The Big Lebowski – 10th Anniversary Edition
d.
The Coen brothers
c. Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steev Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

With Burn After Reading hitting theaters this weekend, I guess studios feel it is time to revisit the Coen brothers. After last year’s masterpiece No Country for Old Men finally netting the boys their first Oscar, this next flick takes us back to the quirky comedy of the brother’s spectacular back catalogue. It’s hard to believe it has been ten years since The Big Lebowski was released. Hell, it’s even harder to believe it’s been twelve years since Fargo hit theaters. I’m happy to see the boys back to what looks like this type of comedy, though and I can’t wait to see this new film this weekend. So, the million dollar question is what makes this new version of the adventures of Jeffrey Lebowski, Walter Sobchak and Donny Kerabatsos (I love the Coen’s characters names) worth getting? Well, allow me to whip mine out and see which one is bigger. Hey, look at that – mine ain’t got shit on it but an interview. If I remember right, there was a bowling ball looking special edition that came out some time back. Let’s see what is on that one. It included an introduction by Mortimer Young, Jeff Bridges’ photography, a ‘Making of The Big Lebowski’ featurette and production notes. This special edition blows away both of those versions, when it comes to extra features.

  • Introduction by Mortimer Young – Mortimer Young, a practitioner of “non-uptight” film preservation showcases his mind-blowing restoration of the infamous “toe scene.”
  • Jeff Bridges Photography
  • The Dude’s Life – In this all new bonus feature, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and how their delivery of the Coen brothers’ dialog became classic movie lines
  • The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later – A never-before-seen conversation with the cast about the film’s decade-long reign as a cult classic
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The Making of The Big Lebowski
  • The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever’s Story – An in-depth look at the annual Lebowski Fest, a celebration of The Dude and his world, attended by thousands each year
  • Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of the Dude – A look at some of the Dude’s trippiest fantasies so fans can learn for the first time how these innovative scenes were created
  • Interactive Map – Take a tour of the locations of The Big Lebowski, then and now
  • Jeff Bridges Photo Book – For more than 30 years, Jeff Bridges has been snapping pictures on movie sets. The accomplished photographer presents a portfolio of shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski.
  • Photo Gallery

It is also available in the special packaging show below

The Forbidden Kingdom
d. Rob Minkoff
c. Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Lifei Liu, Colin Chou, Michael Angarano

And it comes. The DVD release that will, once again, make me curse the name of the DVD companies for their shady packaging. There is two versions of The Forbidden Kingdom. The first version is a bare bones single disc edition. For $5 more you can get a 2-Disc Special Edition. The second disc is a digital download. HOWEVER!!!!!!!!! They apparently realized we have seen through their shady tactic of calling a 2-Disc Edition a special edition with that download the only extra. In this case, they put a bunch of special features on the first disc – but only in the double disc set. This means, to me, they had room to put all this on the single disc edition but chose not to in order to force you to buy the 2-Disc with the digital download. For $5 more. Why they couldn’t put the extras on the single disc as well amounts to one thing: greed. The following features are only on the first disc of the two disc set.

  • Audio commentary with director Rob Minkoff and writer John Fusco
  • “The Kung Fu Dream Team” featurette
  • “:Dangerous Beauty” featurette
  • “Discovering China” featurette
  • “Filming in Chinawood” featurette
  • “Monkey King and The Eight Immortals” featurette
  • Blooper Reel
  • Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Rob Minkoff and John Fusco
  • Pre-Visualization featurette – takes the viewer from the storyboards through pre-production animation footage to the final finished look for selected scenes throughout the film, accompanied by commentary from Rob Minkoff

Baby Mama
d. Michael McCullers
c. Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin

I really like Tina Fey. I thought Mean Girls was a really good movie and one of the only Lindsey Lohan movies I give a shit about. I also think 30 Rock is fucking brilliant. The girl has talent pouring out of orifices I can only dream of. I never liked Amy Poehler. She always annoyed the shit out of me in just about everything I have seen her in. That was all before I saw the very surprising Hamlet II. She was very funny in that and showed great comic timing when delivering some very funny off color jokes. It made me think twice about whether I wanted to see this movie or not. I mean, Fey made me care about a Lohan movie, and even though she did not write this one, I would assume she had a bit of creative control. I should give her the benefit of the doubt here as well.

