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Friday, March 12, 2010

The DVD List - 3/11

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click to enlarge AIR APPARENT: Anna Kendricks and George Clooney star in Up In The Air on DVD and Blu-Ray disc this week.
  • AIR APPARENT: Anna Kendricks and George Clooney star in Up In The Air on DVD and Blu-Ray disc this week.

The Academy Awards have come and gone. The trophies have all been given out and the red carpet chatter is simply passé at this point. But that doesn’t mean the studios aren’t trying to capitalize on the Oscar faves and buzz-worthy nods. This week, DVD offerings features two nominated films, a couple of conspiracies and a shout out to the “Who Dat” nation.

Jason Reitman takes audiences on an introspective emotional trip in the film Up In The Air (George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick). Based on a novel of the same name, the story centers on Ryan Bingham (Clooney), a top-notch hatchet man sent hither and yond to do what he does best – fire people. The DVD doesn’t have many special features, but if you enjoy listening to commentary, check out the filmmaker’s commentary feature with Jason Reitman, Eric Steelberg and Jason Blumenfeld. There’s also an interesting featurette on the title sequence creators in “Shadowplay: Before The Story.” RECOMMENDATION: BUY IT

Probably one of the most depressing movies of the year, Precious Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire (Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton) tells the story of a young Black girl caught within the confines of her upbringing in an incestuous, love-devoid household. A warning to the weak willed, this story puts a magnifying glass on social issues that are sometimes difficult to watch – thank God you can fast forward through them if needed instead of squirming in your seat and hiding the river of tears on your face at the theater. The disc contains a couple of featurettes including a conversation with producers Tyler Perry and Oprah. RECOMMENDATION: BUY IT

Leave it to Michael Moore to find a way to make money from the countries financial crisis. In Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore goes head to head with the big banks and the government officials who support them to get answers for the American people. Capitalism, as most of Moore’s films has good intentions, but his one-sided perspective only adds fuel to the fire not help to douse the flames. Case in point, check out a few of the extras on the DVD which include interview features from politicians, bank officials and more. RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Old Dogs (John Travolta, Seth Greene, Robin Williams).  RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT

Planet 51 (Duane Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman). RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT

National Geographic: The Lost JFK Tapes – The Assassination. RECOMMENDATION: SKIP IT

The Stoning of Soraya M: RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. RECOMMENDATION: SKIP IT

NFL: Super Bowl XLIV Champions – New Orleans Saints. RECOMMENDATION: SKIP IT

Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone. RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. RECOMMENDATION: BUY IT

TV AVAILABLE ON DVD THIS WEEK:

Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete First Season

Hanna Montana: Miley Says Goodbye?

Matt Houston: The First Season

In Plain Sight: Season Two

Tremors: The Complete Series

Greek: Chapter Four

Tenspeed & Brown Shoe

Turn the Beat Around

Toddlers & Tiaras: Season One

Redwall: The Adventure Begins

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