THE WEEK OF JANUARY 12th, 2010

THE HURT LOCKER
d. Kathryn Bigelow
Summit Entertainment

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal
  • A Hurt Locker: Behind the Scenes featurette
  • Image gallery

When I first saw The Hurt Locker, the buzz was rather low. Sure, there was still some buzz from the usual internet sites. I felt as though I went into it fresh. The difference is that I saw it with a few veterans from the current conflict. Listening to their praise for a movie that shows it for what it is minus the usual liberal agenda bullshit was kind of amazing. Hell, they didn’t even care that the chick who directed Blue Steel helmed it. Most of them never saw Blue Steel, but there were some K-19 fans in attendance. Needless to say, it made an impression. That and Jeremy Renner should be Hawkeye.


MOON
c. Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey

Special Features


  • Commentary
    with Writer/Director Duncan Jones, Director of Photography Gary Shaw,
    Concept Designer Gavin Rothery and Production Designer Tony Noble
  • “Whistle” a Short Film by Duncan Jones
  • Commentary with Writer/Director Duncan Jones and Producer Stuart Fenegan
  • The Making of Moon
  • Creating the Visual Effects
  • Science Center Q&A with Director Duncan Jones
  • Filmmaker’s Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Moon is a wacky story about Sam and Gerty. These two are on the dark side of the moon harvesting space junk for the benefit of the Earth. One day, Sam sees something that he shouldn’t have seen. Gerty tries to keep him calm, but hi-jinks ensue. Laughs for the entire family are what you’ll get with this flick. It’s like Silent Running minus all those gimpy robots.


    THE SIMPSONS: THE COMPLETE TWENTIETH SEASON
    c. Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith and others

    Special Features

    • “The Twentieth Anniversary Special Sneak Peak by Morgan Spurlock”


    The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season is a milestone for one of the longest running American television shows. It’s fashionable for the e-jackasses to slam the show and call it warmed over dick. They can also talk about how most of the truly creative staff took off for better shows. Then, how Futurama split what was left and kept the show in the lurch. Hell, they can even talk about how this release is nothing more than the first chance for a Blu-Ray dip. If that wasn’t enough, they could bring up the tired forced promotion for the show’s twenieth anniversary. But, you get a look at tonight’s Morgan Spurlock documentary.


    8 1/2 (CRITERION COLLECTION)
    d. Federico Fellini
    c. Bruno Agostini, Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni and Anouk Aimee

    Special Features


    • High-definition digital transfer of restored film elements (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on Blu-ray edition)
    • Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam
    • Audio commentary featuring film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU film professor Antonio Monda
    • High-definition digital transfer of a new restoration of Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini
    • The Last Sequence, a new 52-minute documentary on Fellini’s lost alternate ending for (available on Blu-ray edition)
    • Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a compelling 48-minute documentary about Fellini’s longtime composer
    • Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmüller, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
    • Rare photographs from Bachmann’s collection
    • Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos
    • U.S. theatrical trailer
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring writings by Fellini and essays by critics Tullio Kezich and Alexander Sesonske


    Did you see Nine? If you did, do you want to see something better? The original Fellini work still stands as a film that the film elite and the common viewer can agree upon. Mixing Catholic guilt with heaping amounts of sexuality, we find a compelling at a man who can’t tow the line. The lead wants to make an amazing movie, but can’t get past all the shit in his head. The only way Nine could’ve topped this is if Penelope Cruz took a mushroom bruise from Daniel Day-Lewis.

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

    New movies to watch instantly
    New TV to watch instantly

    INSTANT VIEW/ON-DEMAND/HULU/GOOGLE VIDEO SHUT-IN CINEMA


    For
    the premiere Instant View sub-section, I’ve decided to cobble together
    the best of what you might’ve missed at the video store. If you have
    any legit suggestions to share, post them in the Talkback below.

    Below,
    I’ve included some decent documentaries that have made their way to
    Netflix/Hulu. Give them a viewing and let me know what you thought.

    Whether
    or not this becomes a mix and match of the latest cool instant view
    material is up to the readers. I’ve toyed with doing basic list
    updates, giving you guys a chance to pick a film to show others. Hell,
    just keep it legal and I’m open to whatever you find. Also, if you just
    want to bitch about the shitty video quality of the Starz flicks on
    Netflix Instant View…that works too.

