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

STEP BROTHERS
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Unrated Edition)
Not a movie to be looked at as anything other than random hilarity, Step Brothers proves that Will Ferrell isn’t out of the game just yet. It also provides John C. Reilly another opportunity to show off what a terrific talent he is, despite repeatedly being rejected by audiences when it comes to box office earnings. If you’re in the mood to laugh and don’t feel like paying attention to pesky annoyances like “plot” and “character development,” then check this one out. Unlike most comedies, it only gets funnier on repeat viewings.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes extended scenes, a gag reel, a Line-O-Rama, a making of featurette, and a Boats ‘N Hoes music video. The 2-disc additionally includes Job Interviews, a Music of Step Brothers featurette, and more deleted and extended scenes.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99 $19.99
Amazon – $16.99

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

Rent It

WANTED
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
Wanted is great fun, but it’s not a film that needs to be watched more than once. It’s held together solely by the badass action sequences; once the thrill of those are lost, all you’re left with is an incredibly stupid screenplay and one goofy sequence after another. Rent it, enjoy it, forget it.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-disc will include 8 featurettes (‘Cast and Characters’, ‘Stunts on the L Train’, ‘Special Effects: The Art of the Impossible’, ‘Groundbreaking Visual Effects: From Imagination to Execution’, ‘The Origins of Wanted: Bringing the Graphic Novel to Life’, ‘Through the Eyes of Visionary Director Timur Bekmambetov’), a feature on the making of the video game, Wanted: Motion Comics, a “killer” extended scene, and a digital copy of the film.

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

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

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive production notes with 2-Disc set ($22.99).
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Lithograph.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Wanted chrome keychain with 2-Disc set ($22.99).
Where? Circuit City.

Also available is this Limited Edition Collector’s Gift Set, which can be bought off Amazon for $39.99. You can read more about it HERE.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
(Available as single-disc and 3-Disc Collector’s Edition)
Is it just me, or has the amount of interest in this latest entry of the Narnia series been shockingly minimal, at least in the US? Other than the occasional comment about how surprisingly violent the film is for a PG family adventure, I can’t recall any real discussion regarding it from fellow film geeks since its release. I was one of the few that was severely disappointed by The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, which made me feel a little left out when everyone kept discussing how great it was. But maybe people have gotten their fill of Narnia, since the sequel grossed less than half the amount of the first one (while costing $20 million more). Regardless, I’m willing to give the series a second chance now that Caspian has hit DVD.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes a commentary with director Andrew Adamson and actors. The 3-disc includes that, along with deleted scenes, 7 featurettes, a blooper reel, deleted scenes, interactive games and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99 $15.99 $19.99
Amazon – $14.99

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $27.99 at Best Buy and Circuit City, $29.99 at Target, $34.99 at Fry’s, and $22.99 at Amazon.

Skip It

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
(Available as single-disc and 3-Disc Ultimate X-Phile Edition)
What a stunningly godawful movie. With straight-to-cable production values, a surprisingly lackluster storyline and confusing character developments (Wait, why are Mulder and Scully sleeping in the same bed all of a sudden? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?), there is literally nothing worth praising here. I’m not an X-Files fan by any means, but I actually quite enjoyed the first film. Rest assured, I Want to Believe is a purely pedestrian affair in comparison. Not even recommended for diehard fans, unless they’re truly desperate for another helping of Mulder and Scully and don’t mind the film amounting to nothing more than a really weak episode of the show.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes both the theatrical and Unrated Extended Cut of the film, an audio commentary by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, featurettes (‘Body Parts: Special Make-up Effects’, ‘Chris Carter: Statements on Green Production’), deleted scenes and a gag reel. The 3-disc includes that, plus a feature-length documentary entitled ‘Trust No One: Can The X-Files Remain A Secret?’ and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $19.99 $17.99 $19.99
Amazon – $17.99

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at Target and Circuit City, $24.99 at Best Buy and Fry’s, and $23.99 at Amazon.

THE LONGSHOTS
This family-friendly sports comedy/drama is directed by Fred Durst, the lead singer of everyone’s favorite nu metal band Limp Bizkit. How anyone can hear that and think to themselves, “I should see that,” I have no idea. Even ignoring that aspect of the production though, the film looks terribly uninteresting, unoriginal and not the least bit funny. Pass.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes, featurettes (‘Jamine Plummer: The Real Longshot’, ‘Making The Longshots’) and interviews with Ice Cube and director Fred Durst.

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

FLY ME TO THE MOON 3-D
When a CGI family film looks worse than Space Chimps, you know you’re in trouble. The 3-D is obviously the selling point here, but when you’re forced to contend with cheap and ugly animation, cringe-worthy jokes involving burps and farts, and painfully lame characters, something as gimmicky as 3-D is hardly enough to warrant a viewing.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A Planetarium Game.

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

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Nightlight.
Where? Best Buy.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Casablanca (Ultimate Collector’s Edition)The Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Special Edition)Metalocalypse (Season 2)Law and Order (Season 6)Saturday Night Live (Season 4)White Dog (Criterion Collection)

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


Exclusive: DC Universe Collector’s Set ($49.99). Includes Special Editions of: Superman Doomsday, The Justice League: New Frontier, Batman: Gotham Knight and spots for 2009 releases of Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.

