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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LOL: Roger Ebert Responds to Disaster Movie Fan

It’s not funny enough that someone out there actually liked Disaster Movie, e-mailed Roger Ebert in almost unreadable internet shorthand, but Roger actually took the time out to respond using the reader’s native language.

Question: Yo dude, u missed out on “Disaster Movie,” a hardcore laugh-ur-@zz-off movie! Y U not review this movie!? It was funny as #ell! Prolly the funniest movie of the summer! U never review these, wat up wit dat?

Ebert’s Response: Hey, bro, I wuz buzier than $#i+, @d they never shoed it b4 hand. I peeped in the IMDb and saw it zoomed to #1 as the low$ie$t flic of all time, wit @ lame-@zz UZer Rating of 1.3. U liked it? Wat up wit dat?

You can read Ebert’s Movie Answer Man column on RogerEbert.com.

LOL: Disaster Movie Gets 00% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Disaster Movie Voted Worst Movie of All Time

Disaster Movie has been voted the worst movie of all time by the users of the Internet Movie Database. The film is currently getting a 1.3 out of 10 rating with 4,066 votes.

Earlier this year, Paris Hilton’s The Hottie and the Nottie hit the dreaded #1 spot after only one week of release (the film currently sits at #14). Unlike the Top 250, IMDb’s bottom 100 is always in flux, probably because the amount of votes is a much smaller sample. However, being voted one of the worst films of all time is not an easy achievement to accomplishment. The only other 2008 American film that currently places on IMDb’s bottom 100 is Larry the Cable Guy’s Witless Protection, #80 on the list.

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!”

The /Filmcast: After Dark – Episode 5

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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David, Peter, Devindra, Adam, Christina, and Sean, make grossly unfounded predictions about Wall-E’s opening weekend box office gross, agree on the meaninglessness of “Top” lists, and try and figure out what makes a good spoof film. Neil Miller joins us from Filmschoolrejects.

Have any questions/comments/suggestions? Want to advertise your movie/product/service with the /Filmcast? E-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com. Join us for our next broadcast, live on Monday night at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST, for an epic episode as we review Wanted and Wall-E with some special guests.

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Disaster Movie Trailer – Why?!

On the /FilmCast tonight a discussion about the new Disaster Movie trailer turned into an examination of the spoof film. Neil from FilmSchoolRejects had to remind me that spoof movies were not always the bottom of the comedy genre. Mel Brooks and Monty Python created highbrow (or at least highbrow in comparison to contemporary spoof films) films which were not only praised during their time, but have gone on to become classics.

What is the difference? What has become of this genre. Watching the Disaster Movie trailer you will quickly realize that the film doesn’t even stick to the core concept presented in the title. What does Iron Man, Juno, Enchanted or Hancock have to do with disaster movies? Modern spoof films rely too much on recent pop culture references, likely because the audience for these films have such small attention spans. Any core story elements are lost, and the pop culture overload results in the loss of timelessness. The movie is only funny (if funny at all) at this moment in time.

A film like Spaceballs will always be funny because it works on its own. Sure, it helps that the subject of the spoof – Star Wars, is timeless, but even if you lived in a vacuum where Star Wars was never made available, Spaceballs would still be funny. You invest yourself in the characters and story, and in effect the comedy is elevated. I seriously doubt much time was spent on the story or characters in any one of the spoof comedies that have plagued our cinemas for the last decade. They are shot and dumped into theaters  in a fraction of the time that it takes a real screenwriter to produce a first draft. That said, enjoy the Disaster Movie trailer below. Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

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You can watch the trailer in High Definition on MySpace. Disaster Movie his theaters on August 29th 2008.

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