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/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. In regards to movies/shows the author hasn’t seen, the DVD release is placed in its respective category based on the consensus reaction of audiences and critics.

Buy It

THE INCREDIBLE HULK
(Available as single-disc and 3-Disc Special Editions)
Any movie that’s single greatest moment comes during a scene where a massive green dude shouts “HULK SMASH!” definitely isn’t vying for any Oscar nominations (although Ang Lee may beg to differ on that one), but The Incredible Hulk provides in the way that counts most: entertainment. And while I certainly wouldn’t pit it against Iron Man in a contest for the better superhero film, since the Favreau/Downey Jr. team would win hands-down, Unleashed director Louis Leterrier and Edward Norton both hold their own admirably and help make this new Hulk an excellent second addition to the Marvel series that’s slowly building to the highly anticipated Avengers film.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The only extra material on the single disc is a commentary (with director Louis Leterrier and Tim Roth) and deleted scenes. The 3-disc will include that, plus featurettes (‘The Making of Incredible’, ‘Becoming The Hulk’, ‘Becoming The Abomination’, ‘Anatomy of a Hulk Out’, ‘From Comic Book to Screen’), additional deleted scenes, an alternate opening, and a digital copy of the film.

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

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Deluxe ($22.99) includes breaking wall packaging and bonus disc with additional content and digital copy.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Lithograph.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free collectible interactive CD game card.
Where? Circuit City.

THE STRANGERS
Easily one of the bigger surprises of the year, The Strangers is a horror-lovers wet dream. It’s a film that harkens back to the old school days of horror where the focus was less on plot than to scare the ever-loving crap out of you through actually building tension and suspense. (Sadly, only the “lack of plot” element of horror films seems to have been carried on to today’s more recent genre efforts.) Critics haven’t been as kind to the film, but seeing as how I had trouble sleeping for at least a week after watching the film (an experience I haven’t had with a horror film since I was probably 13), I’d say it fully succeeded at just about everything it attempted to do. The final shot of the movie is really lame though.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes and a featurette (‘Elements of Terror’).

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

SOLD OUT: A THREEVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH
If you’re a Kevin Smith fan and you haven’t yet experienced his gut-bustingly hilarious stories and Q&A sessions featured in An Evening With Kevin Smith and An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, be sure to do so at once as they’ll show you a side to the man that you would previously only associate with some of the world’s funniest stand-up comedians. I haven’t been able to find much feedback on the latest entry in the series, entitled A Threevening With Kevin Smith, but being that Smith is rarely ever not on his A-game when it comes to public speaking, I can’t see it not being another wonderful helping of Smith comedy goodness.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: This two-disc set comes with 4 hours of outtake footage (from the original 7 hour performance).

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $14.99
Amazon – $17.99

CASINO ROYALE (3-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
As much as I’d like to tell you this set isn’t worth the double-dip, fans of Casino Royale (which I’d argue is the best Bond film yet) will find it hard to turn down the slick packaging and hefty offering of newly added special features, which as far as I’m concerned puts the previous 2-disc set to shame. For those who have Blu-ray, the upgrade is a no brainer, but if you’re like me and have no intention of giving up on the DVD format anytime soon, you can rationalize the double dip by saying it only cost you about 5 bucks (since the film comes with movie money to Quantum of Solace, and you can pick the DVD up for as cheap as $15).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: All the special features from the previous 2-disc edition have made their way onto this set. New extras include two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, The Road to Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s Incredible Creation, James Bond in the Bahamas, Ian Fleming: The Secret Road to Paradise, Death in Venice, The Art of the Freerun, Catching a Plane: From Storyboard to Screen, Storyboard Sequence: Freerun Chase, and Filmmaker Profiles.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99 $14.99 $22.99
Amazon – $24.99

