DVD New Releases – 2/2/2010

By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2010 - 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. ;)

Zombieland [Blu-ray] – This was the one of the best movies of 2009. It’s funny, well-shot, well-acted. It’s nearly perfect.

Walk the Line [Blu-ray] – Reese Witherspoon delivers one of the best female performances of all time. Is it a reflection of the force of June Carter Cash’s role in Johnny Cash’s life? This is an upgrade I have no trouble making.

Spiral [Blu-ray] – I _love_ Amber Tamblyn, and I think this is Joel David Moore and Adam Green at the top of their game. This goes on the creepy shelf right next to Psycho.

The House of the Devil [Blu-ray] – I made the mistake of seeing Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever the same week I had The House of the Devil on my schedule. After the stinky mess of CF2:SF I couldn’t imaging that THofD was worth seeing, but all the 80’s horror fans love it. I’ll probably catch it streaming online.

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior [Blu-ray] and Ong Bak 2: The Beginning [Blu-ray] – I hear Ong Bak 2 is pretty bad, and I’m not sure I’m ready to buy Ong Bak a fourth time, even if it’s better quality.

Universal Soldier: Regeneration [Blu-ray] – After the phenomenal JCVD my hopes were up that this reunion of Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren would be at least tolerable, but this movie sucks hard.

Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door [Blu-ray] is *nothing* like that other The Girl Next Door movie. The latter is a cheap comedy about an empowered porn star and her underage peeping-tom neighbor. The former is a master-crafted (based on a true) story about a girl who is abused and tortured. This is one of those films that draws the line for how a really well made movie can be almost unwatchable due to the nature of the story.

The Music Man [Blu-ray] – I loves me a good musical, and this is one of my top five favorites.

The Oscar winner release season continues with several movies that don’t really interest me:

The Godfather – The Coppola Restoration Giftset (The Godfather / The Godfather Part II / The Godfather Part III) [Blu-ray] (also available individually as The Godfather (Coppola Restoration) [Blu-ray] and The Godfather Part II (Coppola Restoration) [Blu-ray]) – I’ve never been a fan of the gangster genre, but I’d be remiss to not mention the best of them all is coming out this week. There were three Oscar wins for the original (Best Actor: Marlon Brando; Best Picture; Best Writing) with eight additional nominations, and *six* wins (Best Actor: De Niro; Best Art Direction; Best Director; Best Original Score; Best Picture; Best Writing) for the sequel plus five additional nominations.

Mystic River [Blu-ray] – This won two Oscars (Best Actor: Sean Penn; Best Supporting Actor: Tim Robbins) and four additional nominations.

Gangs of New York (Remastered) [Blu-ray] – It didn’t win any awards, but it had an impressive ten nominations.

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