DVD’s I Bought This Week: November 4th

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.

Get Smart

Director: Peter Segal

Cast: Steve Carrell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp

Rating: Rated PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence and language.

Synopsis: The 40 Year Old Secret Agent Virgin

Why Buy It?: This one is what summer movies are all about. It was a bunch of fun and had a bit of action. Seriously, what more could you ask for? Steve Carrell is a lock. Hathaway is stunning, and Alan Arkin is Legendary. I mean, sure, the the film wasn’t perfect…but this is a fun film to get our minds off the election.

Batman: The Animated Series

Why Buy It?: Because baby seals will starve if you don’t. I can’t prove that, but think about it if you are considering not buying this one. This was easily the best animated production of a Marvel/DC franchise. The series was better than all of the original Batman films, hands down. Never checked it out? Well now it is in one collection. and pretty affordable.

Planet of the Apes (Blu-ray)

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Cast: Charlton Heston

Synopsis: A man is propelled to a world where apes rule, and must convince them that man is superior.

Why Buy It?: I really think that Planet of the Apes was one of the original sci-fi films that started everything. The film was original, scary, philosophical and groundbreaking. Now the film receives the Blu-Ray treatment, and gives us a definitive version. The disc begins with a video game-like opening featuring Dr. Zaius. The menu is a awesomely cool retro design that prefaces the film very well. There are a bunch of bonus features such as a mockumentary video produced by ANSA, which is the fictional space program in the film. Also, for you PotA enthusiasts, there are a bunch of makeup tests, art galleries and enough vintage content to make this one a must buy. Easily this is one of my favorite Blu-Ray titles to date of a film that I already owned.

Reaper: Season 1

Why Buy It?: Not alot of people really saw, or even knew what this show was. Probably because Reaper plays on one of the most abysmal networks on television. Anyways, this was one of the bright spots on TV last year and I loved it. Basically, a guy finds out on his 21st birthday that his soul was sold to the devil by his parents. Now he is the devil’s bounty hunter, and has to try and live a normal 21 year old’s life. Check out Missy Peregrym too, she needs more roles.

Spin City: Season 1

Why Rent It?: Anyone else remember this one? I loved this show. I mean it got pretty bad as the years went on, but the early seasons were very entertaining. This is one of those shows that people have been dying for on DVD.


Director: Brad Anderson

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Ben Kingsley.

Rating: Rated R for some violence, including torture and language.

Synopsis: A couple finds out the hard way that foreigners hate Americans.

Why Rent It?: In his followup to The Machinist, director Brad Anderson brings his Hitchcockian noir style back. A very character driven film, this one is pretty good I would say definitely worth seeing. I don’t know how many times I’d watch it though, which makes it more worth watching once or renting.

Universal Soldier (Blu-ray)

Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren

Synopsis: Retro JCVD, and Dolph ‘I must break you’ Lundgren.

Why Rent It?: What is better than Universal Soldier on DVD? Universal Solider in High Definition. Unfortunately, it is still not a very good movie. It is one of those guilty pleasure, watch it once every year, types of movies. So will I make an effort to see it on Blu-Ray? Uh does JCVD give roundhouses with the best of them? Yes.

Star Wars Box Sets

Why Avoid It?: Not only did they re-release the episodes 4-6, but they have also built a box set of episodes 1-3. The 1-3 box set includes the already released versions of all the DVDs. So there is absolutely no reason to buy it unless you don’t already have the films. A set for episodes 4-6 has already been released twice…triple dipping George? Shame on you, and may the force punch you on the way out.


Director: Kevin Reynolds.

Cast: Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of action violence, brief nudity and language.

Synopsis: In a world of water, Kevin Costner searches for land and DVD sales.

Why Avoid It?: I didn’t exactly think this film was bad. I gets a bad name because it was a huge flop financially. If you can get past Costner’s stiff acting, it is really not all that bad. Probably in the same way that having to stand in line to vote isn’t all that bad. Here is the thing though, I don’t think anyone in the world wants an extended director’s cut.

What We Do is Secret

Director: Chuck Patton

Cast: Shane West, Bijou Phillips

Rating: Rated R for drug use, language and brief sexuality.

Synopsis: A biopic of the lead singer Darby Crash of the Germs…exactly.

Why Avoid It?: First off, most people have never heard of the Germs or lead singer Darby Crash. Secondly, if you are going to make a biopic of someone who is more interesting than famous…make sure you get your casting right. Shane West pulls off a nihilistic punk just about as well as I pull off sultry seductress. It plays out like a grade school play where you know that pimple faced kid isn’t George Washington, but he is in fact wearing a costume. However, he is a kid and deserves a chance. Shane West is a man, and should make the right decisions…and stick to pretty boy roles with little to no depth. Third, the Germs are not even a good band…on top of being really obscure.

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