This Week in DVD is a new column on /Film compiling 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

FUTURAMA: THE BEAST WITH A BILLION BACKS
Continuing its semi-return from the Fox cancellation grave yard, Futurama finally releases its second direct-to-DVD feature out of four with The Beast with a Billion Backs. It’s not nearly as dramatically compelling or well paced as Bender’s Big Score (that film was so good it had the potential to be made as a theatrical release), but it does up the ante on laughs, which is debatably something the former picture was lacking. Who really cares though? The important thing is that Futurama is back, and personally, I couldn’t be happier to see it return.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary from the cast and crew, ‘Futurama: The Lost Adventure’ (featuring the cut-scene footage from the Futurama video game), a joke interview with comedian David Cross, deleted scenes, a featurette detailing the history of the game Death Ball, and footage of voice recording outtakes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99 $13.99 $13.99

IN BRUGES
This film marks one of those instances where the trailer prepares you for a movie so vastly different than the actual film that the film itself is harder to enjoy because of it. It’s still a solid movie though, so I’ll just warn you to avoid viewing it with the expectation of something Guy Ritchie or Tarantino-esque. Its witty and raunchy dialogue may come across as similar at times, but the movie is also very slowly paced, focusing heavily on existential and religious themes atop all the profane comedy. It’s definitely not your standard hitman film.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, four featurettes, and a gag reel.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $19.99 $19.99 $19.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy In Bruges with either Charlie Bartlett, Definitely Maybe, or Bonneville.
Where? Best Buy.

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Field Guide Editions)
Starring Freddie Highmore and featuring plenty of fantastical creatures, this movie may seem like it’s simply treading the same water as Arthur and the Invisibles. However, this children’s adventure (based on the popular book series of the same name) has the heart and imagination lacking in that film, and succeeds much more admirably because of it.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-disc set includes deleted scenes, six making-of featurettes, and Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide (which includes reprinted pages from the book while letting you access relevant scenes from the film).

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $16.99 $13.99 $13.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (excluding Fry’s, where it costs $21.99).

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Spiderwick Movie Storybook and bookmark with purchase of single-disc DVD.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free “The Field Guide” book.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Spiderwick Chronicles trading cards.
Where? Circuit City.

PERSEPOLIS
With a 95% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1 rating on IMDB, Persepolis (based on Marjane Satrapi’s bestselling graphic novel) is by far one of the year’s most celebrated animated films. Shot in black-and-white, the movie uses its inventive visuals as a way of setting the tone for the deeply compelling coming-of-age story ahead. The plot explores a young Iranian girl’s attempt at finding her place in the world during the Islamic Revolution.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Commentary on select scenes, a 30-minute documentary, a making-of featurette, and a Q&A from the film’s 2007 Cannes Film Festival Press Conference.

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

CHARLIE BARTLETT
A mixed bag overall, Charlie Bartlett is an uneven yet oftentimes hilarious teen angst comedy about a wealthy teenager finding his place in the social hierarchy by becoming an unofficial school psychiatrist. It also stars Robert Downey Jr. in a supporting role, and as a rule I like to force myself to see every movie he’s in. You might want to consider doing the same, because with the filmmography he’s been building recently it’s really starting to pay off.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Three audio commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and restroom confessionals.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $17.99 $19.99 $19.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy Charlie Bartlett with either In Bruges, Definitely Maybe, or Bonneville.
Where? Best Buy.

The Bad

10,000 BC
Favoring a focus of style over substance (and logic for that matter), director Roland Emmerich’s epically stupid journey into the prehistoric era is both bland and frustrating to watch. The film doesn’t even make an attempt at being historically accurate, and the lack of effort shows. It might be so-bad-it’s-good were it actually entertaining.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: An alternate ending and 10 minutes of deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $14.99 $13.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? 2-Disc Special Edition ($22.99).
Where? Best Buy.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Definitely, Maybe – The Hammer – Honeydripper – Xanadu (Magical Music Edition) – Trailer Park Boys (Season 7) – Bonneville – The Tattooist – Early Edition (Season 1)

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

The Specials


$17.99 – Arrested Development (Seasons 1, 2, or 3), The Simpsons (Seasons 7 or 8), Monk (Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5), Weeds (Seasons 1 or 2), Flight of the Conchords (Season 1), The Office (Season 1), The Boondocks (Season 1), and more…

$13.99 – The Incredibles, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Toy Story (10th Anniversary Edition), Toy Story 2 (2-Disc Special Edition), and more…


$14.99 – Da Ali G Show (Seasons 1 or 2), American Gangster (2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition), I Am Legend, Semi-Pro, Juno, The Bucket List, Be Kind Rewind, The Bourne Ultimatum, and more…


Buy one, get one free ($9.99) – Blade, Speed, Cast Away, Sideways, This is Spinal Tap, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Master and Commander, The Replacements, and more…

