THE WEEK OF MARCH 30th 2010

GROUP EDITED by: TROY ANDERSON

DVD/BR SECTION by: Troy Anderson


SHERLOCK HOLMES
Director: Guy Ritchie
Warner Brothers

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Special Features


  • • Maximum Movie Mode with Walk-Ons by Guy Ritchie, and
    others in PIP


    • Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented – HD (16:17)


    • 8 Focus Points – in HD (31:17)


    • DVD/Digital Copy Disc


    • BD-Live


Sherlock Holmes proves that all fictional detective can stand a rebooting. But, if you reboot them…they have to become ninjas. They also have to be slightly gay or very British. I can’t really tell the difference. Anyhow, Guy Ritchie made a movie that wasn’t a complete waste of time. The last time he accomplished that, we were treated to Brad Pitt as a Gypsy boxer. There is boxing in this film, but Brad Pitt doesn’t show up. You do get to check out current Brit-geek favorite Mark Strong. He’s going to be Sinestro or something. So, he’s got that going for him.


AN EDUCATION
c. Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson and Peter Sarsgaard

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Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Commentary


An Education shows that Nick Hornby can adapt the works of others. Plus, he can show the same compassion for young women as he shows to young men. Carey Mulligan is a revelation and her performance here deserved the Oscar. Peter Sarsgaard isn’t too horrible either. But, the meat of the material is in Hornby’s script. Carefully adapting the nuances of young adulthood, while trying to make a personal statement on youthful responsibility…he worked wonders. If you pick up one title this week, make it this.


ALICE IN WONDERLAND
aka Where the Hell is the Blu-Ray Edition?

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Special Features

  • Virtual Wonderland Party activities including riddles, silly song
    & dance, Teapot orchestra, Mad Hatter Says, and other games and
    stories
  •  “Thru the Mirror” animated short with Mickey Mouse
  • “I’m Odd” never before heard song
  • 2 Sing along songs
  • Set-top game
  • “One Hour in Wonderland” documentary (60 mins.)
  • “An Alice Comedy: Alice’s Wonderland” featurette (8 mins.)
  •  “Operation Wonderland” featurette (11 mins.)
  • Excerpt from “The Fred Warring Show” (30 mins.)
  • Deleted
    Material Featurettes: “From Wonderland to Never Land,” “Song Demos,”
    Deleted Storyboard Concept: Alice Daydreams in the Park”
  • Original Walt Disney TV introductions and trailers
  • Art galleries

Alice in Wonderland arrives on DVD for the third time this generation. The Tim Burton version is currently proving that any piece of crap can make 250 million plus during its theatrical run. Blu-Ray penetration is at an all-time high, while the market for classic animation is exploding. What does Disney choose to do? Dig up four hours of archival material and slap it on a Special Edition that sports the same transfer as the last release. If this wasn’t such a slow week, I wouldn’t have taken the time to shit on this title.


THE KILLER
d. John Woo

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Special Features


  • 5 Deleted Scenes (4:25 + :25 + :49 + :48 + :18)

    • Interview with Director John Woo (23:47)

    • American Cinematheque Q+A on The Killer (35:01)

    • American Cinematheque Q+A on Hard Boiled (11:35)

    • The Killer Locations (8:47)


    John Woo Trailer Gallery (5 trailers)



Dragon Dynasty shits the bed again. You might wonder why I keep taking the time to mention their lackluster Blu-Ray titles. Well, I just want to have a word of warning for any potential buyers. The guys and girls that like the Asian Action classics will go far out of their way to pick these titles up. Much like the last couple of fucked-up Blu-Ray offerings, this disc only sports a 1080i transfer. The audio is a lossless Cantonese mix that would’ve barely passed DVD standards. But, what makes it all worse is that it’s a PAL to NTSC transfer that looks like shit. I know that Vivendi has taken over the titles since Weinstein Company’s home video wing went tits up. But, this is unacceptable. 


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VIDEO GAMES

section by: Justin Clark and SCOTT!



WARIOWARE: D.I.Y.
Nintendo
Nintendo DS, WiiWare
Release Date: 3/28
MSRP: $34.99


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Hi, my name is Justin. I have a Warioware problem. This is one of those rare series that despite years of repetition gets a giant Arjen Rudd approved diplomatic immunity card from me, and despite Nintendo milking this franchise just like all their others till the teat turns purple, it remains ridiculously fun and fresh, and addictive. It is pure, uncut, digital Colombian. This newest incarnation takes a page from the LittleBigPlanet book of creativity, and allows players the opportunity to create their own minigames to be traded amongst other DS players, or to the game’s big cousin on the WiiWare, where anyone can download it from a specialized internal network that anyone can access at anyti–oh, wait, sorry. I’m thinking of an online system that works.

