This Week in DVD is a new column on /Film compiling all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

THE DIRTY HARRY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET
Prepare yourselves Clint Eastwood fans, because the Dirty Harry series is getting an upgrade. All five films are available on this set, including Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool. Like most franchises, the first entry is the best of the bunch, with the following films getting progressively worse as they go on. Even so, all of the films are still worth watching, and even if they weren’t, I don’t think there’s a force in the universe that would be strong enough to prevent me from picking up this beautiful looking box set. You can also purchase the films separately, with a Two-Disc Special Edition for Dirty Harry and single disc Special Editions for the rest.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: According to Amazon, the set comes with a feature-length documentary Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows, a 42-page hardcover book, a replica Harry Callahan wallet with inspector’s badge and I.D. card, five 5″ x 7″ reproduction lobby poster cards, never-before-seen production correspondence, and more. And that’s not even including the special features on the DVDs themselves.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$49.99 $59.99 $69.99 $59.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Buy the Dirty Harry Ultimate Collector’s Edition and receive a “criminal dossier with details about the elusive psychopath Scorpio.” [LINK]
Where? Best Buy

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CONTROL
With all the musician biopics surfacing in recent years, it’s no surprise that some people would have tired of them by this point, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from checking out this critically lauded black-and-white picture detailing the troubled life of Ian Curtis, lead singer of the band Joy Division. It currently holds an 8.0 ranking on IMDB, and an 88% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven’t yet heard about it, I implore you to check it out.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, a making of featurette, and music videos.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $16.99 $19.99 $18.99

THE MACHINE GIRL
You may remember a story on /Film a while back showcasing the trailer for a movie that featured ninjas, sushi made of fingers, and a Japanese school girl with a machine gun for an arm. Well guess what? It’s now available on DVD. If you’re a lover of schlocky gore-filled Asian cinema, feel free to rejoice.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A behind-the-scenes featurette, and of course, the film’s awesome trailer.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$12.99 $12.99 $14.99 $14.99

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The Bad

SEMI-PRO
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Unrated “Let’s Get Sweaty” Editions)
A collective sigh sweeps the nation as Will Ferrell releases yet another comedy that hits all of the same beats as his other films, this time minus the laughs. So if you’re looking for your monthly Ferrell fix, just hold out until the far superior looking Step Brothers.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The two-disc set comes with six featurettes, deleted scenes, and a “Flint Tropics Hot Talk with ‘Dick Pepperfield.’”

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99 $13.99 $13.99

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

MEET THE SPARTANS
(Available as regular and Unrated ”Pit of Death” Edition)
The directors of such cinematic classics as DATE MOVIE and EPIC MOVIE are back with another laugh-o-rama where all the humor stems from irrelevant pop culture references, excessive gross-out humor, and the fact that there are people who manage to be repeatedly duped into paying to watch something so painfully awful. Except in the case of the latter, it’s funny in that “I’m going to cry” kind of way.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary, a couple making-of featurettes, a set tour, and a gag reel.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $13.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Buy Meet the Spartans and receive a free t-shirt. Check your Weekly Ad to see what it looks like.
Where? Circuit City

THE EYE
(Available as single disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
This may not be the worst-looking Asian horror remake to come out of Hollywood, but combined with Jessica Alba’s stunning inability to produce any sort of believable emotion, there’s not much incentive to check it out. Call me when she removes her “no nudity” clause, and then I’ll be willing to give her another chance.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-Disc Special Edition’s only additional content on the second disc is a digital copy of the movie, so feel free to skip it. Other extras include deleted scenes and several featurettes detailing the making of the movie and concepts behind it.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $15.99 $13.99 $19.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores excluding Fry’s (where it’s $34.99).

Also available this week…
The Onion Movie – Flawless – Weeds (Season 3) – Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show – Rescue Me (Season 4) – Mama’s Boy – The Andromeda Strain – City Slickers (Collector’s Edition) – American Crude – The Incredible Hulk (Season 3) – The Incredible Hulk (Season 4) – CHiPs (Season 2) – Boarding Gate – Dead Zone: The Final Season – Flavor of Love (Season 3) – Get Smart (The Complete Series)

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Sexman Reviews Semi-Pro

After surviving Rambo, going head to head with Hayden Christensen, our favorite 12-year-old movie reviewer has returned to give a glowing review to Will Ferell’s Semi-Pro. Watch it now after the jump.

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Will Ferrell‘s R-rated ABA romp, Semi-Pro, opens today and is expected to do boffo business. Buzz is good, but not spectacular. Nobody’s calling the film a comedy classic, and it arguably could have been. Great source material. The actor took a time-out from picking his ‘fro to chat with AICN twice about his upcoming mega-budget sci-fi comedy Land of the Lost, as well as eulogize a few other projects. Directed by Brad Siberling, who did Casper and Moonlight Mile, I’m still not sure what to expect from this 2009 film that pits Ferrell against CGI dinosaurs, especially when it comes to tone. Ferrell alludes to it being less like, I dunno, The Flintstones but doesn’t clarify much more…

“[Land of the Lost] will be PG-13, which I understand why that is and yet we still want [edge]. …It’s right up to an R and we are going to pull that line with the studio, because I already had an experience with Kicking and Screaming. Kicking and Screaming was supposed to be more of a Bad News Bears type comedy and they kind of [made it lame and made it PG].”

