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

HEROES (SEASON 2)
There’s no question about it, Volume 2 of Heroes offered a major decline in quality compared to the show’s kickass first season. Combining weak new characters (Maya & Alejandro spring to mind) and lackluster plot progressions (such as Sylar losing his powers), the series seemed to be losing its touch all too quickly. Luckily, creator Tim Kring and company took notice of all of the internet backlash, and the second half of the season managed to bring back the show’s A-game. It doesn’t make up for the dull, poorly written earlier episodes, but it’s at least enough to convince audiences to keep watching. Season 2 of the show offers 11 episodes.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Commentaries with cast and crew, deleted scenes, NBC.com featurettes, a ‘Generations’ alternate ending, untold stories, 4 featurettes (‘A New Beginning’, ‘Takezo Kensei: Sword Saint’, ‘Inside The Alternate Ending of Generations’, ‘Genetics of a Scene’), Tim Sale gallery of screen art, and a Season 3 sneak peek.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$24.99 $29.99 $24.99 $23.99
Amazon – $24.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Deluxe Edition ($32.99) includes 30 minutes of footage and a collectible sketchbook.
Where? Target

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Limited Edition Kensei Mask with purschase of Exclusive Gift Set ($34.99).
Where? Best Buy

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free film cell.
Where? Circuit City

ENTOURAGE (SEASON 4)
Entourage is a show I love without ever really feeling any deep connection to. Like Hollywood itself, it’s enjoyable to look at and admire but eventually you realize it’s all artificial glitz and glamour and not much actual depth. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, because with characters like the hilarious asshole agent Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven), sometimes you just want to kick back, relax, and not have to think too much. Season 4 of the show offers 12 episodes.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Commentary on select episodes, Medellín trailer, US Comedy Arts Festival Panel, and two featurettes (‘The Making of Medellín’, ‘Meet The Newest Member Of Entourage!’).

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$24.99 $26.99 $24.99 $24.99
Amazon – $25.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Cards
Where? Target

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Skullcandy earbuds on-pack.
Where? Best Buy

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free t-shirt.
Where? Circuit City

THE SHIELD (SEASON 6)
If you listen to the /Filmcast, you’re probably aware of the ongoing debate regarding The Shield’s greatness. While David and Devindra seem to think it’s one of the greatest shows next to The Wire and Battlestar Gallactica, I’ve been slowly and forcefully working my way through the first season with a constantly diminishing amount of interest. Does it get better as it goes on? Or am I just not seeing what everybody else seems to be? Season 6 of the show offers 10 episodes.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Commentary on select episodes, 33 deleted scenes, and 3 featurettes (‘Saturn’s Sons’, ‘Two Directors’, ‘Full Circle: Franka Potente’).

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$39.99 $37.99 $39.99 N/A
Amazon – $37.99

REDBELT
A curious departure from the usual films he makes, writer/director David Mamet’s Redbelt is a martial arts film that follows a self-defense instructor who finds himself the victim of a con and is pressed to enter the ring for pride and profit. Critics have said the movie interweaves action and intelligence in a way that’s not always smooth but is effective overall. It currently holds a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.2 on IMDB.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Commentary with David Mamet and Randy Couture, 3 featurettes (‘Behind-the-Scenes of Redbelt’, ‘Inside Mixed Martial Arts’, ‘The Magic of Cyril Takayama’), a Q&A with Mamet, an interview with Dana White (President of the UFC), and Fighter Profiles.

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

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (2-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
Anybody else suffering from Nightmare Before Christmas overload? It was bad enough when the Hot Topic crowd essentially crowned the film as its holy grail, but recently we’ve been having theatrical 3-D re-releases and video games and all sorts of crap. Don’t get me wrong; the film is one of my childhood favorites, and I love it dearly, but seriously now, let’s tone it down a bit.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Commentary (with producer/writer Tim Burton, director Henry Selick and composer Danny Elfman), deleted scenes, a storyboard-to-film comparison, a Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour, Burton’s original poem narrated by Christopher Lee, two featurettes, original trailers/posters, the complete short film Vincent, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$24.99 $23.99
Amazon – $22.99

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The Bad

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Extended Jackpot Edition w/ digital copy)
Wacky hijinks ensue when two down on their luck people (a precise neat freak and a messy slacker – what a wacky combo!) get drunk together in Vegas and wake up the next morning married. How wacky! Things only get wackier from there when one of them wins 3 million dollars on a slot machine and they endure all sorts of wacky scenarios fighting over the money. It’s so wacky, the judge even sentences the pair to six months marriage. Good god that is some wacky stuff! Wacky wacky wacky!
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Extras on the 2-disc include a director commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, trailers, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $19.99

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

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Deluxe Edition ($22.99) – includes exclusive conversation date cards.
Where? Target

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?
Morgan Spurlock’s ill-conceived and simple-minded look at the war on terror spends more time trying to make audiences laugh than educating them, and in the end his schtick overwhelms the film. If all you’re looking to do is chuckle at Spurlock’s antics though, it makes for a decent rental.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Deleted interviews, an alternate ending, and ‘The Animated History of Afghanistan’.

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

POSTAL
Uwe Boll’s much talked about and debated (by Uwe Boll himself, mostly) new film is finally seeing the light of day after hilariously losing out on its theatrical release alongside Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Critics and audiences are in agreement, Postal is by far Boll’s best film yet. And with a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes and 3.6 on IMDB, that just goes to show you how bad his other films really are.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A director commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes (‘Raging Bull’, ‘Verne Troyer as Indiana Jones’), and a free Postal 2 PC game.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99
Amazon – $22.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
AugustSalo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Criterion Collection)Brotherhood of the Wolf (Two-Disc Director’s Cut)One Tree Hill (Season 5)NCIS (Season 5)Everybody Hates Chris (Season 3)The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s BeginningMy Sassy GirlPurple VioletsChicago 10Virgin Territory

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

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


Exclusive: Free $5 Target GiftCard with purchase of NCIS (Season 5) ($39.99).

