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STAR TREK
(Available as single-disc DVD, 2-Disc Edition DVD, and 3-Disc Edition Blu-ray)
There’s a reason why this film found success beyond its limited Trekkie fan base: it’s not a Star Trek film. Admitted by J.J. Abrams himself, this reboot of the series is more Star Wars than Trek, and that’s a large part of its appeal. Capturing the rewarding essence and simplicity of the hero’s journey much in the same way that Star Wars did, Abrams injects this re-envisioning of the series with a non-stop energy that’s nothing short of addicting, and makes it easy to overlook some of the shortcomings of the story. Diehard Trek fans will likely be disappointed by the tremendous departure in tone, pace, and overall style, as well as the complete disregard for any thematic significance, but in fairness, the most recent Star Trek efforts have been depressingly bad, and this was really the kick start the franchise needed to make it relevant again. While it may not be the Star Trek movie some fans were hoping for, it does manage to maintain the mythology and characters that have been established during the series, and it does so in a way that makes them fresh, exciting, and even funny. Also backed by breathtaking visuals, thrilling action sequences, and a pitch-perfect cast, this is easily one of the most fun popcorn flicks to be released in years.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2-disc DVD – Commentary by director J.J. Abrams, writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Bryan Burk, deleted scenes, four featurettes (“To Boldly Go”, “Casting”, “Aliens”, “Score”), a gag reel, and a digital copy. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as additional featurettes on the Starships, Gene Roddenberry’s Vision, Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek, and a Starfleet Vessel Simulator.

BEST DVD PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99 $12.77
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.99 at Fry’s and Amazon, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores.

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$24.99 $23.99 $19.95
Amazon – $19.99

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The Limits of Control Movie Poster

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The stylish trailer for The Limits of Control, the latest directorial effort from silverfox indie kingpin Jim Jarmusch, premiered last week to great reception. Today brings the official one-sheet and its retro, Euro-sploitation design is just as appealing; in fact it might even get you laid. Co-starring Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Gael Garcia Bernal, the film follows a mysterious criminal type (Isaach De Bankolé in the lead) “completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged.” Opens this May. View the poster in full after the jump…

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When iconic New York director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Down By Law) and cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Ashes of Time, Paranoid Park) collaborate to immaculately fetishize guns, Spain, babes, and concentration, take a second to enjoy what’s in store. The first trailer for The Limits of Control has arrived, and is available after the jump.

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While watching There Will Be Blood, I found that I was drawing thematic, musical and enigmatic comparisons to Jim Jarmusch‘s American study Dead Man. It would make for an interesting essay. Jarmusch’s films are always unpredictable meditations and the director’s next movie, The Limits of Control, due in 2009, doesn’t look to break the mold. Bill Murray has signed on to star, marking his third film with the New York visionary, after Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers, which I found to be so-so efforts from both talents. Actress Tilda Swinton, hot off Michael Clayton and a Broken Flowers co-star, is also on board alongside Gael Garcia Bernal (The Science of Sleep). Their roles have not been identified as of yet, and a few star cameos are said to be expected.

The film is set in Spain and follows “a mysterious loner as he attempts to complete a criminal job.” Memorable actor Isaach De Bankole, who played the French ice cream man in the director’s classic Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, will play the loner.

Murray will next be seen in this summer’s Get Smart, followed by October’s ambitious fantasy City of Ember, which we haven’t seen much from as of yet. He’s also doing voice work for Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I have incredible hopes for. As for a Ghostbusters 3, animated or otherwise, Ivan Reitman was recently quoted as saying “don’t bet on it.”

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