This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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Pirate Radio—also known by its original, less insipid title, The Boat That Rocked—really wants you to like it. It’s an exuberant, rowdy dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll silliness, sloppily but enjoyably slapped together with a continuous stream of classic ’60s tunes blasting in the background. It’s also an entirely inconsequential affair, lacking any real desire to thoughtfully tackle the historical significance or impact of illegal radio stations in Europe, or even approach its near dozen subplots with the slightest bit of honest emotion or genuine character interaction. And frankly, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, so long as all you’re looking for is a rollicking bit of escapist fun. It’s the sort of movie where one of its antagonists—the right-hand man to a stuffy government minister who hates all things considered cool or fun—has the name Twat, and is repeatedly referred to as such. That should suitably demonstrate the level of depth we’re talking about here.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary from director Richard Curtis, producer Hilary Bevan Jones and actors Nick Frost and Chris O’Dowd, and deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 6 featurettes (“Tuning In”, “7 of Heaven”, “All at Sea”, “Getting Ship Shape”, “Hitting the Decks”, “Mark’s Love Den”).

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2012This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley reflect on the style and career of director Jon Turtletaub, try to unravel the plot of Ridley Scott’s new Monopoly movie, remember the greatness of Independence Day, and compare the Kick-Ass teaser trailer with the Comic-Con footage they’ve already seen. Special guest writer/director Dan Eckman joins us for this episode. Dan Eckman and Derrick Comedy’s first feature-length film, Mystery Team, is out in limited release right now. If you don’t have it in your local theater, head on over to their website and Demand It!

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Editor’s Note: This is the first of a weekly column by Christopher Stipp, an online film journalist who also writes for Quick Stop Entertainment. At /Film, we love trailers and write them about them frequently, but it’s sometimes impossible to cover every trailer that comes out. Starting today, “This Week in Trailers” will be your comprehensive guide for all the trailers that have been released in the past week or two, with a special focus on trailers that we were unable to cover. Christopher has been writing about trailers and covering other aspects of the movie industry for over five years. For my money, he’s one of the best internet writers I know. I hope you guys will agree and that you’ll give him a warm /Film welcome in the comments. -David


Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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