NEW RELEASES

Demetri Martin.PersonDemetri Martin. Person
d.
Jay Karas
c. Demetri Martin

In his review of this DVD, Nick compared Demetri Martin to Mitch Hedberg in that Martin is a comedian who brings his material from a more down to Earth place. He also mentioned that out of all the comedians to follow Hedberg’s quite large shoes, Martin is the only one who brings serious skills to the table. I would agree with all of this, but would add that it is not Mitch Hedberg that I would compare Martin with first, it is instead Andy Kaufman. The entire time I watch Martin do his stand up act, I picture Kaufman’s stand up persona. Whether it is Martin using a sketch pad to try to put over his lesser jokes, or his use of music to put over other jokes, his style and his entire demeanor brings back memories of Andy Kaufman. His style is so unique and inventive, that he just might become one of the top comedians working today. His laid, back relaxed style, with jokes based on the simple things that we can all relate to makes him a comedian that everyone can enjoy without the overindulgent antics that drove once talented comedians like Dane Cook into promoting annoyance over the actual jokes themselves.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary (with Demetri and his family)
  • Featurette

bar

CrapDelta Farce
d.
C.B. Harding
c. Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, D.J. Qualls

You might be a redneck If you buy this movie. Hell, you might be an inbred, hillbilly, redneck, backwoods, ignorant piece of white trash garbage if you dish out enough money to buy this on Blu-Ray. The most annoying member of the Blue Color Comedy Troup was in another theatrically released movie and the world is all the worst for it. I guess enough people paid to see that safety inspector flick (it made 4 times it’s modest budget) to warrant another senseless attack to our good senses. Luckily for us, this movie made half of what the inspector movie made, so maybe if enough people ignore his next movie (Witless Protection), he will go away. For those who care, Delta Farce reunites the Cable Hillbilly with his Blue Color cohort, Bill Engvall, who is not really that bad of a comedian (at least compared to Larry) and D.J. Qualls as three bumbling Army reservists who are mistakenly dropped in Mexico where their confusion leads them to liberate a small village from a band of corrupt Federales. It is a spoof of the 1986 movie Delta Force (although I don’t see how). See what they did there? Instead of Delta Force, it’s Delta Farce, because the whole movie is a – oh, never mind. If you really want to see a really bad Army farce, rent In the Army Now. Pauly Shore’s career is already over and we should do everything in our power to do the same for “good old” Larry.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Hacienda Confidential” featurette
  • “Delta Farce: All the Way to…LA?” featurette
  • “Lisa Lampanelli: The Queen of Mean Gets the Last Word” featurette
  • “The Man Behind Carlos Santana: Danny Trejo” featurette
  • Audio commentary with director CB Harding

bar

OLDER AND CLASSIC RELEASES

Night on Earth: Criterion Collection
Stranger than Paradise: Criterion Collection

Night on EarthIndy favorite Jim Jarmusch gets the Criterion treatment this week with two releases. I’ll once again let Criterion tell you about the movies

In Stranger Than Paradise, rootless Hungarian emigre Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema. Also included in this special-edition release is Jarmusch’s legendary debut feature, Permanent Vacation, a time capsule of late-seventies Manhattan, on DVD for the first time in the United States. Stranger Than Paradise was Jarmusch’s first major release from 1984. Night on Earth was released in 1991 before StrangerJarmusch went on to achieve a small amount of public acclaim with more popular released Dead Man with Johnny Depp and Ghost Dog with Forrest Whitaker. This film is a collection of five vignettes as a cab driver as his encounters with five different people from five different cities (Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki). Criterion says Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Beatrice Dalle, and Roberto Benigni) for this hilarious quintet of tales of urban displacement and existential angst, spanning time zones, continents, and languages. Jarmusch’s lovingly askew view of humanity from the passenger seat makes for one of his most charming and beloved films.

