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. In regards to movies and shows the author hasn’t seen, the DVD release is placed in its respective category based on critic and audience response. Those who find that approach questionable are welcome to leave a comment stating their thoughts, and we’ll be happy to ignore it.

Buy It

FUTURAMA: BENDER’S GAME
Following Bender’s Big Score and The Beast with a Billion Backs, it’s now time for Futurama’s third direct-to-DVD feature (out of the planned four) with Bender’s Game, a spoof of the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. According to David and Devindra on the /Filmcast (the discussion for which you can listen to when the Zack and Miri Make a Porno episode is released), this entry plays more like a series of comedic gags than a film with a compelling and structured story arc. Being that I absolutely love Futurama, I’m sure I’ll be able to forgive it (much like I did for the last film) but I really hope their final film is able to offer more of what made Bender’s Big Score such a satisfying viewing experience.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary, featurettes (‘Dungeons & Dragons & Futurama’, ’3D Models With Animator Discussion’, ‘How To Draw Futurama In 83 Easy Steps’), Storyboard Animatic: Bender’s Game Part One, outtakes, Bender’s Anti-Piracy Warning, a deleted scene (‘Cup or Nozzle?’), and a sneak peak at the next release (Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder).

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

TRANSSIBERIAN
Now here’s a movie I’m excited to see. Taking place almost entirely on a train heading from China to Moscow, this indie thriller stars Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer as a couple who meet a mysterious pair of travelers and get pulled into a chase of deception and murder. The film is directed and co-written by Brad Anderson, previously having brought us The Machinist and Session 9. It currently holds a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: None.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$14.99 $19.99 $11.99
Amazon – $14.99

Rent It

GET SMART
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
Held together by the saving grace that is Steve Carell, this pleasant and amusing action-comedy is a perfect rental and nothing more. It has some funny moments, a few cool bits of action, and a number of engaging performances. It’s also wholly forgettable and generic and is unlikely to warrant many repeat viewings. I don’t think it can be put any more simply than that.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc features solely a Comedy Optimization Mode. The 2-disc has that, plus featurettes (‘The Right Agent for the Right Job: Behind the Scenes Training’, ‘Max in Moscow: On Location or on a Soundstage? You Decide’, ‘Spying on Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control’, ‘Spotlight on Linguistics Master Steve Carell’) and a gag reel.

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

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

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? 2-Disc with Shoe Phone Case ($24.99).
Where? Best Buy.

REAPER (SEASON 1)
I caught the first few episodes of this show when it aired (the pilot by Kevin Smith was a great way to kick it off), but was put off when it became apparent it was going to be another “monster of the week” series. After I eventually tuned out, I heard the storyline started to evolve a bit more, so I’m interested in giving it a second chance and seeing how well it’s progressed. I’m also psyched to see more Ray Wise, because he is absolutely hilarious as The Devil.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary (with the creators of the show, Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, and Deborah Spera), deleted scenes, and a gag reel.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $29.99 $34.99 N/A
Amazon – $29.99

WATERWORLD (2-DISC EXTENDED EDITION)
I have a soft spot in my heart for Waterworld. I’m fully aware of what an awful movie it is, and yet I still find it enjoyable. That’s all the justification I have for being psyched to see the extended edition of the film, which I never caught when it aired on network television. It restores around 40 minutes of the footage that was cut out by Universal Pictures and star Kevin Costner against the will of director Kevin Reynolds, bringing back such cool scenes as Helen and Enola standing atop a cliff at the end of the film and uncovering a plaque that says they’re at the peak of Mt. Everest. Sadly though, the visual presentation on the extended cut is said to be piss-poor.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Disc one contains the theatrical cut, disc two holds the extended cut. No special features except for the theatrical trailer.

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

Skip It

A CHRISTMAS STORY (ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
Not unlike last week’s so-called “30th Anniversary Edition” of Animal House, this “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” for A Christmas Story is nothing more than a re-packaging of the already released 2-disc DVD with a collection of sort of cool but ultimately useless extras: collectible retro holiday cookie tin, five collectible cookie cutters in iconic Christmas Story shapes, a 48-page cook book filled with recipes inspired by the film, photos and quotes and a custom-designed chef’s apron. However, unlike that Animal House cash-grab, this is at least being released in Blu-ray.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The extras are the same as on the previous two-disc set: commentary (with Peter Billingsley and director/co-writer Bob Clark), Original readings by Jean Shepard (author and voice narrator of A Christmas Story), 2 featurettes (‘Get a Leg Up’, ‘A History of the Daisy Red Ryder’), a Another Christmas Story documentary, Triple Dog Dare Interactive Trivia, Decoder Match Challenge, Hidden “Presents”, and the original theatrical trailer.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $29.99 $34.99 N/A
Amazon – $29.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Shrek the HallsPrimeval (Series 1 and 2)Batman (The Complete Animated Series)Fraggle Rock (The Complete Series Collection)Spin City (Season 1)JAG (Season 7)

Editor’s Notes: I decided not to link to the new releases of the Star Wars DVD originals/prequels trilogy sets and The Bourne Trilogy, since they’re blatant cash-grabs that simply repackage the already released DVDs with absolutely no new additional content. Also, to the Fraggle Rock fans who haven’t yet heard, HIT Entertainment has decided to be a giant gaping bunghole by making the only way for fans to complete their collections after purchasing season 1-3 to purchase the “Complete Series” box set for $140. You can email them about releasing an individual 4th season set at consumerrelations@hitentertainment.com.

