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.

The Good

HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
From White Castle to Guantanamo Bay, Harold & Kumar’s adventures have grown just a tad more ridiculous since the last time we saw them. The clever balance of high brow/low brow gags and biting racial commentary are intact though, and those two things (along with John Cho’s and Kal Penn’s engaging performances) help immensely in making this one of the funnier and more respectable comedies of the past year.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The two disc edition includes two commentaries, 27 additional scenes, a short documentary, and an interactive feature where you can alter the course of the film.

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

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

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Three Mini Posters
Where? Best Buy

SHINE A LIGHT
Directed by Martin Scorsese, this documentary gives an up close and personal look at the rock and roll band The Rolling Stones as they deliver two 2006 performances that took place during their A Bigger Bang tour. This should be a no brainer: if the concept sounds appealing to you, you’ll like it, and if it doesn’t, you won’t.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Four extra songs.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $9 when you buy both DVD and soundtrack.
Where? Best Buy

WARGAMES (25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
Perfectly balancing elements of humor and suspense, this classic ‘80s thriller starring Matthew Broderick takes an improbable premise (a teenage slacker inadvertently starts what could result in a Nuclear War by hacking into a Defense Department computer) and makes it work. An improvement in terms of extras, video, and audio, this DVD is a must buy for fans who haven’t yet gotten their hands on a copy.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A commentary and four documentaries.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $9.99 $14.98 $9.99

DARK CITY (DIRECTOR’S CUT)
Alex Proyas received major acclaim for his work on The Crow, but one movie everyone seems to gloss over is Dark City, a truly fantastic sci-fi thriller. If you haven’t yet checked it out, here’s your chance, as the film is now being released as a director’s cut that runs 15 minutes longer and features improved special effects and a new sound mix. According to everything I’ve read so far, these things have taken a great film and made it even better.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Three commentary tracks, an intro by Alex Proyas, two featurettes, and more. Apparently the DVD also holds the theatrical cut of the film, but the only confirmation I’ve been able to find on that is for the Blu-ray version.

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

The Bad

DOOMSDAY
While Neil Marshall brought back terror and suspense to the horror genre with The Descent, one of the best movies of the past few years, Doomsday has no intention of maintaining that sense of quality. Instead, it harkens back to various classic B-movies, paying homage to films like Mad Max and Escape from New York. This might’ve worked, too, but the film is far too uninteresting and derivative to engage you on the same level that those films did.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Both the unrated and theatrical cuts of the film, a commentary, and two featurettes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $17.99 $19.99 $19.99

NEVER BACK DOWN
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
A perfect follow-up to the cinematic fart that was Step Up 2 The Streets, Never Back Down is equally inept in all the right ways, amounting to yet another hilarious and satisfying “Shit Movie of the Week” (which you can check out on this past week’s After Dark podcast episode).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc edition will include a commentary and deleted/extended scenes. The two-disc will also include those things, plus both unrated and rated cuts of the film, training webisodes, and 2 featurettes.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $15.99 $19.99

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

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? 3-Disc Edition with bonus disc ($22.99).
Where? Target

LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE
Having not yet seen this long-awaited sequel to The Lost Boys, it’s probably a little presumptuous of me to assume it sucks. So be it. If you had watched that trailer, you’d be presumptuous too.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Two featurettes (one of which is “Edgar Frog’s Guide to Coming Back Alive”), alternate endings, and four music videos.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $17.99 $19.99 $19.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
The Band’s Visit – Witchblade (The Complete Series) – Stargate: Continuum – WarGames: The Dead Code – Freakazoid (Season 1) – Beverly Hills, 90210 (Season 5) – The Hills (Season 3) – Inglorious Bastards (3-Disc Special Edition) – Law and Order: SVU (Season 7)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

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


Exclusive: Deluxe Edition of The Hills (Season 3) with photo book and bonus footage disc ($29.99).

$18.99 – Heroes (Season 1), Battlestar Galactica (Season 2.5)
$9.99 – Northern Exposure (Season 1)


$4.99 – Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Clerks II, Super Troopers, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bottle Rocket, Go, and much more…

$12.99 – The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc, Toy Story (10th Anniversary Edition)


Exclusive: 50 free songs and 1 free audio book with purchase of The Hills (Season 3) ($26.99).