SPECIAL FEATURES (NIGHT ON EARTH)

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch
  • Audio commentary by director of photography Frederick Elmes and location sound mixer Drew Kunin
  • Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent by fans
  • 1992 Belgian television interview with Jarmusch
  • New and improved subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by Thom Andersen, Paul Auster, Bernard Eisenschitz, Goffredo Fofi, and Peter von Bagh, and the lyrics to Tom Waits’s original songs from the film

SPECIAL FEATURES (STRANGER THAN PARADISE)

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch
  • Permanent Vacation (1980, 75 minutes), Jarmusch’s first full-length feature, presented in a new, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised by the director
  • Kino ’84: Jim Jarmusch: a 1984 German television program featuring interviews with cast and crew from Stranger Than Paradise and Permanent Vacation
  • Some Days in January, 1984, a behind-the-scenes Super-8 film by Tom Jarmusch
  • Location scouting photos
  • U.S. and Japanese trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring Jarmusch’s 1984 "Some Notes on Stranger Than Paradise," Geoff Andrew and J. Hoberman on Stranger Than Paradise, and Luc Sante on Permanent Vacation

bar

Cheech and ChongCheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke (High-Larious Edition)
d. Lou Adler
c. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong

Cheech and Chong are an acquired taste. I know probably more people who can’t stand their humor as I do people who think they are funny. I personally think they are pretty damn funny, but only in small doses. One movie every so often, and I will laugh at most of their jokes. Too much more and the pot humor gets a bit old. That said, I find much of their lesser enjoyed movie Still Smokin’ to be very, very funny and quote much of that quite often with friends. This week, their debut movie Up In Smoke comes out in a special edition. All their movies follow the same basic premise. Two drug dealers/stoners get into trouble and must find their way out of it. In this case, they are deported to Mexico and when they try to get back, the van they use is made entirely of marijuana. This leads to the two having adventures as the police close in on them. One disappointment I have in this release is that I see Cheech Marin is involved in the commentary but not Tommy Chong. I know the pair have had troubles since their split, but it would have been nice to hear the two on the commentary track in a reunion of sorts. On a side not, High-Larious Edition is quite possibly the most retarded name for a special edition ever.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary by Cheech Marin and Director Lou Adler
  • Roach Clips (Deleted Scenes) With Optional Commentary
  • "Basketball Jones" – Cartoon Short w/Intro
  • Lighting Up – A Look Back at Up In Smoke
  • The Man Song
  • "Earache My Eye" Animated Music Video
  • Two Vintage Radio Spots: Up In Smoke #1 Featuring Horrendo Revolver, and Up In Smoke #2 Featuring Saydis Saydat
  • Theatrical Trailers and more

bar

THIS WEEK IN TELEVISION

OfficeThe Office: Season Three
Prison Break: Season Two
Nip/Tuck: The Complete Fourth Season
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2
Robot Chicken: Season 2 (Uncensored)
30 Rock: Season One
The Black Donnellys: The Complete Series
She-Ra Princess of Power: Season 2
Inu Yasha: Season 4 Box Set
Spongebob Squarepants – Season 5, Vol. 1
Bosom Buddies, The Second Season
Rules of Engagement – The Complete First Season
Falcon Beach – The Complete First Season
Bosom Buddies: The Complete Series

bar

THIS WEEK IN HI-DEF

Remember the Titans (Blu-Ray)
Nip/Tuck: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-Ray)
Nip/Tuck: The Complete Fourth Season (HD-DVD)
Delta Farce (Blu-Ray)
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds: Live at Radio City Music Hall (Blu-Ray)