    Wings of Desire (1987)

    Click the link to watch it over at Netflix Instant View
    (membership required)

    The Free Option via HULU

    The Hebrew Hammer (2003)
    with some commercial interruption



    NOT COMING SOON TO YOUR HOME THEATER

    1. Warner Brothers sits on Netflix for a month.

    via Business Week

    Netflix Inc., the largest mail-order movie-rental
    service, reached a new movie licensing agreement with Time Warner
    Inc.’s Warner Bros., giving the studio 28 days to sell new releases
    before customers can check out DVDs.

    Netflix, based in Los Gatos, California, gets new
    releases from Warner after the 28-day window, as well as expanded
    access to catalog titles for rental and online viewing, the companies
    said today in a statement. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

    The agreement can be a model for deals with studios
    facing a drop in DVD sales, Netflix said. By agreeing to the sale-only
    window, the company gets lower prices for DVDs and has more to spend on
    material that can be streamed digitally to computers, Web-connected TVs
    and game consoles, the company said.

    “It can be a good deal for Netflix in terms of
    product costs coming down,” said Todd Greenwald, an analyst with Signal
    Hill Capital Group in Baltimore, who rates the stock “hold” and doesn’t
    own it. “Is it a good deal for Netflix subscribers? Probably not.”

    Netflix rose $1.81, or 3.5 percent, to $53.32 at 4
    p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. Time Warner, also
    the owner of HBO and CNN, lost 7 cents to $29.02 on the New York Stock
    Exchange.

    New releases account for 30 percent of Netflix
    rentals and have “never been core to our value proposition with
    consumers,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, said today in an
    interview. “With those savings we are investing in the expansion of
    streaming content, which is very important to the long-term interest of
    a Netflix subscriber and to our company.”


    THE CRITERION COMPLETION PROJECT (140 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
    112. Playtime
    113. Big Deal on Madonna Street
    114. My Man Godfrey
    115. Rififi
    116. The Hidden Fortress
    117. Diary of a Chambermaid
    118. Sullivan’s Travels
    121. Billy Liar
    123. Grey Gardens
    133. The Vanishing
    135. Rebecca
    139. Wild Strawberries
    140. 8 1/2
    147. In the Mood for Love
    151. Traffic
    153. General Idi Amin Dada
    157. The Royal Tenenbaums
    175. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    177. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
    186. Stolen Kisses
    187. Bed and Board
    188. Love on the Run
    189. The White Sheik
    191. Jubilee
    198. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
    199. Schizopolis
    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

    A L’Aventure
    Acting Shakespeare
    Allure
    The Appeared
    Becker: The Third Season
    Beyond The Sea: DVD/CD Set (Lionsgate Music Makers Series)
    Big Fan
    The Book Of Ruth
    Breaking Point
    The Brothers Bloom
    Buena Vista Social Club: DVD/CD Set (Lionsgate Music Makers Series)
    Bugs Bunny’s Cupid Capers
    The Burning Plain
    By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama (HBO)
    Ca$h
    The Cats Of Mirikitani (Arthouse Films 003)
    Choo Choo Soul: DVD/CD Set
    Dark Rage
    Departures
    Downloading Nancy
    The Drummer
    ER: The Complete Twelfth Season
    ESPN Game Of The Century: 1969 Texas Longhorns Vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
    Fame: Season Two
    Fame (2009 Movie)
    Feeding Frenzy (The Discovery Channel)
    Frontrunner
    Ghost In The Shell 2.0
    Goliath
    Halloween II (Theatrical Edition)
    Halloween II (Unrated Director’s Cut)
    Hidamari Sketch: Season One
    House Of Payne, Vol. 5
    The House On Sorority Row (25th Anniversary Edition)
    Huntik: Seekers And Secrets, Journal 3 – Trust And The Traitor
    The Hurt Locker
    I Can Do Bad All By Myself
    In The Loop
    Jon And Kate Plus Ei8ht: Season Five – Big Changes
    Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut A Bitch
    Killer Biker Chicks
    Love + Hate
    The Magic Mountain
    Make It Or Break It, Vol. 1
    Moon
    Naruto: Shippuden, Vol. 5
    The New Adventures Of Black Beauty: Season One
    NFL: The Cincinnati Bengals – Best Games Of The 2009 Regular Season
    NFL: The New Orleans Saints – Best Games Of The 2009 Regular Season
    Night: The Terror Of Nocturnal Nature (Animal Planet)
    Nun Of That
    Onimasa
    Passing Strange
    Post Grad
    Riot On 42nd Street
    Robin Hood: Season Three (BBC)
    Route 66: Complete Third Season
    The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season
    Superheroes
    Switchblade Pictures Double Feature: Female Combatants Battle School/Demonic Heroine In Peril
    10 Things I Hate About You, Vol. 1
    Top Gear: The Complete Season Eleven
    Top Gear: The Complete Season Twelve
    The Transformers: Season Two, Volume 2
    Tru Loved
    24 City
    2 Dudes And A Dream
    The Universe Of Keith Haring (Arthouse Films 002)
    Urban Action Collection: 4 Film Favorites
    WWE: TLC – Tables, Ladders And Chairs 2009

