Street Kings
d. David Ayer
c. Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

  • “Under Surveillance: Inside the World of Street Kings” picture-in-picture track – Combining LAPD factoids and making of materials, this feature also contains an exclusive interview with
    Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs who composed the film’s soundtrack (BLU-RAY ONLY)
  • Commentary by Director David Ayer
  • 15 Deleted Scenes
  • 10 Alternate Scenes
  • 10 Vignettes
  • “Street Rules: Rolling with David Ayer and Jaime FitzSimons” featurette
  • HBO First Look – City of Fallen Angels: Making Street Kings

WARNING!!!  There is a Single Disc Edition and a 2-Disc Special Edition. All the special features from the single disc edition is on the 2-Disc edition. The second disc is a digital download. Don’t be fooled into buying the double disc thinking there is more swag on it. Seriously, fuck those guys for trying to pull this shit. OK, on to the movie. David Ayer, who has become pigeonholed into the dirty cop genre (Dark Blue, SWAT, Harsh Times, Training Day) is back again with an Elmore Leonard adaptation. When I first heard about this movie, and sees Keanu Reeves cast in the lead, I was leery. But after watching it, I was quite impressed. It reminds me of the television show The Shield in more ways than I should mention. However, it also stood on its own as a pretty damn good little flick. It may not be as original as it once would have been, but the performances are above average (Chris Evans was just fantastic, which is par for course for the guy) and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I am interested to see what repeat viewings brings to the enjoyment factor. If you haven’t seen it, give it a rent.

Prom Night (Unrated)
d.
Nelson McCormick
c. Brittany Snow and a bunch of other twenty something kids

  • Director and Cast Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Gag Reel
  • 4 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
  • A Night To Remember: The Making of Prom Night
  • Bridgeport High Vikings Video Yearbook
  • Profile of a Killer
  • Gothic Spaces: Creating the Pacific Grand Hotel
  • Prom Night Photo Album: Real Prom Stories From the Cast

How can a movie like this not only get studio financing ($18 million budget), but also get promoted enough to earn over $50 million? It is a PG-13 horror movie (that means very little gore and no nudity) that is a remake of a classic horror film (which wasn’t very good to begin with and featured funnyman Leslie Nielson), starring today’s young starlets (OMG! It’s Kate from John Tucker Must Die!!!!!~!) It also sucks. Now compare that with Midnight Meat Train, a movie that fought to find backers (it still got $15 million) and then had its studio (Lions Gate, who distributed BRATZ!) bury the film in 102 dollar movie theaters, thereby screwing the filmmakers and investors. The difference is, of course, Meat Train features a shit load of of gore and doesn’t refrain from spraying blood everywhere. It looks like what a horror movie is supposed to, while Prom Night is more of a – hell, it’s BRATZ for the horror crowd. This movie succeeding is exactly what is wrong with the horror genre today. The UNRATED VERSION gets one minute added back into the film. The Blu Ray version gets a BD-Live Interactive Poll: Where is the Best Place to Hide a Body? and a Bonus View Picture-in-Picture Storyboard Track.

Twenty-Four Eyes – Criterion Collection
d. Keisuke Kinoshita
c. Hideko Takamine, Shizue Natsukawa, Chishu Ryu, Kumeko Urabe

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interview with Japanese cinema historian and critic Tadao Sato about the film and its director
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay be renowned film scholar Audie Bock and excerpts from an interview with Kinoshita

Know very little about this release. Here is the info I found: Keisuke Kinoshita’s Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi) is an elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher’s unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality. Set in a remote, rural island community and spanning decades of Japanese history, from 1928 through World War II and beyond, Kinoshita’s film takes a simultaneously sober and sentimental look at the epic themes of aging, war, and death, all from the lovingly intimate perspective of Hisako Oshi (Hideko Takamine), as she watches her pupils grow and deal with life’s harsh realities. Though little known in the United States, Twenty-Four Eyes is one of Japan’s most popular and enduring classics.

