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.

Rent It

After all of the speculation and build-up surrounding news of a 24 movie, it was hard to be anything other than disappointed when it was revealed to be nothing more than a made-for-television prequel to the new season. But hey, after a year and a half long hiatus since 24 was last on the air, fans will probably just be happy to see Jack Bauer kicking ass again. And with season 6 referred to by many as one of the show’s worst to date, this 2-hour special event is a clever way to give the series a clean slate.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Extended Edition “Creator’s Cut” featuring over ten minutes of never-before-seen footage (not shown in the television broadcast version), “Making Of” documentary, “Children of War” featurette, Cast/Crew Commentary, “24” Season 6 in Four Minutes featurette, Season 7 Sneak Peek – First 16 minutes of the premiere episode.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $17.99 $14.99
Amazon – $15.99

What? 3-Disc ($22.99) includes: digital copy, behind the scenes footage and Rocco DeLuca music video.
Where? Best Buy.

Skip It

(Available as single-disc rated, single-disc unrated and 2-Disc Unrated Edition)
By far the most disappointing movie I’ve seen all year, Hancock fails just about every rule of filmmaking when it comes to delivering a cohesive narrative, likely due to constant script rewrites and studio meddling. The premise itself is very intriguing, and for the film’s first half, it works. But at about the halfway point, a completely random and arbitrary plot twist is thrown into play, and from that point onward the film continues its downward spiral of ridiculousness and irrelevance until finally concluding with a half-assed attempt at a dramatic and emotional climax. Not even Will Smith’s charisma could save this poorly-executed twist on the superhero genre.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc versions include the following featurettes: ‘Superhumans: The Making of Hancock’, ‘Seeing the Future’, ‘Building a Better Hero’, ‘Bumps and Bruises’, and ‘Mere Mortals: Behind the Scenes with Dirty Pete’. The 2-Disc Unrated Edition includes (among the aforementioned featurettes) a digital copy of the film and two additional featurettes (‘Home Life’, and ‘Suiting Up’).

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $15.99

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

What? Exclusive deluxe ($22.99) has pop-up packaging and collectible lithograph from film.
Where? Target.

What? Exclusive Steelbook for 2-Disc Edition ($22.99).
Where? Best Buy.

What? 3-Disc Limited Edition ($22.99) includes bonus disc “How to be Super: The Users Guide to Hancock”.
Where? Circuit City.

I’ve heard nothing but negative things about Fred Claus, which is a real shame considering how promising its premise is. With Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the leading roles and Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin in the director’s chair, I can only imagine the possibilities had this been an R-rated twist on the Christmas film genre (a la Bad Santa) instead of merely being a PG family-friendly entry in it. Just imagine it: weeks before Christmas, everything was going great for Santa… until his alcoholic, sex-addicted brother Fred Claus showed up to ruin it all. What do you think? Would you pay to see that?
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Director commentary and 25 minutes of deleted scenes.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $14.99
Amazon – $17.49

In a year where we have Wall-E, Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, and Horton Hears a Who!, there’s just no room for such an utterly forgettable and dated-feeling animated family film as Space Chimps. Why bother wasting your time?
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: “Fox Movie Channel Presents: Casting Session” featurette.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $19.99 $15.99
Amazon – $19.99

What? Save $5 when you buy both Space Chimps and Meet Dave.
Where? Circuit City.

Excluding Dreamgirls and voice work, here’s every film Eddie Murphy has done since the beginning of 2000: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Dr. Dolittle 2, Showtime, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, I Spy, Daddy Day Care, The Haunted Mansion, and Norbit. After all that, there’s no reason anyone should be surprised by the awfulness of Meet Dave, his latest entry in the “OH GOD PLEASE KILL ME NO I MEAN IT I CAN’T KEEP WATCHING I WAN’T TO DIE SO MUCH RIGHT NOW” genre.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Crew Confessions and a gag reel.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $15.99
Amazon – $19.99

