This Week on DVD: Skyline

Though Skyline was not reviewed well, it is a very good movie for what it is, that is an alien invasion movie. It is like the reviewers were expecting Gone With The Wind?

Skyline’s aliens are relentless, powerful, and genocidal, much closer to reality than we might like to think. Reviewers wanted to have an explanation, but what alien invasion force is going to tell you why? They simply do not care if we know why, do we explain to the cockroaches why we use Raid?

This is action packed sci-fi eye candy and for that it succeeds quite well.

In the sci-fi thriller "Skyline," strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the earth.

Check out our original Skyline Review and trailers

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Also released on March 22
A Brady Bunch of Movies: 4 Groovy Films (Comedy, Family) Buy Now!
Alien 2: On Earth (Midnight Legacy Collection) (Horror, Sci-Fi) Buy Now!
Arthur and the Invisibles 2 & 3 The New Minimoy Adventures (Adventure, Family, Fantasy) Buy Now!
The Associate (L’associé) (Comedy) Buy Now!
Batman 3-Pack Fun (Action, Animation) Buy Now!
The Big I Am (Crime, Drama, Thriller) Buy Now!
Consinsual (Drama) Buy Now!
Consinual (Drama) Buy Now!
Dark Fields (Horror) Buy Now!
Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse (The Criterion Collection) (Various) Buy Now!
Firebreather (Animation, TV) Buy Now!
How Do You Know (Comedy) Buy Now!
The Little Engine That Could (Family) Buy Now!
Meskada (Crime, Drama) Buy Now!
Our Hospitality (Ultimate Edition) (Comedy, Family) Buy Now!
The People I’ve Slept With (Comedy) Buy Now!
The Perfume of the Lady in Black (Horror, Mystery, Thriller) Buy Now!
Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Double Feature: Jackson County Jail/Caged Heat! (Various) Buy Now!
Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete Second Season (Adventure, TV) Buy Now!
Siren (Horror) Buy Now!
Skyline (Sci-Fi, Thriller) Buy Now!
The Times of Harvey Milk (The Criterion Collection) (Documentary) Buy Now!
The Tourist (Thriller) Buy Now!
The Twist (Folies bourgeoises) (Comedy) Buy Now!
The Venture Bros.: Season 4, Vol. 2 (Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi, TV) Buy Now!
The Windmill Movie (Documentary) Buy Now!
Yogi Bear (Adventure, Animation) Buy Now!

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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This Week on DVD

 

Pick of the Week: The Fighter

Academy Award® Nominees Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) and Amy Adams (Doubt) star in this “remarkable†” film. Based on a true story, two brothers, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that has the power to reunite their fractured family and give their hard-luck town what it’s been waiting for: pride. Micky Ward (Wahlberg) is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky (Bale), a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down – but the bond of blood may be their only chance for redemption.

Worth Watching: Afterlife

Genre master Clint Eastwood tries something different with the languid, introspective Hereafter–and succeeds (for the most part). George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American with a special connection to the afterlife dating from his childhood. French journalist Marie (Cécile de France) has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when London schoolboy Marcus (Frankie and George McLaren) loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each seeking the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might – or must – exist in the hereafter.

Date Night: The Switch

Jennifer Aniston stars alongside Jason Bateman in this offbeat comedy as Kassie, a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her neurotic best friend Wally’s (Bateman) objections, decides it’s time to have a baby – even if it means doing it herself…with a little help from a charming sperm donor (Patrick Wilson). But, unbeknownst to her, Kassie’s plans go awry because of a last-minute switch that isn’t discovered until seven years later…when Wally gets acquainted with Kassie’s cute – though slightly neurotic – son. From the people behind Little Miss Sunshine and Juno comes The Switch.

Also on DVD this week:

March 15
 

A Shine of Rainbows (Drama, Family) Buy Now!

 Barbie: A Fairy Secret (Animation, Family) Buy Now!

 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season One, Part Two (Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, TV) Buy Now!

