THE WEEK OF APRIL 6th 2010

GROUP EDITED by: TROY ANDERSON

DVD/BR SECTION by: Troy Anderson


LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY
Director: Peter Jackson
New Line/Warner Brothers

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Special Features


  • Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Music Videos
  • Featurettes
  • Short Film
  • BD-Live
  • Digital Copies


The Lord of the Rings comes to Blu-Ray for the first time. But, it’s just the theatrical cuts. The video source will mastered into a 1080 transfer also seems to be a bit overexposed. Plus, all of the feature discs are stuffed into one giant Blu-Ray case. While the second Blu-Ray cases is full of three Digital Copy discs. You also can’t buy the films individually. Happy Easter, Tolkein fans!


BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL – NEW ORLEANS
d. Werner Herzog

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Special Features

  • Digital Photography Book
  • Featurette
  • Trailers

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans is a movie that has stuck with me over the last several months. Mainly, it’s because I still have no idea what Nicolas Cage was trying to accomplish in this film. The films of Herzog demand a certain something from its audience, but Cage was acting on another planet.


COCOON
d. Ron Howard

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Special Features

  • Audio commentary by director Ron Howard
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Ron Howard profile
  • Underwater training
  • Actors
  • Creating Antareans
  • Theatrical teaser
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV spots
  • Cocoon: The Return teaser

Cocoon didn’t do anything to help with my fears about the elderly. I remember being a little kid and wondering what the fuck was wrong with old people. Ron Howard taught me they were aliens in disguise. More than 20 years later, I discover that Ron Howard lied to me. He also lied about the Illuminati trying to fuck up the Vatican. Hell, I’m willing to bet that Darryl Hannah isn’t even a mermaid. Fucking movies, they’re all bullshit. Well, this is bullshit in Blu-Ray. Thrill to the sight of Wilford Brimley’s many fleshy folds, as he goes swimming.


BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Showrunner: Ronald Moore

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Special Features

  • Featurettes
  • Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • and more!

Remember when you found the cash to buy Battlestar Galactica on Blu-Ray the first time? That’s not including those poor souls that took the dip on HD-DVD. Well, you probably wondered why in the hell Universal didn’t bother to include The Plan or the webisodes. Then, there was the issue with that crappy packaging that seemed to come apart while opening the case. Universal got around to fixing that. So, if you haven’t bought the Complete Series yet…well, there’s that. 


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

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VIDEO GAMES

section by: Justin Clark and SCOTT!


NO MAJOR RELEASES THIS WEEK. RETAIL SHOWS MERCY.


OOOH: ON THE DLC TIP



MASS EFFECT 2: KASUMI’S STOLEN MEMORY
XBox Live, PC
Release Date: 4/6

560 MS Points







Bioware loves you. They love you, and they’re willing to do anything for you, like releasing cool little sidestories involving female master thieves in galactic high society, and adding new characters and weaponry to an already stellar lineup just for no other reason than to say they love you. It doesn’t even matter that you’re off playing other RPGs, like that slut with the XIII in her title. It’s okay, baby. Bioware knows you always come back. Aw yeah.



ROCK BAND TUESDAY

Anberlin – Feel Good Drag
Hawk Nelson – Live Life Loud
Skillet – Monster
Superchick – Stand in the Rain
Switchfoot – Meant to Live
Thousand Foot Krutch – Fire It Up

(Tracks are $1.99/160 MS points. All tracks available for Lego Rock Band)

6 tracks of modern Christian pop rock. Being agnostic, the only appreciation I could have potentially gotten out of this pack set gets cheated from me by nature of Rock Band Tuesday being two days after Easter Sunday. So, sadly, it’s another slow week for most of us.

Actually, I lied. I appreciate that it’s not Stryper. There ya go.





MUSIC

section by: Jeb Delia

HERE LIES LOVE

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim



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Imelda Marcos is every bit as logical a choice to write a musical around as Eva Peron was (even if there’s no songs about shoes). And this song-cycle (originally envisioned as a sort of touring disco revue) is certainly catchier and more danceable than your average Lloyd Webber show. The list of (mostly female) vocalists is large and eclectic (including Steve Earle as Ferdinand Marcos [!], Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Sharon Jones, Nellie McKay, Martha Wainwright, and Cyndi Lauper), with Kate Pierson’s contributions particularly choice. As a collaboration, it’s certainly livelier than Byrne’s reunion with Eno last year, though most of it feels a bit too neatly divided: Byrne on top, Fatboy on bottom (I’m sure there’s a fetish website for that). And while a lot of the lyrics are generic enough that you could pull songs off the album for recycling as diva numbers (whoda thunk?), my favorite musical moment of the week was hearing a reference to Richard Nixon pop up out of the dance grooves.



