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, Circuit City, 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.

Buy It

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Unrated Edition)
One of my top ten favorite movies of ’08, Pineapple Express manages to effortlessly combine old school action and Apatow-style comedy to hilarious effect. The excellent acting and directing make sure of this, with Seth Rogen and James Franco narrowing the gap on Cheech and Chong for the best stoner duo, and acclaimed indie director David Gordon Green maintaining a gritty intimacy that helps anchor the film to reality. This is definitely one I’ll be watching again and again.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes a cast/filmmaker audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel. The two-disc includes everything on the single-disc, along with rehearsal footage, the first table read, featurettes (Joe Lo Truglio’s Art of the Social Butterfly, Jonah Hill on Set, Stuntmaster Ken Jeong, Injury Report, Red and Stormy’s Guide to Marriage), and raw footage.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $14.99 $15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $16.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

THE WACKNESS
The Wackness is probably the best film of 2008 that nobody saw, offering an extremely well-crafted and engaging coming-of-age tale about a drug-dealing New York City teen’s last summer before college. It also doubles as a love note to the ’90s. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary with writer/director Jonathan Levine and actor Josh Peck, featurettes (Keeping it Real: A Day in the Life of Writer/Director Jonathan Levine, Time in a Bottle: Behind the Scenes of The Wackness), The Luke Shapiro Show Episode 1, and deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$21.99 $19.99
Amazon – $21.99

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 4.0)
I’m listing this in the “Buy It” section more out of obligation than genuine interest. While I haven’t seen enough of the show to give a firm stance on how good it is, what I have seen didn’t exactly encourage me to keep watching. And yet, constant protesting from the show’s hardcore fanbase has convinced me to give it another chance. According to those individuals, this is without a doubt the greatest piece of sci-fi television ever produced. If that’s really the case, I’m sure they’re willing to overlook the fact that this DVD contains only the first 10 episodes of Season 4, forcing them to pay out the ass if they have any intention of completing the season with the next DVD release.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Original and extended versions of Razor, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes (The Look of Battlestar Galactica, The Journey, Cylons: The Twelve, The Music of Battlestar Galactica, Season 4.5: The Untold Story – Untold), David Eicks Video Blogs, and Ronald Moore’s Podcast Commentaries.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$34.99 $31.99 $34.99 N/A
Amazon – $31.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive packaging includes dog tags and book ($39.99).
Where? Best Buy.

FRISKY DINGO (SEASON 2)
While not as good as Venture Bros. or Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Frisky Dingo is still one of the best shows Adult Swim has to offer. It’s also the only show I know of that has a continuing storyline despite its 10-minute episode format. This actually acts as a benefit though, as it allows the creators to pack in as many ridiculous plot developments and off-the-wall jokes as possible without any issues of viewers growing bored. Season 2 of the show once again follows the ongoing battle between superhero Awesome X and supervillain Killface, this time as they vie for the presidency of the United States. The DVD contains 12 episodes.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A clip from the spin-off Xtacles series.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $14.99 N/A
Amazon – $13.99

Rent It

RIGHTEOUS KILL
Like many others, I was incredibly excited when I heard Al Pacino and Robert De Niro would be teaming up again for the first time since Heat. Then I found out the film they’d be starring in was from the same director as 88 Minutes, and my expectations plummeted. Apparently my fears were warranted too, as I’ve heard nothing but negative things about the movie since its release. I’m still interested in seeing it though, if only to witness two acting greats sharing the screen once again.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary, making of featurette, and behind the scenes footage.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $20.49

Skip It

BABYLON A.D.
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
I feel bad for director Mathieu Kassovitz. It looked like there could’ve been a somewhat enjoyable film to be found with Babylon A.D., but then the studios had to tear it apart. Is it really any surprise that the reviews for this are terrible?
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes theatrical and unrated cuts of the film and 2 featurettes (Babylon Babies, Arctic Escape). The 2-disc includes everything on the single-disc, along with 2 additional featurettes (Fit For The Screen, Flight of the Hummers), a graphic novel prequel to Babylon A.D, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $17.99 $15.99
Amazon – $19.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (and $23.99 at Amazon).

BANGKOK DANGEROUS
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
Not even shitty enough to reach so-bad-it’s-good status, Bangkok Dangerous is so utterly mundane and lacking in anything resembling entertainment, I’m still amazed I managed to survive the whole thing. How The Pang Brothers managed to butcher their own remake to such a degree is beyond me.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-disc includes 2 featurettes (From Hong Kong to Bangkok – A Cinematic Movement, Bangkok Dangerous: The Execution of the Film), an alternate ending, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $15.99
Amazon – $19.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $ at each of the listed stores (and $23.99 at Amazon).