 Blood (Horror) Buy Now!

 Coach: The Fourth Season (Comedy, TV) Buy Now!

 The Fighter (Drama) Buy Now!

 Gamera Vs. Zigra/Gamera: The Super Monster (Sci-Fi) Buy Now!

 Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (Drama) Buy Now!

 Hereafter (Supernatural Drama) Buy Now!

 Sharktopus (Horror, Sci-Fi, TV) Buy Now!

 Snoopy Come Home/A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Animation, Family) Buy Now!

 The Switch (Comedy) Buy Now!

 Waste Land (Documentary) Buy Now!


March 20
 

How I Won the War (Limited Edition Collection) (Comedy, War) Pre-Order

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Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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This Weekend at the Movies

Our Pick: Rango

This weekend is led by the amazing Rango. Our pick is not just a great animated film, but a great western and great feature film in itself. Rango is an insane movie and we mean that in the best possible way. Do not miss this movie. Johnny Depp is his rockstar self as Rango.

The second best bet for this week at least if you are a masochist is The Adjustment Bureau.

This Philip K. Dick treatment is a little heavy handed.  The combination of romance, sci-fi, religion, and weirdness that gave me a headache overall. I like my sci-fi with a little less magic hats and a lot lighter in tone. Maybe we are just not smart enough for this movie. Then again, maybe we are too smart for this movie. Then again, maybe it was in the plan that we would have a headache while watching this movie, thus making us think we weren’t smart enough, or at least making us type this review that says we are not smart enough for this movie. Or, maybe it was the plan to have us do all that so that you being the smarty that you are will go see this movie just to show how much smarter than us you are. Or, maybe not at all.

That paragraph is this movie in a nutshell, so if that is your idea of good writing and coherence by all means see this movie. If like us, you hate that paragraph do yourself a favor and go see Rango.

If you are in the mood for some slapstick 80’s fare and not really interested in seeing anything good, you can opt for Take Me Home Tonight. It is what you think it is, a not great 80’s movie that is genre filler. The good is that Topher Grace carries the movie, but he can only do so much.
Rounding out the week is Beastly. CBS Films is getting a track record for these ham fisted dramas that are just not very good. They are ok made for TV fare, but they keep releasing them into theatres for some reason unbeknownst to us. With Beastly they update the Beauty and the Beast story as viewed through the eyes of a teenage goth Twilight fan. Ugh.

New DVD Release Tuesday: Our pick – Inception

Inception DVD Review

Science-fiction features often involve time travel or strange worlds. In Christopher Nolan’s heist thriller Inception, the concepts converge through the realm of dreams. With his trusty associate, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a fine foil), Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio, in a role that recalls Shutter Island) steals ideas for clients from the minds of competitors. Fallen on hard times, he’s become estranged from his family and hopes one last extraction will set things right. Along comes Saito (Ken Watanabe, Batman Begins), who hires Cobb to plant an idea in the mind of energy magnate Fischer (Cillian Murphy, another Batman vet). Less experienced with the art of inception, Cobb ropes in an architecture student (Ellen Page), a chemist (Dileep Rao), and a forger (Tom Hardy) for assistance. During their preparations, Page’s Ariadne stumbles upon a secret that may jeopardize the entire operation: Cobb is losing the ability to control his subconscious (Marion Cotillard plays a figure from his past). Until this point, the scenario can be confusing, since the action begins inside a dream before returning to reality. Then, after the team gets to Fischer, three dream states play out at once, resulting in four narratives, including events in the real world. It all makes sense within the rules Nolan establishes, but the impatient may find themselves much like Guy Pearce in Memento: completely confused. If Inception doesn’t hit the same heights as The Dark Knight, Nolan’s finest film to date, it’s a gravity-defying spectacular to rival Dark City and The Matrix.