The Small Back Room
d. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
c. David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, Jack Hawkins, Michael Gough

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Charles Barr
  • New video interview with cinematographer Christopher Challis
  • Excerpts from Michael Powell’s audio dictations for his autobiography
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Nick James

Know very little about this release. Here is the info I found: After the lavish Technicolor spectacle of The Red Shoes, British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger retreated into the inward, shadowy recesses of this moody, crackling character study. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nigel Balchin, The Small Back Room details the professional and personal travails of troubled, alcoholic research scientist and military bomb-disposal expert Sammy Rice (David Farrar), who, while struggling with a complex relationship with secretary girlfriend Susan (Kathleen Byron), is hired by the government to advise on a dangerous new German weapon. Deftly mixing suspense and romance, The Small Back Room is an atmospheric, post–World War II gem.

Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies

Dana Carvey was always one of my favorite Saturday Night Live cast members. Whether it was Church Chat, Wayne’s World, George Bush, or even the lesser Hans and Frans, I loved every minute of Carvey on my TV. He got the same kick start into movies as buddy Mike Myers, both with the Saturday Night Live comedy Wayne’s World and a very entertaining solo breakout debut in Opportunity Knocks. However, he followed a second (and very entertaining) Wayne’s World movie with the VERY disappointing Clean Slate and the embarrassingly bad Master of Disguise. With the exception of a cameo in Little Nicky, he disappeared. I look at other, less talented individuals who continued to get financed for bad movies (Hey look, it’s Rob Schneider!) and wonder where Carvey has been. I have come up with two ideas. (1) He was no longer funny and no one would take a chance on him anymore. (2) He refused to continue to make bad comedies, unlike his contemporaries (Hey look, there goes Rob Schneider again!). After watching this comedy special, which debuted on HBO, I have to say he is definitely still funny. This is a great return to form for the SNL alum, as he takes aim at everything from the upcoming presidential election in a hilarious spoof to his comic takes on growing old. If you were ever a fan of Carvey’s career, watch this DVD. Also included is his first ever HBO comedy special, previously unreleased

 

OTHERS

Camp Rock (Extended Rock Star Edition)
Best of Both Worlds Concert: The 3-D Movie
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Widescreen & Full Screen Edition)

The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (Widescreen)
An American Crime
The Life Before Her Eyes
Affinity

The Wizard of Gore
The Fletch Collection

Deal
Don Quixote
The Unseen
Quid Pro Quo
Her Best Move
Chronicle of an Escape
Recount

TELEVISION ON DVD

House, M.D. – Season Four
Dexter – The Complete Second Season
Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles – The Complete First Season
Gossip Girl – The Complete First Season
Perry Mason: Season 3, Vol. 1
Transformers Animated: Season One
Married… with Children: The Complete Ninth Season

COMING SOON

THE NEXT MONTH (aka MY TOP FIVE PICKS)

AUGUST 26
Brotherhood of Wolf Director’s Cut
Delicatessen (Special Edition)
The Nightmare Before Christmas [Blu-ray]
Miami Vice (2006) (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
Entourage – The Complete Fourth Season

SEPTEMBER 02
Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Supernatural – The Complete Third Season
Eli Stone: The Complete First Season
The Office: Season Four
Every Which Way But Loose [Blu-ray]

SEPTEMBER 09
How the West Was Won (Ultimate Collector’s Edition)
The Big Lebowski – 10th Anniversary Edition
Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition)

Cool Hand Luke (Deluxe Edition)
Kill Bill – Volumes 1 & 2 [Blu-ray]

SEPTEMBER 16
Pushing Daisies – The Complete First Season
The Mist [Blu-ray]
Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Edition)
Speed Racer [Blu-ray]
Blood Simple (Director’s Cut)

CRITERIONS ON BLU-RAY IN NOVEMBER -
 Preorder from Criterion for only $31.96 each!!!

     
 

THE BARGAIN BIN

6 Films to Keep You Awake  $19.99
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day  $19.99
Prom Night: Unrated Edition  $16.99
Recount  $14.99
Scorpion King 2  $16.99
Street Kings: 2-Disc (Digital Copy)  $22.99

Camp Rock $22.99 *
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus The 3-D Movie: 2-Disc Extended Edition $22.99 * (Includes 3-D Glasses)
* Save $10 when you buy both Camp Rock and Hannah Montana 3-D in standard or Blu-Ray.

