DVD New Releases – 7/28/2009
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, July 27, 2009 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Every week I make a list of notable discs being released so I can figure out what I “need” to buy. ;)

There’s a real variety of movies being released this week. It looks like the industry is trying to make up for the past couple months.

* “Dollhouse: Season One”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1135300/episodes#season-1 – Joss Whedon does it again. The pilot episode was a little weak but, once he had a chance to really put pen to paper, episodes two and three are incredibly compelling.
* “Acolytes”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0902952/ – This “genre festival film”:http://fantasticfest.bside.com/2008/films/acolytes_fantasticfest2008 was very well received. Here’s what I said when I saw it last September: “It is hard to cover the plot of this movie without giving away the many surprising turns it delivers. Three teenagers take on the mystery of a local missing girl, and their former bully who is on parole, and it is pulled off very well. At one point I even was reminded of *Heavenly Creatures* because of the accents, the forest scenery, and the brutal nature of the confrontations.”
* “Bart Got a Room”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472050/ – This is another “festival film”:http://aff.bside.com/2008/films/bartgotaroom_aff2008, of the more mainstream variety. Here’s my review from October of last year: “Imagine if William H Macy did a Florida Jewish American Pie. Less ribald (but still occasionally inappropriate) and more heartwarming. This is going to be a classic “getting a prom date” movie. It had so many amazing touches and was well-acted, directed and edited…and it had William H Macy with a jew-fro.”
* “Big Man Japan (aka Dai-Nipponjin)”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0997147/ – At Fantastic Fest 2007 I wasn’t thrilled to watch “this movie”:http://www.rollerfeet.com/backporchbeer/2007/09/24/2790/ after midnight and a lot of hype, but I still think it’s a good film. My review from that night: “Not for your average round eye, Dai Nipponjin is a spot-on Japanese take on the “mockumentary”, with Hitoshi Matsumoto performing like an Asian Christopher Guest. As a man whose job is to fight the mega-monsters that attack Japan — after he’s electrocuted and grows to a humongous size — Matsumoto is sympathetically pathetic and hilarious. Fans of Guest’s work, and men in rubber suits stomping on model Tokyo skylines will unite in laughter.”
* “12 Monkeys”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114746/ – Already a classic, Brad Pitt personifies “just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me”. I hope the Blu-Ray transfer is an beautiful as I’m expecting.
* “Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407362/episodes#season-4 and “Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407362/ – The final season was great even if you didn’t like the last five minutes. The question is, will you fall for the cyborg head Blu-Ray special edition complete series box set?
* “The Inglorious Bastards”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076584/ – See Bo Svenson — who I met at the Drafthouse several years ago and is a really friendly guy — in the original movie before Quentin Tarantino steers Brad Pitt and Eli Roth (looking like Sylar) through his own crazy bloody version.
* “A River Runs Through It”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105265/ – Boring as dirt, but gorgeous so the Blu-Ray should be stunning.

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