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.

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 films 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.

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FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS (SEASON 2)
It’s sad to think that this may be the last we see of Flight of the Conchords (in TV show form, anyway), but at least they went out strong, providing us with another wonderful season of offbeat, deadpan hilarity. …It isn’t perfect, however. Unlike the first season, where writers/creators/stars Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie already had the songs and needed to find a way to craft the episodes’ storylines around them, this time around, all of their songs were created exclusively for the new season. As such, the songs often tend to relate rather specifically to events taking place in the episodes, and a number of the tracks don’t hold up nearly as well on their own because of it. This is a minor quibble though, and isn’t nearly enough to detract from what’s otherwise a brilliant final outing from everyone’s favorite (and maybe only) New Zealand comedy duo.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes, a documentary, and more.

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Academy Award’s 2009 Movie Preview

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During the credits of the 81st Academy Awards, video clips were shown for many of the films that will hit theaters in 2009. You might have turned off the television after Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture and missed everything. Or maybe you just want to see the awesome Terminator Salvation footage or the first look at Public Enemiess again. If so, don’t worry, we have the whole 3-minute clip embedded after the jump.

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Paramount has made a surprise decision to move the Robert Downey Jr / Jamie Foxx film The Soloist back to March 13th 2009. The film was originally scheduled to hit theater in late November, just in time for Award consideration. Paramount was pressured by Viacom to cut costs for the fourth quarter of 2008, and The Soloist was cut. Apparently the film isn’t testing well anyways. [Variety, Wells]

As a result, the studio will now be pushing Robert Downey Jr. for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as “the dude playin’ the dude, disguised as another dude” in Tropic Thunder. But will the Academy seriously consider Downey Jr’s performance as a method actor who becomes black for a movie role? [Firstshowing]

The Weinstein Co has (not so) quietly shifted the Viggo Mortensen apocalyptic thriller The Road from it’s scheduled Novemeber 14th release date, back to at least December, if not 2009. Executives are scheduled to meet with the film’s producer’s on Thursday to discuss if the film will be released this year. [THR]

Paramount is also delaying the Paramount Vantage Edward Zwick-directed Daniel Craig-starrer WWII film Defiance until December 31st. The film was oriignally scheduled to hit theaters on December 12th. The new date will allow the film to qualify for award consideration. [deadline]

And Warner Bros has given Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes a release date: November 20th 2009. The studio has also shifted the Jaume Collet-Serra thriller The Orphan to July 24th 2009. [SHH and Shock]

The Soloist Movie Trailer

DreamWorks has released the trailer for The Soloist. Written by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), The Soloist tells the true story of Nathaniel Ayers (played by Jamie Foxx), a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia during his second year at Juilliard School. Ayers became homeless, playing the violin and the cello in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Robert Downey Jr plays Steve Lopez, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times who developed a friendship while writing an article about Ayers. You can read the original newspaper article which became the basis for the story on LATimes.com. Catherine Keener and Stephen Root co-star.

The film looks a little more glossy and “Hollywood” than the Oscar bait that I had been expecting. But if Downey is there, I’m in as well. Tell me what you think in the comments below.

The Soloist is scheduled to hit theaters on November 21st, just in time for Awards season.

First Look: The Soloist

The Soloist

DreamWorks has released a first look at Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. in The Soloist from today’s edition of USA Today. Written by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), The Soloist tells the true story of Nathaniel Ayers (played by Foxx), a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia during his second year at Juilliard School. Ayers became homeless, playing the violin and the cello in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Downey Jr plays Steve Lopez, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times who developed a friendship while writing an article about Ayers. You can read the original newspaper article which became the basis for the story on LATimes.com. Catherine Keener and Stephen Root co-star.

Downey told the paper that while he “loved every part of Iron Man” and is planning to return for the sequel, the “last thing” he wants “is to be seen as that guy, who just does that role.” And I agree, as cool as Downey was as Tony Stark, I am hoping he sticks to the more interesting roles rather than the more lucrative ones. And who knows, maybe now that mainstream America has discovered what we’ve known for decades, maybe they’ll take a trip to the local arthouse cinema to see him the smaller films? Nah…

The Soloist is scheduled to hit theaters on November 21st, just i time for Awards season.

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