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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of 3D conversion, compare A Serious Man to Barton Fink, and confirm or deny whether or not Couples Retreat is, in fact, a complete trainwreck. Special guest writer/director Rian Johnson joins us for this episode. Rian’s latest film, The Brothers Bloom, is currently available for rental in iTunes, Blockbuster, Netflix, and plenty of other places right now.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are.

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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.

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 films 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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I LOVE YOU, MAN
Sure, the film’s trailer may consist of your typical comedy gags like awkward gay jokes and talking about farts, but get past that, and you’ll find a surprisingly honest movie that does an expert job of exploring the intricacies of building and maintaining modern male friendships. And it does so in some truly hilarious ways. This here is a comedy that knows how trivial its story is, so instead of wasting time (like so many romantic comedies before it) trying to establish to some sort of gimmicky central plotline, it takes the route of many successful dramas before it and puts the focus on what matters most: the characters. It’s still a rather predictable and lighthearted film, mind you, and the final ten minutes seem more intent on rushing through your typical rom-com tropes than actually working out a satisfying resolution, but even so, the film is one of the funniest you’ll see this year and easily warrants a purchase.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary by director John Hamburg and actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, an 18-minute Making of featurette, and the Red Band Trailer.

BEST DVD PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$15.99
Amazon – $17.99

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$25.99 $24.77
Amazon – $25.99

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