‘Battleship,’ ‘Think Like a Man,’ ‘Five-Year Engagement’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’ This Week On DVD and Blu-ray


This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: August 27, 2012

I have no idea how studios choose their release dates, but this week is packed. It’s not necessarily a week loaded with quality films, but considering the lackluster weeks recently I have no idea why they wouldn’t have waited to unload some of these a couple weeks ago when they could have dominated a weaker marketplace.

Some of the more intriguing titles are catalog selections in my “Even More” selection including individual releases of the Extended Editions of Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray and 100th Anniversary Blu-ray releases of Universal’s Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Airport and Harvey not to mention season releases of “The Walking Dead”, “Homeland” and “Once Upon a Time”.

That said, there are a few solid titles among this week’s releases and be sure and check out the new release dates as I now have confirmed dates for the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man and Brave.

Boardwalk Empire – The Complete Second Season
Boardwalk Empire - The Complete Second Season
I have found no time to watch this, but I really want to. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first season, but I’m intrigued enough to continue. I just need to find the time to fit this in. Luckily these seasons aren’t extraordinarily long so it won’t take forever to watch and at $34.99 for the Blu-ray and $29.99 for the DVD, is it just me or is the price down a little bit compared to what these HBO series are normally priced at?

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Never did end up seeing this one, but if it looks like it will be one of the year’s animated contenders I’ll likely give it a watch later this year. One of the reasons I didn’t rush to see it was because every time I would go to a Regal theater for about two months straight before this film’s release the theater would play the same commercial for it every single time. I got so tired of this movie before it ever even screened. It always ended with that “Make Yourself a Pirate” app. Ugh, makes me mad just thinking about it.

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Think Like a Man
Think Like a Man
What we have here is the best romantic comedy of the year so far and a film you’ll likely enjoy even more in the comfort of your own home, without any distractions or people stepping on you. You can read my theatrical review right here.

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The Lucky One
The Lucky One
Make no mistake, this is not a good movie, but if you know what you’re in for and like the kind of movie this type of film delivers then you should be okay. But ladies, if you want your man to watch a romance of any kind, go with Think Like a Man instead. You can read my theatrical review of this one right here.

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Darling Companion
Darling Companion
Just the synopsis for this one made me not want to see it. It goes like this:

Darling Companion is the story of a woman who loves her dog more than her husband. And then her husband loses the dog.

That is a synopsis packed with built-in emotion. Dogs are cute. Why doesn’t she love her husband as much as the dog? He’s just not tending to her needs. Did the husband lose the dog on purpose? Where is the dog? Now she hates him? He still loves her. Friends help look for the dog. They find the dog. It brings them all closer together. The end.

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The Five-Year Engagement
The Five-Year Engagement
There are a lot of movies coming out today, but I can’t say many of them are all that good as The Five-Year Engagement is another bad one. This just wasn’t a funny, but I’m not entirely sure that was the goal as it did a terrible job mixing drama and comedy to the point drama was sacrificed for laughs and the whole thing fell apart. You can read my theatrical review here.

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I’ll be writing more on this one soon enough, but it came out while I was at the Cannes Film Festival so I didn’t get to see it until it arrived on Blu-ray and it was almost immediately evident it was just as bad as people had said. There were points I couldn’t actually believe some of the things that were going on, but more on that shortly. If you must see this film, rent it, you won’t be likely to return to it a second time unless you and your friends plan on sitting around making fun of it.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting
What to Expect When You're Expecting
You couldn’t get me into the theater to watch this and I’m certainly not going to watch it at home.

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The Moth Diaries
The Moth Diaries
Directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho), I’m curious about The Moth Diaries, which I was unable to catch at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but the reviews haven’t exactly inspired me to rush out and see it.

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