This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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STAR TREK
(Available as single-disc DVD, 2-Disc Edition DVD, and 3-Disc Edition Blu-ray)
There’s a reason why this film found success beyond its limited Trekkie fan base: it’s not a Star Trek film. Admitted by J.J. Abrams himself, this reboot of the series is more Star Wars than Trek, and that’s a large part of its appeal. Capturing the rewarding essence and simplicity of the hero’s journey much in the same way that Star Wars did, Abrams injects this re-envisioning of the series with a non-stop energy that’s nothing short of addicting, and makes it easy to overlook some of the shortcomings of the story. Diehard Trek fans will likely be disappointed by the tremendous departure in tone, pace, and overall style, as well as the complete disregard for any thematic significance, but in fairness, the most recent Star Trek efforts have been depressingly bad, and this was really the kick start the franchise needed to make it relevant again. While it may not be the Star Trek movie some fans were hoping for, it does manage to maintain the mythology and characters that have been established during the series, and it does so in a way that makes them fresh, exciting, and even funny. Also backed by breathtaking visuals, thrilling action sequences, and a pitch-perfect cast, this is easily one of the most fun popcorn flicks to be released in years.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2-disc DVD – Commentary by director J.J. Abrams, writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Bryan Burk, deleted scenes, four featurettes (“To Boldly Go”, “Casting”, “Aliens”, “Score”), a gag reel, and a digital copy. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as additional featurettes on the Starships, Gene Roddenberry’s Vision, Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek, and a Starfleet Vessel Simulator.

BEST DVD PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99 $12.77
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.99 at Fry’s and Amazon, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores.

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$24.99 $23.99 $19.95
Amazon – $19.99

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Bruno: Watch La Toya Jackson’s Deleted Scene

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As many of you might recall, Michael Jackson died right before Bruno‘s release, and Universal Pictures decided to cut a scene from the film at the last minute which involved Michael’s sister La Toya Jackson, “out of sensitivity to the Jackson family.” The scene is of course included in the deleted scene section of the special features on the Blu-ray/DVD release, which hits stores on November 17th. You can definitely see why Universal and the filmmakers decided to cut the sequence from the theatrical release. Watch it now after the jump.

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Bruno Blu-Ray Breakdown and Video Commentary Clips

Available from November 17th in the US, but this Monday November the 9th here in the UK, are the DVD and Blu-ray special editions of Bruno. I absolutely loved the film, and still consider it amongst my few favourite films of the year. This is what I want from the crossover between documentary and fiction, not silly pranks like Paranormal Activity.

I’m just through with the Bruno Blu-ray disc and, frankly, have been floored by the special features it contains. As well as the expected alternative, deleted and extended scenes there’s a brilliant enhanced commentary with Sacha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles that I found almost as entertaining as the movie proper. This is the real reason to buy the disc. Even Bruno naysayers might be interested in finding out who we see in the film was actually in on the act, and who was unsuspecting.

After the break, more on the disc’s features and some clips from the video commentary.

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Bruno Deleted Scene: Pete Rose

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Universal Pictures has released a deleted scene from Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno, which will be included in the DVD/Blu-ray which debuts November 17th 2009. The sequence features Baseball legend Pete Rose, in the same situation that you see Paula Abdul in the released film — having to do an interview while sitting on a mexican gardener. Rose was a lot nicer about the situation, which explains why they probably reshot the sequence with Abdul. Watch the clip after the jump.

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/Filmcast Ep. 59 – Brüno (GUEST: Eric D. Snider)

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bruno posterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise the choice of Ryan Reynolds for The Green Lantern, finally get around to discussing some big changes to the Oscar nomination process, and analyze the social experiment that is Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno. Prolific online critic Eric D. Snider joins us for our review.

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In Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new film Bruno, there is a scene where Cohen’s flamboyant Austrian fashion television host character interviews Ayman Abu Aita, who is depicted as a leader of a terrorist group from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Bruno approaches Aita in hopes of being kidnapped by a jihadist group in an effort to become famous in America.

Many of you may have seen Cohen’s appearance on David Letterman, explaining the challenge of setting up and filming an interview with a probably dangerous terrorist (if you haven’t seen it, check it out embedded after the jump). Well apparently Aita is angry, claiming that Cohen duped him into the interview (as he does with everyone in the movie) and is even considering legal action. Apparently Aita isn’t a terrorist leader, and is no longer involved in terrorist activity.

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Second Edit of Bruno Set For UK Cinemas

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In a rather odd and possibly disappointing move, there is to be a second, censored cut of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Brüno released in UK cinemas. Officially it won’t be replacing the original version, just running alongside it, but if this new, reduced version turns out to steamroll the first cut in box office terms, I think we can all guess what will happen.

The reason for the edit is simple. The ‘standard’ version of Brüno has been rated 18 by the BBFC. This means that nobody under the age of 18 can attend a screening. Unlike the R rating in the US, where parents can take along children, this means nobody under 18 can attend. The new version has been given the necessary doctoring to receive a 15 certificate, meaning audiences have to be only 15 years or older.

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Bruno – What Did You Think?

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Borat was sooooo 2006… Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno was unleashed in theaters today. I’m seeing it tonight, so I’ll check back later with my thoughts. But right now I want to hear what you thought. Is it better than Borat? Is it as quotable? What was the funniest moment? What didn’t you like? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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