DISASTER MOVIE
This movie represents so much of what’s wrong with comedy, the teenage demographic and American society that I feel it’s my moral obligation to not even credit it with purchasing info or a DVD cover image.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Ping Pong PlayaThe Tudors (Season 2)Eden LakeThe Alphabet KillerIMAX Ultimate CollectionSecret Diary Of A Callgirl (Season 1)The Waltons (Season 8)Postal (Director’s Cut)

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.


Exclusive: Free $5 Target GiftCard and exclusive bonus disc with purchase of The Tudors (Season 2).

$14.99 – Seinfeld (Season 8 or 9)
$15.99 – Friends (Seasons 1 – 10)
$17.99 – 24 (Seasons 1 – 6)
$19.99 – The Tudors (Season 1), My Name is Earl (Season 3)


$29.99 – Battlestar Galactica (Season 2.0 or 2.5)
$34.99 – Battlestar Galactica (Season 1 or 3)

Free $5 Gift Card when you buy any 2 of these movies…
$9.99 – No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, The Bank Job, The Water Horse, Leatherheads, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, We Own the Night, Baby Mama, Doomsday, Superbad, Definitely Maybe, Hitman, The Forbidden Kingdom, and more…

$5.99 – Clerks II, Eurotrip, Supertroopers, Stripes, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dude Where’s My Car?, and more…


SALE: 50% off HBO titles

$24 – 24 (Seasons 1 – 6)

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Babylon A.D. Graffiti Ads

What happens when a movie studio has no money to promote a crappy movie? I’m in Colorado right now on the beginning leg of my 28 Days of Film adventure, but back home in San Francisco, the sidewalks around the city have been vandalized, apparently by 20th Century Fox. Curbed took a photo of one of the Babylon A.D. sidewalk advertisements (seen above). I wonder if Fox actually got permission from the city to spray-paint these viral street ads all over the city. I’m guessing not…

Apparently NBC/Universal did a simular promotion for USA Network’s The 4400. At first they denied involvement, blaming excited fans, but they were eventually fessed up. They were forced to pay fines of a couple hundred dollars per site.

WEEKEND UPDATE: Okay. So, I just witnessed a press copy of Disaster Movie. Let’s up the ante. If you really, really want bad things to happen to Disaster Movie, and the movie’s directors/hacks, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer Water, paste the following in the comments: Necronomicon Xmortis Juno. Thanks. If their film suffers a horrible death at the box office, we’ll update/celebrate. Disclosure: I’ve had this post/hex blessed by a perturbed employee of Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo in New Orleans. The /Film Effect is in effect!!! (Per the emails: No, I’m not kidding.)

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Okay. So, who braved the shallow waters today and paid to see Babylon A.D., a Vin Diesel comeback movie repeatedly wedgied by its director, or Disaster Movie, a national disgrace released on the friggin’ anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that has the power to shutdown Slashfilm if it grosses over $20 million?

Don’t worry readers, we will not hire Osama bin Diesel to track you down (or your innocent friends) using IP addresses. Please confess below: How did either of these “films” make you feel? Shock the cowards among us and rip into the soon-to-be infamous twist ending to Babylon A.D. below. Feel free to exaggerate, lie or simply imagine. Feel free to not even identify which travesty you are referring to, it will make things that much scarier. We await to vicariously experience these winners via your comments by candle light with a bag of Cape Cod jalapeno potato chips and an airplane pillow to muffle our screams.

/Film reader, joelnstuff, informs, “Looks as though the hex [is working], early reports have Disaster Movie only making 2.2M on Friday!”

It’s official. Slashfilm is in the midst of a 2008 Vin Diesel dunkirk. Not only did the muscled actor inexplicably drop the “Riddick is back, no matter what! Two films!” bomb yesterday, there’s his new Fast and Furious trailer. And last night on a superb /Filmcast, we examined the actor’s radioactive connection to Osama bin Laden. This weekend sees the (non?)opening of Diesel’s long-delayed sci-fi actioner Babylon A.D. Don’t click the button on Fandango just yet! The director, Mathieu Kassovitz, says the movie sucks…

“I should have chosen a studio that has guts,” Kassovitz told AMC. “Fox was just trying to get a PG-13 movie. I’m ready to go to war against them, but I can’t because they don’t give a shit. …I don’t see how people who went through all these amazing blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Iron Man this summer will take [Babylon A.D.].”

