THE WEEK OF APRIL 7th, 2009



DOUBT

Special Features

  • Doubt: From Stage to Screen
  • Scoring Doubt
  • The Cast of Doubt
  • The Sisters of Charity
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director John Patrick Shanley


Doubt
was a great John Patrick Shanley play. What hurts the film for me is the fact that the speed of the film’s events don’t match the natural progression of the play. Amy Adams and Hoffman are amazing in the feature. Viola Davis gets too much credit for playing an over-extended cameo. Then, there’s Meryl Streep. It’s becoming fashionable amongst the movie geeks to bash Streep. But, you’ve got to admire someone who brings such joy to what others would play too one-dimensionally.



THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (2008)

Special Features

  • Commentary by Screenwriter David Scarpa
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Re-imagining The Day Documentary
  • Unleashing Gort Featurette
  • Watching the Skies: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life Featurette
  • The Day the Earth Was “Green” Featurette
  • Still Galleries (Concept Art, Storyboards, Production Photos)
  • Digital Copy of The Day The Earth Stood Still for Portable Media Players
  • Copy of the 1951 original

The Day the Earth Stood Still  works as an example of why Hollywood sucks nanobot dick. Scrapping the original message and trying to turn the film into a pseudo Michael Chrichton thriller is a joke. Especially, when you see how poorly they used Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and John Cleese. Keanu Reeves actually tries to life the material with his careful performance of Klaatu. But, that’s just trying to find a cherry on top of this shit sundae.



BEDTIME STORIES

Special Features

· Until Gravity Do Us Part” featurette

· It’s Bugsy” featurette

· To All The Little People

· Hilarious Bloopers and Deleted Scenes


Bedtime Stories
isn’t that terrible of  an Adam Sandler movie. Hell, you can almost find admirable things to say about Russell Brand and Jonathan Pryce in this film. But, that would be stretching. Throw on some special features that center around Bugsy the Guinea Pig and the FX pieces for a film that keep the kids quiet during Easter.

THE PERSONAL CRITERION COLLECTION




I had an idea for a subset column for The Special Edition. Many people
want to have Criterions in their collection. Many people pretend to
like half of the films that Criterion releases. But, what about those
people that honestly can’t be bothered to be told what to like. What
about them?

That’s why I want to test the waters and see if
this floats. I want the readers of CHUD and this dear article to head
to the Boards and nominate their Personal Criterion Collection entry. I
want to see explanations and not just mindless listing of entries,
people.

All titles eligible are previously released DVD/BR media that you believe to be essential/necessary to the collection of the Home Entertainment enthusiast.

THE FIRST ENTRIES

1. The Fountain

2. Videodrome


3. Seven Men from Now


4. Stalker


5. The Last Days of Disco
6. Paris, Texas
7. Vanishing Point
8. The Stunt Man
9. The Deer Hunter
10. The Third Man
11. Southland Tales
12. Head
13. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
14. Sorcerer
15. Henry V (1989)
16. The Great White Hope
17. Fixed Bayonets

and today’s entry suggested by Anderson.






18) Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary. (click on box art to buy it at Amazon)

Guy Maddin takes the Winnipeg Royal Ballet and breathes new life into this classic horror tale. Playing with the nuance that older films have to offer, Maddin’s horror vision is scored to the lovely sounds of Gustav Mahler. Clocking in at under 80 minutes, it’s a quick blast through the Dracula tale. But, in brevity…it finds strength.



The current DVD from Zeitgeist is a little lacking in terms of supplemental material. You get a look at the construction of the sets, plus an extensive behind-the-scenes look at the stylized production. There’s a couple of radio spots and a commentary from Maddin. All of this compromises the most daring take on Dracula since Bela Lugosi first tried to bring Stoker’s creature to the big screen.


HERE’S THE LINK TO NOMINATE MORE TITLES.


