This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: August 10, 2010


Crumb (Criterion Collection)
I didn’t look to see how many of you read my review of Criterion’s Blu-ray of Crumb last week, but if you didn’t read it here’s the gist… This film is great. Now, I can’t say for sure it’s one you should buy as I think most Criterion titles are always a tough call, but if you have a Netflix account I can’t recommend strongly enough you add it to the top of your queue. You just might find yourself buying it.

The only problem with the Blu-ray release is that Criterion didn’t include Zwigoff’s Louie Bluie, a 60-minute documentary centering on country-blues musician Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong. I don’t say this because I’ve seen it, but because it would only sweeten the deal as they are only releasing Louie Bluie on DVD today. Oh well.

Buy Crumb (Criterion Collection)
Date Night
This film was actually pretty good. Surprisingly good in fact, though I wouldn’t necessarily call it a must buy. It’s a solid rental, let’s leave it at that.
Buy Date Night
Death at a Funeral
It’s weird when a movie shows up on DVD and Blu-ray and you had entirely forgotten about it. This isn’t necessarily a bad film, perhaps a touch below the original if only because it’s damn near a word-for-word remake, but it’s nothing more than a rental at best.
Buy Death at a Funeral
The Joneses
I have heard some good words said about this film though I didn’t get a chance to see it. It deals with the desire to have the best of everything and the lengths people will go to to make sure they have the newest and coolest goodies and what they’ll do if they can’t obtain it. Sounds rather topical to me… iPhone anyone?
Buy The Joneses