This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: June 7, 2011


DEAL ALERT: I don’t catch the deals at Amazon all that often, but when I do I like to share them and I noticed that right now you can buy the Alien Anthology (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection) on Blu-ray for only $52.99 (list price $139.99) and for anyone that read my review you already know I consider this one of the best Blu-ray sets ever released. Click here to purchase.

Additionally, the Back to the Future Blu-ray trilogy is on sale for just $24.99 (list price $79.98) and it’s another one where I reviewed it and was thoroughly impressed with the transfers. You can click here to purchase that one.

That said, the deals are done, though one thing I point out below is that with this week’s releases all of the ten films in my top ten movies of 2010 are now available to own. You can click here to have a look.

True Grit
The best film of 2010 (according to me) is now available to own on high definition Blu-ray and it is beautiful from a sound and audio perspective with perfect visuals and a DTS-HD audio track that will force you to purchase a better sound system if you don’t own one already. I, however, haven’t had time to dig into the special features, but being this is my favorite of 2010 I would have bought it regardless and if you want my suggestion, I’d say you should do the same.
Buy True Grit
The Marx Brothers Singles
I’ve been discussing these releases for the past two weeks in my What I Watched columns as two weeks ago I watched Duck Soup and this past weekend I mentioned Monkey Business. Now what you are looking at are five new single edition releases of those two Marx brothers films along with Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers and The Cocoanuts.

Personally, yes, I think these are worth owning, but with these single edition releases it’s just price gouging considering these titles haven’t been remastered and they don’t come with any special features… at all. So, instead of the $89.95 ($17.99 each) Amazon is charging to buy all five, why not just buy the seven-year-old “The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection” which includes all five of these exact same movies for only $30.99? I’ve included the Amazon links to all of them in the Buy Now link below to help you make your decision.

Buy The Marx Brothers Singles
Another Year
Another film that made my Top Ten of 2010, coming in at #3 in fact, is Mike Leigh’s Another Year. Come to think of it, with this release and True Grit, my entire top ten from last year is now available to own (click here for a look).

I feel I have talked this film to death already, so I will just quote the blurb I wrote for my top ten and leave it at that: “There’s life in every corner of this film, be it the ups or downs, it’s simply brilliant and while it does hit some rather tragic lows at times, I rewatched it only a few days ago and it’s just as good as it ever was.”

Buy Another Year
Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) [Blu-ray]
UPDATE: I have been corrected on Twitter and in fact this set marks the first time the theatrical versions of Superman and Superman 2 have been made available on Blu-ray. The previous Blu-ray edition of Superman was the director’s cut and the previous version of Superman II was the Donner cut. I still, however, stand by the opinion I don’t think this set is worth it as we all know singles of those two theatrical releases will likely be made available quite soon. But, that’s just my opinion.

I have no interest in this set, so little in fact, I didn’t even ask for a review copy. Who needs it? If you enjoy the Superman films I am guessing you already own them on Blu-ray. Am I right? So unless you’re interested in shelling out $90 for what I would say are two good films, don’t bother.

Buy Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) [Blu-ray]
Average, inventive, but not really a good film, Rubber is, however, an interesting movie. My suggestion, rent it from Netflix and that should take care of it. If you want more, you can read my theatrical review right here.
Buy Rubber
The Company Men
I was incredibly unimpressed with this movie, depressed even. How so? Here’s how I opened my theatrical review: “So far as I can tell the moral of the story is that in the current economic climate you better hope you don’t lose your job, but if you do, you damn well better hope you know someone with millions of dollars who can come along and set up a new company so you can get another one. Other than that, you’re all screwed.”
Buy The Company Men
Blue Crush 2
I teased this one in my What I Watched column on Sunday as I watched it last week, but held off commenting until now. Suffice to say, this is a 100% terrible movie and the one thing I was asking my girlfriend while we watched was to wonder why they didn’t just cast actual surfers if they were going to choose actresses this bad for the two lead roles.

The story has nothing whatsoever to do with the Kate Bosworth original as it centers on a girl (Sasha Jackson) who runs off to South Africa to explore the locales where her dead mother surfed before she married her father (Gideon Emery). When she gets there she immediately makes friends with a girl named Pushy (Elizabeth Mathis) and finds herself involved with a bunch of South African outcasts, some of which are involved in killing elephants while another is interested in protecting them. Oh, Sharni Vinson from Step Up 3D is also in here, playing the villainess and also proving she needs to gain about 25 pounds before she can look remotely healthy. Seriously, she makes Angelina Jolie look like she needs to go on the Biggest Loser.

From the acting down to the story it is a truly terrible film that I would never suggest any of you watch unless you’re interested in a good laugh or coming up with a new drinking game.

Buy Blue Crush 2
Just Go With It
Never saw it and don’t ever intend to. Adam Sandler has quickly become an actor I only am interested in his dramas. Then again, there are two of his earlier films hitting Blu-ray this week that I included in the “EVEN MORE” section of today’s report that I would pick up in a heartbeat if I didn’t already own the DVDs.
Buy Just Go With It
Awful, awful, awful. James Cameron should be ashamed to have his name attached to this terrible movie. If you want more of my negative opinion click here.
Buy Sanctum


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