DVD Picks of the Week: August 11th, 2009

I’ve been giving my thoughts on each week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases since the beginning of March, and I’ve seen many weak selections. This week is certainly not the greatest, but I can let you know ahead of time that it is indeed more solid than some of the bummer-inducing weeks we’ve received over the past five months. On to the main event.

I Love You, Man [DVD][Blu-ray]

I didn’t know what exactly to expect from this film when I first saw the trailer. I do like Paul Rudd, and Jason Segal is coming into his own as a comedic film actor, but the rest was a mystery. That said, I finally was able to view this film a few weeks ago, and impressed I was. It’s a smart, lovable and very funny film from John Hamburg, the director of Along Came Polly. Slappa da bass.

The Ninth Gate [Blu-ray]

Getting its debut on Blu-ray this week is The Ninth Gate, the underrated Roman Polanski film starring Johnny Depp. Depp plays a book collector assigned to track down the one true authentic version of a satanic ritual related book, wanted greatly by Boris Balkan (Frank Langella). This film has become a true cult favorite of mine for the atmospheric visual created by Polanski and the overall entertaining story. It gets more hate than love, and I think that’s a bit of a crime. It isn’t the greatest film ever made, but it certainly is an achievement. Anyways, grab this one on Blu-ray, because for $13 (on Amazon) it is surely worth the upgrade.

The Class [DVD][Blu-ray]

A film near the top of my viewing list is The Class (or Entre Les Murs). The French film won the top prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for best foreign film at this past year’s Academy Awards. François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as a teacher in a racially mixed and tough Parisian neighborhood. Seems unique, and could be naturally powerful and moving as an inside the classroom type of film.

Alien Trespass [DVD][Blu-ray]

This is a film that seems to be in a misplaced decade is this 1950’s replica alien invasion film that plays as a sort of spoof and homage to the genre that is long gone from the film arena. Stuff like this doesn’t come around very often, and even if it does, it usually seems to fail at doing what it’s attempting. From all I’ve heard, Alien Trespass has done it right, and I look forward to seeing it myself. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean.

What else comes out this week: 17 Again, 90210: The Complete First Season, Starman [Blu-ray], Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Collection, Katyn, Blue Thunder [Blu-ray], Are You Being Served? The Complete Collection, Chaos [Blu-ray], Gigantic, Replicant [Blu-ray],

Grindhouse Girls of the 1970s Collection.

What to stay away from: The Art of War III: Retribution. Another one of those unneeded sequels to an already unneeded sequel. Seriously? Three films in the Art of War series? Why do people let these things happen? At least Wesley Snipes was in the second film.

That’s all for this week. See, there were a few good to great titles this week. Next week brings a few popular television shows and another remake to home theater formats. See you then.


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