THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 22nd, 2009

DISTRICT 9
d. Neill Blomkamp
Sony Pictures

Special Features

  • Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus
  • Director’s commentary
  • Deleted scenes
  • The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker’s Log — three-part documentary Innovation: Acting and Improvisation
  • Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9
  • Alien Generation: Visual Effects
  • God of War III demo
  • Interactive Map

When I first saw the film back in August, I was torn. Sharlto Copley impressed the hell out of me. Hell, Blomkamp’s ability to blend nearly flawless CG with live-action left me staggered. It’s just that I didn’t find the story to be that compelling. It fell somewhere between the faux documentary nature of Cloverfield and Chris Claremont’s Genosha. I’ll have to view it again before making a final decision.


EXTRACT
c. Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Beth Grant and Gene Simmons

Special Features

Deleted Scenes
Extended Scenes
Secret Recipe featurette



Mike Judge should be able to make any film he wants without question.  After FOX spent the last decade toying with him at every chance, Judge jumped ship to Miramax. Sadly, he made a quality film for his new studio that didn’t actually grab the mainstream’s attention. It’s quite sad that no one can make such a dark comedy anymore. I don’t know what to blame it on. Passing indifference or media saturation.


(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
d. Marc Webb
c. Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Chloe Moretz

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Marc Webb, Writer Michael Webber, Co-Writer Scott Newstator and Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Lost Days of Summer: 9 Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional
    Commentary by Director Marc Webb, Writer Michael Webber, Co-Writer
    Scott Newstator and Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Means Cinemash: “Sid and Nancy/500 Days of Summer”
  • Not A Love Story:Making 500 Days of Summer
  • 6 Conversations with Zoe and Joseph
  • Music Video: Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap

500 Days of Summer should’ve been too much for the non-hipster crowd. What director Mark Webb manages to do is craft a younger celluloid romance with quite the mysterious element. That being charm. It’s rare to find a film that actually makes you happy for the characters onscreen. I feel that that negative nature of the past decade might be ending. Hopefully, it’s not to be replaced by a Dystopian wasteland. I can handle dystopia, as long as it features musical numbers with Zooey Deschanel. Topless musical numbers.

FAMILY GUY: SOMETHING, SOMETHING DARK SIDE
d. Dominic Polcino
c. Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Seth Green and Alex Borstein

Special Features

● Audio Commentary
● Deleted Scenes
● Behind-The-Scenes Featurette – “The Darkside of Poster Art”
● Animatics
● Pop-Up Video


A Star Wars parody only goes so far. Aping material that has spent the last three decades being recycled isn’t funny. I don’t care to see characters from new shit being pasted into old shit. Then, there’s that fucking AT-AT injured knee gag. It stopped being funny three years ago on your own damn show. Slamming Family Guy has become the norm, but that’s not the issue. The issue is trying to spin non-sequiturs out of overdone fan material.

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. THE T.A.M.I. SHOW: COLLECTOR’S EDITION
    SHOUT! FACTORY TO RELEASE HISTORIC CONCERT
    FILM FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD

One of the rarest rock events ever captured on film, the 1964 concert
known as The T.A.M.I. Show, featuring performances by future Rock and
Roll Hall of Famers the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the
Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, the
Supremes, and many others, will be officially released for the first
time by Shout! Factory on March 23. The T.A.M.I. Show: Collector’s
Edition includes exciting new bonus features including new commentary
by director Steve Binder, original T.A.M.I Show radio spots, and a
20-page booklet with liner notes and rare photos and memorabilia.

The
T.A.M.I. Show was filmed live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in
1964, a mere seven months after the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan
Show and introduced the Swinging ’60s to America. This legendary film
has never been available on DVD and hasn’t been seen in its entirety
since it originally appeared in theaters, including its “world
premiere” at 33 Los Angeles area theaters on November 14, 1964.
Mastered from a new High-Definition transfer and restored to its
original length, this complete version features the Beach Boys
performances that were removed shortly after the film’s initial
theatrical run.

