When Universal rebooted The Mummy as an action-movie franchise in the Indiana Jones mold, the film made a star out of Brendan Fraser and did phenomenally well overall, especially given that it opened just two weeks before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. (Looking at the numbers I wonder how many people saw The Mummy instead when they went to the theater to see Star Wars and shows were sold out, but I know that’s how I saw the first Fraser film.)

Now, with the series kicked off in ’99 having run its course through two sequels, three Scorpion King spin-off films, an animated series, and video games and amusement part rides,  Universal is going to try again. Read More »

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If you’re a fan of Universal Monsters, you might need to change you pants after you see this work by Kevin Tong and Martin Ansin. They’re the artists behind the latest posters from Mondo and their interpretations of The Invisible Man and The Mummy are gorgeous. Versions of these posters first went on sale (and sold out) at the Mondo booth at Comic Con and now you all have a chance to get them starting Thursday, August 11. Check out the full posters and specs after the jump. Read More »

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

GENERATION KILL
“From the creator of The Wire.” That’s all I need to hear to convince me to blind-buy this set, and this is coming from somebody who has blind-bought less than five movies/TV shows his entire life. This time around, David Simon tackles the Iraq war, and although I’ve grown a little tired of all the recent films that have attempted (and mostly failed) to accurately depict the subject, I’m looking forward to seeing if Simon has managed to imbue the same harsh realism and poignancy in this HBO series as he did for The Wire. Stay tuned to future /Filmcast episodes to find out.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Commentary (from creators David Simon and Ed Burns, and from the author Evan Wright), Eric Ladin’s Video Diaries, and featurettes (‘Making Generation Kill’, ‘Generation Kill: A Conversation with the 1st Recon Marines’).

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $34.99 $49.99 $44.99
Amazon – $34.99

AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE (VOL. 6)
Many Aqua Teen fans have commented that season 5 (aka Vol. 6) of Aqua Teen is the show’s worst outing to date. I would take their word for it, but I seem to recall similar complaints about season 4 (aka Vol. 5) and even the Aqua Teen movie, both of which I later ended up loving. Is it actually possible that some people out there are over-analyzing a TV show that features a talking milkshake and meatball? I’ll let you be the judge.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Carl’s sports blogs, 15-minute “short” Terrorphone, comedy bits/outtakes from the ATHF video game, and 3D video game cinematics from Russia.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $22.99 $19.99 $22.99
Amazon – $22.99

Rent It

MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
I want so badly to hate this movie, but after having to endure several songs on the Mamma Mia! soundtrack due to the eagerness of some of my female compatriots, I found myself forced to contend with a painful realization: I… like ABBA. Yes, it’s true. And as such, it’s only natural to assume that enjoying the movie that accompanies the songs isn’t out of the realm of possibility, regardless of whether or not my manhood is willing to accept that. But I suppose admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right?
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc release includes a commentary with director Phyllida Lloyd, an all-new musical number “The Name of The Game”, and a sing-along function. The 2-disc includes that, plus 3 featurettes (‘The Making of Mamma Mia!’, ‘Becoming a Singer’, ‘On Location’), Amanda Seyfried’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” music video, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a digital copy of the film.

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

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

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Limited deluxe edition ($24.99) includes CD soundtrack and behind-the-scenes footage.
Where? Target.

TRAITOR
(Releases December 19, 2008)
I was pretty disappointed with this film after seeing it in theaters. It was presented as a spy thriller, but it’s really more of a drama, and a rather generic one at that. As competently made and acted as it is, there’s nothing to make it stand out against the several dozen other films that cover very much the same territory. It’s a worthwhile rental, certainly, but nothing you need to buy.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary and behind the scenes footage.

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

THE HOUSE BUNNY
(Releases December 19, 2008)
The only reason this movie isn’t being thrown into the “skip it” section is because I adore Anna Faris, and even if it means having to endure such a formulaic comedy as this, I’m willing to give anything she stars in a chance. Naturally, this hasn’t been working out too well for me, what with a large portion of her movie credits coming from the Scary Movie series. C’mon Anna! You deserve better than this!
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes and featurettes (‘Anna Faris: House Mom’, ‘Colin Hanks: Mr. Nice Guy’, ‘House Bunny Style’, ‘The Girls of Zeta’, ‘Calendar Girls’, ‘House Bunny Memories’, ‘From Song to Set: Katherine McPhee’).

