THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 15th, 2009

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

d. Quentin Tarantino
Universal / The Weinstein Company

Special Features

  • Digital copy of Inglourious Basterds (for a limited time only)
  • Roundtable Discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and film historian/critic Elvis Mitchell
  • Quentin Tarantino’s Camera Angel
  • The Making of Nation’s Pride
  • The Original Inglorious Bastards – a salute to the original 1978 film
  • A Conversation with veteran actor Rod Taylor
  • Hi Sallys
  • And more!

What can be said about Tarantino’s World War II movie that hasn’t been said before. The duck-press love letter to film geeks everywhere arrives this week on DVD/Blu-Ray. Target seems to have a deal that includes a lot of the music from the film. Some tracks that weren’t included on the released soundtrack, if that’s the kind of thing that strikes your fancy. Sadly, not all of the deleted scenes from the film are presented on disc.


ROBOT CHICKEN: SEASON FOUR
c. Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Dan Milano, Donald Faison and others

Special Features

Deleted Scenes
Commentaries
Featurettes
Animatics
and more!



You would think that a stop-motion show that survives on 80s pop culture references, fart jokes and the endless of B-list celeb voice cameos would hit a wall. But, the jokes are about 80% fresh for the most part. For every Terminator puppy, you get Lohan stalking her new neighbors in an attempt to garner a new reality show following. There’s Christian Slater as Composite Santa, while you get to discover the dark origin of Billy Joel’s Piano Man. Good stuff all around, but I would prefer a Superjail DVD release. Oh wait, that’s coming around Valentine’s Day 2010. Thank you, Williams Street.


THE HANGOVER
d. Todd Phillips
c. Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong and Zach Galifiankis

Special Features

  • Commentary
  • Featurettes
  • Digital Copy
  • Gag Reel
  • Mike Tyson singing Phil Collins
  • Cursing Mash-Up

The Hangover was a lot better than it should’ve been. Several months after seeing it, I can’t really say what worked. Sure, Zach Galifiankis was firing on all cylinders. Ed Helms also broke out of his Office mold to steal the lead away from Bradley Cooper at times. Honestly, I want to put the weight of the box office success on a couple of things. Rob Riggle dominating in a brief role as a Las Vegas police officer demonstrating the use of a taser. Finally, Heather Graham’s tits. Heather Graham’s wonderful breasts have saved many a film before. Warner Brother should put them under contract. They could have a tit phone to summon them everytime they’ve got a production in trouble. If I would’ve thought of this sooner, maybe Speed Racer could’ve made some cash.

TAKING WOODSTOCK
d. Ang Lee
c. Demetri Martin, Liev Schreiber, Imelda Staunton, Eugene Levy and Emile Hirsch

Special Features

• Deleted Scenes

• Featurettes

• Commentary

BD-Live featurette

Demetri Martin is a funny guy with some serious acting chops. It’s just a shame that he has to navigate through the maze that has been marking most of Ang Lee’s later work. The film wants to be a coming-of-age story of a gay young man. It wants to be a tribute to the music. Hell, it even wants to be a period comedy. Focus on one thing and get that plate spinning. Most of America missed this bomb during the latter half of the summer. Still, it’s fascinating to watch.

NETFLIX INSTANT VIEW (POURING THE DIRT INTO BLOCKBUSTER’S GRAVE)

New movies to watch instantly
New TV to watch instantly

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ADDING NETFLIX TO THE HOME VIDEO COVERAGE?


Netflix
Instant View and various Video on Demand services are changing the way
that we view our home entertainment. As I spotlighted last week,
Netflix Instant View had a handful of Universal titles available online
before their retail bows. I’m willing to bet that the readership also
noticed this.

Given the game console base for the Instant View
service and the various folk who only view entertainment online, I feel
that we’re missing out on something. Therefore, I propose adding a
Netflix/Hulu/Google Video section for new home entertainment additions.


What have been your experiences with these services in the
past? How often do you find yourself checking out Instant View before
hitting the video store? I’m going to toy around with this for the next
few weeks. If it seems viable and something that you’re interested in,
I’ll have the sub-section ready to go by the first week of January 2010.

COMING SOON TO YOUR HOME THEATER

  1. Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly announces DANTE’S INFERNO: AN ANIMATED EPIC — coming to DVD and Blu-ray February 9th


Stretching the limits of the imagination, and breathing a whole new life into a
classic work of Medieval literature, Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the
stunning animated feature Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic on
DVD and Blu-ray™ February 9th. Prebook is January 6th, and SRP for
the DVD is $26.97 and $34.98 for the Blu-ray™. This is a collaboration with
Electronic Arts, which first conceived of a new telling of the classic story and
will release its “Dante’s Inferno” videogame day-and-date with the animated
feature.