Talk about a slap to the face for dedicated fans of the show. This DVD set originally came out in 2004 (along with the regular version of the complete series) as a Limited Edition that you could only buy online, with only 25,000 copies in print. It eventually sold out at the beginning of 2007. The fact that it retailed around $170 was ludicrous but somewhat justified by the DVD’s status as a collector’s item. Now though, Shout Factory is re-releasing the set without the “Limited Edition” label, and for the exact same price no less. That’s close to three times as much as you have to pay for the regular edition, and the only differences are the 40-page yearbook packaging and two extra discs of bonus material (which admittedly aren’t much better than what’s available on the previous 6 discs).
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: The first 6 discs are the same as the regular edition, so all those special features are included. The extra two discs include: Museum of Television & Radio Panel, Table Read, Deleted Scenes, Original Cast Auditions, Raw Footage, Mr. Rosso Live In Concert, Photo Galleries, NBC Promos, and Behind the Scenes footage.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $119.99 $109.99 N/A
Amazon – $119.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Bottle Rocket (Criterion Collection)A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Criterion Collection)Beverly Hills 90210 (Season 6)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.

“Black Friday” Sales: You can view the “Black Friday” deals for Best Buy, Circuit City and Target over HERE. Scans of the ads can be downloaded in either .zip or .pdf formats.

$29.99 – The Simpsons (Season 11), The Office (Season 4), and more…

$74.99 – The OC (Complete Series)
$99.99 – Sex and the City (Complete Series)
$24.99 – 007: James Bond – Ultimate Edition (Volumes 1 – 4)

$3.99 – Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Reign Over Me, Jarhead, Breach, Underworld, Revolver, The Break-Up, Robots, and more…

$6.99 – Michael Clayton, The Kingdom, Bee Movie, Hairspray, Knocked Up, Blood Diamond, We Own the Night, Semi-Pro, Balls of Fury, The Golden Compass, and more…

$6.99 – I Am Legend (2-Disc Special Edition), The Departed (2-Disc Special Edition), 300 (2-Disc Special Edition), Ocean’s Thirteen, Michael Clayton, The Golden Compass, Hairspray, The Brave One, and more…

$12.99 – Oz (Seasons 1 – 6), The Venture Bros. (Seasons 1 – 2), Robot Chicken (Seasons 1 – 2), and more…

$2.99 – Borat, Road to Perdition, Catch Me if You Can, Tomb Raider, The Omen, The Talented Mr. Ripley, What Dreams May Come, Prime, Undercover Brother, The Manchurian Candidate, Planet of the Apes, Changing Lanes, Red Dragon, Be Cool, Coneheads, Johnny Dangerously, 48 Hrs., Tears of Endearment, Baseketball, Friday the 13th, Amistad, Rules of Engagement, The Ring, The Saint, Serpico, Joy Ride, Enemy at the Gates, The Truman Show, Kiss the Girls, and much more…

We all know that Eddie Murphy will end up on screen again—whether as a jivin’ animal, an obese person near a pool, in a third sequel to June ’09’s awful-sounding NowhereLand, or (hail mary) Inglorious Bastards. But the man who made Buckwheat even bunnier just announced to Extra (classy) that he’s throwing in the towel when it comes to feature films…

“I have close to 50 movies and it’s like, why am I in the movies?” he said, adding, “I’ve done that part now. I’ll go back to the stage and do standup.”

All for it. A (hypothetical) HBO-special with a rowdy blessing from Chris Rock is just what the guy needs. But what about Murphy’s planned Beverly Hills Cop 4 with Brett Ratner and a poor guy dressed up as “PG” who’s contractually obligated to wave and wave…

Murphy, 47, said that while a “Beverly Hills Cop 4” flick was in the works, he didn’t want to do it, because “the movie wasn’t ready to be done.”

But will he still put on his Axel Foley body suit anyhow? Murphy’s tiny alien family comedy, Meet Dave (above), opens and possibly flops on July 11th, and he’s currently filming A Thousand Words with Brian Robbins, who directed Meet Dave and Norbit and, uh, Good Burger and The Show concert film with Biggie Smalls. Yeah, it’s probably hopeless, unless there’s a Rosetta Stone for the F-word. Oh yeah, it’s called Eddie Murphy Raw. Hopeless.