EVERYTHING ELSE THAT’S AVAILABLE ON DVD

American High School


Bedtime Stories


Bedtime Stories DE


Ben 10 Alien Force: Season 1 Volume 3


Beverly Hills 90210: Season 7


The Boys from Brazil


Cleopatra (1934) (75th Anniv. Edition)


The Day Earth Stood Still (2-disc) (2008)


The Day Earth Stood Still SE (3-disc)


Disney Anim. Coll. V1 – Mickey/Beanstalk


Disney Anim. Coll. V2 – 3 Little Pigs


Disney Anim. Coll. V3 – Prince & Pauper


Donkey Punch (R & NR)


Doubt


Dynasty: Season 4 Volume 1


The Goldwyn Follies


House


Iditarod


It’s A Pleasure


Max Fleischer’s Superman


No Country For Old Men CE (3-disc)


Not Easily Broken


The Paper Chase: Season 1


Pre-Code Hollywood Coll. (Universal)


Scooby-Doo and Samurai Sword


A Song is Born


The Tale of Despereaux


TCM Spotlight: The Doris Day Collection


Tigger & Pooh: A Musical Too


Vinyan


Yes Man (1-disc)


Yes Man SE (2-disc)




BLU-RAY: THE DISC THAT WALKS LIKE A MAN

2010: The Year We Make Contact
Above the Law


American History X


Bedtime Stories


Collateral Damage


The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (3-disc)


Doubt


Final Destination


Fly Away Home


Iditarod


John Q


No Country for Old Men CE (2-disc)


Not Easily Broken

Point of No Return


Taking Lives (Extended Cut)


The Tale of Despereaux


Tango and Cash


The Wedding Singer


Yes Man SE





SPEND YOUR MONEY!




NEW DVD

The Tales of Despereaux   $16.99

Doubt  $16.99

Bedtime Stories  $16.99  (Deluxe Edition) $22.99

Yes Man  $17.99

The Day the Earth Stood Still $17.99 (Deluxe Edition) $22.99

Not Easily Broken  $19.99

Tigger & Pooh and the Musical Too  $17.99


NEW BLU-RAY



The Tales of Despereaux  $26.99

Doubt  $26.99

Bedtime Stories  $26.99

Yes Man  $26.99

The Day the Earth Stood Still $26.99



BLU-RAY BUY ONE GET ONE FREE (BOGO) $29.99 each



Iron Man

Madagascar 2

Kung Fu Panda

Wall-E

Price Caspian

Eagle Eye

Transformers

Tropic Thunder

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Body of Lies

Transporter 3

Punisher: War Zone

Bangkok Dangerous



$12.99  TV on DVD



Family Guy – Seasons 1-6

The Simpsons – Season 10

It’s Always Sunny on Philadelphia – Season 1& 2

How I Met Your Mother – Season 1-3

Arrested Development – Season 1- 3

Jon, Kate and Eight – Season 1 & 2

Seinfeld – Season 1-9





$18.99 TV on DVD




Gossip Girl – Season 1

The Office – Season 1-4

Supernatural – Seasin 1 or 3

Heroes – Season 1 or 3

The Tudors – Season 1 or 2

Dexter – Season 1 or 2



Disney DVD Sale – $13.99



High School Musical 3

Pinocchio

Space Buddies

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Wall-E

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Bolt



Dreamworks DVD Sale – $6.99



Kung Fu Panda

Secrets of the Furious Five

Bee Move

Madagascar

Madagascar 2

Shrek the Third





$13.99 – BOGO



Ice Age

Jumper

The Happening

Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe

The Bourne Ultimatum

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

What Happened in Vegas



$6.99 Easter DVDs



Dora: Egg Hunt

Easter with Max & Ruby

Elmo’s World: Springtime Fun

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Easter Chipmunks

The Easter Bunny


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The Day the Earth Stood Still $15.99 (includes 1951 film)

Doubt $19.99

No Country for Old Men: Collector’s Edition $24.99

Slumdog Millionaire $14.99

Not Easily Broken $19.99

Yes Man: 2-Disc Edition $16.99

Bedtime Stories $16.99

$14.99 Disney DVD Deals

  • WALL-E
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Chronic. of Narnia Prince Casp.
  • HSM 3



BLU-RAY



The Day the Earth Stood Still – $26.99

Yes Man – $26.99

Bedtime Stories – $26.99

The Tale of Despereaux – $27.99

Doubt – $29.99

High School Musical 3 – $29.99



$24.99

Wall-E (2-disc)

Sleeping Beauty

Narnia: Prince Caspian (2-disc)




HBO Season 1 sets are on sale for 50% off



following titles are included



Sex and City
The Sopranos
The Wire
Six Feet Under
Rome
Deadwood