Monday, September 28, 2009

DVD Picks of the Week: September 22nd, 2009

Perhaps last week's untimeliness wasn't a rare lapse, for it happened again this week! Sorry folks. But you know me, I won't let a week slip by. I've been doing this since March and can't recall a week missed. On to the goods.

Observe and Report [DVD][Blu-ray]

Easily one of my favorite comedies of 2009, Observe and Report is what Taxi Driver would have been if it centered around a bipolar mall cop. The film is a dark journey through a delusional mind, but still remains very funny. Director Jody Hill reached high acclaim with his work on Eastbound and Down and this film only continues that same style of humor. You must check this title out, but don't expect anything Judd Apatow just because Seth Rogen is the film's star.

Shaun of the Dead [Blu-ray]
Hot Fuzz [Blu-ray]

Here we are, a double dose of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright on Blu-ray. These are two of the more spectacular films of their kinds ever made, not only of the last few years. Shaun of the Dead is of course a tribute to the zombie films made famous by filmmakers such as George A. Romero, while Hot Fuzz takes a look at crime, paying tribute to action and cop buddy films. If you haven't seen either of these, I don't know what you're waiting for. I mean really.

Gojira [Blu-ray]

Because you need the original old school black and white Godzilla on Blu-ray.

You know what? This might not have been a bad week to be slow on. Nothing else gives me the urge to write. There are some Criterions, but they're just reissues on Blu-ray.

What else comes out this week: Star Trek The Original Series: Season Two [Blu-ray], Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection [Blu-ray], 30 Rock - Season Three, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - The Complete Second Season, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Friday the 13th: The Series - The Final Season, The Complete Monterey Pop Festival- Criterion Collection [Blu-ray], Pierrot Le Fou- Criterion Collection [Blu-ray], Paul Newman: The Tribute Collection, Clive Barker's Book of Blood, Lymelife, Rage, O'Horten, Zombies of the Stratosphere, Jimi Plays Monterey & Shake! Otis At Monterey- Criterion Collection [Blu-ray].

What to stay away from: Carnival of Souls - IN COLOR! Not because this is a bad film. In fact, Carnival of Souls is one of the best black and white horror films ever made. Key word being black and white. This being put into color, just like Night of the Living Dead and The Last Man on Earth, along with countless other classics, is just an atrocity. These films were made for black and white and were so haunting because of the way they used the black and white. Go grab the Criterion Collection version of Carnival of Souls if you want the definitive release. Otherwise, you can find the film just about anywhere, even for free, as it is a public domain film now.

See ya.

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