UPLATE UPDATE: Our friends at Latino Review spoke with Ratner who put his tan smack down on those MTV-bred rumors that BHC4 would be PG. Evidently this was before Murphy expressed his displeasure with the film’s progress…

“Dont believe everything you read on the internet. Believe me, this is going to be a hard core ‘R’ Beverly Hills Cop. I start shooting next year”

Hard core, kids. Hear that?

UPDATE 07/01/08: Murphy seemed far more enthusiastic about Beverly Hills Cop 4 in a recent chat with, oddly enough, MTV

“I’ve been in a bunch of different meetings with people, ‘Oh, we have to take Axel this way.” I ain’t seen no script yet [but] I’m not rolling out ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ for it to be a continuation of ‘Beverly Hills Cop III,’ which was a crock of shit,” Murphy said. “I wanna do a good one!”

He added…

“If I do it, it’s gonna be some shit that’s right!”

So, basically, as Brett Ratner said, “it’s going to be hard core” and stuff. Could this turn out good?

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LOL: Hancock Subway Art

Found in the subways of New York City, this Hancock advertisement has been remixed by Posterboy using clippings from Eddie Murphy’s face from Meet Dave. And this wouldn’t be a LOL posting if there werent some kind of stupid dick joke hidden in the website url.

via: Flickr

Doc’s De Lorean. KITT. Tony Stark’s Audi R8. Eddie Murphy‘s Head. Dream Vehicles. In a Hail Mary for the ages, 20th Century Fox has that thing above cruising around the West Coast in hopes that it will make people pay to see Murphy in next month’s mini-alien bonanza, Meet Dave. I saw the trailer for this $100 million movie a couple nights ago while sunburnt/drunk, and convinced myself without any trouble that it was the sequel to The Adventures of Pluto Nash. Potential Epic FAIL brewing: Love Guru, prepare to be the catcher. Sidenote: I’m not a fan of nightmarish car crashes, but the images filling my head right now are worthy of eight Shane Black clones.

A studio rep nicely justified its existence today to an elated Nikki Finke

“Yeah, but it’s a lot cheaper and greener than flying Eddie around on a private jet for a press tour.”

Discuss: Meet Dave or Love Guru, which will be the champ at summer’s end? Have you honked at Eddie Murphy today? Should they recycle this head for Brett Ratner’s Beverly Hills Kindergarten Cop 4? No ego jokes. 


Meet Dave Movie Trailer

Meet Dave

The movie trailer for Meet Dave, Eddie Murphy’s Norbit follow up, has hit the web. Directed by Brian Robbins (Ready to Rumble, The Shaggy Dog, Norbit), Meet Dave stars Eddie Murphy as an alien spaceship in human form. A crew of miniature aliens operate are trying to save their planet, but encounter a new problem, as their ship becomes smitten with an Earth woman (played by Elizabeth Banks). Looks pretty horrible… maybe it will be nominated for an Academy Award. Watch in horror for yourself below.

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You can also watch the new trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. Meet Dave hits theaters on July 11th.

Discuss: What happened to Eddie Murphy?

Fox Reshuffles 2008 Release Schedule

20th Century Fox

Yesterday, Paramount/Dreamworks made the decision to rearrange a lot of their 2008/2009 release calendar. And today 20th Century Fox has joined the schedule reshuffle game. If the “theory of three’s” is true, another major studio will also announce a reshuffle by weeks end. Here are some of the Fox changes:

The Eddie Murphy family comedy Meet Dave (formerly titled “Starship Dave“) has been moved back from May 30th to July 11th. Dave was originally set to go head to head with Sex and the City: The Movie, and will now compete with Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. Paramount’s Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder was originally set to open on this July date, but was moved to August.

With Paramount pushing JJ Abrams’ Star Trek from it’s previous December 25th release, it opened up prime real estate, which Fox will fill with the big screen adaptation of Marley and Me starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. Marley was originally set to open one week before Christmas. Marley and Me will now go head to head with the Adam Sandler family fantasy comedy Bedtime Stories.

source: Variety