The T.A.M.I. Show is the first concert movie of
the rock era, capturing such superstars as the Rolling Stones (with the
late Brian Jones), James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, the
Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Miracles (featuring Smokey Robinson), and
many other Motown and British Invasion acts in their early prime. Aside
from the five rock groups, all the performers are backed by a band that
we’ve now come to know as “the Wrecking Crew,” famed for playing on all
the Phil Spector-produced hits, and included future stars Glen Campbell
and Leon Russell among others. Fanita James, Jean King, and future solo
star Darlene Love, billed as The Blossoms, provide backing vocals.

This
special set is what music fans have been waiting for: the ultimate
collector’s edition of this long-unavailable landmark film. Critically
acclaimed and long sought after, the film contains James Brown’s
legendary performance, which was a major influence on Michael Jackson,
Prince, Mick Jagger, Sting, Beck and many others. Rick Rubin calls it
“the single greatest rock & roll performance ever captured on
film.” The T.A.M.I. Show was added to the Library Congress’s National
Film Registry in 2006.

Founded in 1957, dick clark productions,
inc. (dcp) is a leading independent producer of television programming.
dcp produces perennial hits such as “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’
Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe
Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. dcp also produces
popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can
Dance,” and “Shaq VS” and owns and maintains one of the world’s most
unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than
30 years of “American Bandstand” footage. For additional information
about dcp, please visit http://www.dickclarkproductions.com.

Performances

Jan And Dean SHOW OPEN: (Here They Come) From All Over The World

Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode, Maybellene

Gerry And The Pacemakers – Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying, It’s Gonna Be Alright

Chuck Berry – Sweet Little Sixteen

Gerry And The Pacemakers – How Do You Do It?

Chuck Berry – Nadine

Gerry And The Pacemakers – Like It

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles- That’s What Love Is Made Of, You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me, Mickey’s Monkey

Marvin Gaye – Stubborn Kind Of Fellow, Pride And Joy, Can I Get A Witness, Hitch Hike

Lesley Gore – Maybe I Know, You Don’t Own Me, You Didn’t Look Around, Hey Now, It’s My Party, Judy’s Turn To Cry

Jan & Dean – The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena), Sidewalk Surfin

The Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A., I Get Around, Surfer Girl, Dance, Dance, Dance

Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas – Little Children, Bad To Me, I’ll Keep You Satisfied, From A Window

The Supremes – When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes, Run, Run, Run, Baby Love, Where Did Our Love Go

The Barbarians – Hey Little Bird

James Brown and The Flames – Out Of Sight, Prisoner Of Love, Please, Please, Please, Night Train

The Rolling Stones – Around And Around, Off The Hook, Time Is On My Side, It’s All Over Now, I’m Alright

Filmed at the Santa Monica Civic Center October 29, 1964

Bonus Features
New commentary by director Steve Binder
Original T.A.M.I Show radio spots
20-page booklet featuring detailed essay and rare photos and memorabilia”

 


THE CRITERION COMPLETION PROJECT (126 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
106. Coup de Torchon
107. Mona Lisa
108. The Rock
109. The Scarlet Empress
110. Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday
111. Mon Oncle
116. The Hidden Fortress
121. Billy Liar
135. Rebecca
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.


THE REST OF THE DVDs THIS WEEK

Ah My Buddha, Vol. 6: The Six Realms Below
All About Steve
American Pie Presents: The Book Of Love
Audrey Hepburn: Couture Muse Collection
Baian The Assassin: Complete Collection
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
Blind Date
District 9 (One-Disc Edition)
District 9 (Two-Disc Edition)
Extract
Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side
Family Guy Two-Pack: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side/Blue Harvest
(500) Days Of Summer
Gakuen Heaven: Complete Collection
Ghost Machine
Guyver: The Complete Series
Ichi: The Movie
The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years, Vol. 1 – Parents/Thumbs Down
Kazuo Umezz’s Horror Theater
Kyle XY: The Complete Third And Final Season
Maid-Droid
The Maxx: The Complete Series (DVD-R)
Noble Things
Paranormal Entity
Pretty To Think So
Second To None: 10th Anniversary Special Edition
Shattered Lives
Spice And Wolf: Season One
Staten Island
Taxi: The Final Season
Taxi: Complete Series Value Pack
Torso
WWE: Survivor Series 2009

BLU-RAY: IT’S GETTING CHEAPER

All About Steve
American Pie Presents: The Book Of Love
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
District 9
Extract
Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side
(500) Days Of Summer
Ichi: The Movie
Maldeamores/Mancora
Staten Island

SPEND YOUR MONEY!




