DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: April 5, 2011

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DVD Blu ray Home Video releases April 5 DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: April 5, 2011

While this week features two classics finally reaching the Blu-ray format, it also has the Disney blockbuster TRON: Legacy and the awful Little Fockers.

But there are definitely reasons to spend some good money this week, especially if you want the 3D home video of TRON: Legacy.

There are some intriguing releases we won’t go in-depth on like the Blu-ray release of the original Arthur and Arthur 2, hitting the home video market just before the Russell Brand remake hits theaters April 8th. There is also a Blu-ray re-release of Fiddler on the Roof in honor of its 40th Anniversary.

The following titles can now be found on DVD and Blu-ray:


TRON Legacy DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: April 5, 2011

TRON: Legacy – Disney put everything they had into promoting TRON: Legacy and it seems to have paid off – well enough. The film made just under $400 million worldwide and set itself up for a sequel that many hope will be even better. In our 3.5-star review we were impressed, but not blown away. Over time, it seems the general response to TRON: Legacy has continuously improved and it should do very well on home video.

The long-awaited sequel to TRON is a visual and auditory spectacle on home video, but the dialogue doesn’t get any better than it was in theaters. It seems to have held up well and the fans are still into it enough to keep the legacy of the story alive (sorry). There is no question a sequel was set up at the end of the TRON: Legacy, but considering the rumored $150 million advertising budget on top of a $170 million production budget, the movie didn’t actually make too much of a profit. Is Disney willing to gamble that much money on another sequel? They haven’t had any problems spending huge amounts of money on films lately, so I would expect TRON 3.

One of the coolest special features I’ve seen in a long time is an engaging and entertaining epilogue that adds some tail to the film’s ending. It includes all new footage that reveals some awesome details as to the direction TRON 3 might take, including a special appearance from one of the original film’s characters. When you get to the arcade menu, you can go one-by-one, or you can cheat the system and type in “A-L-L” to see the remaining featurettes all at once. The Flynn Lives segment includes what sounds like a few brand new tracks from Daft Punk.

The special features also include a completely original Daft Punk ‘Derezzed’ music video (not the previously released one) and trailer for TRON: Uprising. The rest of the Blu-ray supplements are fun, although less engaging and less unique. Still, Disney continues its trend of fantastic bonus features on home video releases.

  • The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed
  • First Look at Tron: Uprising
  • Launching the Legacy
  • Visualizing Tron
  • Installing the Cast
  • Disc Roars
  • Original Daft Punk Music Video

Little Fockers1 DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: April 5, 2011

Little Fockers – Arguably the worst movie of 2010 is back in our lives this week on DVD and Blu-ray. The third installment of the Meet the Parents trilogy earned a 1-star review from myself. I complained that it was a low point for Robert De Niro and a general waste of good money all around. Yet, it still made $308 million at the worldwide box office, pushing the trilogy over the $1 billion mark worldwide.

As with most comedies, the color pops on this home video release, but the sound design is mediocre. There isn’t much to play with in the video transfer of this films, but it does its job. If you really liked this movie, one could assume you aren’t too picky about your movie-going experience.

The film takes great pride in its use of the word “Godfocker” and continues that trend with a 15-minute segment entitled The Making of a Godfocker. The rest of the supplements are a collection of short sequences that include deleted scenes and mashups like The Focker Foot Locker.

  • The Making of a Godfocker
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Bob and Ben
  • Ben and Owen
  • Bout Time
  • The Focker Foot Locker

I Love You Phillip Morris DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: April 5, 2011

I Love You, Phillip Morris – Jim Carrey’s most controversial role hits home video after a few years of difficult distribution issues. Originally set for a 2009 release, it finally hit theaters in limited release, grossing $20.7 million worldwide. Written and directed by the minds behind Bad Santa, this film holds little back and for that reason entertains its audience.

The Blu-ray isn’t jaw-dropping, but does give a colorful image alongside an average audio track. The special features aren’t any better, but do offer some deleted scenes and a feature commentary.


Taxi Driver DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: April 5, 2011

Taxi Driver – One of Martin Scorsese’s best is a gritty tale of one of cinema’s most troubled souls. But Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Travis Bickle and Scorsese’s depiction are a rarity in Hollywood’s never-ending attempt to satisfy the dark side in people. It is a slow burn and one that brings you completely into Bickle’s world.

One of New York’s biggest film events, the Tribeca Film Festival, is coming up and the Blu-ray re-release of Taxi Driver marks one of New York’s most iconic films. The performances are outstanding and mesmerizing, but it also displays New York as a character in itself, explored through atmosphere and supporting characters. It may not be the prettiest depiction, but it is deliberate.

