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Goodie Bag has created a fantastic video called “Hollywood vs. New York”, featuring four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. Watch the destruction now after the jump.
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Cool Stuff: Rorschach Obama Parody T-Shirt


Today’s t-shirt on the tee-a-day website TeeFury is a Watchmen parody takes the Rorschach character and gives him the Shepard Fairey treatment, capping it off with the single word “WATCH”. The T-shirt will be available all day on Thursday, November 19th 2009 for only $9 plus shipping. But like all Teefury shirts, after the clock strikes midnight, the t-shirt will never be available again. Full t-shirt design image, and a word from the artist, after the jump.

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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.

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(Available as single-disc DVD, 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD, and 4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Pixar is not a boon to cinematic originality. Their formulas are just as heavily recycled as any simple-minded rom-com, or any trashy horror flick. Pixar’s success lies not in the bare story arcs of their films, but in the way they tell the story. This is what differs them from so many of Dreamworks’ past efforts: they respect the art of storytelling. Up exemplifies this notion perfectly. The film displays a comfortable familiarity in its conflicts and character arcs, from the bitter protagonist seeking redemption to the boy in desperate need of a father figure to the idol-turned-villain ‘twist’ (if you can call it that), and so on and so forth. While in a lesser film, plot beats like these might act as a detriment, Pixar’s usage of formulas is actually one of its greatest assets. Rather than break free from the mold established by countless classic tales before it, they embrace those elements. Doing so not only provides their films with a rewarding accessibility that the whole family can enjoy, but by taking those ubiquitous movie tropes and making their inclusion feel organic to the story, the process also allows them to illustrate just why exactly those formulas work so well. It feels new to us because Pixar makes it feel new, as every familiar plot point is treated with only the utmost heartfelt sincerity and intelligence. Instead of Carl Fredricksen’s loss toward the beginning of the film acting as merely a way to facilitate the adventure that later ensues, Pixar takes the time to show us why we should care. And holy hell does Pixar know how to make you care. If you’re not choking back tears in the first 15 minutes, you’re probably not watching the right movie. When the film isn’t busy leaving you an emotionally devastated wreck, it captivates your senses with the pure winsome wonder of its visuals, and then thrills you with some of the most exhilarating action sequences to grace the screen since Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not to mention, you’ll likely spend most of the experience grinningly stupidly due to the non-stop hilarity of the film’s wonderful band of characters (Dug the dog is an obvious highlight, but it’s Kevin the bird who truly won my heart). There’s a rhythm and pace to the film that’s simply flawless, resulting in the rare film that will have you glued to the screen for every second of its runtime. It may be formulaic, sure, but you’ll be too busy loving the film to care.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2-Disc DVD – Commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson, “Dug’s Special Mission” short film, “The Many Endings of Muntz” featurette, “Partly Cloudy” short film, “Adventure is Out There” documentary, and a digital copy. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as Cine-Explore, Geriatric Hero, Canine Companions, Russell: Wilderness Explorer, Our Giant Flightless Friend Kevin, Homemakers of Pixar, Balloons and Flight, Composing for Characters, Married Life, and the single-disc DVD.

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*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.99 at Fry’s and Amazon, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores.

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Cool Stuff: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut


Warner Bros Home Video has officially announced the expected double dip, Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut, which hits store shelves on November 3rd 2009.. More cover art and details after the jump.

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Snoop Dogg appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 10th Anniversary Special and is asked a $50,000 question about Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation of Watchmen. But it turns out Snoop fell asleep while watching the movie and might not know the answer. Thanks to movieboy for the tip. Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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Leave the King of the Monsters alone. He’s content at the bottom of the sea resting atop shipwrecked boxes of Asahi. Sure, Baby Godzilla wants him to pay for college, but so what? The kid is a disgrace better ignored and very likely egg-bodied for life. But today, according to Bloody Disgusting, Hollywood has dialed the King’s oceanic partyline in hopes of making another Americanized Godzilla movie.

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In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley compare the Watchmen: Director’s Cut with the theatrical version, get excited about the distribution prospects for Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, and remember the passing of a great talent. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from IFC News.

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VOTD: Nobody Watches the Watchmen


Somebody is picking off those responsible for the big screen adaptation of Watchmen. Rorschach follows the trail to Watchmen creator Alan Moore. Watch the Funnyordie short Nobody Watches the Watchmen after the jump.
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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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(Available as single-disc Theatrical Cut and 2-Disc Director’s Cut)
For the longest time the Watchmen graphic novel was said to be “unfilmable”. Obviously, that’s a nonsensical notion. If we’ve learned anything from the Super Mario Bros. movie, it’s that any property can be adapted into a film, regardless of story (or lack thereof). The real question is whether or not it can be done well. And in the case of Watchmen, director Zack Synder found himself in a lose-lose situation. The problem with adapting any comic or novel for the big screen is that, more often than not, what worked in its original medium just doesn’t translate that well to film. Thus, the only solution is to make concessions by changing various aspects of the source material. In many instances, this process has yielded positive results (V for Vendetta, the latest Harry Potter films), regardless of what the frothing hostility of certain fanboys might suggest. Watchmen though, would only suffer from these types of changes. To significantly alter the source material would be to defeat the purpose of adapting it at all. Zack Snyder was clearly aware of this, and decided (with one notable exception) to remain as faithful to Alan Moore‘s classic graphic novel as possible. While I strongly believe Snyder made the right choice, there’s no denying that the resulting film suffers from all the expected flaws that come with going down this route. The pacing is all over the place, certain twists and turns don’t carry the same weight as they do in the graphic novel, and uninitiated viewers may find themselves at a total loss as to what in the hell they’re watching. Simply put: As a movie meant to stand on its own, Watchmen is a failure. It succeeds, however, as a fascinating experiment and companion piece for those who have already read and loved the graphic novel. Likely not what the studio was hoping for, admittedly, but for people like me, it’s just about the best Watchmen film we could’ve asked for… even if, frankly, it probably shouldn’t have been made in the first place.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Single-disc includes the theatrical cut of the film. 2-Disc includes the director’s cut with 25 minutes of additional footage, a “The Phenomenon: The Comic that Changed Comics” featurette, 30 minutes of Video Journals, a My Chemical Romance Desolation Row music video, and a digital copy of the theatrical version. Blu-ray – Includes all of the 2-Disc DVD extras, along with 2 additional featurettes (“Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes”, “Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World”), 30 minutes of Watchmen Focus Points, and a Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode.
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