THE WEEK OF JANUARY 19th, 2010

WEEDS: SEASON 5
created by. Jenji Kohan
LionsGate

Special Features

  • Commentary with writer Jenji Kohan, cast, and crew
  • “History of Weed” Featurette
  • “Yes We Cannabis” Featurette
  • “Crazy Love: A Guide to the Dysfunctional Relationships of WEEDS” Featurette
  • Gag Reel
  • “Little Titles by Jenji Kohan”
  • “University of Andy Webisodes”
  • “Really Backstage with Kevin Nealon” Featurette

Weeds jumped the shark towards the end of Season 4. All of the shit with the Mexican cartel and the Mayor took the show into this weird area. Then, Season 5 came along and dwelled in it. What I wouldn’t give to have someone cut Albert Brooks a check and bring him back into the mix. Hopefully, they end this mess with the upcoming season. That’s not to say that there aren’t moments of fun. Plus, you get some Mary Louise Parker nudity.


GAMER
c. Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Amber Valetta and Kyra Sedgewick

Special Features


  • Commentary
  • Featurettes
  • Gamer is
    the latest from the Crank creative team. Neveldine/Taylor are a creative duo full of fun ideas. It’s just a shame that their flicks live and die by the strength of the lead actor. Gerard Butler tries his best, but he’s no Jason Statham. Hell, another director couldn’t really make heads or tales out of a rudderless script like this. If you decide to rent it, thrill to Michael C. Hall outperforming everyone else onscreen.


    THE INVENTION OF LYING
    c. Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Martin Starr, Tina Fey and Louis C.K.

    Special Features

    • Prequel: The Dawn of Lying: documenting a monumental occasion in history
      A Truly “Honest” Making-of Featurette: cast members share their admiration for a comedic genius
      Meet Karl Pilkington: Ricky’s best buddy and cohost of The Ricky Gervais Show chronicles his travels to the U.S.
      Ricky and Matt’s video podcasts: over 10 minutes of insider coverage
      Additional scenes
      More laughter: Corpsing and outtakes


    The Invention of Lying was a film that almost did something amazing. Gervais layers several ideas that work off the premise of lying being introduced to an unexpecting world. From there, we get interesting takes on religion and sexuality. There’s way too many cameos that take away from the film’s point. It’s an off-week, but this is a film that I recommend checking out.


    MAGNOLIA
    d. Paul Thomas Anderson
    c. Henry Gibson, Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, Jason Robards, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Philip Baker Hall

    Special Features


    • Magnolia Video Diary — Covers the blossoming of a modern-day
      masterwork
    • Frank T.J. Mackey Seminar
    • Seduce and Destroy Infomercial
    • One and Save Me — Aimee Mann music videos
    • Theatrical trailers and
      TV spots.


    Magnolia is one of those films that younger kids are starting to watch more. It’s this pillar that they clutch, when they want to get serious about movies. Have they seen anything that Altman has done? Probably not. But, they sure love how P.T. Anderson uses the Supertramp. The special features are ports over from the Platinum Series DVD. Still, it’s worth upgrading for the A/V Quality.

    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.

    Command Performance (2009)

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

    The Free Option via HULU

    Cry-Baby (1990)
    with some commercial interruption



    NOT COMING SOON TO YOUR HOME THEATER

    1. THE AFRICAN QUEEN is coming to DVD and BLU-RAY on March 23rd, 2010


    Filled with adventure, drama, humor and romance, the epic and enduring
    cinematic classic THE AFRICAN QUEEN will finally make its way home when
    it debuts on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever on March 23, 2010
    from Paramount Home Entertainment. Meticulously restored using
    state-of-the-art 4K digital technology, THE AFRICAN QUEEN will now be
    available for a new generation to appreciate and for long-time fans to
    see again, as if for the first time. Legendary director John Huston’s
    treasured romantic adventure stars the incomparable Humphrey Bogart as
    hard-drinking boat captain Charlie Allnut–a role that won him his only
    Academy Award(R) (Best Actor, 1951)–and renowned actress Katharine
    Hepburn as missionary Rose Sayer in a tale of two disparate people
    thrown together by fate and drawn together by love.

