American Gangster (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)
d.
Ridley Scott
c. Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ruby Dee, Carla Gugino
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  • Commentary with Director Ridley Scott and Writer Steven Zaillian (Theatrical Cut only)
  • Deleted Scenes: “Alternate Opening” and “Frank and Eva’s Wedding”
  • Fallen Empire: Making American Gangster:
  • Tru Blu: The Real Story: An in-depth look at the true story that inspired the movie and the long road to developing the film. Featuring interviews with the former real-life Harlem crime boss Frank Lucas and now retired detective Richie Roberts
  • Killer Threads: A look at how the world of the 1970’s was brought back to life
  • Crime War: Follow production from the streets of NY to the jungles of Thailand
  • Rhythm of the Streets: Look into the film’s music, featuring tracks such as “Do You Feel Me” performed by Anthony Hamilton
  • Into the Arena: Ali vs. Frazier: Setting up the infamous Ali-Frazier fight
  • Setting Up the Takedown- Be on the set as Ridley Scott directs the climactic drug bust and watch this master director at work
  • Script Meeting: A look into the production office where director Ridley Scott, writer Steven Zaillian, and detective Richie Roberts discuss the script and break down of the scenes.
  • Drug Test: Ridley Scott receives information on the preparation of heroin from a New York detective
  • Hip Hop Infusion- Featuring popular rap artists Common and Tip “T.I.” Harris discussing their roles (3-Disc Collector’s Edition)
  • Do You Feel Me (Remix) Performed by Anthony Hamilton featuring Ghostface Killah (3-Disc Collector’s Edition)
  • Blue Magic From Jay-Z’s album “American Gangster” (3-Disc Collector’s Edition)
  • BET Special- The Making of American Gangster (3-Disc Collector’s Edition)
  • Dateline NBC: American Gangster First Look (3-Disc Collector’s Edition)
  • Digital Copy of the Unrated Extended Movie For Your PC (3-Disc Collector’s Edition)
  • 32-page collectible book (3-Disc Collector’s Edition)

In a year where the bad guys ruled, American Gangster seems to have become the forgotten masterpiece. While No Country for Old Men and There Will be Blood deserve all the recognition they received, one would imagine a movie starring Denzel Washington as a drug lord chased by down-and-dirty cop Russell Crowe, directed by Ridley Scott, would be getting a little more attention come Oscar season. The movie received only two nominations and neither was for the three aforementioned stars. Ruby Dee did surprise a lot of people when she won Best Supporting Actress at the SAG Awards and might bring the film some more attention come next Sunday evening. There will be a couple of versions to choose from. The first is the 2-Disc Edition and the second a 3-Disc Edition, available for a limited time only. Lately, I have come to assume that means get it Tuesday or don’t get it at all. I could be wrong, but I don’t trust anyone anymore with these limited editions. Both of these edition will include the theatrical cut and the unrated extended cut. The 3-Disc Collector’s Edition will also be available as part of Gangsters: The Ultimate Film Collection, released the same day. This 9-Disc set includes American Gangster 3-Disc Collector’s Edition, Scarface Platinum Edition, Casino Anniversary Edition and Carlito’s Way Ultimate Edition inside a faux-velvet lined box. This set also includes the national booklet from the American Gangster 3-Disc Collector’s Edition. There will also be an HD-DVD version to buy, but it will not include the unedited, extended cut, although the extras are the same as the 2-Disc Edition.

Michael Clayton
d.
Tony Gilroy
c. George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack
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  • Commentary by writer/director Tony Gilroy and editor John Gilroy
  • Additional Scenes

Before the backlash for Juno started, Michael Clayton was the movie that polarized most people on the Oscar front. Nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton) and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson), it may only win one – as Swinton knocked one out of the park with her performance. Nick calls it one of the top 10 movies of 2007 while both Jeremy and Devin were not as high on the film. I say, give it a rent and decide for yourself whether it deserves cheers or jeers. It will receive a Blu-Ray the same day, and an HD-DVD version next month.