$13.99 – Kung Fu Panda, Futurama: Bender’s Game, Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Speed Racer, Jumper, The Happening, and more…


$6.99 – The Brave One, Unleashed, The Transporter (Collector’s Edition), The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (Extreme Unrated Remastered), Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, Troy (Director’s Cut), King Kong, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Dawn of the Dead, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Rundown, Children of Men, Smokin’ Aces, and more…

In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss Fanboys, share reflections on the Comic Con, and wonder why the new X-Files movie was made at all. Myles McNutt also joins us to review the season premiere of Mad Men. Other special guests include Erik Davis, editor-in-chief of Cinematical, and Dave3, webmaster at Geeks of Doom. Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Want to sponsor or advertise with the /Filmcast? Feel free to e-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com. You can also reach our voicemail number at 781-583-1993.

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Watch out Billy Zane! Fantasy Moguls reports that The Dark Knight is on track to gross $77 million this weekend—only a 50% drop from last weekend, the largest opening on record. If so, the film will have grossed $315 million by Monday, surpassing the total domestic grosses of both Iron Man and Lame Indiana Jones Sequel to become 2008’s toppity top movie in a mere 10 days. Indeed: that’s another record. Repeat viewings are holding steady. On IMDB, TDK remains the number one movie of all time after 125,000 votes by users. Surely including W’s?

In other news, Will Ferrell doesn’t have to grow up and clean out his belly button. Step Brothers, the R-rated Judd Apatow production co-starring John C. Reilly from The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, is likely to gross $30+ million this weekend. After watching The Joker blow out windows in the good name of anarchy, summer moviegoers will lap up some beer and coast out on a strong line-up of dirty comedies, continuing with Tropic Thunder and Pineapple Express. And less than $15 million worth of Americans care to see Mulder and Scully suck face and trek through snow alongside Xzibit. X FIles I Want to Believe is a mothball/bomb, and yes, we know that its budget was $30 million.

Step Brothers Red Band Clip

“You’re going to take your two weeks paid vacation and your five sick days to start off?” One thing The Dark Knight was lacking was f-bombs. Enter Will Ferrell, who is getting slammed in our comments section as of late, and John C. Reilly, playing a manchild named Dale, in next weekend’s cuss-fest Step Brothers. The film is tracking in line with Ferrell’s R-rated wipeout Semi-Pro, but early WOM on this film amongst people who know the funny is strong. This here clip is an upgraded version of the “job interview in tuxedo” scenes, and it will add a NSFW sparkle to your 9-to-5 smile.

Discuss: Did you laugh or drool? Going to see Step Brothers?

LOL: Step Clones

PosterBoyNYC has struck again, this time with a vandalized version of the upcoming Will Ferrell/John C Reilly comedy Step Brothers. PosterBoy’s version features a double dose of Reilly and is titled Step Clones.  Sadly, I’d probably buy a ticket to this film. Watch out for this advertisement in a New York subway station near you.

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Step Brothers Red Band Movie Trailer

Step Brothers

Columbia Pictures has released a new red band movie trailer for Adam McKay‘s new comedy Step Brothers. Will Ferrell and John C Reilly star as two spoiled guys become competitive stepbrothers after their single parents get hitched. While I’m usually a huge advocate of red band movie trailers (my argument is that they usually represent more accurate marketing), I don’t believe this new advertisement offers much more than a couple of swears. But it does have a few good moments not shown in the previous trailer most of which I’m pretty sure didn’t require the red band header. The bunk bed scene still makes me chuckle out loud, even though it’s clearly derivative. Tell me what you think in the comments below!

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Watch the Red Band Trailer in High Definition on Apple.com. Step Brothers hits theaters on July 25th 2008.

Step Brothers Movie Trailer

Step BrothersI know I’m probably going to get slammed for saying this, but, I’m getting sick of Will Ferrell comedies. Don’t get me wrong, I have been a huge fan of Ferrell since before he had this huge mega-following (did anyone even see him in Dick?). And I’m not saying that Will Ferrell isn’t funny, because he is. I’m just getting sick of the type of comedies he’s been doing for the last few years. Sure, I laugh at the jokes, and my friends quote some of the lines, but a movie needs to be more than a few good jokes, some quotable lines, and a sorry formulaic storyline. I think what I’m looking for is something more in line with a Judd Apatow comedy. (Note: this rant doesn’t include Stranger Than Fiction, which I actually dugg a lot)

But my friend Neil at Film School Rejects has read the script for Ferrell’s upcoming comedy, Step Brothers, and insists that it is hilarious. Ferrell and John C. Reilly play two spoiled guys who become competitive stepbrothers after their single parents get married. I also think Reilly is hilarious, and have thought so since Boogie Nights. And it’s a shame that more people didn’t see Walk Hard. If you told me 5 years ago that Ferrell and Reilly were going to team up for a comedy, I would have been extremely excited. But Step Brothers is directed by the same guy who brought us Talladega Nights

Aside from the bunk bed sequence towards the end (which has already been done in other comedies), I’m really not sure about this movie. I mean, It looks funnier than Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but what doesn’t? Watch the movie trailer for Step Brothers below, and tell me what you think.

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You can also watch the new trailer in High Definition on Yahoo! Movies. Step Brothers hits theaters on July 25th 2008.