 

Film Roman, the acclaimed animation
studio behind such films as Dead Space:
Downfall
(based on the Electronic Arts game “Dead Space”) and Hellboy Animated, took a wholly new
approach to creating the circles of Hell the films’ hero Dante must navigate.
Under the guidance of producer Joe Goyette and working from a story and creative
vision by EA/Visceral Games executive producer Jonathan Knight, this
unprecedented project enlisted some of the best animation studios in the
business to create unique visions of the underworld, including such noted Asian
animation studios as Production IG (Kill
Bill
animated sequence), Dongwoo (Batman: Gotham Knight), Manglobe (Ergo Proxy, Samurai Champloo), JM
Animation (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) and more.

 

Highlighting the feature’s unique
artistic signature, the Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic
DVD and Blu-ray™ boasts six limited edition customized covers specially created
by the six participating animation studios.

 

Dante’s Inferno: An Animated
Epic
is just one
piece of a new project spearheaded by Electronic Arts, which also includes the
highly anticipated videogame and a previously released six-issue comic series
from DC Comics/WildStorm. Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic
expands this franchise with a
must-see
feature that soars on high-octane energy and amazing visuals – combined, of
course, with a story that has haunted dreams since Dante Alighieri wrote it down
almost 700 years ago. This amazing journey takes viewers along with the warrior
Dante, and his spectral guide Virgil, into the legendary and frightening nine
circles of Hell. Join Dante as he travels through Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed,
Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery, all in search of his one true
love, Beatrice.

 

By employing a range of animation studios steeped in
the anime tradition, Film Roman and EA created a completely unique vision of
Dante Alighieri’s 14th century masterwork The Divine Comedy, with each circle of
hell having a distinct look and tone. While this gives it a modern twist, the
feature still stays true to the original elements of the poem that is known to
most as “Dante’s Inferno.” Dante’s Inferno:
An Animated Epic
is sure to delight all gamers and fan boys, but
voice-over work by Mark Hamill (Star
Wars
), Victoria Tennant (Legend of
the Mummy
), Vanessa Branch (Pirates
of the Caribbean
), and Graham McTavish (“Prison Break”) as Dante, give this
production extra dramatic depth and the literary source material makes this a
project that will appeal to an unusually broad range of adult
audiences.

 

Film Roman, which along with Anchor Bay Entertainment
is a division of Starz Media, first worked with EA on 2008’s Dead Space: Downfall. The venerable animation studio
also provides the animation production for Fox/Gracie’s “The Simpsons” and
Marvel Entertainment’s new hit “Super Hero Squad.”

 


THE CRITERION COMPLETION PROJECT (120 out of 495)

The
Chewer
Nation has been having fun with the little monthly challenges I’ve
thrown down. I’ve got a new one that just might take us through the end
of 2009. What I want us all to do is to review The Criterion
Collection
. But, there’s a catch. The number of words you can use will
be determined by the spine number.

Due to length, click on the titles to access the spine specific reviews.

1 – 100.  The First Hundred
101. Cries and Whispers
102. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise
103. The Lady Eve
104. Double Suicide
105. Spartacus
108. The Rock
116. The Hidden Fortress
121. Billy Liar
139. Wild Strawberries
147. In the Mood for Love
151. Traffic
157. The Royal Tenenbaums
175. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
186. Stolen Kisses
187. Bed and Board
188. Love on the Run
191. Jubilee
247. Videodrome
267. Kagemusha

281. Jules and Jim

and so on and so on.



Post your Criterion reviews on the CHUD message board.


