This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: April 20, 2010

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Avatar
This one doesn’t hit store shelves until Thursday, April 22nd, and even though neither the DVD nor the Blu-ray comes with a single special feature, this still remains the release of the week.

This past weekend Avatar was still in 500 theaters so if you want to skip the home video version and wait for the assumed November release of the “ultimate edition” maybe you can head to the theater and catch it one last time before it’s gone. Otherwise, this is your only option for the next seven months. I am expecting a review copy either in the next few days, and will post some thoughts on the video quality once I get it, but until then I can’t add much more to the story other than to say I am excited to watch it again and curious to see it in 2D.

Buy Avatar
Crazy Heart
A great film thanks to a great performance and great song writing. I didn’t like it enough to request a review copy, but I imagine one day I’ll give it another watch. You can read my theatrical review right here.
Buy Crazy Heart
Battleship Potemkin
I am half-way through watching the special features, but even before I go any further with it I can say this is an absolute must buy for anyone that loves and appreciates cinema. Yes, it’s a silent film, which I am sure turns many of you off instantly, but as with the majority of silent classics, if you give it a try you may be surprised at how much you like it. I watched this film for the first time about two years ago when I was first really getting into Netflix Instant Play. It was part of a silent film triple header that included The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Lon Chaney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. To say that was one hell of a four hour marathon is an understatement, but of the three this one sticks out the most. I hope to have a full review within the week, but it may take me a bit longer. For screen capture comparisons, which even show how this release puts Kino’s earlier restored DVD edition to shame, check out DVD Beaver.
Buy Battleship Potemkin
Vivre sa vie (Criterion Collection)
Between this week’s two Criterion releases this is my selection as to the one you should buy, but that’s primarily due to the fact I’ve become more and more infatuated with Jean-Luc Godard’s work the more I see of it, and to know I am going to be among one of the first to see his newest film at Cannes in May is something I simply can’t wait for. As for Vivre sa vie, I genuinely liked it, even above my favor for Godard, and Criterion’s selection of special features just adds to the package. You can read my Blu-ray review right here.
Buy Vivre sa vie (Criterion Collection)
Summer Hours (Criterion Collection)
Another French filmmaker I will be seeing at Cannes this year is Olivier Assayas and his new film Carlos. It will be the second film of Assayas’s I have seen after Summer Hours (unless I manage to sneak some of his work in between now and then) and it also looks to be the exact opposite of this familial drama, which really does work quite well, even though I am not sure how often I will return to it. You can get my full review of the Blu-ray right here.
Buy Summer Hours (Criterion Collection)
The Young Victoria
A great film, and one that would have been notably better had it gone on about 30 minutes longer. Give it a watch.
Buy The Young Victoria
Peacock
I have the DVD and the publicists have been filling my inbox with clips and so forth from this film, but there just hasn’t been enough time to watch it. Hopefully I can get a chance in the next couple of days, but until then here’s the trailer.

Buy Peacock
The Lovely Bones
Meh, give it a rent and be done with it. You can read my theatrical review here.
Buy The Lovely Bones
Minority Report
Fun film, but not a great film even though I haven’t watched it for quite some time. Perhaps I should break out the old DVD and see if a Blu-ray upgrade is worth it… DVD Beaver was impressed.
Buy Minority Report
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