    A six-year journey filled with challenges nearly as difficult as
    those faced by Rose and Charlie, the restoration process began at the
    source: Romulus Films–one of the film’s original production
    companies–provided access to the original three-strip negative at a
    London facility where the film was carefully scanned and digitized. The
    separate elements were then transferred to Los Angeles and
    painstakingly recombined and inspected frame by frame to ensure that
    every detail aligned and that any dirt and scratches were removed.

    To ensure that the restored picture matched the filmmakers’ original
    vision, Paramount arranged a screening of an MPAA archive print for the
    film’s original cinematographer, Academy Award(R) winner Jack Cardiff*,
    whose comments were recorded live during the screening. That same
    archival print was later screened alongside the newly restored version
    so that the restoration team could ensure that all of Cardiff’s notes
    had been addressed. The result is a vibrant, warm picture that
    reverentially recreates the film as it was originally meant to be seen.

    THE AFRICAN QUEEN will be available as a single disc
    DVD or Blu-ray and also in Commemorative, Limited Edition DVD or
    Blu-ray box sets. Both the DVD and Blu-ray feature a new documentary
    entitled “Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen“, which
    includes new interviews with contemporary film experts such as Martin
    Scorsese and incorporates home movies, archival images and more. The
    Commemorative box set includes either the DVD or Blu-ray detailed
    above, plus an audio disc with a recording of the Lux Radio Theater
    broadcast of The African Queen, a reproduction of Katharine Hepburn’s out-of-print memoir The Making of The African Queen or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind, a Senitype(R) film frame collectible reproduction and postcards featuring reproductions of images related to the film.

    THE AFRICAN QUEEN DVD & Blu-ray

    THE AFRICAN QUEEN DVD is presented in full screen
    format with English, French and Spanish Mono and English, French and
    Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition
    with English, French and Spanish Mono and English, English SDH, French,
    Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. Special features are as follows:

    • Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen–This
      comprehensive documentary takes a look back at the production with
      commentary about the cast, the challenges of the filming locations and
      how the spectacular cinematography impacted the industry overall.
      Includes on-camera interviews with notable Hollywood icons, critics and
      crew members from the film including Martin Scorsese, Tony Huston,
      Richard Schickel and more, plus never-before-seen archival images and
      home movie footage provided by the estate of cinematographer Jack
      Cardiff.

    The Commemorative, Limited-Edition DVD and Blu-ray box sets include the above along with:

    • An audio disc with a recording of the Lux Radio Theater presents The African Queen radio broadcast
    • A Senitype(R) film frame collectible reproduction
    • Collectible postcards featuring reproductions of images related to the film
    • A reproduction of Katharine Hepburn’s out-of-print memoir The Making of The African Queen or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind

    About Paramount Home Entertainment

    Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures
    Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed
    entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading
    content company with prominent and respected film, television and
    digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the sales,
    marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of
    various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage,
    Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV,
    Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment
    fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.


    THE CRITERION COMPLETION PROJECT (150 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
    119. Withnail and I
    120. How to Get Ahead in Advertising
    121. Billy Liar
    122. Salesman
    123. Grey Gardens
    129. Le Trou
    130. The Shop on Main Street
    133. The Vanishing
    135. Rebecca
    136. Spellbound
    139. Wild Strawberries
    140. 8 1/2
    147. In the Mood for Love
    150. Bob le Flambeur
    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
    180. I Am Curious…Yellow
    186. Stolen Kisses
    187. Bed and Board
    188. Love on the Run
    189. The White Sheik
    190. Throne of Blood
    191. Jubilee
    198. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
    199. Schizopolis
    247. Videodrome
    267. Kagemusha

    281. Jules and Jim
    422. The Last Emperor

    and so on and so on.



    Post your Criterion reviews on the CHUD message board.