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

Skip It

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Deluxe Edition)
There comes a point in some films where you stop paying attention to what’s happening on screen and start thinking about the many more worthwhile things you could be doing with your time (like eating a bowl of nails, for instance). With The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, I experienced that point at about the scene where a group of Yetis cheer in celebration after punting a human over a Chinese temple as if they had just scored a touchdown. This is a film so unbelievably stupid, so devoid of personality, so blandly artificial, it defies all reason for existence. Even expecting the mildest sense of “dumb fun” from this piece of trash is asking way too much. It’s by far one of the worst movies I’ve seen all year.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The two-disc includes a commentary with director Rob Cohen, deleted and extended scenes, featurettes (‘Jet Li: Crafting the Emperor Mummy’, ‘From City to Desert’, ‘Legacy of the Terra Cotta’, ‘Creating New and Supernatural Worlds’, ‘A Call to Action: The Casting Process’, ‘The Making Of Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’), and a digital copy of the film.

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

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

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Exclusive Mummy Lithography when you buy any version of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free collectible interactive CD with purchase of 2-disc DVD.
Where? Circuit City.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
None.

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


$17.99 – Dexter (Season 1 – 2), 24 (Season 1 – 6)
$19.99 – Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season 1)


Exclusive: Free $20 Best Buy Gift Card when you buy 5 of these $9.99 movies…
$9.99 – Bourne Ultimatum, Simpsons Movie, Superbad, American Pie: Threesome Pack, Hot Rod, Scarface, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, E.T., Knocked Up, Evan Almighty, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Hoosiers, Big (Extended Edition), Kingdom of Heaven, Match Point, Charlie Wilson’s War, Walk the Line (Extended Cut), The Devil Wears Prada, Mr. Brooks, The Blues Brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Lars and the Real Girl, Mrs. Doubtfire (Behind the Seams Edition), Blades of Glory, Walk Hard, Zodiac, Casino Royale, Across the Universe, 30 Days of Night, Spider-Man 3, American Gangster, We Own the Night, Dead Space: Downfall, and more…

$19.99 – Rambo: The Complete Collector’s Set, Speed Racer: The Complete Classic Collection
$34.99 – The Godfather Trilogy: The Coppola Restoration
$48.99 – Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventure Collection
$79.99 – Family Guy: Freakin’ Sweet Party Pack, Fraggle Rock: Complete Series
$119.99 – That ’70s Show: Complete Series, MASH: Complete Series
$124.99 – Charmed: Complete Series
$139.99 – Seinfeld: Complete Series


$29.99 – The Godfather Trilogy: The Coppola Restoration

$4.99 – Crash, American Psycho, Vanilla Sky, The Manchurian Candidate, Monster’s Ball, Super Troopers, There’s Something About Mary, Waiting, Enemy of the Gates, The Monster Squad, The Score, Sliding Doors, Hunted, and more…


$16.99 – The Shield (Season 1 – 6)

/Filmcast Episode 8: Hellboy 2

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In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam debate whether Robert Downey Jr. would make a good Sherlock Holmes, celebrate Jon Favreau’s return to Iron Man 2, and delve deeply into the cultural phenomenon that is Step Up 2: The Streets. Also, an in-depth review of Hellboy 2. Special guest Dave3 joins us from Geeks of Doom and Peter Sciretta also makes a brief appearance.

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Cool Stuff: Tom Whalen’s Poster Art

34-year-old illustrator/designer Tom Whalen has been creating geekarific fan art for the last few years. His original Star Wars posters (seen above) are reminiscent of Eric Tan’s work (which we’ve featured recently on the site). Click on the image above for a better look.

“I love those movies (the Star Wars trilogy) and had to pay homage to them!” Whalen told me before confirming that a Return of the Jedi poster is also planned, “complete with Slave Leia”.

The art is created using a mechanical pencil and adobe illustrator. Whalen says his style is heavily inspired by Russian constructivist poster art, the design of Saul Bass, years of comic book collecting and his “unhealthy obsession with Japanese giant monster movies”.

“Like many others, I’m sick to death of tired photoshop montages passing as movie poster art!”

Whalen works as an editorial illustrator for a medical magazine. While experimenting with styles a few years back, he has come up with the graphic profile that’s been evolving ever since.

“I [was] inspired by the fantastic painted art that always accompanied horror movies and decided to translate some of those classic movies into my style.”

“My all-time favorite horror film is halloween… I may work up a full movie poster for that one once October rolls around!”

So what’s up next?

“I have a few commissions lined up right now and i’m creating a line of original faux movie posters for cinema-suicide… as well working as the biggest project of them all… a four-week old newborn!”

“I haven’t done any professional movie work, but it really is a dream of mine…”

Whalen sells some of his art at conventions and festivals, so if you’re looking on obtaining a print or have any commission work, contact Tom directly at tom@strongstuff.net. Or you can check out more of Tom’s creations on his DeviantArt profile or his portfolio blog StrongStuff.net.

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