  • Commentary with writer/director Michael McCullers and cast members Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
  • From Conception to Delivery: The Making of Baby Mama
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Saturday Night Live: Legacy of Laughter

The Fall
d. Tarsem
c. Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Lee Pace, Kim Uylenbroek

I will admit to saying I don’t know shit about this movie. I have heard of it, and I know it is by the guy who made the visually dynamic, yet shallow Jennifer Lopez vehicle The Cell. I won’t buy a movie based on Tarsem’s name. What is up with that name anyway? Be right back………..Ok, his name is Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, and I would assume he only uses the name Tarsem to avoid the similar jokes poked at Shyamalan for his name. Wikipedia also says his films are noted for their operatic elements – lush colors, desert landscapes, horses, extensive costume design and sets, exotic locations and lack of digital animation. Am I forgetting something or wasn’t The Cell full of digital animation? Either way, this movie should not be seen based on Tarsem’s name, but on the recommendation of the “presenters.” In much the same way Quentin Tarantino pimped out some pretty damn good foreign flicks using his name, Tarsem gets two of the greatest fucking directors in the world to pimp this movie. David Fincher and Spike Jonze presents: The Fall. I’m sold.

  • Director’s Commentary
  • Commentary with Lee Pace, Writer/Producer Nico Soultanakis and Writer Dan Gilroy
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making Of

Kill Bill – Volumes 1 & 2 [Blu-ray] (Amazon.com Exclusive)
d. Quentin Tarantino
c. Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivicia A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Sonny Chiba, Julia Dreyfus, Michael Bowen

Dear Quentin Tarantino,

You kick all kinds of ass and I love every movie you have made. I am so excited that you are finally getting around to making Inglorious Bastards and I really don’t want to distract you from that because I know you must have a severe form of ADD and have the attention span of a gnat. However, I have one request – RELEASE THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR!!!!!! I am very excited to see Kill Bill coming out on Blu-Ray, but I would have been willing to pay the extra money for BOTH FUCKING MOVIES PUT TOGETHER LIKE YOU PROMISED SO MANY YEARS AGO!!!!!!!! I will be there on opening weekend to see your new movie, but please take this request into consideration.

Shawn

  • The Making of KILL BILL Volume 1
  • THE “5, 6, 7, 8’S” Musical Performances
  • Tarantino Trailers: “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill: Volume 1” bootleg trailer, Kill Bill” Volume 2 teaser.
  • The Making of KILL BILL Volume 2
  • Damoe Deleted Scene
  • Chingon Musical Performance

Cool Hand Luke (Deluxe Edition)
d. Stuart Rosenberg
c. Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Dennis Hopper

Paul Newman is long for our world. The man I consider the greatest actor alive has put out a number of fantastic movies over his storied career. The Hustler, Hud, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Sting. The Verdict. Slap Shot. The Hudsucker Proxy. Road to Perdition. This man had a career that anyone would envy and was fantastic from beginning to end. He was the presence that made an overly sappy Message in a Bottle carry the emotional weight it did. I carry such an admiration for the man, I would place him on a pedestal above even his contemporary Robert Redford as the better actor of his era. When he eventually passes away (with reports are differing daily on that matter), we will lose a true National Treasure. Until then, enjoy the career of this fantastic performer. Hell, enjoy it on Blu-Ray!

  • A Natural-Born World-Shaker: The Making of Cool Hand Luke
  • Commentary by noted writer and Paul Newman biographer Eric Lax
  • Original trailer

Heckler
d. Michael Addis
c. Louie Anderson, Dave Attell, Lewis Black, David Cross, Craig Ferguson, Carrie Fisher, Larry Flynt, Tom Green, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Jamie Kennedy, Jon Lovitz, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Patton Oswalt, Rob Zombie, Devin Faraci

Who out there has ever wanted to own a DVD starring Devin Faraci? Put your hands down, your reading a column and I can’t actually see you. Well, this week all your dreams will finally be realized. You can now own the movie that involves Devin Faraci during the immortal moment in time where he calls Leonard Maltin a twatmuffin. Also, according to Devin, you get to see Uwe Boll beat up Aint It Cool News’ MiraJeff so badly he pukes. Comedy gold.