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

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


Exclusive Retail: Imax: Ultimate Collection ($79.99) and Superman: Doomsday (Blu-ray) ($27.99)

$19.99 – South Park (Seasons 1 – 10)

$9.99 – The Sarah Silverman Program (Season 1), The Batman (Season 3), Batman: Gotham Knight
$12.99 – Chappelle’s Show (Seasons 1 – 2), Reno 911 (Seasons 1 – 4), Drawn Together (Seasons 1 – 3)
$14.99 – Batman Beyond (Season 3)

2 for $12 OR 5 for $25 – Gangs of New York, Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Good Will Hunting, Rounders, Swingers, Equilibrium, Bridge to Terabithia, The Brothers Grimm, 10 Things I Hate About You, and more…


$6.99 – The Bourne Identity, Miami Vice, Friday Night Lights, Breach, The Good Shepherd, Cinderella Man, Ray, Seabiscuit, Field of Dreams, Alpha Dog, Meet the Parents, American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Fast Times and Ridgemont high, Fletch (The “Jane Doe” Edition), and more…


$3.99 – Garden State, X2, Sexy Beast, Find Me Guilty, The Abyss, Die Hard 2, The Day After Tomorrow, There’s Something About Mary, Moulin Rouge, True Lies, Master and Commander, Speed, In Her Shoes, and more…

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Not that anyone really cares, but the Teen Choice Awards apparently took place tonight. I mean how can you take any award show seriously that has a category like “Choice Bromantic Comedy” and where Step Up 2: The Streets can win Best Dramatic Film of the year?! The show will air on Monday at 8:00pm et/pt on FOX, but we have the list of movie related winners below.

Action Adventure:
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Drama: Step Up 2: The Streets
Chick Flick: 27 Dresses
Bromantic Comedy: What Happens in Vegas
Comedy: Juno
Horror/Thriller: I Am Legend
Action Adventure: Hancock
Summer Movie Comedy: Get Smart
Actor – Drama: Channing Tatum, Stop-Loss
Actress – Drama: Keira Knightley, Atonement
Actress – Action Adventure: Rachel Bilson, Jumper
Actor – Comedy: Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Actress – Comedy: Ellen Page, Juno
Actor – Horror/Thriller: Will Smith, I Am Legend
Actress – Horror/Thriller: Jessica Alba, The Eye
Villain: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Breakout Female: Ellen Page, Juno
Breakout Male: Drake Bell, Superhero Movie

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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/Filmcast Episode 5 – Get Smart

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Adam, and Devindra get disappointed in the new Futurama movie, discuss whether the new Get Smart measures up, and mourn the passing of one of the greatest comedic geniuses of our time. Christina Warren joins us from TUAW and Download Squad, and Sean Dwyer joins us from Film Junk.

Have any questions, comments, concerns, feedback, or praise? E-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com.

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Watch 7 Minutes of Wanted and Get Smart

Warner Bros is offering a 7 minute sneak peak at Get Smart, exclusively on iTunes. Universal has also made 7 minutes of Wanted available online, which you can watch below.

New Get Smart Movie Trailer isn’t Funny

Is it just me or does the new Get Smart trailer actually make you NOT want to see the movie?

39 Photos from Get Smart

Get Smart

Warner Bros has released 39 new photos from Get Smart. Check them out after the jump. As always, click on the images to enlarge. Enjoy.

Official Plot Synopsis: The action comedy “Get Smart” sends CONTROL agent Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) on his most dangerous and important mission: to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. It also happens to be his very first mission. When the headquarters of secret U.S. spy agency CONTROL is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside his idol, stalwart superstar Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson). Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). As Smart and 99 get closer to unraveling KAOS’ master plan–and each other–they discover that key KAOS operative Siegfried (Terence Stamp) and his sidekick, Shtarker (Ken Davitian), are scheming to cash in with their network of terror. With no field experience and little time, Smart–armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm–must defeat KAOS if he is to save the day.

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Mel Brooks on Get Smart

Mel BrooksThe Los Angeles Times has an interesting interview with Get Smart creator (and did I mention comic genius) Mel Brooks. Here are a couple highlights:

“Someone called me up and said, ‘They’re making a movie of ‘Get Smart.” I said, ‘Oh, really? What are they going to call it?’ They said, ”Get Smart.” I said, ‘That was wise.’ Because they did do a movie based on ‘Get Smart’ about 20 years ago called ‘The Nude Bomb’. I said, ‘That’s foolish.’ … I had nothing to do with it. They never even called me! This one, they called me from Day One. They said, “What do you think of this?” Or “What do you think of that?” And I’d say yay or nay. … It’s got a good director, Peter Segal. Wonderful director. The writers were great. The producers were young and aggressive and smart. But the brilliance is Steve Carell. To choose a guy who’s right in the Don Adams groove. You couldn’t get a better guy than Steve Carell. And yet he doesn’t do Don Adams. He does none of his delivery. He just does Steve Carell.”

You can read the full interview on LATimes.com.

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