One film that I think Ferrell is perhaps born to star in (but apparently will not) is a film adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces, widely cited as one of the best American novels ever written. While I’m of the belief that The Catcher in the Rye should never be put to film, after seeing Stranger Than Fiction, a dramedy that is still widely underrated, I remain convinced that Ferrell can do justice to Dunces‘ main character, the eccentric, 30-year-old ne’re-do-well Ignatius J. Reilly. A few years ago Ferrell was attached, along with Natasha Lyonne (a clever choice for the love interest Myrna Minkoff), with David Gordon Greene (The Pineapple Express, George Washington) to direct. Might it still happen…?

“As far as I know [an adaptation] is gone. …It’s a mystery. For some reason that’s a very scary project for people to take on and I don’t know why, but yeah I have no idea. The script…I loved it. …I think that’s such a big piece to tackle, that I think for a script, they didn’t have every single scene in the book, but it was a really nice effort, but I don’t know what to tell you.”

And from a literary classic to a beer pong/bong classic, wassup with Old School 2?

“I read [the script]. Some super funny set pieces, but I don’t know. I think Vince [Vaughn] had the same reaction. We’re just kind of doing the same thing again. It was like us going to Spring Break, but we’ve got to find this guy who’s the head of a fraternity. Once again, funny things but it’s just us once again back in a fraternity setting. It just felt like it was repeating. But watch, I’m over thinking it.”

And like a dingleberry stuck to a long and winding news item, Ferrell updates us about Elf 2: It’s dead.

Discuss: If you had to spend eternity watching and rewatching a Will Ferrell sports comedy that still hasn’t been made, would it be: The Untitled Will Ferrell Polo Movie or the Untitled Will Ferrell Sumo Wrestling Movie? I choose: UWF Polo.

Semi-Pro’s “Love Me Sexy” Music Video

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Yes, it’s already not cool to be looking forward to Semi-Pro, the latest sports romp starring Will Ferrell set for release  on February 28th. The film’s trailers and marketing unfortunately haven’t done enough to prove that it’s different from recent and arguably lame Ferrell cash-ins like Blades of Glory, even though it’s rated R and focuses on the ABA. What’s the ABA? Well, if the NBA is NBA Jam, then the ABA is Arch Rivals, capice?

To be honest, I didn’t want to watch the following music video, “Love Me Sexy,” that promotes the flick. It sounded right predictable. But I did, and then I watched it a couple more times. There’s a lot of 1967-1976 nuance to absorb here.

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For instance, any man who wears white jeans on Fridays like me will appreciate it automatically. And I’ve never seen a video or movie that made me think of the Capri Sun logo in a sexual manner, but now I have. Is there anything better than a partying sun with sunglasses with an inside conec to the hottest cheerleaders? And I like how Ferrell croons to thousands of empty seats, and how he’s rocking a purple cape like he was just a little chilly. And instead of a sky box owned by a Wall Street Gordon Gecko hotshot, Ferrell’s team, the Flint, Michigan Tropics (hardy har) has the “Tropical Isle,” a lower tier corral of fanatic losers. The bear sex is a little played out, though, I will say.

All that’s missing here is a vocoder (that invaluable accessory that makes a voice sound like a robot), and Ferrell’s video ode to the chemically-blurred ’70s would fly with the eagles alongside Snoop Dogg’s recent art deco video foray “Sensual Seduction” and Chromeo’s amazing “Bonafide Lovin‘” video. But freak it anyhow: White denim, forever.

Semi-Pro Red Band Movie Trailer

Semi-Pro Red Band Movie Trailer

New Line has released a new Red Band (read: R-Rated or uncensored) movie trailer for Will Ferrell’s upcoming comedy Semi-Pro, and it actually makes the movie look funny (unlike every piece of advertising that has come before it). Walk Hard suffered from the same problem. Most people were turned off by the film’s advertising. The Red Band trailer was funny but very few people saw it, and even fewer bought a ticket to Dewey Cox this weekend, which is a shame. But Will Ferrell is a much more viable as a comedy star, and this film shouldn’t have problem doing business. Watch the new Semi-Pro Red Band Trailer below.
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Semi-Pro Movie Trailer

Semi-Pro Movie Trailer

The new trailer for Will Farrell’s Semi-Pro is now online. Looks like another generic Will Farrell comedy, which might be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your age range.

Farrell stars as Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association’s Flint Michigan Tropics, who “rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true.” The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin, Maura Tierney, and Jackie Earle Haley. Kent Alterman makes his feature directorial debut.

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Movie Trailer Tracking: Indiana Jones 4, The Dark Knight, Star Trek, Horton Hears a Who, Inkheart, and Semi Pro

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.

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