I LEARNED THE HARD WAY

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 


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OK, Sharon Jones sometimes pushes it a bit, but so does Tina Turner. More to the point, Jones fronts a band that snaps and crackles like the best soul revues, and the horn charts pop like literally nothing since JB’s heyday. The decision to record the album on a 8-track Ampex tape machine is wonderfully retro, and also symptomatic of the problem: the most interesting thing Jones has to say is that she loves a lot of the same records that you do. She sure says it funky, though.


OUT OF OUR MINDS
Melissa Auf Der Maur

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Not sure I can evaluate her new “multi-media experience” solely on the basis of this CD, but they didn’t send me the comic book. Anyway, I doubt the comic rocks as effectively, and the movie’s not likely to be as catchy. A bit of Hole, more than a touch of Curve/Garbage, adding a soupcon of Benatar. Secrets, maps, keys, gravesites and paradise, with punchy vocals and some very big guitars.


 

CODEINE VELVET CLUB

Codeine Velvet Club


 

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Somewhere on the continuum between Petula Clark and Scott Walker, shading slightly towards
ABC, lies Codeine Velvet Club. Jon Fratelli and Lou Hickey have their Mark Ronson moves down, the super-Spector production doesn’t get in the way too often, and the occasional Peter Gunn guitar leavens the recipe nicely. Teen romance and dancing may not seem like the headiest subjects for songwriting, but I can’t say that my typical day consists of much deeper thinking than that, so why not?  And you really need to hear them cover “I Am The Resurrection.”

 

Other noteworthy 4/06 music releases:

Slash: Slash. Riffs R Us, with guest appearances by folks from Ozzie to… Fergie? Um… rock on, I guess.

 

Peter Wolf: Midnight Souvenirs. A bit of funk and rock, but the guest vocalists include Merle Haggard and Shelby Lynne, as well as Neko Case (who turns up on half this week’s releases). So, the Wolf’s gone a bit rootsy on us. FWIW, he manages it about as well as Jakob Dylan… and you’ll never guess who sings on HIS new album.

 

Jakob Dylan: Women and Country. With production by T-Bone Burnett, and backing vocals from Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, do you really care if the songs are any good?

 

Robyn Hitchcock: Propellor Time. Fuck, it’s guest star week! Here, among others: John Paul Jones, Johnny Marr, and Nick Lowe (how the hell he missed Neko Case I can’t imagine), all at the service of the willful weirdness that Hitchcock makes his own.

 

Jonsi: Go. Joyous and sensitive and poppy and earnest, in English this time. At least it sounds like English.

 

Solomon Burke: Nothing’s Impossible. What, no guest stars? With Willie Mitchell at the board, who needs ‘em? His final production does right by the 70-year-old Burke, whose warm mixture of country and soul has just the right amount of grits for both.

 

The BoDeans: Mr. Sad Clown. Their near-perfect live album is probably all the BoDeans anyone really needs. But life’s about more than “needs,” and those aching Kurt & Sammy harmonies rank high among my aural “wants.” Welcome back, boys.


THIS WEEK’S DVD REVIEWS at CHUD


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THE REST OF THE DVDs THIS WEEK

AIR: The Musical
Ally McBeal: The Compete Second Season
The Awakening Of Spring
Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans
Battlestar Galactica (2000s): The Complete Series (Standard Packaging)
Beeswax
The Big Gay Musical
Black Beauty: The New Adventures – Season Two
Blood Forest
Blood Ties: The Complete Series
Boycrazy
Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion – R2, Pt. 4 (Standard Edition)
Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion – R2, Pt. 4 (Limited Edition)
The Collector
Danny Bhoy: Subject To Change
Dirt! The Movie
Dolan’s Cadillac
Easier With Practice
Eyes On The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 (PBS)
Fighter In The Wind
Finn On The Fly
Flatt And Scruggs: Best Of The TV Show, Vol. 9
Flatt And Scruggs: Best Of The TV Show, Vol. 10
La France (Kino)
Gnomes And Trolls: The Secret Chamber
Hammer Films: The Icons Of Suspense Collection
Harlem Aria
Hidamari Sketch X 365: Season Two
High Plains Invaders
Home Of The Giants
I’m No Dummy
Inside The Forbidden City
The Italian Straw Hat AKA Un Chapeau De Paille D’Italie
Jade Warrior
Jordan Saffron: Taste This!
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens – Complete Collection
Keepin’ The Faith: Momma’s Got A Boyfriend
Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami
The Last Truck: Closing Of A GM Plant (HBO DVD-R)
The Lucille Ball Specials: Lucy Calls The President
Lucky Star: Complete Collection
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Second Season, Pt. 1 (Standard Edition)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Second Season, Pt. 1 (Special Edition)
Murder.com
My Friends Tigger And Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths
Naruto: Shippuden, Vol. 8
National Geographic: National Parks Collection – Canyonlands
National Lampoon’s Ratko: The Dictator’s Son
Party Down: Season One
Rules
Shadowplay
Sharpe’s Peril (BBC)
Simon And Simon: Season Four
The Street Stops Here
Taxidermia
Tekkaman Blade: The Complete Collection
Tony
The Yes Men Fix The World
Yesterday Was A Lie
Zero Woman R

