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. 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.

Buy It

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Unrated Edition)
One of my top ten favorite movies of ’08, Pineapple Express manages to effortlessly combine old school action and Apatow-style comedy to hilarious effect. The excellent acting and directing make sure of this, with Seth Rogen and James Franco narrowing the gap on Cheech and Chong for the best stoner duo, and acclaimed indie director David Gordon Green maintaining a gritty intimacy that helps anchor the film to reality. This is definitely one I’ll be watching again and again.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes a cast/filmmaker audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel. The two-disc includes everything on the single-disc, along with rehearsal footage, the first table read, featurettes (Joe Lo Truglio’s Art of the Social Butterfly, Jonah Hill on Set, Stuntmaster Ken Jeong, Injury Report, Red and Stormy’s Guide to Marriage), and raw footage.

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

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

THE WACKNESS
The Wackness is probably the best film of 2008 that nobody saw, offering an extremely well-crafted and engaging coming-of-age tale about a drug-dealing New York City teen’s last summer before college. It also doubles as a love note to the ’90s. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary with writer/director Jonathan Levine and actor Josh Peck, featurettes (Keeping it Real: A Day in the Life of Writer/Director Jonathan Levine, Time in a Bottle: Behind the Scenes of The Wackness), The Luke Shapiro Show Episode 1, and deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$21.99 $19.99
Amazon – $21.99

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 4.0)
I’m listing this in the “Buy It” section more out of obligation than genuine interest. While I haven’t seen enough of the show to give a firm stance on how good it is, what I have seen didn’t exactly encourage me to keep watching. And yet, constant protesting from the show’s hardcore fanbase has convinced me to give it another chance. According to those individuals, this is without a doubt the greatest piece of sci-fi television ever produced. If that’s really the case, I’m sure they’re willing to overlook the fact that this DVD contains only the first 10 episodes of Season 4, forcing them to pay out the ass if they have any intention of completing the season with the next DVD release.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Original and extended versions of Razor, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes (The Look of Battlestar Galactica, The Journey, Cylons: The Twelve, The Music of Battlestar Galactica, Season 4.5: The Untold Story – Untold), David Eicks Video Blogs, and Ronald Moore’s Podcast Commentaries.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$34.99 $31.99 $34.99 N/A
Amazon – $31.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive packaging includes dog tags and book ($39.99).
Where? Best Buy.

FRISKY DINGO (SEASON 2)
While not as good as Venture Bros. or Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Frisky Dingo is still one of the best shows Adult Swim has to offer. It’s also the only show I know of that has a continuing storyline despite its 10-minute episode format. This actually acts as a benefit though, as it allows the creators to pack in as many ridiculous plot developments and off-the-wall jokes as possible without any issues of viewers growing bored. Season 2 of the show once again follows the ongoing battle between superhero Awesome X and supervillain Killface, this time as they vie for the presidency of the United States. The DVD contains 12 episodes.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A clip from the spin-off Xtacles series.

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

Rent It

RIGHTEOUS KILL
Like many others, I was incredibly excited when I heard Al Pacino and Robert De Niro would be teaming up again for the first time since Heat. Then I found out the film they’d be starring in was from the same director as 88 Minutes, and my expectations plummeted. Apparently my fears were warranted too, as I’ve heard nothing but negative things about the movie since its release. I’m still interested in seeing it though, if only to witness two acting greats sharing the screen once again.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary, making of featurette, and behind the scenes footage.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $20.49

Skip It

BABYLON A.D.
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
I feel bad for director Mathieu Kassovitz. It looked like there could’ve been a somewhat enjoyable film to be found with Babylon A.D., but then the studios had to tear it apart. Is it really any surprise that the reviews for this are terrible?
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes theatrical and unrated cuts of the film and 2 featurettes (Babylon Babies, Arctic Escape). The 2-disc includes everything on the single-disc, along with 2 additional featurettes (Fit For The Screen, Flight of the Hummers), a graphic novel prequel to Babylon A.D, and a digital copy of the film.

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

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (and $23.99 at Amazon).

BANGKOK DANGEROUS
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
Not even shitty enough to reach so-bad-it’s-good status, Bangkok Dangerous is so utterly mundane and lacking in anything resembling entertainment, I’m still amazed I managed to survive the whole thing. How The Pang Brothers managed to butcher their own remake to such a degree is beyond me.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-disc includes 2 featurettes (From Hong Kong to Bangkok – A Cinematic Movement, Bangkok Dangerous: The Execution of the Film), an alternate ending, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $15.99
Amazon – $19.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $ at each of the listed stores (and $23.99 at Amazon).

DISASTER MOVIE
This movie represents so much of what’s wrong with comedy, the teenage demographic and American society that I feel it’s my moral obligation to not even credit it with purchasing info or a DVD cover image.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Ping Pong PlayaThe Tudors (Season 2)Eden LakeThe Alphabet KillerIMAX Ultimate CollectionSecret Diary Of A Callgirl (Season 1)The Waltons (Season 8)Postal (Director’s Cut)

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


Exclusive: Free $5 Target GiftCard and exclusive bonus disc with purchase of The Tudors (Season 2).