Run Lola Run [Blu-ray]
d.
Tom Tykwer
c. Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu
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  • Commentary with director Tom Tykwer and Franka Potente
  • Still Running
  • ”Believe” Music Video

One of the most anticipated Blu-Ray releases for me has been Run Lola Run. Directed by Tom Tykwer (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), Run Lola Run tells the story of a girl (Franka Potente) who has only twenty minutes to raise a significant amount of money to save her boyfriend (Moritz Bleibtreu) after he loses the money belonging to a very bad guy. Told with a mixture of animation and live action sequences that almost exclusively showcase Lola running, Tykwer constructed a visually dynamic minor masterpiece dealing with the importance of the ticking clock. The film takes the story in three different directions, based on Lola making it to the end point at a specific time. Each story concludes with drastically different results based on only a few seconds missed here and there. It’s worth everyone’s time to watch this film.

Margot at the Wedding
d. Noah Baumbach
c. Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh,
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  • A conversation with Noah Baumbach and Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Theatrical Trailers

While I thought The Squid and the Whale was a great little flick, with a terrific performance by Jeff Daniels, I consider Kicking and Screaming to be Noah Baumbach’s masterpiece. With those two critically acclaimed pictures under his belt, it may have come as a surprise when his next leading man turned out to be Jack Black. Margot at the Wedding casts Black as Malcolm, a less than impressive man set to marry his Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Pauline’s sister Margot (Nicole Kidman) visits after hearing this news, with the intent of letting her estranged sister know how big of a mistake she is making. What follows is a film full of the quirky dialogue and dysfunctional families Baumbach specializes in. The movie failed to come close to its budget, possibly hurting Baumbach in any future attempts making decently budgeted films (The Squid and the Whale cost just under $2 million and brought in close to $8 million while Margot at the Wedding cost $10 million and made just under $2 million). That is a shame because a lesser Baumbach film is still better than the majority of what is out there.

Hey Look! More Quality DVDs!

Pierrot le Fou – Criterion Collection

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard
  • New video interview with actor Anna Karina
  • A “Pierrot” Primer, a new video program with audio commentary by filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Godard, l’amour, la poésie, a fifty-minute French documentary about director Jean-Luc Godard and his work and marriage with Karina
  • Archival interview excerpts with Godard, Karina, and actor Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Richard Brody, a 1969 review by Andrew Sarris, and a 1965 interview with Godard
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Walker – Criterion Collection

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Alex Cox
  • Audio commentary by Cox and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer
  • Dispatches from Nicaragua, an original documentary about the filming of Walker
  • On Moviemaking and the Revolution, reminiscences twenty years later from an extra on the film
  • The Immortals: behind-the-scenes photos
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring writings by film critic Graham Fuller, Wurlitzer, and Linda Sandoval
  •  

Lust, Caution: (Regular and NC-17 Edition)

  • “Tiles of Deception, Lurid Affections” featurette

In the Valley of Elah (Regular and Blu-Ray. HD-DVD available next month)

  • In the Valley of Elah: After Iraq
  • In the Valley of Elah: Coming Home
  • Additional Scene

OK.  What else can we spend all our money on?

Rock and Rule
Rendition
Coach: The Third Season
Walker, Texas Ranger: The Complete Fourth Season
For The Bible Tells Me So
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – Volume One
The Invasion (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD]
Chaos
Redacted
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (remastered deluxe edition)
The Final Inquiry
Power of Forgiveness, The
Riverdance – Live from Radio City Music Hall (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)
Spiral
Gangsters – The Ultimate Film Collection (American Gangster / Scarface (1983) / Casino / Carlito’s Way)
German Expressionism Collection (The Hands of Orlac / The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / Secrets of a Soul / Warning Shadows)
Verdi – Aida
Terror’s Advocate
Nightmare Detective
The American Gangster
The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Town
After Sex
Catacombs
Screamers
Black Water
Life Is a Bed of Roses (La Vie Est Un Roman) (1983)
The Hands of Orlac (1924)
Secrets of a Soul (1926)


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The Bourne Ultimatum – $15.99
Margot At The Wedding – $19.99
Lust, Caution – $19.99
Curious George Goes To The Doctor – $12.99
It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown – $14.99
COPS: 20th Anniversary Edition – $19.99
He-Man & The Masters Of The Universe – $17.99
Christina Aguilera: Back To Basics – Live & Down Under – $19.99

Chaos – $17.99 *
WAR – $19.99 *
* Purchase Chaos & WAR together on the same receipt and get both titles for $25

