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.

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DOUBT
Thematically complex and brilliantly acted, the masterfully written (and almost entirely dialogue-based) Doubt ranked as one of my top ten favorite movies of 2008. Even on its own, the amount of intrigue and thought-provoking material provided by the film’s central premise is enough to sustain the film, but what really pushes it over the edge is its clever and thoughtful incorporation of other issues relevant to the time period. Truly a fascinating and powerful effort from writer/director John Patrick Shanley, who adapted the film from his play.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary with John Patrick Shanley, and 4 featurettes (From Stage to Screen, Scoring Doubt, The Sisters of Charity, The Cast of Doubt).

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Amazon – $18.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 Best Buy Gift Card with purchase of both Doubt and No Country for Old Men (3-Disc Collector’s Edition) ($24.99).
Where? Best Buy.

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The Spirit

Lionsgate has decided to move the release date of Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit up from January 16th next year to Christmas Day (December 25th 2008). Apparently Lionsgate’s president Tom Ortenberg decided to change the release date after he saw the reaction to the film’s teaser trailer at the New York Comic Con. And I’m sure Paramount’s decision to move Star Trek from that date to Summer 2009 (May 8th) had nothing to do with this decision.

The Spirit will now go head to head with Disney’s Adam Sandler family fantasy comedy Bedtime Stories, and the adaptations of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Marley & Me, both of which fall into the romance category. There is certainly room for a comic book film on that Holiday date.

Discuss: Which movie will you see on Christmas weekend – The Spirit, Bedtime Stories, The Time Traveler’s Wife or Marley & Me.

First Look: Bedtime Stories

Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories

Our friends at JFX have the first set photos from Hairspray director Adam Shankman’s new family fantasy comedy Bedtime Stories. Adam Sandler is a guy whose life changes when the lavish bedtime  stories he tells his nephews start to magically come true. The photos above and below show Sandler trying to sheild himself from thousands of gumballs which are magically falling from the sky. Bedtime Stories hits theaters on December 25th 2008.

Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories

Discuss: Does anyone else think this scene was inspired by the Sony Bravia Bouncy Ball commercial?

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