    THIS WEEK’S DVD REVIEWS at CHUD
    1. I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER
    2. HANGER
    3. AUDITION (BLU-RAY)
    THE REST OF THE DVDs THIS WEEK

    According To Greta
    Across The Hall
    Among Dead Men
    Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging
    Artie Lange: Jack And Coke
    Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening
    Bakugan, Vol. 6
    Bamboo Blade, Pt. 2
    Bikini Frankenstein
    Blood Creek
    The Butch Factor
    Case Closed: Movie – Countdown To Heaven
    Chantal Akerman In The Seventies (Eclipse Series 19)
    Che (The Criterion Collection)
    Chevolution
    Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion R2, Pt. 3
    Cranford: The Collection
    Cranford: Return To Cranford
    Dallas: The Complete Twelfth Season
    Damages: The Complete Second Season
    Death In Love
    Defying Gravity: The Complete First Season
    Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series – The Complete Series
    The Game: The Second Season
    Gamer
    Girlfriends: The Final Season
    Glass Mask, Collection 1
    God Send Me A Man
    The Invention Of Lying
    Jonathan Creek: Season Four
    The Keeper
    Kingdom Of The Spiders (Special Edition)
    Law And Order: The Seventh Year/96-97 Season
    Linebarrels Of Iron
    Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie
    My Destiny
    My Fuhrer
    New Tricks: Season Two
    No Greater Love
    No Impact Man
    Nunsploitation: Four Disc Collection
    One Piece: Season Two, 5th Voyage
    Once In A Blue Moon
    Outrage
    Pandorum
    Red Cartoons: Animated Films from East Germany
    Rin: Daughters Of Mnemosyne – The Complete Series In 6 Insatiable Hours
    Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics, Vol. 1
    Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball
    Special A, Collection 2
    Speed Dating
    Spirits Of The Fall
    Streamers
    Super Robot Red Baron: The Complete Series
    thirtysomething: The Complete Second Season
    Tsubasa: Collected Memories
    Twilight Vamps
    Waking The Dead: The Complete Season Four
    Weeds: Season Five
    whisper & SHOUT
    Whiteout

    BLU-RAY: IT’S GETTING CHEAPER

    According To Greta
    Across The Hall
    Artie Lange: Jack And Coke
    Che (The Criterion Collection)
    Deadly Duo
    Gamer
    The Invention Of Lying
    Magnolia
    Pandorum
    Smokin’ Aces
    Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball
    Weeds: Season Five
    Whiteout

    SPEND YOUR MONEY!




    NEW RELEASES



    *Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE

    Gamer                                                                            $16.99   $22.99
    The Invention of Lying                                                    $17.99  $24.99
    Damages: Season 2                                                        $24.99
    Smokin’ Aces 2                                                               $17.99   $22.99
    Pandorum                                                                       $17.99   $19.99
    Whiteout                                                                         $19.99   $24.99
    Weeds: Season 5                                                             $24.99   $24.99
    The Bourne Identity                                                          $14.99
    The Bourne Supremacy                                                    $14.99
    The Bourne Ultimatum                                                      $14.99
    Smokin’ Aces                                                                   $17.99


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    NEW RELEASES

    *Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE

    Gamer                                                                            $16.99   $22.99
    The Invention of Lying                                                    $16.99  $19.99
    Damages: Season 2                                                        $24.99
    Smokin’ Aces 2                                                               $17.99   $24.99
    Pandorum                                                                       $17.99   $19.99

    Whiteout                                                                         $16.99   $19.99
    Weeds: Season 5                                                             $25.99   $25.99
    The Bourne Identity                                                          $17.99

    The Bourne Supremacy                                                    $17.99

    The Bourne Ultimatum                                                      $17.99

    Smokin’ Aces: Movie Collection                                       $29.99

    THINGS FOR SALE!

    Inglorious Basterds                                                          $12.99   $16.99
    Star Trek (2009)                                                             $12.99  $16.99
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen                                $12.99   $16.99
    The Ugly Truth                                                                $12.99   $16.99

    Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian                 $12.99   $16.99
    Public Enemies                                                               $14.99   $19.99

    The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)                                  $14.99  $19.99

    Family Guy: Something Something Dark Side                  $14.99   $19.99

    Bruno                                                                             $14.99   $19.99

    Funny People                                                                  $14.99   $19.99

    500 Days of Summer                                                       $14.99   $19.99
    All About Steve                                                               $14.99   $19.99

    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs                                       $14.99   $19.99