This Week In DVD: March 16th


Rob Hunter loves movies.  He also loves taking bloody revenge on the bastards who who acted inappropriately towards his children. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. So join us each week as he takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs.

Click on any of the titles below to magically head over to Amazon.com and pick up the DVD.  And don’t forget to check out Neil Miller’s hilariously titled This Week In Blu-ray column for reviews on the latest high definition Blu-ray releases!


Mystery Science TheaterMystery Science Theater 3000: XVII

Pitch: Making bad movies good again, one silhouetted joke at a time…

Why Buy? An astronaut and his pet vacuum are forced to endure terrible movies but manage to endure the torture by constantly riffing about what they see on screen. Volume XVII covers four films including the masterpiece that is The Crawling Eye along with The Beatniks, Blood Waters of Dr. Z, and The Final Sacrifice. Once again Shout Factory goes above and beyond when putting together the set… four slim digi-packs hold the dvds, and the discs are packed with extras including interviews, featurettes, and more. There’s even four postcard posters suitable for framing… if you’re into that kind of thing.

Blu-ray? No

Extra Features? Featurettes

South Park Season 13 DVDSouth Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season

Pitch: Purity rings, dead celebrities, pirates, eco-warriors, and pee…

Why Buy? How many shows can you name that were just as solid, successful, and hilarious five seasons after their premiere? Ten seasons? How about thirteen? South Park is the only show I know that has maintained the same high level of quality and comedy season after season. Some episodes may suck along the way, but overall each season has more hits than misses. Including this one. Thirteen may actually be a lucky number for the show too as there isn’t a bad episode in the bunch this past season.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Deleted scenes, commentaries, featurette

Vengeance Trilogy DVDVengeance Trilogy

Pitch: Three of the best Korean films of the past decade in one box set? Yes please…

Why Buy? Hopefully you’ve already seen (and bought) these three films from director Park Chan-wook, but if you haven’t this new set gives you the perfect opportunity to get them all at once. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance is incredibly daring and bleak, Old Boy is the epitome of style and substance, and Sympathy For Lady Vengeance ends the informal trilogy with unexpected humor and beauty… along with some brutal violence of course. This is a DVD column obviously, but I’d actually recommend you pick up the Best Buy exclusive Blu-ray version if you can.

Blu-ray? Yes (Blu-ray is a Best Buy exclusive until June)

Extra Features? Deleted scenes, commentaries, featurettes, interviews, promos… hours and hours of bonus material


Brief Interviews With Hideous Men DVDBrief Interviews With Hideous Men

Pitch: Short snippets with socially retarded men…

Why Rent? A grad student attempts to deal with a bad breakup by interviewing men about their views on women, love, and relationships. She discovers that all men have issues. Surprise. John Krasinski’s directorial debut is based on a story by David Foster Wallace, and it should be noted that Wallace himself no longer has any issues at all.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Featurettes

Paris DVDParis

Pitch: Remember that anthology flick Paris je t’aime? Yeah, this is that but better…

Why Rent? This movie puts a narrative base on the anthology idea by centering the tale on a Parisian on the brink of death who watches the people outside his window. The strangers he sees from high above soon become the focus of the story, however briefly, before we return to the dying man. That dark tone is given lift from love stories both serious and frivolous. Also, Melanie Laurent co-stars, and she’s a beautiful and talented basterd that makes any movie worth watching.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Featurettes

Wonderful World DVDWonderful World

Pitch: Speaking of bastards, which I did directly above, Matthew Broderick plays a fantastic one…

Why Rent? Broderick plays a former children’s entertainer (think Raffi) who now lives a simple life as an unfriendly grump. His Senegalese roommate (and only friend) gets sick and soon the apartment has a new resident when his sister comes to visit. It’s a simple little movie with a couple laughs, but it’s worth watching mainly as a reminder that Broderick is a talented actor when he wants to be.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Featurettes


Armored DVDArmored

Pitch: The director of Predators shows us what happens when good thieves go bad…

Why Avoid? The concept about a group of armored car guards who decide to rob their own trucks is pretty good, but what should have been a solid tale of double crosses and character flaws quickly becomes something… less. Plot holes big enough to drive a Brinks truck through, characters who annoy and none that engage, and behaviors that are both inexplicable and laughable. Ninety minutes of blah.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Commentary, featurettes

Did You Hear About the Morgans DVDDid You Hear About the Morgans?

Pitch: Did you hear about this generic movie?

Why Avoid? It’s a romantic comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Enough said. (Although if you need more I will say this… Hugh Grant is nowhere near the heights of Love Actually or Notting Hill here, but he isn’t bad. Watch it for him if you’re a fan, but be prepared to suffer whenever Parker is onscreen.)

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, featurettes

NInja Assassin DVDNinja Assassin

Pitch: Witness the death of the big-screen ninja. Not a ninja, the ninja…

Why Avoid? Ninjas are supposed to be cool. I’d even say that by their very nature they’re automatically and unavoidably cool. Yet somehow director James McTeigue and pop star Precipitation have turned this sure thing into a series of very uncool scenes showing people killed by CGI. We see a couple nice fights, but they’re drowned out by the CGI attacks, blood, and after effects. Oh, and Naomie Harris.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Deleted scenes that should have stayed deleted

Also out this week, but review material unavailable: Astro Boy, Bandslam, Broken Embraces, Dillinger Is Dead (Criterion), The Fourth Kind, The Princess and the Frog, Suicide Girls: Guide To Living, New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Unrivaled

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Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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