South Park Takes on Watchmen and The Dark Knight

Last night’s episode of South Park took aim at Watchmen, The Dark Knight, The Spirit and the new trend in Hollywood to produce darker superhero movies. Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns even makes a cameo. Watch a clip above or the full episode on SouthParkStudios.com.

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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.

Buy It

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
If you’re looking for a vampire movie to help wipe away the embarrassing display of inanity that came with last year’s Twilight, look no further. This bizarre Swedish horror tale of love and revenge ranked #6 on my top ten favorite films of 2008, and I’m clearly not the only one who believes it’s deserving of such praise. It may not be the first film to offer its own unique twist on the vampire genre, but it’s easily one of the best, providing an intimate and compelling study of its two young characters while always making sure the heart-stopping moments are never too far away. Rest assured, there are scenes in this movie that will stick with you for weeks to come.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes, a behind the scenes featurette, and a poster gallery.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$18.99 $19.99
Amazon – $18.99

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam reflect on the possibilities of a Ridley-Scott-directed Monopoly film, spend some quality time disparaging Academy Award nomination rules, and ponder the implications of two bold, brand new trailers. Special guest Adam Kempenaar joins us from the Filmspotting podcast to help us review James Bond’s Quantum of Solace.

Have any questions, comments, concerns, feedback, or praise? E-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next next Monday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST as we review the vampire hit, Twilight with Jen Yamato from Rottentomatoes.

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/Filmcast Ep. 25: Role Models

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.

Have any questions, comments, concerns, feedback, or praise? E-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next next Monday night as we review the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace.

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South Park Spoofs Cloverfield

The latest episode of South Park, titled Pandemic, had a sequence spoofing Cloverfield. You can watch the entire episode at South Park Studios, or just watch the Cloverfield clip below, thanks to our friends at Cloverfield Clues.

In this episode of the /Filmcast, David, Devindra, and Adam rejoice in Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi, debate the potential Jonah Hex and Green Lantern casting choices, wonder about Seth Rogen’s career trajectory, and turn an about-face on Scott in their review of Body of Lies. Kevin Buist joins us from the FilmCouch podcast and Alex Billington joins us from Firstshowing.

Have any questions, comments, concerns, feedback, or praise? E-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next next week as we review Oliver Stone’s W.

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On last night’s South Park, Stan went to see Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull only to find George Lucas and Steven Spielberg raping Indiana Jones (literally). Check it out after the jump.
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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.

The Good

SOUTH PARK (SEASON 11)
South Park has become almost run-of-the-mill in its episodic delivery of insanity these past few years, losing a little bit of that hilarious edge and non-stop creativity that made it once so very special. Even so, it remains above and beyond one of the best comedic shows on television, and there is always at least a couple great moments per episode. This includes everything from Randy incorrectly filling in the word “N_ggers” on national television to terrorists attacking our imagination in the epic three-part series Imaginationland.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Mini-commentaries from series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$32.99 $29.99
Amazon – $29.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 Target GiftCard, plus exclusive lenticular packaging.
Where? Target

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free South Park magnet set.
Where? Circuit City

THE WIRE (SEASON 5)
Hands down, The Wire is my all-time favorite television series in existence. It’s a show that operates on a level untouched by current cinema, telling an incredibly authentic ongoing story about crime in Baltimore where every plot element is essential and every episode of every season has been mapped out beforehand. Each season brings something completely new to the table, amounting to a series that’s constantly evolving. If you haven’t started watching yet, I deeply encourage you to do so, as all five seasons are now available on DVD. Season 5 contains 10 full hour-long episodes.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: 6 audio commentaries, a documentary that explores the role of the media, and a retrospective look at the first 4 seasons.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$38.99 $44.99
Amazon – $38.99

PRISON BREAK (SEASON 3)
I actually have not seen an episode of Prison Break in my life, so I’m not even sure if this show is popular anymore. If so and you watch it, can somebody please explain to me: how does a show about a guy breaking another guy out of prison continue its storyline beyond one season? I sure hope the answer doesn’t involve the characters constantly switching roles, hopping in and out of prison for as long as the ratings stay high. That seems like it would get old fast. Anyway, season 3 consists of 13 episodes instead of the originally planned 22 (due to the WGA strike).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2 featurettes (‘Orientation’, ‘Breakout Episode’), directors’ takes, behind-the-scenes with the cast, and a bonus episode from The Unit.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$37.99 $26.99 $25.99
Amazon – $31.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 Target GiftCard
Where? Target

