This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: April 13, 2010


Pirate Radio
Now this is a decent film, but it’s decent in the way that I would say rent, don’t buy it. Perhaps it will strike some folks as funny enough to own, but for me it was a one and done. You can read my “B+” theatrical review here.
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Essential Art House: 8 1/2
Criterion is releasing several more films to their “Essential Art House” collection and the chance to tell you Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 can be purchased for only $14.99 must be brought up. I absolutely love this film, it’s a personal all-time favorite and if you want a bit of further explanation you can read my review of Criterion’s Blu-ray release from this past January right here, though remember, the “Essential Art House” releases come without any special features whatsoever.

Other films added to the collection this week, and included in the “Buy Now” link below, are Brief Encounter, Floating Weeds (of which I discussed two weeks ago, Loves of a Blonde, Kapo and Jules & Jim.

Buy Essential Art House: 8 1/2
Apollo 13 (15th Anniversary Edition)
This is not a bad movie, but ever since starting this site I have received the DVD, HD DVD and now the Blu-ray version. I did review the DVD edition way back in 2005 and at that time said it was a good movie to have in the collection, but I would much sooner watch For All Mankind than this one again, even though this is a pretty good movie.
Buy Apollo 13 (15th Anniversary Edition)
I have this on DVD and I really should watch it just to give you guys a paragraph or two to spur on conversation. The film stars Russell Crowe, Jon Foster, Sophie Traub and Laura Dern and Foster may or may not be a serial killer that gets involved with 15-year-old Lori (Traub). Crowe plays a cop tracking Foster’s character. Hell, I think I just convinced myself to give it a watch.
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The Slammin’ Salmon
As far as Broken Lizard movies go, if you like any of them you really should give Slammin’s Salmon a shot. It’s not trying to be anything more than a really stupid comedy and at that it succeeds and has a few genuine laughs in it. You can read my “C” theatrical review here.
Buy The Slammin' Salmon
Defendor apparently made it into four theaters and produced $44k from those four theaters. I have no interest in seeing it, but if you do the button is directly below.
Buy Defendor
A Nightmare on Elm Street
NOTE: Apparently I had the release date wrong on this one last week and it is coming out today. So here is my recap from last week’s write-up. On top of the Blu-ray release, New Line is also releasing a new Nightmare on Elm Street Collection which I have added to the Buy Now link below.

I just watched this one on Blu and it comes off nicely with an impressive audio track and video quality improving on details and color as you’d expect a Blu-ray release to do, though I will admit to being highly impressed with the 2006 special edition DVD release, which mirrors this Blu-ray in terms of special features almost exactly, even down to the “Focus Points” during the film’s presentation as the DVD release used New Line’s Infinifilm feature allowing you to bounce from the film to pop-up making of featurettes while you watch. However, if you are a fan of this film and a stickler to own the best then you will want to upgrade to Blu primarily due to a brighter more detailed image along with “stronger ‘greens'” as DVD Beaver’s Gary Tooze puts it. Check out their image comparisons for an idea of what I am talking about. I think it looks great and is a definite improvement though Gary seems reluctant to give it a complete thumbs up.

Buy A Nightmare on Elm Street