This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: August 17, 2010

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Dexter – The Complete Fourth Season
Awww… the first season of “Dexter” I won’t be reviewing. Oh well, I guess I will have to Netflix it, but I honestly can’t wait. As far as television shows go (that I’ve actually seen) this is easily one of the best.
Buy Dexter - The Complete Fourth Season
Black Orpheus (Criterion Special Edition)
This is a great movie and Criterion’s Blu-ray takes full advantage of Marcel Camus’s film and the colorful cinematography by Oscar-winner Jean Bourgoin (The Longest Day). Perhaps one of the things I like best about Black Orpheus is the way Orfeo is presented at the outset of the film. You know he’s a lover of women and a very passionate person from the outset. It makes it easier to believe he would be so quick to fall for Eurydice. Where other films use the “quick to fall in love” scenario as a plot device, I never once questioned Orfeo’s love for Eurydice, destined or not. If you haven’t seen Black Orpheus you couldn’t pick a better time. Criterion has once again done an excellent job with this presentation.
Buy Black Orpheus (Criterion Special Edition)
The Good, the Bad, the Weird
This weekend I mentioned director Ji-woon Kim’s A Tale of Two Sisters in my Sukiyaki Western Django was, though I think I’d give the edge to Kim’s film at this point in terms of action-packed westerns. I wouldn’t blame anyone for adding this film to their collection, it’s easily watchable, but I don’t think you’ll ever feel as if it blew you away.
Buy The Good, the Bad, the Weird
Nanny McPhee
I’ve never seen this film, but I’ve heard plenty of good things and the 73% rating at RottenTomatoes seems to agree with what I’ve heard. Due to timing I won’t be checking out the sequel due in theaters this Friday, Nanny McPhee Returns, but perhaps I’ll give this original a spin and see what the fuss is about.
Buy Nanny McPhee
The Last Song
I am going to watch this even if I have to ask someone to tie me down to do so. Unfortunately my free time has been so limited lately I haven’t had a chance. I figure with a Justin Bieber movie on the way the multiplex may soon be filled with teen popstars so I better make sure I’m up on who’s who and what’s what.
Buy The Last Song
Cemetery Junction
From the mind of the BBC’s “The Office” co-creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant should we really be surprised this comedy is heading straight to DVD and Blu-ray here in the States? Domestic audiences just aren’t hip to Gervais’s comedic style, but I for one need to make sure to add this to my Netflix queue and see if it’s worth talking about further.
Buy Cemetery Junction
Hamlet
I haven’t seen this movie and don’t really care at the moment. However, I guess I should begin beefing up on Kenneth Branagh’s previous work if I’m to accurately judge his upcoming masterpiece Thor. I’m joking, of course, I do want to see this movie, but once again where to fit it in is a dilemma. I’m sure I’ll have seen it by the time Thor rolls around, but before then… anyone out there already seen it and care to share your opinion?
Buy Hamlet
Furry Vengeance
This was a last minute addition to the database, I’d completely forgot to add it to the schedule. Can you blame me?
Buy Furry Vengeance
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