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.
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 films 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.
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS (SEASON 2)
It’s sad to think that this may be the last we see of Flight of the Conchords (in TV show form, anyway), but at least they went out strong, providing us with another wonderful season of offbeat, deadpan hilarity. …It isn’t perfect, however. Unlike the first season, where writers/creators/stars Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie already had the songs and needed to find a way to craft the episodes’ storylines around them, this time around, all of their songs were created exclusively for the new season. As such, the songs often tend to relate rather specifically to events taking place in the episodes, and a number of the tracks don’t hold up nearly as well on their own because of it. This is a minor quibble though, and isn’t nearly enough to detract from what’s otherwise a brilliant final outing from everyone’s favorite (and maybe only) New Zealand comedy duo.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes, a documentary, and more.
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Over the weekend I went and saw Race to Witch Mountain, mostly due to the fact that, as a kid, I was a fan of the original 1975 film. Also, I’ve always found Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson amusing, even despite some of the really crappy movies he’s done over the years. I was expecting a fun kiddie flick, and nothing more… but I didn’t even get that.
I’m not saying that Escape to Witch Mountain was a masterpiece, or even a good film for that matter. I’m sure if I had revisited that film over the weekend, I might have been largely disappointed over the extreme difference between my memories and reality.
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As Watchmen (Warner Bros) falls, “The Rock” appears to be racing to a weekend win. Disney’s Race To Witch Mountain, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is off to a solid start with $7.2M or so on opening day, and, with its expected surge in family matinee audiences on Saturday and Sunday, it will likely triumph with a possible $25M.
Meanwhile last weekend’s winner Watchmen staggered to a second Friday of only $5.2M or so, and I am projecting only $15.75M for the 3-day. That marks a 71% drop. Anything over $20M would have been acceptable, but the bottom has fallen out of this movie, and it will now struggle to reach $100M domestic. When the foreign and DVD are added, it may make a small profit, but it will likely be negligible. The superstitious might suggest that Watchmen writer Alan Moore’s alleged curse may be to blame, but the reality is that word-of-mouth has been more negative than for any movie in recent memory.
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One of the coolest ways to use the social networking platform Twitter is to find out what people are thinking, saying and Twittering about in real time. Here’s a small sampling of Tweets from the opening weekend of Watchmen (Warner Bros).
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MTV has gotten their hands in Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain Superbowl television spot, and it begins with a bunch of Stormtroopers getting into a cab driven by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. You can watch the television spot after the jump or in High Definition on MTV.com.
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Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Disney and Sony have released a bunch of new photos to the Los Angeles Times for their 2009 movie preview. I’ve included a few of the photos after the jump.
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Disney has released the first trailer for Race to Witch Mountain. It’s easy to immediately discount any kids film (outside of the Pixar-animated movies), but I actually think Witch Mountain looks like disposable fun. Kinda like the kid flicks from the 1980’s. And that might just be the echos of my fond childhood memories of Escape to Witch Mountain, a film this is based on. Please, tell me what you think in the comments below.
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Official Plot Synopsis: Race to Witch Mountain is a thrilling action-adventure about a hard luck Las Vegas cab driver Jack Bruno (DWAYNE JOHNSON), whose life is thrown into chaos when apparent ‘runaway’ teenagers Sara (ANNASOPHIA ROBB) and Seth (ALEXANDER LUDWIG) jump into his taxi. He soon realizes his two fares are children with exceptional paranormal powers whom he must protect as they elude a collection of ruthless enemies.
Watch the trailer in HD on Yahoo. Race to Witch Mountain hits theaters on March 13th 2009.
Disney has launched an official teaser website for the reboot of Race to Witch Mountain. Our friend Mike was really surprised at the footage that premiered at Comic Con. I decided to skip the panel and apparently missed out, which is a shame since I loved the original Witch Mountain movies as a kid.
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I decided to skip Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain panel and not only missed out on a surprise 3-minute long Tron 2 trailer, but apparently a good flick. Our good friend Mike from Great White Snark sat through the Witch Mountain presentation and was raving about how great it was. Wait, what? Yeah, apparently it looked cool. Who would have thought? So I decided to capture his review on video for you to enjoy.
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Photo thanks to ComingSoon
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
WALL-E has been spotted hanging on to the side of San Francisco’s MUNI Fast Rail public transit system. [flickr]
Phillip Noyce is in negotiations to direct The Art of Making Money, a DreamWorks project about a notorious counterfeiter who printed more than $10 million in fake bills. [thr]
MTV has the poster for Henry Poole is Here.
United Artists and Lakeshore Entertainment have hired 24 co-creator-executive producer Joel Surnow to develop a contemporary spy thriller that will be directed by Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell. [Variety]
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder will arrive on DVD and Blu Ray on July 29th. [bloody-d]
Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is now on Twitter. /Film is also on Twitter too!
Warner Bros will release movies for Apple TV the same day as dvd. [gizmodo]
FirstShowing takes a look at all the comic books you should read before seeing Iron Man.
Disneyland will be hosting Indiana Jones events starting on May 22nd: “Indiana Jones: Summer of Hidden Mysteries” will be made of 2 different street shows, one involves a female Archaeologist and the other features Indy fighting on rooftops. [theraider]
ShockTillYouDrop has posted the first photos from Rogue’s The Last House on the Left remake.
Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, the original kid stars of Disney’s 1970s “Witch Mountain” movies, are coming back for Race to Witch Mountain. [thr]
Watch the video for Scarlett Johansson‘s first single “Falling Down” which features David Bowie on backup vocals (but not in the video). [badandugly]
Our friends at MarketSaw have photos of a t-shirt made for James Cameron’s AVATAR from 1996 which Digital Domain was working on concepts. Jeeez, this film has been in development for some time.
Mark Ronson told the BBC that Amy Winhouse submitted a demo for the next James Bond film Quantum of Solace: “The demo sounds like a James Bond theme, hopefully. But I don’t know if it’ll get used.” [empire]
Disney will be releasing an Ultimate WALL-E programmable toy robot manufactured by Thinkway, which will retail for $189.99 USD. It will feature 10 motors for realistic movement, and also a “variety of sensors” to allow for voice activation, navigation, and detection of obstacles, among other capabilities. [pixarblog]
Spout wonders if Iron Man is Too Critically Acclaimed to be a hit?
Alamo Drafthouse had a special advanced screening of Iron Man where they had a guy in a jet pack dressed as Iron Man flying around the parking lot. How cool is that?
SFGate have put together a cool Google Maps mashup of famous movies shot in San Francisco. Now if only someone created a Google Map containing every movie shot in San Francisco. That would be cool.
Rob Zombie has posted a cryptic Dylan Thomas poem on his Tyrannosaurus Rex blog.