bar

OTHER DVDs TO SPEND YOUR CASH ON

UnderratedGeorgia Rule
Shadow Riders: 25th Anniversary Edition
Bobby Z
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Chill Out Scooby Doo: The Original Movie
Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales – Follow Your Dreams
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny V10
Trinity Twin Pack
Secret of the Cave
Bernard and the Genie
RL Stein’s The Hunting Hour: Don’t Think About It
Inu Yasha The Complete Movies Box Set
Inu Yasha Complete Deluxe Movies Box Set (Limited Edition)
Naruto, Vol. 15
City of Violence
A Special Day
Wind Chill
Unholy
Animal 2
I Witness
Fiddler of the Roof
Center of the Web
Inspector Mom
Steel Toes
The Prodigy (Unrated)
The Murder Game
Autumn
Closing Escrow
Demons from her Past

bar

THE BARGAIN BIN

BEST BUY

Delta Farce – $17.99 (Blu-Ray – $29.99)
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams – $19.99
Georgia Rule – $17.99
Cheech and Chong: Up In Smoke Special Collector’s Edition – $9.99
The Naked Brothers Band: Battle Of The Bands – $12.99
Naruto: The Movie – Ninja Clash In The Land Of Snow – $17.99

Resident Evil / Resident Evil: Apocalypse 2 Pack – $14.99
- Free Resident Evil: Extinction Movie Money, Concession Cash AND Bonus Disc

$9.99 EACH:
Crank, The Guardian, Harsh Times, Office Space: Special Edition With Flair, The Prestige, The Departed, Happy Feet, Air Buddies, Star Wars: Clone Wars – Volume I, Everyone’s Hero, Happily N’Ever After, Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile, Step Up, Invincible, The Hitcher (2007), Because I Said So, Smokin’ Aces, The Good Shepherd, Jungle 2 Jungle, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, Candleshoe, Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, The DaVinci Code, Napoleon Dynamite, The Nativity Story, The Astronaut Farmer, Music & Lyrics, Code Name: The Cleaner, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Alpha Dog, Man Of The Year, Children Of Men, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hannibal Rising: Unrated, SAW III: Unrated Edition, Tyler Perry’s Diary Of a Mad Black Woman – The Movie

DVD Sets:
The Black Donnelly’s: Season 1 – $33.99
Robot Chicken: Season 2 – $21.99
30 Rock: Season 1 – $34.99
Rules Of Engagement: Season 1 – $24.99
Spongebob Squarepants: Season 5 – $24.99
Nip/Tuck: Seasons 1/2/3 – $19.99 each
Nip/Tuck: Season 4 – $37.99 (HD-DVD or Blu-Ray – $69.99)
Desperate Housewives: Season 3 – Dirty Laundry Edition – $37.99

Prison Break: Season 2 – 37.99
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelpha: Seasons 1/2 – $29.99 each
Prison Break: Season 1 – $19.99
- Save $10 Instantly when you buy Prison Break: Season 2 AND It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

The Office: Season 3 – $32.99
The Office: Season 3 Welcome Aboard Kit – $42.99
- Best Buy Exclusive: Office Welcome Aboard Kit Contains Season #3 DVD Set, the Dundie Award, a Dwight Schrute Mini-Bobblehead and a Welcome Aboard Letter, all of which is packaged in a Office Storage Box

TARGET

Georgia Rule – $17.99
Delta Farce – $17.99
Chill Out Scooby-Doo! – Original Movie – $14.99
Disney’s Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams – $14.99

DVD Sets:
30 Rock: Season 1 – $34.99
Robot Chicken: Season 2 – $21.99
Prison Break: Season 2 – $37.99
Desperate Housewives: Season 3 – Dirty Laundry Edition – $37.99

Nip/Tuck: Season 4 – $39.99
Nip/Tuck: Season 4 Target Deluxe Edition – $44.99
- Target Exclusive Deluxe Edition features an all black case & has a Question / Answer session with the cast & crew at the Museum of Television & Radio

The Office: Season 3 – $32.99
The Office: Season 3 Target Deluxe Edition – $37.99
- Target Exclusive Deluxe Edition features an all brown case with the Dunder Mifflin logo featured and the words: “Nifty Gifty” printed on top & has a Question / Answer session with the cast & crew at the Museum of Television & Radio