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 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.

Rent It

Not the complete misfire that some people made it out to be, Australia is a thoroughly entertaining and visually lush movie-watching experience. That’s not to say it isn’t flawed though, with its biggest setback being its desire to do far too much. Apparently Baz Luhrmann wasn’t content with simply making the movie a fun adventure flick, so he decided to tag on a “sweeping epic” Oscar-bait sequel as well. It’s literally two movies in one, and that’s not an exaggeration. At the halfway point, essentially every major plot point finds some means of resolution, only to have a whole slew of new conflicts introduced (many of which strive for a level of seriousness that hasn’t really been earned). Even so, both films have their merits, and despite the clumsiness of the overall narrative, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy myself.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Two deleted scenes.

Target Best Buy Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $16.99
Amazon – $16.99

What? $5 Gift Card.
Where? Fry’s.

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