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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Interview: Morgan Spurlock

Peter Sciretta and Morgan SpurlockAt Sundance 2008 I had a chance to speak with documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) about his new film Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? which hits theaters today. Listen to the full interview below. We’ve included a chapter guide so that you can skip to the best parts. I recommend listening to Morgan’s story of his run-in with the FBI. Enjoy.

00:00 His Experiences at 2004 with Super Size Me
00:40 Morgan’s Return to Sundance
01:00 Promoting a Movie at Sundance
01:25 The Indiana Jones Parody Poster
02:00 Spoiler Alert: Morgan Didn’t Find Osama
02:30 Did You Think you actually had a chance to find Osama?
03:00 What would you have done if you found Osama?
04:00 Interviewing People in Foreign Countries
04:40 Would he have gone to the Government with Osama’s Location?
05:00 Conspiracy Theories
05:25 Origin of the Idea
06:10 “It’s more of a WHY than WHERE IS”
07:30 A separate screenwriter for a documentary?
08:45 The Scripting Process
09:20 The Unused COPS gag
10:00 Morgan’s Wife Alex
10:20 30 Days – Talking about the Third Season
11:25 What Audiences Should Take Away From This Film
12:10 What’s Mogan’s Next Movie?
12:35 Morgan’s Story of his run-in with the FBI
13:45 Deleted Scenes

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden

MTV has the first five minutes from Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden. Watch the video clip below.

Discuss: What do you think?

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He didn’t ensnare America’s version of Mumm-Ra, so how does one market rascally documentarian Morgan Spurlock‘s Where In the World is Osama bin Laden? With a goofy camel and a lasso, duh! The final poster for Spurlock’s April follow-up to 2004′s Super Size Me has landed over at Cinematical, and I think it’s a step up from the earlier, cheesier Indiana Jones spoof. How about you? Full poster after the jump.

Discuss: So where’s bin Laden? And how likely are you to check out this doc?

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Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden

One of my favorite films of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival is Morgan Spurlock‘s follow-up to his hit 2004 documentary Super Size Me. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden is a documentary on the epic action movie scale. A search for the most wanted man on the planet becomes a nice primer about the middle east and terrorists. Filled with humor and pop culture references, yet packed with insights, Osama is a must see for any voting-age American. An interview we conducted at Sundance with Spurlock will be online hopefully later this week. [read our full review here]

Check out the movie trailer for the film below. I wish they could have done without the very cheesily made computer generated titles. The film has a polish above and beyond any documentary I’ve ever seen, although the trailer would have you think differently.

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You can watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo! Movies. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden will hit theaters later this year (TBA).

Morgan Spurlock's Where In The World is Osama Bin Laden?

Morgan Spurlock explains that if there is anything he has learned in over 30 years watching movies, it is that if the world needs saving, it’s best done by one man, and one man alone (usually Bruce or Arnold). You see, Spurlock wants to make the world safer for his soon to be born baby and embarks on a mission to find the most wanted man in the world – Osama Bin Laden. Intercut with animated sequences, while using Spurlock’s patented humor, Spurlock’s documentary takes us on an exploration of the social political opinions of the middle eastern natives, and acts as a great primer for most non-news watching Americans.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? is one of the glossiest independent documentaries I’ve ever seen, and I don’t mean that in a bad way (at Sundance, words like glossy could be perceived as a negative). The film is framed with a computer animated Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden video game, which features Spurlock vs. OBL in a Mortal Combat fight to the death. Bin Laden, straps on a jet pack and rockets away to another country like an evil super villain. Al-qaeda leaders are introduced with their own baseball trading cards, complete with an extensive stat break-down on the back of each card (I’m surprised TWC didn’t print some of these up to promote the movie at the fest). There is a music video featuring Osama Bin Laden singing the MC Hammer song “You can’t touch this!” Spurlock begins his journey by visiting his physician, who was also featured in Super Size Me, to get stocked up on all his shots. He attends a survival training program, hires a language tutor and sets off on his multi-country journey.

We meet alot of locals along the way, including people that have known Osama in the past, family members, etc. He scours Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Moracco, malls, caves and even McDonalds. And in the end, Spurlock may have come very close to finding Osama, but decides to turn around for the sake of his upcoming newborn. But this film is not about the goal, but what has been learned along the journey. Spurlock gives a very good wrap-up of the whole middle east situation, without exploring conspiracy theories or taking off road trips. The whole film leads up to a nicely wrapped up conclusion, and you’ll be a better person for coming along on the journey. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden is a film that every American needs to see. It’s a Middle East and Terrorists for Dummies. Sure, it might not have some major breakthrough, or explore some new path, but it does an incredible job of gathering and presenting all the facts in a fun and fascinating way.

/Film Rating: 8 out of 10

Morgan Spurlock's Where In The World is Osama Bin Laden?

I just scored a video clip from Morgan Spurlock‘s Super Size Me follow-up, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden. The video clip features Spurlock visiting a reality based personal protection training center where they teach him how to survive everything from hand grenade attacks to sniper attacks in preparation of his journey to find Osama. Watch the video below.

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Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden premieres at the Sundance Film Festival later today. I’m seeing the film tomorrow and will be interviewing the man himself later this week.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden Movie PosterThe buzz for Morgan Spurlock’s Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? has hit an all time high, as Sundance enters into it’s first weekend.

The viral marketing in Park City has people talking. The Weinstein Co has hired a team to hand out faux milk cartons featuring a Osama MISSING advertisement at venues around the loop. The carton features a photo of Bin Laden and includes vital stats of this world famous terrorist. The carton also features a website (whereisobl.com) and phone number (1-877-OSAMA08), which as of press time, disconnects before you can leave a message. On the opposite side of the cartoon is a Help Morgan Find Osama maze puzzle. And yes, it is easily solvable. If only Osama were this easy to find. Check out photos below.

The poster advertising around Park City is a parody of the Indiana Jones – Radiers of the Lost Ark one-sheet. Click on the image to the right to enlarge. I apologize for the poor quality photo, it was the best we could get. Thanks to Neil from Film School Rejects for letting me borrow his super duper camera for this.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden premieres at Sundance on Monday. Please check back for our full report.

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