This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: September 21, 2010


The Secret In Their Eyes
Winner of last year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, The Secret in Their Eyes is this week’s best option for purchase and while I think it is a good film, I’m not certain it’s a film I’d recommend buying. It felt like more of a masterful episode of “C.S.I.” with an impressive production budget than anything else. I never found myself fully immersed in the story as much as I was intrigued on a surface level. I recognize it as a solid piece of filmmaking, and can understand why others really like it, but it just didn’t move me in the same way.
Buy The Secret In Their Eyes
30 Rock: Season Four
One of several DVDs that arrived just before I set off for Toronto, season four of “30 Rock” is one I intend to watch as soon as time allows. I love this show and have high expectations for this latest season. Here’s to hoping it lives up to them.
Buy 30 Rock: Season Four
Charade (Criterion Collection)
I enjoyed Charade, and Criterion delivers an impressive high-definition transfer, but I can’t say this movie completely satisfied me. I found the twists in the story to be too many and while I enjoyed the performances (most specifically the villains) I just can’t say I’d recommend this for a purchase. You can read my full review right here.
Buy Charade (Criterion Collection)
Robin Hood (Unrated Director’s Cut)
Ugh, tried watching this one again last night and it just isn’t that good. Of course, I only watched the theatrical version again and intend to give the director’s cut, which has an additional 15 minutes, a try. After all, this is Ridley Scott and as Kingdom of Heaven proved, his director’s cuts can improve on a film that otherwise were no good.

On a side note, the Blu-ray version had problems playing in my LG Blu-ray player, but not in my Playstation 3. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the firmware, but both devices were completely updated. Not sure what the deal was there, but definitely make sure to always keep your Blu-ray player’s firmware updated to hopefully avoid similar issues. I expect LG will be offering an update soon.

Buy Robin Hood (Unrated Director's Cut)
A 69% rating at RottenTomatoes tells me this movie sounds like a decent rental, but I won’t be rushing to push it to the top of my NetFlix queue.
Buy Ondine