DVDs I Bought This Week – May 20th

DVDs I Bought This Week!

A wise man once said “It’s not just about seeing Star Wars two weeks before everyone else. You’ve gotta plow through crap like Marie Antoinette and Catwoman as well.” I have the fortune of being able to see all of the films that I want, and find out that they are only worth one viewing (or less) before I would willingly pay for the DVD…and subsequently end up hating myself later. But for every The Whoopee Boys there has to be an Indiana Jones, and because of the great films I am able to put myself further in debt every week.

National Treasure 2National Treasure 2

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris

Rated: Rated PG for some violence and action.

Synopsis: Nicolas Cage attempts to find his hairline and a new career direction.

Why Buy It?: Due to the whole Indiana Jones thing, I think I now know why I liked the first national treasure so much. I hadn’t seen a movie quite like Indy in a long time, and National Treasure was about as close as you can get without someone brandishing a bull-whip. Even though Nicolas Cage and his hairline are starting to fade, the second film in this franchise was still pretty fun. Oh, and Diane Kruger is pretty hot.

Formats: Standard DVD, Bluray

Short CircuitShort Circuit

Director: John Badham

Cast: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenburg, Fisher Stevens

Rated: Rated PG

Synopsis: A talking robot uses his knowledge of Beach Boys lyrics to help save walking stereotypes.

Why Buy It?: Talk about a movie that I absolutely loved as a child, but despise in some ways as an adult. Short Circuit was an amazing movie to watch as a child of the 80’s, but it also created a misguided depiction of Arab people. C’mon, seriously what was more amazing? Fisher Stevens or Johnny Number 5? Also, check out amazon…the Bluray version is only a dollar more than standard def. Wtf?

Formats: Standard DVD, Bluray

Strange WildernessStrange Wilderness

Director: Fred Wolf

Cast: Steve Zahn, Jonah Hill, Justin Long

Rated: Rated R for non-stop language, drug use, crude and sexual humor.

Synopsis: Mr. Mac and Goldfish Boots go looking for Bigfoot.

Why Rent It?: So there is probably a reason that alot of people (myself included) avoided this movie in theaters. Could it be because it was bombing? Could it be that the funniest part of the trailer is a laughing shark? I think its probably that just like Grandma’s Boy, the more you watch it and the more you get intoxicated…the funnier it is. Seriously, its a Happy Madison production, so it has to be worth a couple of laughs? Oh, and Ashley Scott is hot.

Formats: Standard DVD

Diary of the DeadDiary of the Dead

Director: George A. Romero

Cast: Joshua Close, Michelle Morgan

Rated: Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and pervasive language.

Synopsis: Zombies attack and all is caught by videotape.

Why Rent It?: I’m so tempted to buy this because A) I love zombie stuff, and B) Best Buy has an edition that comes with Scott Kenemore’s “The Zen of the Zombie”. I won’t though because A) I’m not really sold on another Dead film, and B) Romero has kinda lost it. I will check it out though, and will shoot myself in the face if I end up liking it.

Formats: Standard DVD

The Tom Selleck Western CollectionThe Tom Selleck Western Collection


Cast: Tom Selleck

Rated: Rated M for inappropriate use of mustache

Synopsis: Tom Selleck rides a horse and shoots a gun.

Why Avoid It?: Not only is this hilarious, its also offensive. How is it so hard to get the animated X-Men series on DVD, and Tom Selleck can get a western collection? WTF? I’m guessing that this collection was distributed by a company possibly called Magnum Media…and Selleck Studios. Seriously, this belongs in a gas station DVD bin. Unless you are an uber-Selleck fan, let me give you a clue: $17.99 for three movies is either an amazing deal, or a fire sale. Sorry but Tom Selleck is burning to the ground. Sorry grandma, I know how much you love him.

Formats: Standard DVD

24: Season One (Special Edition)24: Season One (Special Edition)


Cast: Kiefer Sutherland


Synopsis: Another DVD set of a season of 24, that was already released.

Why Avoid It?: First off, I really like 24…and I’m not criticizing the show, but I will criticize Fox. So what really makes this “Special Edition Season One of 24” so special? A new case and a kellog’s wristwatch body? The network might have well called this one the “Kiefer Is In the Slammer and We Want To Reclaim Lost Profits Edition of Season One of 24”. I know that’s a mouthful, but if you buy this…that is what you are letting the studio give you. You just took it hard from Rupert Murdoch, how was it?

Formats: Standard DVD

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