$14.99 – Seinfeld (Season 8 or 9)
$15.99 – Friends (Seasons 1 – 10)
$17.99 – 24 (Seasons 1 – 6)
$19.99 – The Tudors (Season 1), My Name is Earl (Season 3)


$29.99 – Battlestar Galactica (Season 2.0 or 2.5)
$34.99 – Battlestar Galactica (Season 1 or 3)

Free $5 Gift Card when you buy any 2 of these movies…
$9.99 – No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, The Bank Job, The Water Horse, Leatherheads, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, We Own the Night, Baby Mama, Doomsday, Superbad, Definitely Maybe, Hitman, The Forbidden Kingdom, and more…

$5.99 – Clerks II, Eurotrip, Supertroopers, Stripes, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dude Where’s My Car?, and more…


SALE: 50% off HBO titles

$24 – 24 (Seasons 1 – 6)

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Somebody up there really likes us, because this glorious day brings not one, not eight, but two new posters for upcoming Robert De Niro flicks. First is Righteous Kill, the serial killer thriller starring Al Pacino and De Niro as no-nonsense cops who squat over crime scenes and directed by the guy who forever lives with directing Pacino’s worst film ever, 88 Minutes (and probably the worst De Niro/Pacino movie ever). Wow, this hot cake doesn’t open until September? Oy vey.

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More promising is director Barry Levinson‘s What Just Happened, which currently has an 8.0 on IMDB from 200+ votes, albeit probably from industry people who quote industry movies like The Player and Hurlyburly. Judging from the poster, you might think the film is about a suit’s wild getaway in Daytona Beach, but De Niro stars as a past-his-prime Hollywood producer struggling to get a new film in the can (bucket?). Nice cast: Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn and veteran Michael Wincott. If you like the sound of knowing guffaws, go see it in L.A. on October 3rd.

Discuss: Stay calm.

New Righteous Kill Movie Trailer

Righteous Kill

Overture Films has released the second movie trailer for Righteous Kill. Obviously the main selling point for this film is the fact that Al Pacino and Robert De Niro team-up for the first time in cinematic history (sure, they shared a scene together in Heat, but we don’t count that). I’m a big advocate of story. It’s almost impossible to make a great film with a lackluster story. But having these two guys in the lead would normally turn even a lackluster story into a must watch film. But one must remember that the same guy who made Righteous Kill, also made 88 Minutes, one of the worst films of the year (17% on metacritic), and which also starred Al Pacino. Check out the new trailer below and tell me what you think in the comments!

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Official Plot Synopsis: Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) star as a pair of veteran New York City police detectives on the trail of a vigilante serial killer in the adrenaline fueled psychological thriller Righteous Kill, directed by Jon Avnet (Red Corner, Fried Green Tomatoes) and written by Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man).  After 30 years as partners in the pressure cooker environment of the NYPD, highly decorated Detectives David Fisk and Thomas Cowan should be ready for retirement, but aren’t.  Before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before.

Like the original murder, the victim is a suspected criminal whose body is found accompanied by a four line poem justifying the killing. When additional crimes take place, it becomes clear the detectives are looking for a serial killer, one who targets criminals that have fallen through the cracks of the judicial system. His mission is to do what the cops can’t do on their own-take the culprits off the streets for good. The similarities between the recent killings and their earlier case raise a nagging question: Did they put the wrong man behind bars?  The cast also features hip-hop superstar Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Get Rich or Die Tryin’).

Righteous Kill hits theaters on September 12th 2008.

Righteous Kill Movie Trailer

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“Thought you said this place had Pac Man.”

Robert De Niro saying the word “respect” in a voice-over. Check. The Rolling Stones doing a retake of their “Sympathy for the Devil.” Check. Al Pacino squatting over a crime scene in sunglasses. Check. Rapper 50 Cent closing his cell phone. Check. Wait, what? The director behind Al Pacino’s first direct-to-DVD movie. Check. Wait, c’mon. Carla Gugino showing a little skin. Check. Wait, okay, free to go. Lots of guns being fired. Check. Shot of Al Pacino in the club. Check. The trailer for Righteous Kill. [Hunter is indifferent and went to get a Pabst Blue Ribbon.]

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Righteous Kill, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, hits theaters on September 12th, 2008.

Discuss: What do you think of the new Righteous Kill Movie Trailer?

 

Righteous Kill Movie Trailer

Righteous Kill

Earlier today we posted a batch of new photos from the Al Pacino/Robert De Niro collaboration Righteous Kill. The guys at cinemanotize sent over a promotional trailer for the film. Check it out below.
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Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill

Update: Click Here to watch the movie trailer for  Righteous Kill.

Empire has the some new photos from Jon Avnet’s Righteous Kill, which stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro (in their first team-up since Heat) as two Veteran New York City Detectives hunt a vigilante who may be one of their own. Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent and John Leguizamo also star. It was originally rumored that directing legend Martin Scorsese would be in the film, but that is actually untrue (Dennehy plays the role that Scorsese likely would have played). If the photo above looks familuar, it might be that a simular image was seen in Heat (seen below).

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The photo to the right was published in Time Magazine. Righteous Kill will hit theaters in 2008.

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Righteous Kill Movie Poster

Righteous Kill PosterCinemanotizie has sent us the poster for Righteous Kill. The new crime drama follows two cops who try to catch a serial killer, while resolving issues between themselves. The poster reads “The Most Acclaimed Actors of our time in the Film Event of the Year.” And the film stars Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and… 50 Cent?

Director Jon Avnet once helmed Fried Green Tomatoes, but has been reduced to directing six episodes of Boomtown. Which makes me wonder, how did he land a film with Pacino and DeNiro? Click on the image to the right to see the poster in full resolution. The movie hits theaters sometime next year (2008).

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