Exclusive: Free $5 Target GiftCard with purchase of both The Little Mermaid ($16.99) and The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning ($16.99).


EXCLUSIVE RETAIL: Son of Rambow ($19.99) is now available for purchase exclusively at Best Buy.

Exclusive: Free E-Movie Money for Righteous Kill or Traitor with ANY DVD purchase.

Exclusive: Free collectible 3-D cup with purchase of The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning ($15.99).

Exclusive: Free True Blood sampler disc/1st episode with the purchase of any HBO title.

$3.99 – Bottle Rocket, American Psycho (Killer Collector’s Edition), Go, Panic Room, Waiting, Crank, Crash, The Devil’s Rejects, Reservoir Dogs (Special Edition), and more…


$4.99 – The Island, Natural Born Killers, Any Given Sunday, The Italian Job, Training Day, Ace Venture: Pet Detective, Cellular, Blade, The NeverEnding Story, Pleasantville, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Warriors (Director’s Cut), Minority Report, Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible 2, and more…


$3.99 – Spaceballs, The Birdcage, and more…

$6.99 – Fight Club, Little Miss Sunshine, X-Men 1.5, The Fly, Office Space, The French Connection, and more…

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Upcoming 3D Movie Release Schedule

3D Movies

At least 5,000 3-D systems expected to be in place by 2009. DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg expects there to be 12 to 18 3D feature films by 2010. 3-D is clearly the future of cinema, at least for the near future. With the recent announcements of Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland/Frankenweenie, and today’s announcement of Final Destination 4 in 3D, we’ve decided to compile a schedule for the upcoming 3D movie releases. Enjoy!

2008:

January 25th 2008: U2 3D: Performances from seven different shows of U2′s Latin America Vertigo Tour in early 2006. Previews of this film have tested incredibly well.

February 15th 2008: Fly Me to the Moon: A computer animated tale of three young houseflies stow away aboard the Apollo 11 flight to the moon. Tim Curry, Nicollette Sheridan, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Patrick and Kelly Ripa voice characters.

July 11th 2008: Journey 3-D: Visual effects supervisor turned director Eric Brevig’s take on the classic Jules Verne novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson star.

October 2008: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Disney has said they plan to rerelease the film around Halloween as long as it remains profitable.

Final Destination 4: Final Destination 2 director David R. Ellis returns to the franchise. Interestingly enough, Final Destination 3 was in development under the working title Final Destination 3-D, but the produces ultimately chose not to produce the movie in 3D due to costs and complications. This film might be pushed to 2009.

2009:

March 27th 2009: Monsters vs. Aliens: A reinvention of the classic ’50s monster movie. Directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale).

May 22nd 2009:
James Cameron’s Avatar: A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet’s indigenous population. Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi star. $190 million budget.

October 2009: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Disney has said they plan to rerelease the film around Halloween as long as it remains profitable.

November 6th 2009: A Christmas Carol: Has not been publicly confirmed as a 3D release, but the film will use the same performance capture technique Robert Zemeckis also used in Polar Express and Beowuld. The classic retelling will star Jim Carrey as Scrooge and the three ghosts. Tom Hanks, Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins are also rumored to be on board the project.

November 20th 2009:
How to Train Your Dragon: Based on the 2003 children’s novel by British author Cressida Cowell, about the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III – The teenage son of a Viking chieftain, who must capture a dragon for a rite of passage.

Crood Awakening: A comedy set in the stone age directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch)

TinTin: Directed by Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg. The adventures of popular Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy.

Tim Burton’s Alive in Wonderland: Screenplay by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) based on the Lewis Carroll classic. Film will be combine performance-capture technology with live-action footage.

Deep Sea-quel: As the name suggests, a sequel to the popular 2006 3D documentary Deep Sea 3D. An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans. IMAX.

2010:

May 21st 2010: Shrek Goes Fourth: The further adventures of the giant green ogre, Shrek, living in the land of Far, Far Away. We will discover how Shrek arrived in that swamp. Not to be confused with Shrek 4-D which is a theme park attraction.

October 2010: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Disney has said they plan to rerelease the film around Halloween as long as it remains profitable.

Fall 2010: Master Mind: A satirical take on superhero movies, in which a notorious villain loses his oomph after he accidentally kills his nemesis.

Untitled Tintin Sequel: Directed by Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg. The continued adventures of popular Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy.

Puss in Boots: A Shrek spinoff starring sword fighting cat voiced by Antonio Banderas. They haven’t officially announced this as a 3D title, but Jeffrey Katzenberg has said that all animated films released by Dreamworks after 2009 will be released in 3D.

2011:

TinTin 3: Directed by ????. Spielberg has said that he may direct this in collaboration with Peter Jackson, or that they might hire someone completely new. The continued adventures of popular Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy.

In Development:

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie: A feature length remake of his 1984 short film. A parody of the 1931 Frankenstein film. When young Victor’s pet dog Sparky is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked “monster” wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor’s neighbors, he has to convince them and his parents, that despite his appearance, Sparky’s still the good loyal friend he’s always been. Burton will shoot the film using stop-motion animation.

Battle Angel
: James Cameron’s adaptation of the graphic novel about a female cyborg who is rescued from the scrapheap by a scientist, who becomes her surrogate father.

Star Wars: George Lucas has announced plans to remaster all of the Star Wars films in 3D. When this might actually happen is anyones guess.

All dates subject to change. Have we missed any upcoming big 3D releases? E-Mail Us.

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