$3.99 – Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Punisher (Extended Cut), Lord of War (2-Disc Special Edition), Jarhead, The Player, The Mask, Brokeback Mountain, Friday Night Lights, Mad Max, Runaway Jury, Inside Man, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Unleashed, Doom, Bruce Almighty, Waiting, Cujo (20th Anniversary Edition), Cinderella Man, Bug, Accepted, Hoosiers, Bend it Like Beckham, Akeelah and the Bee, The Interpreter, Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), Dirty Dancing (20th Anniversary), and more…


$3.99 – Big Trouble in Little China, All the Right Moves, Cocoon, and more…

$4.99 – Man on Fire, Alien 3, Donnie Darko, Die Hard, and more…

$6.99 – The Full Monty (Fully Exposed Edition), The Hustler (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition), The Verdict (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition), The Passion of the Christ, All That Jazz (Music Edition), Napoleon Dynamite, X-Men 1.5, and more…

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Doomsday Street Marketing in Hollywood

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Have any Slashfilm readers in Hollywood seen the following costumed street team promoting Neil Marshall‘s Doomsday near Franklin and Highland? I’m not sure if this stunt would even grab my attention in L.A., because so many people in L.A. dress this ridiculously. In the book The Game such loud “fashion” is even referred to as “peacocking” I think. Either way, it’s worth a shot, as Marshall’s Mad Max-meets-proto-virus apocalypse flick is not tracking so great at the moment for its release next weekend. So, if you think Neil Marshall is the right guy to tackle a remake of Conan (I’m not so sure), go see it and/or honk, honk, honk.

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Source Link: Flickr

Neil Marshall Previews Doomsday at Comic-Con

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“Doomsday is hugely inspired by the films I grew up with, post apocalyptic thrillers – Mad Max, Road Warriors, says Descent director Neil Marshall. “I wouldn’t say it’s a horror movie but I would say it’s a dark and brutal action thriller.”

Doomsday posterThe place is Great Britain. The year is 2007. A deadly plague, known as the “Reaper Virus,” has broken out, killing hundreds of thousands in its wake. In desperation, the British Government evacuates as many survivors as it can out of the infected area, and then builds a wall, preventing the remainder from escaping. Thirty years later, with the wall still up and the victims all but forgotten, the virus breaks out again. The Government decides to send a crack team of operatives, led by Major Eden Sinclair, into the hot zone to investigate the possibility of a cure. They discover that not only are their survivors but they have formed tribes at war with each other. They are in a race with time to save a whole country from death.

They showed a trailer to the film wich looked very much in the vein of Children of Men or Mad Max. I’m glad to see the post apocalyptic thriller genre is having a resurgance. At the tail of the trailer is footage from a road race which supossedly takes place near the end of the film. Marshall says that the sequence is one third part Bullitt, one third part Road Warrior, and one third part something else completely. I can’t wait to see more.

“With The Descent we wanted to make a 6 million dollar film look like 30 million. With Doomsday we took a 30 million dollar film and made it look like 100 million,” says Marshall. “We try to do as much [Special Effects] as possible in camera. We try to keep it real.”

Doomsday will hit theaters in early to mid-2008. Check out an early sneak peak at this link.

Photos: Neil Marshall’s Doomsday

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Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) holds vicious marauder Viper (Leanne Liebenberg) at knifepoint

Rogue Pictures just released the first official photo from Neil Marshall’s upcoming thriller Doomsday. Many of you may remember Marshall as the guy who made a pretty sweet horror film released last year called The Descent. As always, click on the images to enlarge. Also, below is the film’s official plot synopsis:

In the action-packed new thriller from writer/director Neil Marshall (“The Descent”), authorities brutally quarantine a country as it succumbs to fear and chaos when a virus strikes. The literal walling-off works for three decades – until the dreaded Reaper virus violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists, captained by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra), is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare.

Cast: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Malcolm McDowell, Alexander Siddig, Adrian Lester

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Writer/Director Neil Marshall on the set of Doomsday

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