The special features on this re-release are outstanding. Any movie buff will enjoy the extensive featurettes on every aspect of production, from script to edit. Three audio commentaries will give you an excuse to watch the film over and over again.

  • Interactive Script to Screen
  • Original 1986 Audio Commentary: Martin Scorsese and Writer Paul Schrader
  • Audio Commentary: University of Virginia Professor Robert Kolker
  • Audio Commentary: Writer Paul Schrader
  • Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver
  • Producing Taxi Driver
  • God’s Lonely Man
  • Influence and Appreciation: A Martin Scorsese Tribute
  • Taxi Driver Stories
  • Making Taxi Driver
  • Travis’ New York
  • Travis’ New York Locations
  • Intro to Storyboards by Martin Scorsese
  • Storyboard to Film Comparison
  • Galleries
  • Taxi Driver Theatrical Trailer

A.I. Artificial Intelligence DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: April 5, 2011

A.I. Artificial Intelligence Steven Spielberg’s long list of films are slowly making their way to Blu-ray and the latest is his futuristic vision of Artificial Intelligence. A gorgeous and underrated film, A.I. explores a variety of concepts that make it tremendously complex and thought-provoking. Some don’t see it as such, but upon further examination it is difficult not to see it as a fascinating exploration of a future not yet upon us.

While the visual transfer may not look sleek and shiny like other recent releases, it perfectly captures the grittiness of Spielberg’s films. Like the Minority Report Blu-ray, the grain is prevalent and it dirties the image, but Spielberg’s films are consistent that way. As far as the audio transfer, this is a true surround-sound experience, but still slightly removed from the massive auditory onslaught of TRON: Legacy.

Even without an audio commentary track (commonly missing in Spielberg releases), the bonus features are extensive and intriguing. Some of them have been released before, but for the most part this is the first true compilation of supplemental packages.

  • Creating A.I.
  • Acting A.I.
  • Designing A.I.
  • Lighting A.I.
  • The Robots of A.I.
  • Special Visual Effects and Animation: ILM
  • The Sound and Music of A.I.
  • Closing: Steven Spielberg: Our Responsibility to Artificial Intelligence

Next week is definitely Pixar’s week, with the Blu-ray releases of Cars and The Incredibles. While you will need to wait for next Tuesday to get more details, I just watched The Incredibles Blu-ray and it is fantastic, so save up some money.

If you don’t like Pixar, you might not have much to rent or buy next week, so splurge on this week’s releases. Either way, there’s something to watch this and next week on DVD and Blu-ray.

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  1. if I see anyone buying Little Fockers when I go to get Tron and Harry Potter next week, I will punch them in the head. Because they deserve it.

    • Here here, man. A fine example of how beating a dead horse turns out bad.

      • Yeah “little fockers” is the worst one and I wont be buying it. Im saving my cash for HP7 😎

    • Wow you won’t have a problem then if I savagely beat anyone I see purchasing a season of Smallville?

      Can’t wait to pick up my 2D (dvd) version of Tron. Without all the 3D bs, it should be fun.

  2. Disney will be getting more of my money for Tron. Agreed on the acting, but i’ll buy it for the visuals. Every time.

    You didn’t mention how the transfer for Taxi Driver looked. Is it good quality? Worth the purchase?

  3. I am still trying to catch up from last week.

  4. I have been waiting for TRON: Legacy and the original Tron to hit BluRay for about 2 months. I watched it a tonne of times in theatres and didn’t get enough. A shame they took it out of theatres. Anyways, I’m buying the collectors 3D edition, and it will be my happiest purchase of the year… that, along with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1! Both films are going to own the DVD chart :)

  5. OK, so i picked up the film on BD today during lunch at Frys. you can buy Legacy 2D or 3D and can get the 2 disk original with Legacy, but if you want both in one box on BD, Legacy only comes in the 3D flavor and it’s $63. Pretty outrageous considering you can buy them separately for less.

    • I had to spend even more than that. I had to get the 4 disc 3D Bluray/Bluray/Dvd/Digital copy edition of Legacy (which doesnt come with the original) so i could get the digital copy (I have to have my movies with me on my iPod at all times) and then had to fork out the extra 30 to get the two disc bluray/dvd package of the original Tron. All in all i think it was like 70 for all 6 discs which isnt bad. I bit much but i loved Tron and Bridges is by far one of my favorite actors. I knew i had to spend the extra cash i started saving early 😀 CAN NOT wait for HP7!!!