CJ7
Stephen Chow’s follow-up to the hilarious Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer has been getting more much more mixed feedback than either of those films did, but the response has still been more positive than negative. In the film, Stephen Chow plays a poor father who finds a bizarre new toy for his son. Geared toward children, the movie is said to be both charming and sweet, but a little too strange and awkwardly plotted for most kids to be able to handle.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary, three making-of featurettes, a lesson on how to stand your own against the school bully, a how-to on making your own lollipop prop, a CJ7 Mission Control Game, and character profiles.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $18.99
Amazon – $19.99

FELON
The instinctive reaction to seeing a DVD with Stephen Dorff’s name on it that hasn’t received a major theatrical release is usually one of terror, but Felon isn’t the straight-to-DVD trash that he normally stars in. The film follows a family man (Dorff) who kills an intruder and afterwards finds himself forced to live his life in the violent penal system, forced to contend with the mass murdering Val Kilmer. It currently holds a 7.9 out of 10 rating on IMDB (out of over 4,000 votes).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A making-of featurette.

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

The Bad

SMART PEOPLE
This movie should’ve been titled Obnoxious Self-Absorbed Faux-Intellectual Assholes, but I suppose the marketing people thought that was a little too long. That title isn’t necessarily a negative though, as The Squid & the Whale could’ve been called that and it would continue to remain a much better film than this miserable, unpleasant and utterly dull look at people who just aren’t that interesting to look at. The only bright spot is the smile-inducing performance by Thomas Haden Church, who ironically plays the only central character in the film who isn’t intelligent (or to phrase that more appropriately, “book smart”).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary by the writer and director, deleted scenes, a Sundance featurette, interviews, and outtakes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $18.99
Amazon – $19.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free E-Movie Money for Blindness ($12.00 value).
Where? Best Buy, Circuit City

THE AMERICAN MALL
Pitched as a High School Musical for an older generation, MTV’s The American Mall has been revealed to be even more generic and hollow than the HSM series, and a blatant cash-in on its success. This should really come as no surprise though; when a DVD cover reads “From the executive producers of High School Musical,” you automatically know you’re in trouble.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Two commentary tracks, deleted scenes, extended performances, a gag reel, a featurette, and three music videos.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $12.99 $14.99 $12.99
Amazon – $15.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Buy both American Mall DVD and Soundtrack for $20.
Where? Circuit City

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $10 Best Buy Gift Card when you buy both The American Mall and The Hills (Season 3).
Where? Best Buy

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
The Art of War II: BetrayalTru Calling (The Complete Series)The SecretThe Legend of the Shadowless SwordThe Killing GeneWatching the DetectivesBrand Upon the Brain (Criterion Collection)Bra Boys

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

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


$18.99 each – Smallville (Seasons 1-6), Supernatural (Seasons 1-2), Veronica Mars (Seasons 1-3), Entourage (Seasons 1-3 pt. 2), Two and a Half Men (Seasons 1-3)
$24.99 – The Simpsons (Season 9 or 10)
$29.99 – Bones (Season 2)
$34.99 – John Adams


Exclusive: Free E-Movie Money for Tropic Thunder ($12.00 value) when you buy Team America ($6.99) or other select comedies.

$9.99 – 2-Disc Special Editions – Taxi Driver, Dr. Strangelove, Memento, Lawrence of Arabia, Saving Private Ryan, Snatch, Magnolia, The Dirty Dozen, Rebel Without a Cause, Wyatt Earp, Das Boot, Black Hawk Down (Deluxe Edition), Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, The Natural, Superman II, Constantine, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Extraordinarily Deluxe Edition) , Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Enter the Dragon, Gandhi, JFK (Director’s Cut), The Maltese Falcon, Forbidden Planet, and more…

$4.99 – Green Street Hooligans, Tears of the Sun, Full Metal Jacket, Under Siege, Demolition Man, Deep Blue Sea, Goodfellas, Million Dollar Baby, Deliverance, Lethal Weapon, Into the Blue, Stealth, Basic, The Mask of Zorro, and more…


$16.99 – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Seasons 1 & 2), Flight of the Conchords (Season 1)
$19.99 each – Heroes (Season 1), Weeds (Seasons 1-3), My Name is Earl (Seasons 1-2), That 70′s Show (Seasons 1-8)
$29.99 – Nip/Tuck (Seasons 1-4)


$2.99 – Dumb and Dumber, Frequency, Spawn, The Long Kiss Goodnight, U.S. Marshals

$3.99 – The Girl Next Door (Unrated Version), Moulin Rouge, The Abyss, The Transporter, Aliens, Die Hard, Speed, and more…

$5.99 – Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Devil Wears Prada, Night at the Museum, and more…

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