BLU-RAY: IT’S GETTING CHEAPER

Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans
Battlestar Galactica (2000s): Season Two
Battlestar Galactica (2000s): The Complete Series (Standard Packaging)
The Big Gay Musical
Blood Ties: The Complete Series
Brothers Five (The Shaw Brothers Sword Masters)
Cocoon
The Collector
The Delightful Forest (The Shaw Brothers Sword Masters)
Dolan’s Cadillac
Dreamscape
Flight Of The Intruder
The Heroic Ones (The Shaw Brothers Sword Masters)
Jade
The Lord Of The Rings: 1978 Animated Movie
The Lord Of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
Myth
National Geographic: National Parks Collection – Canyonlands
The Natural
A Nightmare On Elm Street
Planet Of The Apes: 2001 Movie (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)
Poseidon
The Protector
The Relic
Sharpe’s Challenge (BBC)
Sharpe’s Peril (BBC)
The Thomas Crown Affair: 1999 Movie
Yosemite National Park

SPEND YOUR MONEY!




NEW RELEASES

*Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE
 
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Boxset                           $59.99 

Lord of the Rings (1978 animated)                         $12.99  $19.99 

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans             $14.99   $19.99   
The Collector                                                            $19.99 
Ally McBeal: Season 2                                            $29.99 
Pooh and Friends: Super Duper Super Sleuths       $17.99


17.99 Blu-Rays

Fight Club
Coraline
Quantum of Solace
Taken
Gladiator
The Bourne Ultimatum
Braveheart

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NEW RELEASES

*Blu-Ray prices are in BOLD BLUE

Lord of the Rings Trilogy Boxset                           $59.99  $74.99
Lord of the Rings (1978 animated)                         $19.99 
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans             $14.99   $19.99   
The Natural                                                               $19.99   
The Collector                                                            $14.99   $22.99   
Hart and Soul                                                            $19.99 
Sorority Row                                                             $14.99 
$19.99
 
Couples Retreat                                                      $14.99 $19.99
Brothers                                                                  $16.99 
$24.99

Law Abiding Citizen                                               $14.99  $24.99
Armored                                                                 $16.99   
$24.99
Planet 51                                                                $16.99   $24.99
Did You Hear About the Morgans                       $16.99 
$24.99
Jennifer’s Body                                                     $14.99   $24.99
Twilight: New Moon                                             $24.99 
$29.99


DVD Sale

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past                             $9.99
Julie and Julia                                              $14.99
Funny People                                             $14.99
I Can Do Bad All By Myself                       $14.99
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs            $14.99
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs             $14.99
G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra                        $14.99
Ninja Assassin                                           $14.99
Sherlock Holmes                                        $19.99

$9.99 Blu-Rays

Blow

A History of Violence

The Lost Boys

Firewall

Righteous Kill

Behind Enemy Lines

Entrapment

Transporter 2

The Running Man


VIDEO GAME DEALS

Best Buy

WarioWare DIY – $34.99 w/ 500 bonus points ($10 value) for RZ gamer members

Borderlands $29.99

Battlefield Bad Company 2 $49.99 (consoles), $39.99 (PC)



Target

Avatar: $19.99

Call of Duty 4: $29.99

Call of Duty: World at War: $29.99

Drawn to Life The Next Chapter: $19.99



Toys R Us

DS Games

Lego Rock Band: $12.49

Chaotic: Shadow Warrior for Nintendo: $12.49

Battle of Giants: Dragons for Nintendo: $17.99

Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects: $17.99

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia: $19.99

Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Battle Trainer: $24.99

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief: $17.99

Pokemon: Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time: $22.49

Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia: $24.99

Pokemon SoulSilver: $34.99

Pokemon HeartGold: $34.99