THIS WEEK’S DVD REVIEWS at CHUD
  1. JULIA
  2. SAFEHOUSE
  3. OFFSPRING
  4. MARVEL ANIMATION: 6 FILM SET


THE REST OF THE DVDs THIS WEEK

Arizona Dream
Bleach, Vol. 23
The Book Of Ruth
Boys Over Flowers, Vol. 2
Brick City
Case Closed: The Last Wizard Of The Century
El Cazador De La Bruja, Pt. 1
El Cazador De La Bruja, Pt. 2
Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers
Criss Angel: Mindfreak – Collector’s Edition DVD Set
Dominick Dunne: After The Party (Collector’s Edition)
G-Force (One-Disc Standard Edition)
G-Force (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition)
George Lopez: Tall, Dark And Chicano
Ghost Hound, Collection 2
The Girl From Monaco
The Goods
The Hangover (One-Disc Standard Edition)
The Hangover (Unrated Two-Disc Special Edition)
The Head: The Complete Series (DVD-R)
The Headless Woman
Herb And Dorothy
Honey And Clover, Box 2
Ice Road Truckers: The Complete Season Three (The History Channel)
Inglourious Basterds (One-Disc Standard Edition)
Inglourious Basterds (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Know Your Mushrooms
La Boheme: The Film
Mental Scars
Miike Collection
Miss Mend
MLB: The New York Yankees 2009 World Series Collector’s Edition
Murder By Decree
One Piece: Season Two, 4th Voyage
The Other Man
The Paper Chase: Season Two
Psycho Ward
Red Canyon
Robot Chicken: Season Four
Roller Derby Chronicles
SEC: Arkansas Classics
The Sherlock Holmes Collection (BBC 1960s)
Taking Woodstock
Test Lab: Body Armor (The History Channel)
To Love-Ru, Collection 1
The Tudors: The Complete Third Season
20th Century Boys 1: Beginning Of The End
Wagon Train: The Complete First Season
Wizards Of Waverly Place: The Movie
World War III? Beyond Lebanon (The History Channel)

BLU-RAY: IT’S GETTING CHEAPER

Basilisk: The Complete Series
BluScenes: The Classic Fireplace
BluScenes: Coral Reef Aquarium
BluScenes: Journey Through Space
The Butcher
G-Force (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)
The Hangover (Unrated Special Edition)
HD Moods: Blu Ocean
Inglourious Basterds (Two-Disc Special Edition)
La Boheme: The Film
The Mel Brooks Collection
MLB: World Series 2009 Philadelphia Phillies Vs. New York Yankees – The Official World Series Film
The Other Man
P
Samurai Champloo: The Complete Series
Star Trek The Original Series: Season Three
Taking Woodstock

SPEND YOUR MONEY!




NEW RELEASES



*Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE

G-Force                                                             $15.99 $22.99  $19.99
The Hangover                                                     $15.99 $22.99  $19.99
Inglorious Basterds                                             $16.99  $24.99  $19.99
The Tudors: The Complete Third Season            $26.99
Wizards of Waverly Place Extended Movie        $16.99
The Goods: Live Fast Sell Hard                          $16.99
                                                                                 
19.99


Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Terminator Salvation

Angels & Demons

Fight Club

Watchmen

Transformers

Wall-E

A Bug’s Life

The Davinci Code

The Dark Knight

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Casino Royale

Quantum of Solace



14.99


Independence Day

Pearl Harbor

Donnie Darko

Kingdom of Heaven

Constantine

Office Space

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Apocalypto



9.99


Terminator

Reservoir Dogs

Predator

The Punisher

Speed

The Wedding Singer

Bullitt

Swordfish


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NEW RELEASES

*Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE



G-Force                                                              $15.99 $22.99  $25.99
The Hangover                                                      $14.99 $19.99  $29.99
Inglorious Basterds                                              $16.99  $24.99  $22.99

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince               $19.99  $33.99

Wizards of Waverly Place Extended Movie          $15.99
The Goods: Live Fast Sell Hard                            $14.99
Robot Chicken: Season 4                                     $22.99
The Tudors: The Complete Third Season             $27.99
WWE: The History of the WHC                          $19.99
Lost: The Complete Fifth Season                          $39.99  $49.99
Boogie Nights                                                      $24.99
Reservoir Dogs                                                    $9.99

Kill Bill, Vol. 2                                                     $19.99


$4.99 DVD Sale

Scent of a Woman
Meet Joe Black
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
The Shawshank Redemption
The Break-Up
Big Fish
Les Miserables
The Illusionist
The Princess Bride
Rudy
The Last Castle
Borat
Runaway Bride
Terminator 2: Judgment Day


$6.99 DVD Sale

Smokin’ Aces
Doomsday
The Bourne Ultimatum


$9.99 DVD Sale

Pulp Fiction: Collector’s Edition


TV on Blu-Ray sale



Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 3  $69.99

Weeds: Season 1 or
2                            
$9.99

Weeds: Season 3 or
4                            
$14.99




$14.99 Blu-Ray sale



Transformers

The Dark Knight

Heat

Enter the Dragon

Sex and the City: The Movie

Get Smart

There Will Be Blood

Wedding Crashers

The International

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Cloverfield

3:10 to Yuma

The Spirit

My Bloody Valentine 3-D

Twister

Jumper

Max Payne

Street Kings