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 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.
WALTZ WITH BASHIR
With its unique animated style and innovative approach to documentary filmmaking, Waltz with Bashir is a fascinating experiment, and one that proves to work very well in connection with the compelling, emotionally powerful subject matter (following one man’s attempts to remember what happened during an Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War). If you’re the type of person who feels the need to watch a documentary more than once, then by all means, this is well worth the purchase, but for everyone else, it makes for an essential one-time viewing.
Notable Extras: A director’s commentary, a Q & A with Director Ari Folman, and 2 featurettes (“Surreal Soldiers: Making Waltz with Bashir”, “Building the Scenes – Animatics”).
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Let’s make no bones about it: I absolutely loved Inkheart. The single stand out element was Roger Pratt’s cinematography, which is just about unbelievable in places, though it was definitely a well written, well directed and brilliantly cast film. Like or lump Brendan Fraser, he was in the mind of Cornelia Funke when she wrote the source novel and therefore it’s hardly surprising he fits the role well, and Helen Mirrren, Andy Serkis and particularly Jim Broadbent all absolutely nail the tone and flavour required for this kind of fantasy. I’m very pleased to report then, that even a week before the film’s US opening, at least one sequel, maybe two, are looking rather likely indeed. Read More »
20th Century Fox has announced that they are moving the Katherine Heigl romantic comedy 27 Dresses back a week from January 11th to 1-18-08. So now 27 Dresses is set to go head to head with Cloverfield. I’m guessing that Fox wants to take advantage of the 4-day Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend.
New Line has announced that they have canceled the March 19th release of the Brendan Fraser family adventure film Inkheart. The studio is looking for a better date for the film, which will hit theaters in 2008. The trailer for this film looks horrendous, even with the recent string of bad family fantasy films.
Meanwhile, the Michel Gondry comedy Be Kind Rewind, which will premiere later this month at Sundance, has been pushed back a month for a February 22nd 2008 release. I’ve seen this movie and LOVED IT. Don’t listen to the negative buzz.
George Lucas originally told press that the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would hit theaters around Thanksgiving, but before Christmas. Thanksgiving has come and went, and speculation that the Indy 4 trailer will be attached to Disney’s National Treasure 2 is looking unlikely. Coming Soon is now reporting that the teaser will hit theaters in February attached to The Spiderwick Chronicles. This sounds like a terrible idea for me. The National Treasure sequel seems like a better targeted film. And why is Paramount giving up the chance to attach the trailer to Sweeney Todd at the end of the month?
We’ve previously told you that seven minutes of The Dark Knight will be attached to the IMAX version of I Am Legend on December 14th, but did you know that a new Batman trailer will also be attached to the traditional release?
ScreenRant is reporting that the teaser trailer for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot will be attached to Cloverfield, which opens on January 18th 2008.
I saw a horrendous trailer for Inkheart attached to The Golden Compass, which hits theaters on December 7th 2007. My friend Alex Billington also tells me that a new hilarious trailer for Semi-Pro was attached to his screening. My Fox sources say that a second trailer for the computer animated Dr. Suess adaptation Horton Hears a Who will also be attached to this New Line release.