A great American city lays in waste. The odor of sweat, tears and Cheetoes still lingers, as do the crushed hopes of those who hit snooze one too many times instead of getting their butt on line. It will take one full year to recover.
That’s right friends – Comic-Con International, as no one calls it anymore, has just ended and your friends from SlashFilm were in San Diego in full force. We’re there every year, watching successes launch (yay Avengers) and witnessing disasters stumble (not-so-yay Terminator Salvation.)
Then there are other movies. Movies that coulda been a contender but, for whatever reason, just didn’t connect. Here are films that had a presence in San Diego that, we feel, should have been bigger hits. This week will be a little less obscure than usual, but we think it’ll still be fun. Read More »
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 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 DVDs 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.
BURN AFTER READING
Coming hot off the heels of last year’s celebrated masterpiece No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers decided to play it smart by kicking things down a notch with something a little more fun. Burn After Reading is vintage Coen, throwing a mess of memorable characters into an outlandish plot (that’s once again trigged by a desire for money) and is filled to the brim with hilarious dialogue and gags. It’s also really dark, with some truly twisted sequences creating a jarring but welcome contrast against the more wacky comedic ones.
Notable Extras: 3 featurettes (‘Finding the Burn: The Making of Burn After Reading’, ‘DC Insiders Run Amuck’, ‘Welcome Back George’).
|Amazon – $16.99
How much you like Hamlet 2 will depend a great deal on how much you like its lead actor, Steve Coogan. His performance is what carries the film, making all the mugging he has to do actually bearable. The movie itself is pretty funny as well, due in large part to its hilarious premise. It wasn’t necessarily the surprise comedy of the year I was hoping for, but it provided enough laughs to make for a decent viewing or two.
Notable Extras: Commentary with director Andrew Fleming and co-writer Pam Brady, deleted scenes, Making Number 2 features (Duty Calls, Part Deux), and an Oscar Winner vs. High School Drama Class feature.
|Amazon – $19.99
Exactly as stupid as you would expect a Paul W.S. Anderson production to be, Death Race doesn’t waste time any more time on stuff like plot and character development than it has to, making room for what it really cares about: racing, mayhem and explosions. And in that regard, it completely delivers. As long as you know that going in, there’s no reason you should be disappointed.
Notable Extras: Commentary with director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt and 2 featurettes (‘Start Your Engines: Making a Death Race’, ‘Behind the Wheel: Dissecting the Stunts’).
|Amazon – $20.99
(Available only at Target)
American Teen was one of the most talked about documentaries on 2008, praised for its charmingly-presented look into the lives of a bunch of regular teenagers over the course of high school. So why is it that the only place you can buy it is Target? What the hell is that all about?
Notable Extras: Cast interviews, deleted scenes, and Hannah Blogs.
|Amazon – N/A
Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Savage Grace – WWE Edge – A Decade of Decadence
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.
$44.99 – Planet Earth
$24.99 – John Adams
$19.99 – Bourne Trilogy, Rocky: The Complete Saga
$17.99 – Firefly (Complete Series)
Save 50% on all HBO series, in store and online…
$89.99 – The Wire (Complete Series)
$124.99 – Six Feet Under (Complete Series)
$174.99 – The Sopranos (Complete Series)
$16.99 – Entourage (Seasons 1 – 5)
$32.99 – Band of Brothers
$27.49 – Generation Kill, John Adams
$13.49 – Flight of the Conchords (Season 1)
$74.99 – Deadwood (Complete Series)
$29.99 – Rome (Seasons 1 – 2)
$17.49 – Curb Your Enthusiasm (Seasons 1 – 6)
$99.99 – Sex and the City (Complete Series)
$12.99 – Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season 1)
$16.99 – Angel (Seasons 1 – 5), Martin (Seasons 1 – 4), King of the Hill (Seasons 1 – 6), Friends (Seasons 1 – 10)
$19.99 – My Name is Earl (Seasons 1 – 2), Futurama (Seasons 1 – 4), The Boondocks (Seasons 1 – 2), Seinfeld (Seasons 1 – 9), The West Wing (Seasons 1 – 7), Supernatural (Seasons 1 – 2), Babylon 5 (Seasons 1 – 5)
$4.99 – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Spider-Man 2, The Fugitive, The Shawshank Redemption, Crash, The Color of Money, Fun with Dick and Jane, Proof of Life, Tin Cup, Swordfish, and more…
$3.99 – True Lies, Point Break, Aliens, Dude Where’s My Car, Speed, The Ringer, Sideways, Men of Honor, Antwone Fisher, The Sandlot, The Family Stone, and more…
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, Hunter, and Adam discuss the pernicious consequences of remakes, despair over the fate of their favorite actors from The Wire, and dissect as many plotholes from Death Race as they possibly can. Special guest Paul Scheer joins us from Human Giant!
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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!
ComingSoon has the poster for Focus Features’ Hamlet 2.
The New York Times has a audio commentary slideshow with Aaron McBride, the visual effects art director for Iron Man, describing how the suit up machine was created for the film, featuring concept art like the photo seen above.
Big-time Southern California real estate developer is obsessed with Blade Runner. He recently unveiled plans to hang a 14-story LED billboard on the facades of two 33-story condos a la Blade Runner. [i09]
An animatronic mobile WALL-E has been spotted wandering the Disney parks. [pixarplanet]
The contract between CBS and Cedar Fair (current owners of Star Trek The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton) ends December 31st, and a spokesperson for Cedar Fair tells TrekMovie “there are currently no plans to renew” it. [trekmovie]
Wizard counts down the 200 Greatest Comic Books of All Time.
Academy Award Winning screenwriter Diablo Cody interviews John Cusak on MySpace’s Artist on Artist.
Sideshow Collectables has announced their Comic-Con 2008 Exclusives which includes the Iron Man Archive Set Mark II (pictured right).
Lessons from Pixar’s Brad Bird on fostering innovation in the workplace: “In my experience, the thing that has the most significant impact on a movie’s budget — but never shows up in a budget — is morale. If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. Companies should pay much more attention to morale.” [kottke]
The first rule of Twitter Fight Club is we don’t talk about Twitter Fight Club!
The Hollywood Reporter says The Descent 2 is going forward with Celador Films and Pathe. Budgeted at $10 million and scheduled for an eight-week shoot with no start date has been announced.
Picturehouse delays Amusement until fourth quarter 2008. [bloody-disgusting]
Paramount Home Entertainment’s Cloverfield topped both the national DVD sales and rental charts its first week in stores. [CS]
The Weinstein Company and Senator Entertainment are producing a big screen adaptation of Capcom’s Clock Tower, directed by Martin Weisz, of Grimm Love and The Hills Have Eyes 2, with a script by Eric Poppen of Borderland. [FirstShowing]
ToplessRobot counts down the 10 Crappiest Iron Man Villains Who Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Make the Movies.
Disney has released the poster for High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
Is Iron Man the first comic-book movie better than its source material? [spout]
SpikeTV plays Press Junket Trivia with Son of Rambow writer/director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 now has a second movie trailer. I’m sure someone out there might care… maybe not. [cinemablend]
The Smallville producers, The CW, Warner Bros. Television, and Michael Rosenbaum announced Thursday that the actor will be leaving the show. [SHH]
James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, David Rasche and former child actor Anna Chlumsky will star in the political satire “In the Loop” for BBC Films. [THR]
Iron Man has earned $96.7 million in 57 countries since it began opening Wednesday, putting its worldwide total at $201 million after just five days!Â [shh]
Sylvester Stallone Loved Son of Rambow. [wells]