 27, 2009 release date for video game adaptation Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. The only other film currently scheduled for the same date is Steve Shill’s thriller Obsessed, starring Ali Larter.
Fox 2000 has set a date for the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel – March 19, 2010. Warn your children!
Renny Harlin’s 12 Rounds starring WWE star John Cena is now scheduled for a March 13th, 2009 release. Up against Disney’s sequel/remake Race to Witch Mountain.
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I’m not a pro wrestling bash-er. I use to be a fan back in that big boom. I actually believe there is untapped talent in the organization, and am shocked that World Wrestling Entertainment has been unable to produce one single watchable movie.
That said, I think Vince McMahon should give up on his movie dreams. The last three efforts (See No Evil, The Marine, and The Condemned) have an average IMDb user rating of a 5.1 (which is pretty poor by even genre movie standards). Made for an estimated $50 million, the three films have made less than $41 million domestically. Lionsgate dumped the wrestling entertainment company, but the WWE have found another sucker in the form of the Fox genre arm, Fox Atomic.
WWE is teaming with Fox Atomic to produce 12 Rounds, an action film about a New Orleans police detective whose girlfriend is kidnapped. Star wrestler John Cena will star alongside Steve Harris, Aidan Gillen and Brian White. Hack action director Renny Harlin has been tapped to direct. Harlin, best known for directing Die Hard 2, has been recently involved in some of the worst genre movies of recent years: Driven, Exorcist: The Beginning and The Covenant.
Production begins on February 25th in New Orleans. Good luck with that. Let’s hope that the 133th round is direct to dvd.