DVD Sets:
Hannah Montana Vol. 1-4  $14.99 each or 2 for $20
Gossip Girl: Season 1   $39.99
House: Season 4  $34.99
House: Seasons 1-3  $26.99 each
Married with Children: Season 9  $27.99
Married with Children: Seasons 1-8  $17.99 each
Terminator: The Sarah Conner of Chronicles: Season 1  $22.99 (Best Buy Exclusive Steel Book Packaging)
Dexter: Season 1  $19.99
Dexter: Season 2  $24.99
Transformers Animated: Season 1  $19.99
One Tree Hills: Season 3  $19.99
One Tree Hills: Seasons 1-2  $19.99 each
Supernatural: Season 2  $19.99
Supernatural: Season 1  $19.99 each
Veronica Mars: Season 3  $19.99
Veronica Mars: Season 1-2  $19.99 each

$5.99
Invincible, Bridge to Terabithia, Eight Below, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

$8.99
Flags of Our Fathers, Stardust, Zodiac, NEXT, Braveheart, Shooter, Dreamgirls

$9.99
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World End, National Treasure, Gong Baby Gone, The Chornicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad LIVE  $9.99
Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day  $19.99
High School Musical 2: Extended Edition  $21.99
High School Musical: Encore Edition  $14.99
Hannah Montana: One In A Million  $12.99
That’s So Suite Life Of Hannah Montana: Mixed Up MashedUp Edition  $12.99
Never Back Down  $14.99
Prom Night: Unrated  $14.99
Street Kings  $14.99 *
Street Kings: 2 Disc Special Edition w/Digital Copy  $22.99 *
The Scorpion King 2: Rise Of A Warrior  $17.99
* 35 Free downloads from eMusic with purchase of Street Kings DVD or Street Kings Blu-Ray disc

Camp Rock: Extended Rock Star Edition  $14.99 *
Hannah Montana: Best Of Both Worlds Concert 3D  $21.99 * *
* Purchase both marked titles together on the same receipt and save $10
* Includes 4 pairs of 3D glasses // Limited time offer

$6.99 DVDs:
O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Hustle & Flow, Jackass Number Two: Unrated, Jackass The Movie: Special Edition – Unrated, Aeon Flux, Invincible, Mean Girls, The Longest Yard (Adam Sandler), Coming To America: Special Collector’s Edition, Forrest Gump, Eight Below, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Bridge To Terabithia, Beowulf & Grendel, Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider / Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life Double Feature

$9.99 DVDs:
The Game Plan, Underdog (Live Action), Gone Baby Gone: Extended Ending, 10,000 B.C., Fool’s Gold, Wild Hogs, Pirates Of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

3 DVDs for $18:
Regularly $9.99 each // Titles may vary by store // Titles must be purchased on the same receipt in order to receive special price:
Click: Special Edition, 18 Going On 30: Fun & Flirty Edition, Stand By Me, Brian’s Song, Cruel Intentions: Collector’s Edition, Fools Rush In, Labyrinth, Something’s Gotta Give, Pink Panther: Special Edition (Steve Martin), A Knight’s Tale: Special Edition, Desperado: Special Edition, Snatch, Sense & Sensibility, The Mask Of Zorro: Deluxe Edition

BluRay High Definition Discs:
Casino Royale  $24.99
30 Days Of Night  $24.99
Untraceable  $24.99
The Pursuit Of Happyness  $24.99
Ghost Rider  $24.99
We Own The Night  $24.99
The Other Boleyn Girl  $24.99
Street Kings w/Digital Copy  $29.99 *
Camp Rock: Extended Rock Star Edition  $24.99
Hannah Montana: Best Of Both Worlds Concert 3D  $24.99
* 35 Free downloads from eMusic with purchase of Street Kings DVD or Street Kings Blu-Ray

DVD Sets:
House: Season 4  $34.99
Dexter: Season 2  $27.99
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 1  $21.99
Gossip Girl: Season 1  $36.99
The Shield: Season 5  $19.99 
Seinfeld: Season 9  $19.99
Rescue Me: Season 3  $19.99
The King Of Queens: Season 8  $15.99
Damages: Season 1  $19.99
The Boondocks: Season 1 – Uncut & Uncensored  $19.99
Married With Children: Season 7  $15.99