    BLU-RAY: IT’S GETTING CHEAPER

    The Brothers Bloom
    The Burning Plain
    Cliffhanger
    8 1/2 (The Criterion Collection)
    Fame (2009 Movie)
    Halloween II
    The Hurt Locker
    I Can Do Bad All By Myself
    IMAX: Volcanos Of The Deep Sea
    In The Loop
    Last Action Hero
    Moon
    Post Grad
    The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season
    2 Dudes And A Dream

    SPEND YOUR MONEY!




    NEW RELEASES



    *Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE

    Fame                                                                               $16.99   $24.99
    I Can Do Bad All By Myself                                            $16.99  $22.99
    Post Grad                                                                       $19.99
    Halloween 2                                                                    $17.99   $24.99
    The Simpsons Season 20                                                 $28.99   $36.99
    The Hurt Locker                                                              $19.99   $24.99
    Transformers Season 2, Volume 2                                    $19.99
    10 Things I Hate About You (10th Anniversary Edition)    $19.99
    Make It Or Break It Volume 1                                         $19.99


    TV On DVD sale

    Lost Seasons 1-4                                                                         $16.99
    Lost Season 5                                                                              $22.99
    Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side $12.99
    Glee Volume 1                                                                             $24.99
    United States Of Tara                                                                  $26.99
    Big Love Season 3                                                                       $34.99

    Disney DVD and Blu-Ray Sale

    Jungle Book          $19.99
    Sleeping Beauty     $19.99  $19.99
    101 Dalmatians      $19.99
    101 Dalmatians 2   $19.99

    $4.75 DVDs

    Elmo: Adventures in Grouchland
    Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins
    Stuart Little: Deluxe Edition
    Stuart Little 2
    Sleepless In Seattle
    Troy

    Blu-Ray Sale!
    • Death Race                $14.99
    • Wanted                      $14.99
    • Transformers 2           $19.99
    • District 9                    $19.99
    • Coraline                     $14.99
    • Mamma Mia!              $14.99
    • Monsters & Aliens       $19.99
    • GI Joe                         $19.99
    • Star Trek                     $19.99
    • Inglourious Basterds    $19.99
    • G-Force                      $19.99
    • Julie & Julia                 $19.99



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    NEW RELEASES

    *Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE

    Fame                                                                            $16.99   $24.99

    I Can Do Bad All By Myself                                         $15.99  $24.99

    Post Grad                                                                     $19.99  $26.99

    Halloween 2                                                                 $17.99   $24.99

    The Simpsons Season 20                                              $28.99  $38.99
    The Brothers Bloom                                                     $14.99   $19.99

    The Hurt Locker                                                           $17.99   $24.99

    DVD SALE!

    $4.99

    Fracture
    The Black Dahlia
    Balls of Fury
    Blade: Trinity
    The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
    Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    In Good Company
    Mr. Woodcock
    Training Day
    I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
    Beerfest
    Heat
    Miami Vice: Unrated

    TV on DVD SALE



    • Lost: Season 5                      $19.99   $34.99
    • Lost: Seasons 1-4                  $19.99 each

    Blu-Ray Sale!


    $12.99


    Sunshine Cleaning
    Righteous Kill
    Last Chance Harvey

    $9.99

    Deliverance
    Gothika
    Any Given Sunday

    $19.99


    Wanted
    American Gangster
    Drag Me to Hell
    The Kingdom
    Role Models
    Mamma Mia
    State of Play


    $14.99


    Ghost Rider
    Clerks 2
    Lucky Number Slevin
    Death Proof
    King Arthur
    Zach and Miri Make a Porno
    Dogma