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I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

by Zach Oat November 17, 2009 12:45 pm
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It's a good day for DVD buying, especially if you like science fiction, vampires, superheroes, television actors and stereotypically gay men. And if you like all of those things, it's the best day ever. ...Of course, if you like all of those things, every day is probably the best day ever for you. Also, your room is probably awesome.

Star Trek
Can J.J. Abrams do no wrong? Seriously, I'm trying to think of something he's done that I don't love, or at least like a lot. Sure, all of his TV shows have had their creative missteps, but they're still great overall, and Mission: Impossible III, Cloverfield and now Star Trek are all top-notch action flicks, depending on how you feel about post 9/11 monster symbolism. Trek in particular seemed like it would be problematic, as it would re-boot a classic TV series whose visuals and characters are branded onto many people's brains (and skin). But the fan response and box office haul showed that decisions like pairing Uhura and Spock and casting Simon Pegg as Scotty were, in fact, brilliant. The movie is available in several packaging options, and no one will think any less of you if you get the one with the model of the Enterprise.

Bruno
If you can make it through all of the swinging male genitalia in this movie, congratulations, you've obviously beaten your crippling phobia of them, or have just developed one. For the first time on this DVD, Sacha Baron Cohen shows behind-the-scenes footage of how he gets his "gotcha" interviews and stunts on tape, incluing the LaToya Jackson scene that was cut from the theatrical release on the day her brother died, hours before the premiere.

Thirst
Think all vampire pics are pretty and romantic? Like all of Chan-Wook Park's films, Thirst would be a comedy if the things that happened in it weren't so horrible. When a priest is infected with vampire blood while participating in drug trials to fight a lethal disease, he has to feed on humans to keep the disease at bay, and also falls in love with the wife of a childhood friend. As their love descends into murder, domestic abuse and wholesale slaughter, the horribleness just keeps coming until the film's inevitable conclusion.

My Sister's Keeper
Let's put it this way -- this movie has to be better than The Box, right?

Franklyn
We always regretted not tracking down a screening of this trippy-looking film that splits its time between London and a crazy alternate London where Ryan Phillippe is a masked superhero detective. Now we have no excuse, unless that terrible title counts as one.

Also out this week:
How to Be New Moon's Robert Pattinson as a hippie. Good timing, DVD I have no intention of watching.
Gone With the Wind (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) Hoping to ride New Moon's coattails, this edition has a new scene in which Scarlett is turned into a vampire, and never goes hungry again.
Downhill Racer (Criterion Collection) How does a director with a Criterion Edition go on to make Cops and Robbersons?
The Canyon A horror movie in which Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski fights a geological formation.
Train What the hell happened to Thora Birch's career, that she's starring in Hostel knock-off torture porn?
Is Anybody There? Michael Caine meets a kid in a retirement home full of famous British actors.
Darwin's Darkest Hour Henry Ian Cusick -- Lost's Desmond -- as Charles Darwin? Netflix it, brother!

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