$6.99 – The Bourne Identity, King Kong, Jurassic Park, 300, Troy (Director’s Cut), Full Metal Jacket, Children of Men, School of Rock, Sleepy Hollow, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Shark Tale, Chicken Run, Flushed Away, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Antz, Shrek 2, and more…


$3.99 – Big Trouble in Little China, Cocoon, Great Expectations, and more…

$4.99 – Dumb and Dumber, Frequency, and more…

$6.99 – 28 Days Later, Edward Scissorhands, Alien, Aliens, True Lies, From Hell, and more…

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The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Poster

The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Poster

Paramount Pictures has sent us the theatrical movie poster for The Spiderwick Chronicles. I much prefer the coloring on the teaser poster, plus the huge BEWARE warning at the top is super cheesy. Check out the full poster after the jump. As always, click to enlarge.
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The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Trailer #2

The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Trailer

The Spiderwick Chronicles is showing a lot of promise.

Lately I’ve been disappointed with the young fantasy films that have hit the big screen. When I was a kid, I loved movies like Jim Henson’s Labyrinth or The Neverending Story. And today there seems to be less of that kind of story, but lately, not for a lack of trying. I know people liked Bridge to Terabithia, but I thought it lacked more of a fantasy element which was prominent in the advertising (and don’t get me started on the forced religious subtext). Chronicles of Narnia lacked the action sequences that everyone wanted. And Arthur and the Invisibles… let’s try to forget that ever happened. And Pan’s Labyrinth is probably too graphic for younger viewers (who don’t enjoy reading subtitles).

But the adaptation of Spiderwick has kept my interest. From the first trailer, to the special effects walk-through at Comic Con (okay, maybe that was a little boring…), and now this new trailer. Sure, the computer generated creatures don’t look like the muppets and puppet creatures from my childhood, but this film looks like a lot of fun. Check out the new trailer after the jump.
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Paramount Pictures Comic-Con Details Revealed

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures has announced a detailed scheduling for the planned Thursday, July 26th 1:30pm Comic-Con panel. Here is the rundown thanks to ROS:

  • Transformers – taped message from Michael Bay
  • Hot Rod – Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone present
  • Stardust – Neil Gaiman present
  • Beowulf – Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary present
  • Sweeney Todd – mini poster reveal
  • Spiderwick Chronicles - Mark Waters, Holly Black, Phil Tippet and Tony Tetzelli present. Page to screen presentation.
  • Drillbit Taylor – taped message from Judd Apatow intro of new trailer
  • Iron Man – taped greeting and throw to Marvel panel on Saturday
  • Indiana Jones 4 – satellite from set
  • Star Trek 11 – JJ Abrams, Damon Lindeloff, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman

Looks like there will be some fun stuff is in store for those in attendance. I’m most looking forward to the Drillbit Taylor trailer, Indiana Jones 4 satallite segment, and the Star Trek presentation. I’m sure JJ will be forced to field a bunch of questions regarding Cloverfield, even though it’s not on the schedule. And before you ask, Paramount and Universal have set up a Saturday panel to focus on Iron Man and Incredible Hulk.

The Spiderwick Chronicles Teaser Movie Poster

spiderwickteaser.jpgLast week we posted the movie trailer for the big screen adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles. The Nickelodeon/Paramount film looks like it may deliver where many recent children fantasy films have failed (The Chronicles of Narnia, Bridge to Terabithia, Arthur and the Invisibles) Paramount has sent us the film’s teaser one-sheet, which can be seen to the right. Click on the image to enlarge. I don’t know about you but I really dig the watercolor-stylized look.

The Spiderwick Chronicles
is based on Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi’s bestselling children’s book series about three kids who battle goblins and other magical creatures who are after Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide. Mean Girls director Mark Waters knows how to make a good teen/childrens flick. Heck, we even enjoyed Just Like Heaven (it might have something to do with my enjoyment of San Francisco based films). The Spiderwick Chronicles hits theaters on February 15th 2008.

The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Trailer

 Spiderwick Chronicles

I’ve been extremely disappointed with the recent batch of fantasy films based on bestselling children’s books. The Chronicles of Narnia, Bridge to Terabithia, Arthur and the Invisibles – it seems like the movie studios are trying to capture the magic of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. They are looking for a family friendly film that could be fleshed out into a franchise. But they haven’t been able to get it right, YET at least. The good news is that The Golden Compass is nearing the horizon, and I’m pretty sure that movie is going to deliver (hey, I could be wrong – I have been before).

And today Nickelodeon/Paramount brings us the movie trailer for The Spiderwick Chronicles. The film is of course based on Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi’s bestselling children’s book series about three kids who battle goblins and other magical creatures who are after Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide. From the look of the trailer, this film might deliver on the promises made in the deceptive marketing for Bridge to Terabithia. And Mean Girls director Mark Waters knows how to make a good teen/childrens flick. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Tell me what you think. One thing is for sure, those giant toad creatures are creepy.
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