  • A feature-length audio commentary with star Jamie Kennedy and director Michael Addis
  • “Extended Scenes”
  • “Deleted Scenes”


TELEVISION ON DVD

Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Fourth Season
Smallville – The Complete Seventh Season
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3
Ugly Betty: The Complete Second Season
C.S.I. Miami – The Sixth Season
Wings – The Seventh Season
Jon & Kate Plus Eight, Seasons 1 – 2
Medium – The Fourth Season

OTHERS

How the West Was Won (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Rodan/War of the Gargantuas
Child’s Play
Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition)
Jerry Maguire [Blu-ray]
Day Watch [Blu-ray]
Night Watch [Blu-ray]
Rudy [Blu-ray] The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Seed
Bloody Moon
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! – Strippers VS Zombies


COMING SOON

THE NEXT MONTH (aka MY TOP FIVE PICKS)

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)

SEPTEMBER 23
The Godfather Collection – Four-Disc Coppola Restoration [Blu-ray]
L.A. Confidential [Blu-ray]
Friday The 13th – The Series: The First Season
Run, Fat Boy, Run
Leatherheads

SEPTEMBER 30
Iron Man (Ultimate 2-Disc Edition)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Three-Disc Unrated Collector’s Edition)
The Thing [Blu-ray]
Daredevil – The Director’s Cut [Blu-ray]
The Sixth Sense [Blu-ray]

OCTOBER 07
Touch Of Evil (50th Anniversary Edition)
Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition [Blu-ray]
Rear Window (Universal Legacy Series)
Psycho (Special Edition) (Universal Legacy Series)
Vertigo (Universal Legacy Series)

THE BARGAIN BIN

The Forbidden Kingdom  $16.99
The Forbidden Kingdom: 2 Disc Special Edition w/Digital Copy  $22.99
Baby Mama  $16.99
Barbie & The Diamond Castle  $14.99
The Fall  $19.99
Heckler  $14.99
The Life & Times Of Mr. Perfect  $19.99
The Big Lebowski: 10th Anniversary Edition  $14.99
Cool Hand Luke: Deluxe Edition  $14.99
How The West Was Won: Ultimate Collector’s Edition  $29.99

$4.99 DVDs:
Hero, Seven Swords, The Last Legion, Nanny McPhee, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Bring It On: All Or Nothing

$7.99 DVDs:
Eight Below, The Great Raid, Invincible, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Messengers, Stomp The Yard, Because I Said So, Georgia Rule, The Last Mimzy, Ghost Rider, The Condemned, , CRANK, CHAOS, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Eastern Promises, Battlestar Galactica: Razor, BORAT, Number 23, Bridge To Terabithia, Fracture, Hot Fuzz, Talladega Nights: Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, Saturday Night Live: Lost & Found – SNL In The 80’s, Flags Of Our Father, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis Of Evil, Legend: Ultimate Edition

Blu-Ray
The Forbidden Kingdom w/Digital Copy  $29.99
Baby Mama  $29.99
The Scorpion King 2  $19.99
Kill Bill: Volume I  $29.99 *
Kill Bill: Volume II  $29.99 *
Rudy  $24.99
The Fall  $29.99
Cool Hand Luke  $24.99
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 4  $64.99
Smallville: Season 7  $59.99 *
* Buy Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2 Together on the same receipt and save $10
* Free exclusive Visions comic book included with the purchase of Smallville: Season 7 // Minimum 10 per store for standard edition DVD and 3 for the Blu-Ray version // Comic book for standard edition DVD is on pack and Blu-Ray version is by mail