PRISON BREAK: THE CONSPIRACY
South Peak Interactive
PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: 3/30
MSRP: $39.99


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The game is developed by Zootfly, who, to their credit, is responsible for getting that Ghostbusters game made thanks to that “just screwing around” demo they floated around a few years back, and DeepSilver, who are responsible for the Let’s Play series on the DS.

If you’re a Prison Break fan: I’m sorry. I’m VERY sorry.


OTHER GAMES OF INTEREST

  • Samurai Shodown Sen (360, $49.99, 3/30)

  • Dead or Alive Paradise (PSP, $29.99, 3/30)



OOOH: ON THE DLC TIP



HEAVY RAIN CHRONICLES EPISODE ONE: THE TAXIDERMIST
Playstation Network
Release Date: 4/1

$4.99







The sum total of Heavy Rain is less than its ambitions would have you believe, but there’s still a compelling, worthwhile gaming experience to be had there, full of tension, empathy, tough decisions, to say nothing of eerily spectacular digital tits. That’s at least worth a rental. The film school dropouts at Quantic Dream aren’t done with you just yet, though, as the first of several downloadable episodes hits the PSN this week, this one focusing on Madison Paige’s first tense encounter with an Origami Killer suspect. Oddly enough, The Taxidermist was actually the first playable demo of Heavy Rain, created in 2008. Considering how overwhelmingly positive reviews have been for said demo and its DLC incarnation, and how lukewarm the ACTUAL demo came off, I’m not sure how hosed one should feel by that fact.



ROCK BAND TUESDAY

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love ($19.99/1600 MS)
• Up From the Skies
• Spanish Castle Magic +
• Wait Until Tomorrow +
• Ain’t No Telling +
• Little Wing +
• If 6 Was 9 +
• You Got Me Floatin’ +
• Castles Made of Sand
• She’s So Fine +
• One Rainy Wish +
• Little Miss Lover
• Bold As Love +
• Valleys of Neptune

(individual tracks are $1.99/160 MS points each. )
+ – Available in Lego Rock Band


HENDRIX. TUESDAY. YES.

And apparently, there’s more coming. A lot more. Possibly even a standalone game.

Good job, Harmonix.

This still doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for White Album DLC, you know.



MUSIC

section by: Jeb Delia

NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO: RETURN OF THE ANKH

Erykah Badu



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Some
people compare her to Billie Holiday, but I hear Ann Peebles. The fact
that one was an instinctive genius, and the other a very good soul
singer, isn’t a knock on Badu, who gets as much mileage out of neo-soul
as Sharon Jones, with what sounds like about a fifth as much effort; in
other words, she doesn’t have to strain to get her effects. Like, say,
Ann Peebles… or, come to that, Billie Holiday, so maybe I need to
rethink this.  Despite the “Part Two” in the
album title, the use of analog sound and acoustic instrumentation makes
this installment go down more smoothly and seductively than its more
strident predecessor: if New Amerykah was a bracing shot to get you up and pumped, Part Two’s an after-dinner aperitif leading you-know-where.



WU MASSACRE

Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, Meth Ghost and Rae 


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I
will admit that I don’t keep up on the various… um… “personality
clashes” that seem to define much of the rap community, so I’m not sure
if this semi-reunion is a big deal, a massive deal, or a declaration of
war on somebody. I do know that I’ll be hearing this rumbling and
rattling the doorframe of the car beside me in traffic for the next
couple of months. Probably yours, too.


This Charming Life

Joan Armatrading

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Her
voice and presence have always been a bit too big for the plainness of
her subject matter, and she lacks the consistent gift for the telling
detail that might have made her the rocker’s Phoebe Snow (not that I’d
have wished that on her). But, by golly, she’s still around, still her
own woman, and for the first time in this century, has a band that
sounds like putting her songs across is a calling, not a day job. OK,
so her ideas of “Virtual Reality” also date back to the previous
century, and a “Goddess of Change” is about the last thing I’d call
her. She can rock, though. That’s not to be taken for granted.


 

I WILL BE

Dum Dum Girls


 

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If
someone told you they’d found some early Sleater-Kinney demos, and then
played them for you over the phone… well, it would sound something like
this, and if you’re anything like me, that would make it your favorite
album of the week (I realize that may say more about me than about
you—or about the week).  Gets right to the
point: eleven songs in twenty-nine minutes. Also look for the single of
“Jail La La”: not only is the song irresistible, but the non-album
b-side is the Stones’ “Play With Fire” as The Cramps might have
imagined it.

