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This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley chat about the fall of Netflix, enjoy the listlessness of The Trip, debate the impressiveness of The Last Exorcism, and try to figure out who would pay $60 for Tower Heist. Special guest Matt Patches joins us from Hollywood.com.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Tune in on Sunday night (11/6) at Slashfilm’s live page at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST as we review A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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CATFISH
Good narrative-driven documentaries are hard to come by, for reasons that should be fairly obvious. It’s one thing to be a talented filmmaker; it’s another entirely to be lucky one. If we’re meant to believe that Catfish is 100% authentic—and we are—then directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are the luckiest talented filmmakers in the world. Because the story featured here is unbelievably perfect. (Keyword being “unbelievably”.) To what extent Catfish is real or staged remains unclear, but thematically, it would be awfully fitting if it were all a ruse. Just as the troubling and deeply compelling Facebook-enabled internet relationship that unfolds over the course of the film proves itself too good to be true, so too it seems is the reality that these filmmakers are presenting to us. And that, in many ways, is what the film is all about: the steadily blurring line between reality and fiction. There’s a whole lot more to it than that, certainly, but delving into other aspects of the film would require spoiling plot details that I dare not give away. So I’ll just say this: Real or fake, it doesn’t matter. This is a story that’s timely, meaningful, and incredibly well told. It deserves to be seen and discussed.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Secrets Revealed: Exclusive Interview with the Filmmakers.

DVD PRICE
Amazon – $18.99

BLU-RAY PRICE
Amazon – $27.99

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As the year comes to a close, more Top 10 lists are being published. Last week, British filmmaker Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Hott Fuzz) filed his annual listing of the top five movies of 2010. Hit the jump to find out what movies made Wright’s list this year.

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LOL: The Last Exorcism on Chatroulette

I’ve never used Chatroulette, but I once attended a show at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in Los Angeles called Chatroulette Live where some improv comedians do their thing using the live face-to-face internet chatting website live on stage. It’s a hilarious show, and if you ever have the chance, see it. That said, I think I’ve gathered all I need to know about Chatroulette from that experience. I’m not really sure anyone goes on Chatroulette just to talk with random strangers across the interwebs. For the most part it seems like a place where guys are trying to convince the few women who enter to act sexually provocative. Other users use it to trick other users into watching them masturbate. Yes, technically, I paid UCB to watch live video of guys jerking off on the internet. But I assure you, it was much more than that. Anyway, the third aspect of Chatroulette is advertisements. Sex and porn websites hijack webcam feeds to advertise their sexy chat services or what not.

Most of the advertisements are obvious and annoying, but this latest viral advertisement from Lionsgate is brilliant. It is to promote the upcoming horror film The Last Exorcism, and involves a bunch of planted pre-recorded videos of a girl who appears to be responding to sexual advances, becoming possessed and scaring the users. Lionsgate has recorded some of the reactions and uploaded them to YouTube. Watch some of the videos now embedded after the jump.
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Movie Trailer: The Last Exorcism

The Last Exorcism

Lionsgate has released the first movie trailer for the Eli Roth-produced horror film The Last Exorcism. I haven’t read much about the project until now, so I was surprised to find out that the film appears to use the documentary style framing device employed by films like The Blair Witch Project. Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump.

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Splice

Another week, another batch of new movie posters have hit the multiplexes and are now online. One-sheets include: Splice, Salt, Woody Allen‘s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Jonah Hex character banners, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Last Exorcism, and Charlie St. Cloud.

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