Special Features

Four Focus Points:
The Inception of Inception: Christopher Nolan shapes his unusual concepts for Inception
The Japanese Castle: The Dream Is Collapsing: Creating and destroying the castle set
Constructing Paradoxical Architecture: Designing the staircase to nowhere
The Freight Train: Constructing the street-faring freight train

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December 7
A Dog Year (Comedy, Drama) Buy Now!
Boy Meets World: The Complete Fourth Season (Comedy, Drama, Family, TV) Buy Now!
Cronos (Criterion Collection) (Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller) Buy Now!
Curious George: Sweet Dreams (Animation, Family, TV) Buy Now!
– The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer (Adventure, Animation, Family)
Inception (Action, Sci-Fi) Buy Now!
Law & Order: The Eighth Year (Crime, Drama, Mystery, TV) Buy Now!
Restrepo (Documentary) Buy Now!
Shrek Forever After (Single-Disc) (Animation, Comedy, Fantasy) Buy Now!
Shrek: The Whole Story (Animation, Comedy, Fantasy) Buy Now!
SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 6, Volume 2 (Animation, Comedy, Family, TV) Buy Now!
Vega$: The Second Season, Volume 1 (Crime, Drama, Mystery, TV) Buy Now!

DVD and Blu-ray Releases this week

Our pick:

Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 Special Edition

Walt Disney’s animated musical masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound-now brilliantly restored for the first time ever in high defi nition! Blu-ray technology fi nally allows you to experience Fantasia-and Fantasia 2000, the triumphant classic it inspired-the way Walt envisioned! Plus, for the first time ever on Blu-ray, experience the 2003 Academy Award®-nominated animated short Destino-the extraordinary collaboration between Walt Disney and legendary artist Salvador Dali!

Revealing new bonus features and commentary bring the Fantasia experience to life, allowing generations of moviegoers all over the world to enjoy this timeless classic like never before. See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again.

Buy Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 Special Edition

Also on DVD this week:

Fantasia/Fantastia 2000 (4-Disc Special Edition) (Animation, Family, Fantasy, Music) Buy Now!
Knight and Day (Action, Comedy) Buy Now!
Liverpool (Drama) Buy Now!
Looney Tunes Super Stars: Tweety & Sylvester (Animation, Comedy, Family, TV) Buy Now!
Luther (Crime, Drama, TV) Buy Now!
Marvel Knights: Iron Man – Extremis (Action, Adventure, Animation) Buy Now!
The Sicilian Girl (Crime, Drama) Buy Now!
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Adventure, Comedy) Buy Now!
Waking Sleeping Beauty (Documentary) Buy Now!
Walt & El Grupo (Documentary) Buy Now!

On Blu-Ray this week

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DVD Releases and Picks for November 23rd, 2010

DVD Pick: The Expendables

Description: Sylvester Stallone stars as Barney Ross, leader of The Expendables, a tight-knit team of skilled combat vets turned mercenaries. Hired by a powerful covert operator, the team jets off to a small South American country to overthrow a ruthless dictator. Once there, they find themselves caught in a deadly web of deceit and betrayal. Using every weapon at their disposal, they set out to save the innocent and punish the guilty in this blistering action-packed thriller.

Our View: The Expendables isn’t a great film by any stretch of the imagination but it knows exactly what it is trying to be and doesn’t pull any punches. Great popcorn flick, but don’t be looking for Oscar material here.

Buy Now!

Other releases on November 23
12 Men of Christmas (Comedy, Romance) Buy Now!
7th Heaven: The Final Season (Drama, Family, TV) Buy Now!
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series (Action, Adventure, Animation) Buy Now!
Countdown to Zero (Documentary) Buy Now!
Eat Pray Love (Comedy, Drama) Buy Now!
The Expendables (Action, Thriller) Buy Now!
I’m Still Here (Documentary) Buy Now!
Lennon Naked (Biography) Buy Now!
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Twelfth Season (Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, TV) Buy Now!
The Pillars of the Earth (Drama, Romance, Thriller, TV) Buy Now!
The Winning Season (Comedy, Drama, Sports) Buy Now!

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Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.

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