DVD Sets:
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 3  $27.99
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 1+2  $19.99
American Dad: Volume I / II  $19.99 each
Arrested Development: Season 1 / 2 / 3  $19.99 each
How I Met Your Mother: Season 1 / 2  $19.99 each
The Riches: Season 1  $19.99
My Name Is Earl: Season 1 / 2  $19.99 each
The Simpsons: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10  $29.99 each
Medium: Season 4  $39.99
Medium: Season 1  $39.99
Wings: Season 7  $27.99
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 4  $37.99 *
Ugly Betty: Season 2  $39.99 *
CSI: Miami : Season 6  $44.99
CSI: Miami : Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5  $29.99 each
Smallville: Season 7  $39.99 *
* Buy Ugly Betty: Season 2 & Grey’s Anatomy: Season 4 Together on the same receipt and save $10
* Free exclusive Visions comic book included with the purchase of Smallville: Season 7 // Minimum 10 per store for standard edition DVD and 3 for the Blu-Ray version // Comic book for standard edition DVD is on pack and Blu-Ray version is by mail // No rain checks // No dealers

Baby Mama  $14.99
The Forbidden Kingdom  $14.99
The Forbidden Kingdom: 2 Disc Special Edition w/Digital Copy  $22.99
The Next Avengers: Heroes Of Tomorrow  $14.99
Barbie & The Diamond Castle  $14.99
Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery – The Movie  $14.99

20% Off All Tyler Perry DVD Titles
Get A Circuit City Exclusive Free Movie Certificate with the purchase of these DVDs to see Tyler Perr’s “The Family That Preys Together
Meet The Browns $7.99
I Can Do Bad All By Myself $7.99
Daddy’s Little Girls $7.99
Madea’s Family Reunion $7.99
Diary Of A Mad Black Woman – The Movie $7.99
Meet The Browns – The Movie $17.50
Why Did I Get Married?  $11.99
What’s Done In The Dark $11.99

$6.99 DVDs:
Kill Bill: Volume II, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, OngBak: Thai Shoe Salesman, The Bone Collector / Sea Of Love Double Feature, Bird On A Wire / The Cowboy Way Double Feature, About A Boy / American Dreamz Double Feature, Notting Hill / Erin Brockovich Double Feature, Out Of Sight / Intolerable Cruelty Double Feature, Meet Joe Black / Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Double Feature, Portrait In Black / Madame X Double Feature, The People Under The Stairs / Shocker Double Feature, End Of Days / Virus Double Feature, Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie / Born In East L.A. Double Feature, Patch Adams / What Dreams May Come Double Feature, Major Payne / Sgt. Bilko Double Feature , A Knight’s Tale: Special Edition, XXX, Click: Special Edition, The Benchwarmers, Meatballs: Special Edition, Rudy, ALI, Silent Hill, First Knight, Augustus, Stranger Than Fiction, ZOOM: Academy For Superheroes, Tears Of The Sun, Desperado: Special Edition, Marie Antoinette, The Mask Of Zorro: Deluxe Edition, 13 Going On 30: Fun & Flirty Edition, Snatch (Red Cover), Hitch, Running With Scissors, The Wedding Planner, Spanglish, RV, The Dark Crystal: Special Edition, Labyrinth,

Blu-Ray
The Forbidden Kingdom w/Digital Copy  $34.99
Baby Mama  $27.99
We Are Marshall  $17.99
300  $17.99
Troy  $17.99
The Invasion  $17.99
Pan’s Labyrinth  $17.99
Firewall  $17.99
16 Blocks  $17.99
Shooter  $17.99
Black Hawk Down  $17.99
The Fifth Element  $17.99
Shoot ‘Em Up  $17.99
Ocean’s Thirteen  $17.99

DVD Sets:
Smallville: Season 7  $36.99
CSI: Miami – Season 6  $44.99
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 3  $29.99
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 4  $36.99 * *
Ugly Betty: Season 2  $37.99 *
* Purchase both marked TV sets together on same receipt and Save $10
* Includes an ABC TV sampler with pilot episodes