Rent It

FAMILY GUY (VOL. 6)
Back in the good ol’ days, when Family Guy didn’t suck, it was easy to justify the unstructured and consistently random nature of the show because of how unbelievably hilarious it all was. Then the show was brought back from cancellation, and the humor had all but been lost. It suddenly became clear what an uncreative gimmick the cut-away gags were, because without any wit to accompany them, all you were left to think about is they’re complete irrelevance to the episode’s story (or lack thereof). Having burned through a number of episodes through seasons 5 and 6, I will admit to there being occasional moments of what made Family Guy great in its heyday (such as the particularly solid two-parter Stewie Kills Lois/Lois Kills Stewie), but it’s not nearly enough to satisfy a purchase.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Over 50 deleted scenes, commentary from series creator Seth MacFarlane, featurettes (‘Family Guy 100th Episode Special’, ‘Family Guy Live!’, ‘Peter Shin Draws Lois’), and an “I’m Huge (and The Babes Go Wild)” Music Video.

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

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Deluxe ($29.99) with signed script and collectible poster.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Lithograph featuring Family Guy characters.
Where? Best Buy.

Skip It

EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED
Why would a documentary promoting intelligent design use the not-so-witty subtitle “No Intelligence Allowed”? That’s just asking to be unmercifully mocked. And mocked it was, along with the rest of Ben Stein’s documentary. With an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (that’s a 61% difference from Religulous), reviews have included such scathing comments as, “[The film] is a conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry” and, “[It's] an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike.” [New York Times] I gotta say, I liked Ben Stein more when I knew him as simply the “Bueller… Bueller…” guy.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A special message from Ben Stein, Using Intelligent Design for medical research, Bonus Music Tracks by Andy Hunter, and Expelled Super Trailer.

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

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Casino Royale (40th Anniversary Edition) (1967)The Stone AngelBirds of AmericaAccording to Jim (Season 1)A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Remastered Deluxe Edition)Looney Tunes (Golden Collection, Vol. 6)The Incredible Hulk (Season 5)The Incredible Hulk (The Complete Series)The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (The Complete Series)Knight Rider (The Complete Series)Anaconda 3: OffspringMissing (Criterion Collection)

New James Bond DVDs available this week…
Thunderball (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)From Russia with Love (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Dr. No (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Die Another Day (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Live and Let Die (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Octopussy (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)The Living Daylights (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)For Your Eyes Only (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)

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

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


Exclusive: Steelbook Packaging on new James Bond Blu-Ray releases.

$6.99 – Halloween (25th Anniversary Edition), Hostel (Director’s Cut), Hostel: Part II, Dawn of the Dead (Special Edition), Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, 28 Weeks Later, Day of the Dead, AVP: Alien vs Predator, Donnie Darko, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Shaun of the Dead, The Silence of the Lambs (2-Disc Collector’s Edition), Land of the Dead, Mr. Brooks, Resident Evil: Extinction, Saw III, Vacancy, Hatchet, Hellraiser, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Hollow Man
$4.99 – 28 Days Later, The Descent, 28 Days Later, American Psycho (Collector’s Edition), Zodiac, Alien, Aliens, Bug, Saw, Saw II, Friday the 13th, Identity, The Ring, The Grudge, The Grudge 2, The Hills Have Eyes, Child’s Play, Christine, Jeepers Creepers, The Mothman Prophecies, Night Watch, Phantasm, Wrong Turn, Turistas, The Covenant, From Hell, The Howling, Candyman, Children of the Corn


$6.99 – Hostel (Director’s Cut), Hostel: Part II, 1408, The Mist, 30 Days of Night, Vacancy, Halloween (2007), Resident Evil: Extinction, P2, Phantasm, Mr. Brooks, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jaws (30th Anniversary Edition), King Kong, The Rundown, The Bourne Identity, Jurassic Park, Unleashed, The Transporter (Collector’s Edition), Munich, The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Behind Enemy Lines, Doom, and more…
$4.99 – The Descent, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, High Tension, Silent Hill, Feast, Night of the Living Dead, Jeepers Creepers, Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition), Carrie, Fright Night, Gremlins 2, and more…


$13.99 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

$3.99 – Get Shorty, When Harry Met Sally, Hoosiers, Bachelor Party, Dirty Work, Rocky III, Weekend at Bernie’s

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Word has gotten around that the teaser trailer for Mirrors received a big laughing ovation at yesterday’s press screening for The Happening. And while the teaser definitely clings to the exhausted tropes of countless sub-par Korean horror remaks starring various Buffies (the film is a loose remake of 2003′s Into the Mirrors), I’m interested to see it.