Kassovitz—best known for directing 1995′s Hate before shipping off to Hollywood to make Gothika—compares many of Babylon‘s scenes to a “bad episode of 24.” He also feels the “stupidity and violence” takes away from the film’s underlying each-one-teach-one message about the future. So, how does Sunny Vin D feel about it?

“Am I even in the movie any more, or am I on the cutting room floor?” the actor joked.

Death Race, you’re going down.

Discuss: Do these comments make you want to see Babylon A.D. or skip it? What does the future hold for Vin Diesel? Should he consider a name change?

via CHUD

Russian Babylon A.D. Movie Poster

I’m trying not to get excited for Babylon A.D., but I have a soft spot for futurist sci-fi films, and this new Russian poster (found on Filmz.ru) isn’t helping. I’m sucked in by the futuristic cityscape, but don’t worry, Vin Diesel’s face quickly brings me back to reality.

Vin Diesel stars as a mercenary hired to deliver a package from the ravages of post-apocalyptic Eastern Europe to a destination in the teeming megalopolis of New York City.  The “package” is a mysterious young woman with a secret. Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and co-written by Eric Besnard, based upon the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice G. Dantec. Babylon A.D. is set to hit theaters on August 29th 2008.

One is the feted composer of films like True Romance and The Dark Knight, the other is the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and a killer composer in his own right (Ghost Dog, Kill Bill). What do they both have in common? They both made appearances on the latest Slashfilm Muxtape! And in yet another example of the /Film Effect, Zimmer and the RZA have combined their magic to score Vin Diesel‘s Babylon A.D., the sci-fi chaser opening late August that has taken forever to get released. Here’s what the guy also known as Bob Digi told an alt newspaper

“The RZA’s team and Hans Zimmer’s team have combined to create a hybrid kind of score for this movie that’s based in the future. So I think it’s going to be a good vibe for the audience out there, and it’s a good movie anyway – a very thought-provoking movie,” said The RZA (who got away with a lil’ third-person, but he’s The RZA, so hey!) 

And add one more name to the film’s composer pot, Shavo Odadjian, the bassist for System of a Down aka “kids these days, I’ll tell ya.” That seems like a lot of effort/talent for a movie that hasn’t exactly put Geekdom on drool alert. RZA added that Tarantino has been holed up like a squirrel for many months—working on Inglorious Bastards, probs—and that he still mentions doing something more with Kill Bill, but, like a girl who leaves ya hangin’ on the phone, we all know how that goes.

Discuss: Where is Babylon A.D. on your radar? Anticipating the score? What’s your fave work by Zimmer/RZA?

via Pitchfork/Playlist


American Babylon A.D. Movie Trailer

Babylon A.D.

Earlier today we brought you the international teaser trailer for Transporter 3, and now we have the first American trailer from another French film Babylon A.D.

Mathieu Kassovitz‘s (Gothika) sci-fi action thriller stars Vin Diesel as Thoorop, a veteran-turned-mercenary who takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to China. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah. I’m not really expecting this film to be the next Children of Men, but I love watching big budget futuristic sci fi action films. The fact that Fox might have forced Kassovitz to cut the film down substantially probably isn’t a good sign. It still looks like it might be a fun popcorn film, and how can you go wrong with Clint Mansell‘s awesome (and yes, overused) Requiem score for a trailer soundtrack?

You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on IGN. Babylon A.D. will hit theaters on August 29th 2008.

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They’re really playing up the dystopian poncho fashion with the new poster and teaser trailer for the perma-looming Vin Diesel sci-fi vehicle Babylon A.D. Might the eventual tagline be “This way late summer, put on your poncho as we journey into a future where anything can happen and it rains a lot“? You’ll find out nothing about the film’s plot from this hyper-edited clip, but the ambiance/marketing equation seems to be Blade Runner + Children of Men / xXx = “serious Vin Diesel action” from the mind of director Mathieu Kassovitz who brought America Gothika. That said, after last month’s barrage, seconds of anything that isn’t Iron Man looks slightly interesting mildly original. Here’s the Slashfilm synopsis…

Veteran-turned-mercenary Thoorop (Diesel) takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman (Mélanie Thierry) from Russia to China. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah. Based on the French novel by Maurice G. Dantec, who was strongly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, Philip K. Dick and punk rock. The film also co-stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine) as a nun.

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You can watch the trailer in High Definition on the official website. Babylon A.D. is set to hit theaters on August 29th 2008.

Discuss: After the film was delayed from February to late August, how do you feel about the teaser for Babylon A.D.? Did the Statue of Liberty apocalyptic street art grab your attention or make you shrug? Question of the year, for sure.

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poster source: vindieselgallery

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