DVD New Releases – 12/8/2009
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, December 7, 2009 - Save & Share - One Comment

Every week I make a list of notable discs being released so I can figure out what I “need” to buy. ;) It looks like the studios are filling the shelves with some good stuff as we approach the giving season.


The big news of the week is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. We’re still trying to figure out if there’s a way to celebrate Becky’s birthday where we can watch the entire series, but this movie pushes the marathon HP watching to 18 hours, which is hard to sell. Maybe we’ll break it up into two nights?

If you happen to have an extra $339 laying around, buy me that French box-set of the miniature Hogwarts with drawers to hold the movies.

This is one of my favorite movies of the year, probably because it feeds into my foodie nature. I was so inspired I even made Pâté de Canard en Croûte. Also, there are probably nominations in the wings for both actresses so this is a no-brainer to buy.


“Lost” had its low points, but it’s still one of the most compelling narratives ever on TV. Season 5 has really brought things around and I can’t wait until Season 6 starts next year. I hope “Lost” becomes the hallmark of shows that are planned for limited runs. I would like to see more shows do small story arcs across 1-3 episodes, large arcs across a season, and one huge arc across the series.

From “Fantastic Fest 2008”:http://fantasticfest.bside.com/2008/films/jackbrooksmonsterslayer_fantasticfest2008, the only high point of this popcorn genre film is the prominent use of practical effects. It’s a fun little romp, but it’s not memorable.


This is one of the best reviewed movies of the year — “85% at Rotten Tomatoes”:http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1213731-worlds_greatest_dad/ — that I haven’t seen yet, but if the price is right I’ll be picking it up tomorrow.

The hot girlfriend from “Everwood”, the new Captain Kirk, and the star of Coyote Ugly are the marquee names in this obscure genre movie that has a precarious “67% freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes”:http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1215790-carriers/ (including Fantastic Fest’s “Scott Weinberg”:http://www.fearnet.com/news/reviews/b16544_carriers_review.html). The star of the film also lead in the pointless boring movie, The Go-Getter, with Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone, Judy Greer and Mara Tierney. If he keeps this up, all his movies will be watchable…even if they suck.

A gun safety film starring John Wayne?!? I’m there.

Did anyone else know the movie (series) Friday was made into a cartoon? Is it funny?

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One Response to “DVD New Releases – 12/8/2009”

Comment from leiabox
Time December 12, 2009 at 8:56 am

I LOVED World’s Greatest Dad. Bobcat Golthwait is a very impressive writer/director & Robin Williams is spot-on.

On the flip-side: Jack Brooks was one of my least favorite movies of FF 2008.

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