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

THE DIRTY HARRY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET
Prepare yourselves Clint Eastwood fans, because the Dirty Harry series is getting an upgrade. All five films are available on this set, including Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool. Like most franchises, the first entry is the best of the bunch, with the following films getting progressively worse as they go on. Even so, all of the films are still worth watching, and even if they weren’t, I don’t think there’s a force in the universe that would be strong enough to prevent me from picking up this beautiful looking box set. You can also purchase the films separately, with a Two-Disc Special Edition for Dirty Harry and single disc Special Editions for the rest.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: According to Amazon, the set comes with a feature-length documentary Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows, a 42-page hardcover book, a replica Harry Callahan wallet with inspector’s badge and I.D. card, five 5″ x 7″ reproduction lobby poster cards, never-before-seen production correspondence, and more. And that’s not even including the special features on the DVDs themselves.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$49.99 $59.99 $69.99 $59.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Buy the Dirty Harry Ultimate Collector’s Edition and receive a “criminal dossier with details about the elusive psychopath Scorpio.” [LINK]
Where? Best Buy

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CONTROL
With all the musician biopics surfacing in recent years, it’s no surprise that some people would have tired of them by this point, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from checking out this critically lauded black-and-white picture detailing the troubled life of Ian Curtis, lead singer of the band Joy Division. It currently holds an 8.0 ranking on IMDB, and an 88% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven’t yet heard about it, I implore you to check it out.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, a making of featurette, and music videos.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $16.99 $19.99 $18.99

THE MACHINE GIRL
You may remember a story on /Film a while back showcasing the trailer for a movie that featured ninjas, sushi made of fingers, and a Japanese school girl with a machine gun for an arm. Well guess what? It’s now available on DVD. If you’re a lover of schlocky gore-filled Asian cinema, feel free to rejoice.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A behind-the-scenes featurette, and of course, the film’s awesome trailer.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$12.99 $12.99 $14.99 $14.99

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The Bad

SEMI-PRO
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Unrated “Let’s Get Sweaty” Editions)
A collective sigh sweeps the nation as Will Ferrell releases yet another comedy that hits all of the same beats as his other films, this time minus the laughs. So if you’re looking for your monthly Ferrell fix, just hold out until the far superior looking Step Brothers.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The two-disc set comes with six featurettes, deleted scenes, and a “Flint Tropics Hot Talk with ‘Dick Pepperfield.’”

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99 $13.99 $13.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores.

MEET THE SPARTANS
(Available as regular and Unrated ”Pit of Death” Edition)
The directors of such cinematic classics as DATE MOVIE and EPIC MOVIE are back with another laugh-o-rama where all the humor stems from irrelevant pop culture references, excessive gross-out humor, and the fact that there are people who manage to be repeatedly duped into paying to watch something so painfully awful. Except in the case of the latter, it’s funny in that “I’m going to cry” kind of way.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary, a couple making-of featurettes, a set tour, and a gag reel.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $13.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Buy Meet the Spartans and receive a free t-shirt. Check your Weekly Ad to see what it looks like.
Where? Circuit City

THE EYE
(Available as single disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
This may not be the worst-looking Asian horror remake to come out of Hollywood, but combined with Jessica Alba’s stunning inability to produce any sort of believable emotion, there’s not much incentive to check it out. Call me when she removes her “no nudity” clause, and then I’ll be willing to give her another chance.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-Disc Special Edition’s only additional content on the second disc is a digital copy of the movie, so feel free to skip it. Other extras include deleted scenes and several featurettes detailing the making of the movie and concepts behind it.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $15.99 $13.99 $19.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores excluding Fry’s (where it’s $34.99).

