This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 10, 2009

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Up
I just reviewed the Blu-ray version of this release and may I just say it is worth every penny. Pixar films look phenomenal in high-definition and the word “flawless” is by no means a stretch. Along with my review I have also included a clip from the new animated short “Dug’s Special Mission,” so just click here for the video and full review details.

Oh, and if you want to buy it in store you can get a $10 off coupon right here.

Buy Up
Monsters, Inc.
Yup, it’s Pixar week on Blu-ray as Monsters, Inc. joins Up as well as a right here. Like Up this is a must buy this week.
Buy Monsters, Inc.
Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut
It surprises me Warner Home Video didn’t send out any review copies of this one. I guess they are just hoping the mystery will inspire more people to buy it as I assume they have pretty much figured out there isn’t much more that can be done with this film to make it very good and what good would it do to have more reviews reiterating the fact. So, I guess if you are interested in this one you are going to have to brave a blind buy. Good luck.
Buy Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut
The Ugly Truth
I have been told this is a lot like the Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd film Someone Like You from 2001. I can’t confirm that statement since I haven’t seen either film, and since I don’t intend to see either film I guess I will have to be okay with that.
Buy The Ugly Truth
Ballast
This is a fantastic film worth seeing once. I don’t say this because it isn’t worth repeat viewings as much as I believe you get everything out of it in that first viewing and unless you are looking for a serious lesson in top notch editing then you will have your fill. You can read my theatrical review of the film for more information, but this is definitely a title I recommend you check out.
Buy Ballast
The General
I wonder about this title, is it really necessary to have The General in high definition? Then I head over to DVD Beaver and look at the screen captures and instantly notice MAJOR differences. I think I may be adding this one to my Christmas list. For those of you that have not seen this head on over to Netflix and watch it on Instant Play, it is a fantastic Buster Keaton comedy that will most likely surprise you even if you don’t like silent films.
Buy The General
My One and Only
My One And Only is releasing this week exclusively at Target stores, which is a move I don’t particularly understand since I would assume when it comes to little-known movies a larger release would be the more beneficial release. You can read my “B-” review of the film right here, but the short of it is to say this is a perfectly decent film with an impressive performance by Logan Lerman who will next be seen in 2010’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, a film that could make a him a big star, or could have him following in the footsteps of Eragon‘s Ed Speleers. We’ll have to wait and see.
Buy My One and Only
Spread
Ashton Kutcher. Pass.
Buy Spread
Heat / The Negotiator / Logan’s Run
Warner Home Video Blu-ray
Short note, I listed these three as releasing last week and it turns out they are hitting shelves this week instead. However, this did allow me time to watch Logan’s Run for the first time and while it is an interesting social commentary that will most likely never go out of style I didn’t get a whole lot out of it. I did see a lot of similarities to George Lucas’s THX 1138, especially a shot in the middle of the film that almost mirrors the end of THX exactly. Then again, I didn’t like THX 1138 at all, so I guess the fact Logan’s Run mildly amused me is a statement all of its own. Now… I may have to give THX a third go ’round.
Buy Heat / The Negotiator / Logan's Run
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