Other noteworthy 3/30 music releases:


Black Francis: Nonstoperotik. Haven’t
heard it yet, or I’d probably have more to say about it. His website
says that he wrote these songs “by candlelight in the studio.” Hmmm.


Evelyn Evelyn: Evelyn Evelyn. Tim
Burton and Danny Elfman creating a musical about the love lives of
cojoined (“Siamese”) twins? No? OK, what if one of the Dresden Dolls
did it instead? Still no sale? Boy, tough crowd.

 

Stacey Kent: Raconte Moi. She
tends to sing like the words were an afterthought anyway, so since I
don’t speak French, this is probably my favorite album of hers so far.

 

 

Barenaked Ladies: All In Good Time.
Evidently, they are now down from four occasionally funny and
overly-twee singers, to three. But they can still, between them, play
every instrument known to man.

 

Tomasz Stanko: Dark Eyes. Not only does this veteran jazz trumpeter deserve to be better-known, he kicks off one song with a lick from “Aqualung.”

THIS WEEK’S DVD REVIEWS at CHUD

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THE REST OF THE DVDs THIS WEEK

The Abbott And Costello Show: The Complete Series (Collector’s Edition)
Alice In Wonderland: 1951 Disney Animated Movie (Two-Disc Un-Anniversary Special Edition)
Alvin And The Chipmunks: Alvin And The Chipettes In Cinderella, Cinderella
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (One-Disc Standard Edition)
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Two-Disc Special Edition In Standard Packaging)
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Two-Disc Special Edition In Deluxe Packaging)
Aquarion: The Complete Series
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Behind Convent Walls
Ben 10: Alien Force, Vol. 6
Bigfoot: 2009 Movie
Blind Date (Mya)
Deadliest Catch: Season Five (The Discovery Channel)
Discovering Ardi (The Discovery Channel)
An Education
Fidel Castro: A Life Of Revolution (Kultur The Life And Times Series)
Girly
The Great Epochs Of European Art: Early Christian And Byzantine Art, Romanesque Art And Gothic Art (Kultur)
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Collector’s Edition (Arthouse Films 007)
Horat
Housebroken
Huntik: Secrets And Seekers, Journal 4 – The Professor Revealed
I Sell The Dead
IMAX: Under The Sea
The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty – Season One
Joe Rogan: Talking Monkeys In Space
Judge John Deed: Season One And Pilot Episode (BBC)
Kanon: The Complete Collection
The Killer
Kreola (Mya)
Legacy: The Origins Of Civilization (Athena)
Letters From Fontainhas: Three Films By Pedro Costa (The Criterion Collection)
The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, Set 1 (BBC)
Marina Abramovic: Seven Easy Pieces
Mondo Macabre Double Feature: The Sadist With Red Teeth/Forbidden Paris
MysteryQuest: The Complete Season One (The History Channel)
National Geographic: Big Sur – Wild California
Negima!? The Compete Series
Nelson Mandela (Kulture The Life And Times Series)
Neo Angelique: Abyss – Second Age
Nostradamus Effect: The Complete Season One (The History Channel)
Once Upon A Time In A Battlefield …
Ouran High School Host Club: The Complete Series
The Pride Of Jesse Hallam
The Real Housewives Of New Jersey: Season One
Rhoda: Season Two
Robin Williams: Weapons Of Self Destruction
Sabu Double Feature: Savage Drums/Jungle Hell
Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Giggle, Giggle, Quack … And More Stories By Doreen Cronin
The Schumann Encounter (Kultur)
Sea Devils
Sgt. Frog: Season Two, Pt. 2
Sherlock Holmes: The Rivals, Set 2 – 1970s TV Series
Sherlock Holmes: The Crucifer Of Blood – 1991 Movie
Sherlock Holmes: 2009 Movie
Shut-Eye
6 Guns
Smash Cut
Soul Eater, Pt. 2
Spaghetti Western Double Feature: A Bullet For Sandoval/Any Gun Can Play
Spaghetti Western Double Feature: The Strangers Gundown/Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die!
Spaghetti Western Collectione
Sports Night: The Complete First Season
Steven Seagal Lawman: The Complete Season One
The Story Of Math (Athena)
Strike Witches: The Complete Series
Voice Of A Murderer
What Darwin Never Knew (PBS)

BLU-RAY: IT’S GETTING CHEAPER

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Collateral
The Diary Of Anne Frank: 2008 BBC Miniseries
An Education
Housebroken
IMAX: Under The Sea
The Killer
National Geographic: Big Sur – Wild California
Ouran High School Host Club: The Complete Series
Sherlock Holmes: 2009 Movie (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)
Vampyres
What Darwin Never Knew (PBS)

SPEND YOUR MONEY!