Also available this week…
The Onion Movie – Flawless – Weeds (Season 3) – Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show – Rescue Me (Season 4) – Mama’s Boy – The Andromeda Strain – City Slickers (Collector’s Edition) – American Crude – The Incredible Hulk (Season 3) – The Incredible Hulk (Season 4) – CHiPs (Season 2) – Boarding Gate – Dead Zone: The Final Season – Flavor of Love (Season 3) – Get Smart (The Complete Series)

The Specials

Exclusive: Free movie money (up to $8.50) to go see The Incredible Hulk when you buy either Season 3 or 4 of The Incredible Hulk.$6.50 – Caddyshack, Blazing Saddles, Unfaithful, Matilda (Special Edition), Labyrinth, Never Been Kissed

$10 – The Chronicles of Riddick, Curious George, Facing the Giants, Because I Said So, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Special Edition), Resident Evil/Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Stomp the Yard

$4.99 – Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, Caddyshack, Syriana, Total Recall, The Doors, The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), Good Night and Good Luck, Grumpy Old Men, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Pelican Brief, Sleepers, Starsky & Hutch, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Capote, Layer Cake, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spider-Man 2, Black Hawk DownExclusive: Free movie money (up to $7.50) to go see either The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, Hellboy II, or The Mummy 3 when you buy any one of the following movies…
$6.99 – Carlito’s Way, Smokin’ Aces, Alpha Dog, American Pie (Collector’s Edition), Backdraft, Breach, Children of Men, Dead Silence, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Happy Gilmore, The Hitcher (2007), Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Special Edition), Meet the Parents (Collector’s Edition), Miami Vice, Orgazmo (Special Edition), Serenity

$8.99 – The Illusionist, Robocop, The Comebacks, Family Guy: Blue Harvest, 12 Angry Men, The Boondock Saints, A Bridge Too Far, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Family Guy: Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, Fight Club, I Robot, Office Space, Red Dawn (Collector’s Edition), Reno 911: The Movie, Revenge of the Nerds (Panty-Raid Edition), Transporter 2, X-Men: The Last Stand

$59.99 – Star Wars Trilogy (Reg. Price $69.99)
$29.99 – 007 Volumes 1-4 (Reg. Price $54.99)
$29.99 – Rocky: The Complete Saga (Reg. Price $49.99)
$179.99 – The West Wing: The Complete Series (Reg. Price $229.99)
$109.99 – The King of Queens: Series Box Set (Reg. Price $199.99)
$129.99 – Seinfeld: Series Box Set (Reg. Price $129.99)
$54.99 – Planet Earth (Reg. Price $59.99)

  • Save $5 when you buy both Meet the Spartans and The Onion Movie.
  • Save $5 when you buy Semi-Pro with either Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show or Mama’s Boy.
  • Get any two seasons of The Incredible Hulk for $40.

Exclusive: Free movie money (up to $8.50) to go see The Incredible Hulk when you buy either Season 3 or 4 of The Incredible Hulk.$6.99 – Grandma’s Boy, Super Troopers, Date Movie, The Ringer, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, I Think I Love My Wife, The Girl Next Door, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The 300 Spartans, Dodgeball (Unrated), Young Frankenstein, Big Momma’s House, Big Momma’s House 2, Idiocracy, Taxi, Eragon, A Fish Called Wanda, Mannequin/Mannequin 2, Teen Wolf/Teen Wolf Too, Porky’s (One Size Fits All Edition), Weekend at Bernie’s, There’s Something About Mary, White Men Can’t Jump, Shallow Hal

Exclusive: Free movie money (up to $7.50) to go see either The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, Hellboy II, or The Mummy 3 when you buy any one of the following movies…
$7.99 – Alpha Dog, Backdraft, Breach, Carlito’s Way, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, American Pie (Collector’s Edition), American Pie 2 (Collector’s Edition), The Good Shepherd, Smokin’ Aces, Waist Deep, The Hitcher, Serenity, Land of the Dead, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Miami Vice, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers

$4.99 – Get Shorty, Hoosier (Collector’s Edition), Hannibal, King, The Producers (1968)$5.99 – A Time to Kill, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Under Siege, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Green Street Hooligans, Empire of the Sun, Just Cause, Domino, Proof of Life, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Seven, Starsky & Hutch

$8.99 – Firewall, The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), Knockaround Guys, Fallen

So, what DVDs are you planning to rent/buy this week?

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