NEW RELEASES



*Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE

District 9                                                              $16.99 $22.99  $19.99 
Family Guy: Something, Something Dark Side       $12.99 $19.99 

500 Days of Summer                                            $16.99  $24.99
All About Steve                                                    $16.99  $24.99
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love             $16.99  $22.99
                                                                                 
19.99


Year One
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 (2009)
Up
The Ugly Truth
Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian
Santa Buddies
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

DVD Sale


Year One                                                         $19.99
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs                   $14.99
The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 (2009)                  $14.99
Up                                                                   $14.99
The Ugly Truth                                                 $19.99
Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian  $14.99
Santa Buddies                                                   $14.99
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure                      $14.99


TV on DVD Sale



Gossip Girl: Season 2                                     $26.99
Everybody Loves Raymond Seasons 3 or 4    $14.99
Scrubs: Seasons 1 or 2                                   $18.99
Lost: The Complete Fifth Season                    $39.99
The Tudors: The Complete Third Season        $29.99
Bones: Seasons 1 and 2                                  $26.99
Good Eats with Alton Brown                          $12.99


DVD Multi-Pack Sale



Batman Collection: Burton / Schumacher Years    $8.99
The Matrix Collection: Four Films                         $8.99
Ice Cube Collection: Four Films                           $8.99

$10 DVD Sale


The Dark Knight
The Santa Clause 3
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation


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NEW RELEASES

*Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE



District 9                                                            $15.99 $22.99  $19.99  $29.99
Family Guy: Something, Something Dark Side     $14.99 $19.99  $29.99

Extract                                                                 $17.99  $24.99
500 Days of Summer                                           $17.99  $24.99
All About Steve                                                    $17.99  $24.99
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love           $17.99  $24.99

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SALE!

  1. Buy 2 of the DVDs, get a $5 gift card
  2. Buy 2 of the Blu-Rays, get a $10 gift card

  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince             $19.99 $16.99
  • The Hangover                                             $19.99 $19.99
  • Terminator Salvation                                    $19.99 $19.99
  • Watchmen                                                 $10.99 $19.99
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs                 $14.99 $19.99
  • Santa Buddies                                            $14.99 $19.99
  • Disney: Earth                                             $14.99 $19.99
  • Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure                    $14.99 $19.99
  • UP                                                           $14.99 $24.99
  • Bolt                                                          $14.99 $24.99
  • Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs                      $19.99 $29.99
  • G-Force                                                     $19.99 $29.99
  • Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian  $19.99 $29.99
  • Twilight                                                      $19.99 $29.99
  • Angels and Demons                                       $19.99 $29.99
  • X-Men Origins:Wolverine                                $19.99 $29.99
  • Public Enemies                                             $19.99 $29.99
  • Inglorious Basterds                                       $19.99 $29.99



HBO TV on DVD Sale (It’s HALF OFF!)




  • Sopranos Complete Series $119.99
  • The Wire Complete Series $89.99
  • Flight of the Concords Season 2 $12.49
  • Eastbound & Down Season 1 $13.49
  • Entourage Season 5 $16.99
  • True Blood $27.49
  • John Adams $27.49
  • Band of Brothers $32.49
  • Rome Complete Series $42.49
  • Deadwood Complete Series $74.99
  • Six Feet Under Complete Series $74.99
  • Sex and the City Complete Series $99.99

2 for $40 Blu-Ray sale



G.I. Joe
I Love You, Man
Star Trek (2009)
Monsters vs. Aliens
Transformers
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen