Tuesday, March 4, 2008

New DVD releases today - Tuesday March 4th 2008.

Into The Wild (8/10): Emile Hirsch is magnificent in Sean Penn's wonderful new film about aguy who does something we've all thought about doing at one time or another. Giving up everything he has in life to just disappear into nature. Only, unlike Thoreau and other naturalists, he went all the way. Terrific film.

Awake (4/10): Hayden Christensen is not a good actor. Jessica Alba is not a good actress. Awake is not a good movie, despite the involvement of Terrence Howard. And yes, Jessica Alba has her standard walking-around-in-her-underwear scene that we have come to know and love.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium: Dustin Hoffman continues taking kinda bizarre roles in films, this one a freaky kids-candy-store movie (not the creepy kind. Well, maybe a little.) Natalie Portman also stars.

Redacted: An Iraq war movie that actually got BAD reviews. And yet, for some reason, that didn't translate into big box office. No big stars, and subject matter that needs to be handled brilliantly to be effective. And, with Brian DePalma directing, there is a chance that it is.

The Kill Point: John Leguizamo and Donnie ("the other") Wahlberg star in the story of a bank heist that...oh never mind.

Things We Lost In The Fire (6/10): Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro carry this film, which is hit and miss. Worth watching just for the scenes between Del Toro and David Duchovny, as well as the scene where he attempts to kick heroin. The title of the movie has nothing to do with anything. Although they do mention it once in the film.

Human Giant Season One (7/10): New sketch-comedy TV show that has it's ups and downs, but has moments as good as anything SCTV ever did. Very offensive language and subject matter.

The Love Boat Season One Volume One (2/10): This old show would have received zero out of ten stars if there wasn't a stoner market out there. It is hilarious how bad this show really was. Concentrate very hard on the laugh track.

My Kid Could Paint That: I am very much looking forward to this film. A bonkers documentary about the rise and fall of a FOUR-year-old painter. Her parents have sued over this documentary, after inviting the film makers into their home to shoot it.

Pistol Whipped: Pistol Whipped! Of course, you know I would find the most important DVD release of the week, and here it is - the latest Steven Seagal direct-to-DVD arm breaking thriller! Seagal! Thriller! Lance Henriksen! Lance Henriksen, it appears, has no career left. You can tell, because he is in a Steven Seagal movie. I am SO looking forward to this.

Collector's Editions and box sets:
- Mrs. Doubtfire Behind the Seams edition
- 12 Angry Men 50th Anniversary Edition
- TCM Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 2 (The Divorcee, A Free Soul, Night Nurse, Three on a Match, Female) worth it just for Norma Shearer's performance in The Divorcee.
- Magnum P.I. Complete Eighth Season!

Also out today:
101 Dalmatians

American Poop Movie, The

Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief

Horton Hears a Who!

Kill Your Darlings

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Operation Filmmaker

Strawberry Shortcake: Big Country Fun

Thomas & Friends: Engines and Escapades
Thomas & Friends: Trackside Tunes

Looks like this is a pretty weak week for DVDs. Get Into the Wild, and 12 Angry Men. And, if you're a masochist or have a higly-developed sense of irony, Pistol Whipped!

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