Sure, the token spooky kid warrants an eye-roll lasting two hours but I’m betting that writer/director Alexandre Aja (Haute Tension) delivers some unsuspecting, legitimate scares and original visuals. Aja possesses a fresh eye and passion for R-rated horror that is sorely lacking in the genre and, talent often attributed to the louder, hokier Eli Roth or Saw XII. And if Mirrors sucks, Aja has Pirahna 3D scheduled for next summer and early buzz for that one is [drum-roll] anti-suck.

Shock has a new video clip for Mirrors as well featuring Aja discussing the film’s influences (The Shining, of course) and if you only watch one of these, check it out instead. There’s a worrisome exploding mirrors climax with star Kiefer Sutherland (as a mall security guard) that belongs on VH1 Classics, but also a collection of freaky, nightmarish flinches that don’t appear in the teaser below and do their job.

Mirrors opens on August 15th.

Discuss: Am I way off? Is Mirrors more of the Grudge/Ring blahs, or might Aja bring something new to a summer horror matinee to bookend seasonal sleeper The Strangers? Please, no jokes about co-star Amy Smart and the need for mirrors in Crank.

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, Adam, and Peter, debate the merits of Sex and the City, lament the Universal fire, pore over the Lost finale, and discuss the nihilistic themes of Rambo. Special guest Myles McNutt joins us from Cultural Learnings and Alex Billington joins us from Firstshowing. Have any questions/comments/suggestions? Feel free to e-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com.

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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

I Love You Philip Morris billboard

Cinematical has a photo of the I Love You Philip Morris billboard at Cannes.

Adam Brody talks to IGN about his preparation for the now defunct Justice League movie.

National Lampoon’s Homo Erectus
looks horrible. Check out the red band movie trailer on Trailer Addict, if you dare!

Temple of Doom Icon Set

IconFactory has released their Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Icon Set.

Uwe Boll told RT what his five favorite films are – and, considering he’s the man who cast Tara Reid as a brilliant archaeologist and made such clunkers as BloodRayne and Dungeon Siege, his picks are kind of surprising. (Apocalypse Now, Dances With Wolves, Clockwork Orange, Citizen Kane, and The Searchers.)

Killdroid: A Mechanical Love Affair

io9 has a first look at Killdroid: A Mechanical Love Affair.

Defamer counts down the Top Five Most Cringeworthy Facial Hair Moments in Cinematic History.

The Strangers Movie PosterThe new poster for The Strangers is kinda creepy. [bloody-disgusting]

AICN has the first test screening review of Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. The reviewer says “it’s similar to “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” – it’s a raunchy sex comedy that also wants to have a sweet romance at its center” and claims the hillarious dialogue is “some of the strongest stuff I’ve heard from Smith in years”, but says “the heart of the movie doesn’t really fly”. Sounds to me like something that might be fixed in editing. It’s also revealed that Justin Long makes a cameo.

Lucasfilm has announced that “Star Wars Weekends” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will give a sneak peek at Star Wars: The Clone Wars , coming to theaters on August 15th. [ComingSoon]

FirstShowing takes a look at the 10 Best and Worst Rappers Turned Movie Actors.

Before you watch the documentary on the new special edition of Raiders of the Lost Ark, beware that a certain character’s identity, which may or may not be a spoiler from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is revealed on screen. [filmchat]


The Movie Blog
lists Five Ways Iron Man was better than Batman Begins.