Save $5 when you buy any two of these 3 Movies:
Michael Clayton – $16.99
Michael Clayton Blu-Ray – $29.99
In The Valley of Elah – $19.99
In The Valley Of Elah Blu-Ray – $29.99
Rendition – $19.99

Disney’s Little Einsteins: Race For Space – $14.99 *
Handy Manny: Fixing It Right – $14.99 *
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American Gangster: 2 DVD Unrated Extended Edition – $15.99
American Gangster: Unrated Extended Edition HD-DVD – $29.99
American Gangster: 3 DVD Collector’s Edition – $24.99

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Wag The Dog – $9.99
Dumb & Dumber: Unrated – $9.99
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle: Extreme Unrated Edition – $9.99

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The Host – $19.99
Rescue Dawn – $24.99
X-Men 3: The Last Stand – $24.99
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Sunshine – $24.99
Shoot ‘Em Up – $24.99
Mr. Brooks – $24.99
The Departed – $19.99
CARS – $19.99
High School Musical 2: Extended Edition – $19.99
Meet The Robinsons -$19.99
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $19.99
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl – $19.99
The Rock – $14.99
Crimson Tide – $14.99
Con Air – $14.99
GoodFellas – $14.99

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Gangsters: The Ultimate Movie Collection – $44.99 *
* 4 Movie Collection which contains: Scarface, Casino, Carlito’s Way and American Gangster // 9 Discs total are in this set + a collectible book

DragonBall Z: Season 4 – $39.99 *
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The Bourne Ultimatum – $13.99
Chaos – $12.99
Margot At The Wedding – $19.99
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married – $19.99
We Own The Night – $19.99
No Reservations – $19.99
Michael Clayton – $16.99

In The Valley Of Elah – $19.99 *
Rendition – $19.99 *
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American Gangster: 2 DVD Unrated Extended Edition – $13.99
American Gangster: 3 DVD Deluxe Collector’s Edition – $24.99

$6.99 DVDs:
Inside Man, Gangs Of New York, Four Brothers, BLOW, A History Of Violence, Collateral, The Untouchables: Special Collector’s Edition, Mobsters, Domino, Menace II Society, State Property, The Warriors: Ultimate Director’s Cut, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Get Shorty, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, The Italian Job (Wahlberg / Caine), Hustle & Flow, Running Scared, King Of New York: Special Edition, Donnie Brasco: Special Edition, Colors, Snatch, Lucky # Slevin, Reservoir Dogs: Special Edition, Redemption, Training Day, The Usual Suspects: Special Edition, Boondock Saints: Unrated Special Edition, Carlito’s Way: Ultimate Edition, Carlito’s Way: Rise To Power, The Departed, Scarface: Anniversary Edition, Casino: 10th Anniversary dition, GoodFellas: 2 DVD Special Edition, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, The Godfather: Part III

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American Gangster: Season 1 – $14.99
The Girls Next Door: Season 1 / 2 / 3 – $14.99 each
How I Met Your Mother: Season 2 – $19.99
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 1 + 2 – $19.99
The Tudors: Season1 – $19.99
Scrubs: Season 6 – $24.99
South Park: Season 10 – $24.99
Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne: Season 1 – $19.99
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The Simpsons: Season 10 – $24.99
Charmed: Season 8 – $24.99
Jericho: Season 1 – $24.99
Rescue Me: Season 3 – $24.99
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The Office: Season 3 – $29.99
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Desperate Housewives: Season 3 – $34.99
Lost: Season 3 – $34.99
Heroes: Season 1 – $39.99

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Michael Clayton – $16.99
Michael Clayton Blu-Ray – $29.99
Rendition – $19.99
Chaos – $14.99
Margot At The Wedding – $19.99

Disney’s Little Einsteins: Race For Space – $14.99 *
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American Gangster: 2 DVD Unrated Extended Edition – $16.99
American Gangster: 3 DVD Deluxe Collector’s Edition – $22.99
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Harry Potter & Order Of The Phoenix – $29.99
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End – $29.99
Resident Evil: Extinction – $29.99
Rush Hour 3 – $29.99

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Dexter: Season 1 – $19.99
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 3 – $29.99
Firefly: The Complete Series – $17.99
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