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If you have decided to shell out your hard won dollars on the 2-disc DVD of Mamma Mia!, chances are you are a hardcore Abba fan and theater geek who will appreciate the "everything but the kitchen sink" credo that this seriously comprehensive volume affords and not some novice who thinks they're buying a pizza how-to instructional DVD. I'm not gonna waste precious space with an intro because there's way too much to describe here, and we're all very busy (shopping online), so let's get to it, shall we?
If you're a Coen brothers fan, like me, then you found absolutely nothing wrong with Burn After Reading. Maybe it didn't blow you out of the water like No Country for Old Men or The Big Lebowski, but it was pure, unfiltered Coen, with a cast most directors could only dream of. And it was frickin' funny. I had hoped for some wackier extras on the DVD, like outtakes or bloopers or deleted scenes or something, but sadly the three documentaries are all business, and two of them are kinda short. Oh, well. Maybe years from now, when fans of the movie are throwing "Readingman" festivals in D.C. and dressing up like their favorite characters (Chad Feldheimer, Osbourne Cox, the hatchet, the sex pillow), there'll be a documentary about that on the special edition.
Greek has now officially released its entire first season on DVD with the release of Chapter Two. Try not to be confused: The first DVD release, Chapter One, was the first half of the first season, and this is the rest of that season. The second season just aired last fall and will probably be released sometime before the next season starts up. This new DVD set isn't packed with extras, but it has plenty of goodies to make it worth a Greek fan's while.
Okay, so you saw the new, Keanu-tastic remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, and were... underwhelmed, apparently. What to do? First, write director Scott Derrickson a nasty letter. (Hint: Mention Hellraiser: Inferno.) Second, go rent (or buy) the Two-Disc Special Edition of the original movie, which any sci-fi fan will tell you is a classic that changed the game and still has relevance today. While a film noir 1950s sci-fi flick may not have the same kind of mass appeal Keanu Reeves has, sci-fi fans will find that the new edition has some great additional featurettes that previous versions do not. But new or old, several of the extras on this disc are also hysterically, hysterically funny.
I will admit to not being a big fan of the Narnia books -- granted, I also haven't re-read them in years, but I remember them being fairly dry, and I found the first movie to also be a little dull. But the second film certainly does up the ante a little bit, with some impressive sets and a lot more creatures, plus the addition of an actually good actor in Peter Dinklage, who plays a dwarf. Sadly, we may not get to see if the third movie ups the ante even more (Disney has opted not to finance Voyage of the Dawn Treader), but for now we at least have a pretty impressive 3-Disc Collector's Edition of Prince Caspian. The extras are definitely worth a peek, and certainly enhanced my appreciation of the film.
If you haven't seen Towelhead yet -- and even if you have, actually -- you should watch the DVD. No, nothing is different from the theatrical release. And, no, it's not the best film in history, or even of the year. And finally, no, there aren't many special features on the disc. But there are two special features that make this worth watching -- scratch that, they make this important viewing. For everyone. No matter your take on any of the issues and controversy surrounding the film's title -- or the film itself.
Fans of 300 who already bought the previous two-disc version on DVD will probably find themselves wondering if the new Limited Collector's Edition is worth shelling out another $40 to $50. The answer is "yes" for only two groups of people: those who don't own a previous version of the film and the biggest 300 fans. This new version has all of the extras that were on the previous two-disc DVD set, plus a few new extras. But it's also lacking a few things that would have made it well worth buying a second copy of the same movie.
So, that two-disc edition of The Dark Knight has to be the definitive edition, chock-full of extras, right? Well, let's just say, sort of. There are plenty of extras here -- and plenty of them are truly terrific. But you will feel like there's some stuff missing, too. It's surely being saved for the big, fat ultimate collector's edition that will come out soon enough (maybe they're saving something for a set of all of the Nolan Batman movies someday). But for now, this two-disc edition is what we get, and there's plenty here to sink your teeth into.
Because of the abridged nature of last year's Lost, there are probably more extras on these DVDs than there were episodes, so it's nice they didn't skimp on them just because only, like, two and a half episodes got made last year. Though there are many highlights on these discs, I was particularly surprised by the extra that totally revealed that Bernard is Jacob. Didn't see that coming. Read on and choose your own favorites!
As a fan of the comic book -- well, as big a fan as you can be of a comic book about a horrible, horrible person by a writer who thinks you, the reader, are a worthless human being -- I was excited to see Wanted, and enjoyed it overall, even with the extensive changes. It's really a completely different story, but it's still chock-full of comic-book goodness. I don't know if I would have bought the two-disc special edition DVD, but for a bigger fan of the film, it's definitely worth putting on your Amazon Wish List.
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