Friday the 13th

Bloody-Disgusting has the first photo from Platinum Dunes remake of Friday the 13th.

Lance Henriksen (Near Dark, Pumpkinhead) has completed a cameo for Jennifer’s Body. [Shock]

City of Ember Movie PosterCinematical has the teaser poster for City of Ember. Meanwhile Fox Walden has launched the official teaser website at CityofEmber.com.

CinemaBlend has details on the 25th anniversary dvd release of WarGames.

Rotten Tomatoes Names Harrison Ford‘s Ten Best Film Characters.

ABC News lists Five Science Fiction Movies That Get the Science Right.

Diablo Cody will be the next guest programer at Hollywood’s New Beverly Cinema: “To me, the movie night I keep hyping, because I’m so excited about it, is Little Shop of Horrors, the ’86 version, and Labyrinth. And I’m going to do Nightmare on Elm Street 3 with Fright Night. Midnight Madness with Wet Hot American Summer. I’m gonna try and get both Reitman’s in and do an Ivan and Jason double-bill.” [shock]

Zap2It has script reivews of Fox’s two new shows – JJ Abrams’ Fringe and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.

WarMachine

Rejects has this fan art showing what the movie version of War Machine might look like in the Iron Man sequel.

Arcade Fire will be scoring Richard Kelly’s The Box. [playlist]

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide on November 7, 2008. [CS]

Audrina Patridge, one of the stars of MTV’s The Hills, will make her feature debut opposite Chris Carmack and Laura Vandervoort in the Charles Winkler-directed Into the Blue 2. [THR]

Jessica Alba as Charlie Chaplin

Jessica Alba does her best impersonation of the iconic Charlie Chaplin in the June 2008 issue of Allure. [justjared]

The CW has given a 13-episode midseason renewal to Reaper. [variety]

Andras Hamori’s H20 Motion Pictures has greenlit The Gate — 20 Years Later, a sequel to the 1987 horror film that terrified me as a child. [bloody-disgusting]

eboy los angeles

eBoy‘s latest poster takes on Los Angeles.

The Mythbusters will take on Indiana Jones.

Rotten Tomatoes takes a look at New Line’s 40 years of independence (before getting gobbled up by WB), 25 movies to celebrate their legacy.

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Indiana Jones 4 Billboard

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

The Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull billboards in Los Angeles are out of control. [Rejects]

Louis Leterrier is downplaying The Incredible Hulk dispute with actor/screenwriter Edward Norton and Marvel: “It’s so unsettling, because it’s not true.” [Sci-Fi]

Joe Carnahan will be shooting a big portion of Killing Pablo in Colombia, “which is really the only place you should make that film.”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Empire Magazine has new photos from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Joel Silver says the Wachowski Brothers have ideas for Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin sequels. Let’s wait for the first films to be released and or filmed before we start talking about sequels, please. [Collider]

Enter to win the One Missed Call sweepstakes.

Baghead PosterCinematical has the poster for The Duplass Brother’s Sundance hit Baghead.

LatinoReview has a script review of Chris Bertolini’s Battle: Los Angeles which was recently picked up by Columbia and is set to shoot sometime this year: “Uninspired, predictable, logic-defying ending.”

Virginia Madsen has signed on to co-star in the Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia for Fox Searchlight. Snor. [Variety]

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) has replaced Thomas Kretschmann as the voice of Johann Kraus in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. [CS]

The Pixar Story will be released on DVD in June. [pixarblog]

The Strangers Movie PosterSTYD has the poster for The Strangers, Rogue Pictures’ home invasion film starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman.

Marvel Comics announced that it will publish a comic-book series based on Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game book series. [scifi]

Michael Moore
has announced his support for Barack Obama, which is expected considering he slammed Clinton in SiCKO?

Production has started in Connecticut this week on an untitled contemporary comedy directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. [CS]

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