NEW RELEASES

*Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE
 
Sherlock Holmes                                                 $16.99  $22.99   $24.99
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeak             $15.99  $24.99 
$24.99
Mad Men: Season 3                                               $17.99

Alice in Wonderland                                               $17.99 

$6.99 DVDs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Coraline
Monsters vs. Aliens
Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
Curious George 2
Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Penguins of Madagascar

$13.99 DVDs

Up
Ponyo
The Jungle Book
The Princess and the Frog
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
G-Force
Sleeping Beauty

$7.99 DVDs

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Easter Chipmunk
Dora the Explorer: Egg Hunt
Elmo’s World: Springtime Fun
Max and Ruby: Easter with Max & Ruby
The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town

9.99 Blu-Rays


American Gangster

2010

Serenity

Hellboy II

Death Race

Blow

Super Troopers

Edward Scissorhands



13.99 Blu-Rays


The Matrix

Gran Torino

The Watchmen

500 Days Of Summer

Whip It

Amelia

Night At The Museum

Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs


$14.99 TV on DVD

Family Guy: Volumes 3-7
How I Met Your Mother: Seasons 1-4
The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 1-2
Friends: Seasons 1-10
Two and a Half Men: Seasons 1-6
I Love Lucy: Seasons 3-4
30 Rock: Seasons 1-2
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1-4

$17.99 TV on DVD

Glee: Volume 1
Monk: Season 8
Gossip Girl: Seasons 1-2
Burn Notice: Seasons 1-2
Sons of Anarchy: Season 1
House: Season 5
Weeds: Season 1-5
Mad Men: Season 3

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NEW RELEASES

*Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel            $16.99  $22.99 $24.99
Sherlock Holmes                                                    $16.99   $24.99
An Education                                                          $19.99  
$26.99
The Blind Side                                                        $16.99   $24.99   
The Killer                                                                $19.99   $24.99   

IMAX: Under the Sea                                            $19.99   $26.99   

Alice in Wonderland                                               $17.99 



DISNEY Sale



Buy any two of these Disney titles on DVD Save $6, on Bluray Save $15


Alice in Wonderland                          $19.99

Princess and the Frog                        $19.99  $29.99

Toy Story                                                       $29.99

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs     $19.99 $29.99

G-Force                                            $19.99 $29.99

Up                                                    $19.99 $29.99



$9.99 Blu-Rays


Pandorum

Ocean’s Thirteen

The Transporter

Be Kind Rewind

The Mask



$19.99 TV Season Two-Pack Sale


Miami Vice: Season 1 & 2

Coach: Season 1 & 2

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 1 & 2

The Starter Wife: Season 1 and Mistress Pack


VIDEO GAME DEALS

Best Buy has a Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off sale on all Nintendo DS games

Mass Effect 2 is $39.99 at Target.

Bioshock 2 (360/PS3) is $49.99 at Amazon, PLUS you can get the first game free with purchase by adding it to your cart.

Also at Amazon: Get 1600 MS points and a 3 Month Live subscription together for $29.99

Best Buy

Buy One, Get the Second 50% off on ALL DS Titles



FREE Bakugan Limited Edition Game with ANY DS System Purchase ($24.99 value)



PC Games

Sims 3 $29.99

Sims 3 World Adventures Expansion Pack $29.99

Aion $29.99



Toys R’ Us

Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off – All Wii video games $39.99 or less



20% off all DSi XL accessories when you buy any DSi XL system (system regular MSRP $189.99)



Buy 1 Get 1 Free – all $29.99 DS Imagine, Petz, and Style Lab games



3 for $40 on the following Nick Jr. DS games



* Dora Saves the Mermaids

* Wonder Pets Save the Animals!

* Ni Hao Kai-lan New Year’s Celebration

* Go Diego Go Safari Rescue

* Dora Saves the Snow

* The Backyardigans

* Dora Puppy

* Go Diego Go Great Dinosaur Rescue



Target

Xbox 120gb elite system $299.99 plus Free $50 GC.



Left for Dead 2- $45

Halo 3 ODST- $49.99

Mass Effect 2- $39.99

Wii Sports Resort w/motion plus- $49.99

Assassin’s Creed 2 ps3/360-$29.99

Madden 10 ps3/360-$49.99 (Wii-$39.99, PSP- $29.99)

CoD: Modern Warfare 2 ps3/360-$49.99

Lets Get Cooking ds- $19.99

Imagine Fashion Designer DS- $19.99

WarioWare D.I.Y DS- $34.99

Smackdown Vs Raw ps3/360- $49.99

Lego Indiana Jones 2 ps3/360- $37 (PSP- $19.99)