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Gary Whitta has come a long way in a few years. Once the editor of PC Gamer magazine, Whitta wrote The Book of Eli and at least one draft of the live-action Akira movie(s). Now another script of his, Reaper, has been given a new title, Undying, and found a star in Kurt Russell. Read More »

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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.

Rent It

GRAN TORINO
Gran Torino marks a rare instance where I find myself truly baffled by the response a film has received. Hailed as one of the best films of last year, Clint Eastwood‘s latest work currently sits at #77 on IMDB’s Top 250 and earned itself an 80% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I suppose the appeal of this film is just lost on me. While I wouldn’t recommend against a rental (as even I can admit that the movie is fairly entertaining), I couldn’t help but be put off by how mind-numbingly formulaic, heavy-handed, and simplistic the movie is. Not to mention, just about every supporting performance is cringe-worthy, and oftentimes turned what should’ve been powerful scenes into moments of unintentional hilarity. What am I missing here, guys?
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2 featurettes (“Manning the Wheel: The Meaning of Manhood As Reflected in American Car Culture”, “Gran Torino: More Than A Car”).

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$15.99
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In this episode of /Filmcast, Dave, Adam, and Devindra lament the prevalence of American remakes, compare 28 Days Later with 28 Weeks Later, review Role Models, and remember one of their favorite authors of all time.

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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
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$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
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$14.99 $19.99 $11.99
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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
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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)

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$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…


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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

I Love You Philip Morris billboard

Cinematical has a photo of the I Love You Philip Morris billboard at Cannes.

Adam Brody talks to IGN about his preparation for the now defunct Justice League movie.

National Lampoon’s Homo Erectus
looks horrible. Check out the red band movie trailer on Trailer Addict, if you dare!

Temple of Doom Icon Set

IconFactory has released their Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Icon Set.

Uwe Boll told RT what his five favorite films are – and, considering he’s the man who cast Tara Reid as a brilliant archaeologist and made such clunkers as BloodRayne and Dungeon Siege, his picks are kind of surprising. (Apocalypse Now, Dances With Wolves, Clockwork Orange, Citizen Kane, and The Searchers.)

Killdroid: A Mechanical Love Affair

io9 has a first look at Killdroid: A Mechanical Love Affair.

Defamer counts down the Top Five Most Cringeworthy Facial Hair Moments in Cinematic History.

The Strangers Movie PosterThe new poster for The Strangers is kinda creepy. [bloody-disgusting]

AICN has the first test screening review of Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. The reviewer says “it’s similar to “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” – it’s a raunchy sex comedy that also wants to have a sweet romance at its center” and claims the hillarious dialogue is “some of the strongest stuff I’ve heard from Smith in years”, but says “the heart of the movie doesn’t really fly”. Sounds to me like something that might be fixed in editing. It’s also revealed that Justin Long makes a cameo.

Lucasfilm has announced that “Star Wars Weekends” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will give a sneak peek at Star Wars: The Clone Wars , coming to theaters on August 15th. [ComingSoon]

FirstShowing takes a look at the 10 Best and Worst Rappers Turned Movie Actors.

Before you watch the documentary on the new special edition of Raiders of the Lost Ark, beware that a certain character’s identity, which may or may not be a spoiler from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is revealed on screen. [filmchat]


The Movie Blog
lists Five Ways Iron Man was better than Batman Begins.

Friday the 13th

Bloody-Disgusting has the first photo from Platinum Dunes remake of Friday the 13th.

Lance Henriksen (Near Dark, Pumpkinhead) has completed a cameo for Jennifer’s Body. [Shock]

City of Ember Movie PosterCinematical has the teaser poster for City of Ember. Meanwhile Fox Walden has launched the official teaser website at CityofEmber.com.

CinemaBlend has details on the 25th anniversary dvd release of WarGames.

Rotten Tomatoes Names Harrison Ford‘s Ten Best Film Characters.

ABC News lists Five Science Fiction Movies That Get the Science Right.

Diablo Cody will be the next guest programer at Hollywood’s New Beverly Cinema: “To me, the movie night I keep hyping, because I’m so excited about it, is Little Shop of Horrors, the ’86 version, and Labyrinth. And I’m going to do Nightmare on Elm Street 3 with Fright Night. Midnight Madness with Wet Hot American Summer. I’m gonna try and get both Reitman’s in and do an Ivan and Jason double-bill.” [shock]

Zap2It has script reivews of Fox’s two new shows – JJ Abrams’ Fringe and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.

WarMachine

Rejects has this fan art showing what the movie version of War Machine might look like in the Iron Man sequel.

Arcade Fire will be scoring Richard Kelly’s The Box. [playlist]

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide on November 7, 2008. [CS]

Audrina Patridge, one of the stars of MTV’s The Hills, will make her feature debut opposite Chris Carmack and Laura Vandervoort in the Charles Winkler-directed Into the Blue 2. [THR]

Jessica Alba as Charlie Chaplin

Jessica Alba does her best impersonation of the iconic Charlie Chaplin in the June 2008 issue of Allure. [justjared]

The CW has given a 13-episode midseason renewal to Reaper. [variety]

Andras Hamori’s H20 Motion Pictures has greenlit The Gate — 20 Years Later, a sequel to the 1987 horror film that terrified me as a child. [bloody-disgusting]

eboy los angeles

eBoy‘s latest poster takes on Los Angeles.

The Mythbusters will take on Indiana Jones.

Rotten Tomatoes takes a look at New Line’s 40 years of independence (before getting gobbled up by WB), 25 movies to celebrate their legacy.

Kevin Smith talks Reaper

Kevin Smith

Two days ago we reported that Clerks writer/director Kevin Smith would be directing a television pilot for the CW. Well now we have new details, direct from Smith himself.

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Kevin Smith to direct Television Pilot

Kevin Smith

Clerks director Kevin Smith has signed on to direct a pilot for the CW.
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