This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases are not overly exciting, but there should be something for every fan in need of a new home video purchase.
Due Date is the week’s featured new release, but Memento might be the re-release of the week. It is a disappointing week, but there is plenty to be excited about in weeks to come.
The following titles can now be found on DVD and Blu-ray:
Due Date – Todd Phillips brought two of the funniest actors in Hollywood together for a road trip that had the makings of comedy gold. Unfortunately, it passed through as a mediocre buddy comedy that only mustered up a few scenes that were actually funny. Ben Kendrick’s 3.5-star review shares his thoughts on an “entertaining experience that’s working too many angles – and, as a result, loses momentum at times.”
Once the comedic grace period of Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey, Jr. wears off, we are left with a movie that just tries to hard. The film’s strongest moments are Galifianakis’ stretch as an aspiring actor and the frequent cameos. The film did its job for the studio with a solid $209 million return at the box office, but that might not be enough to push home video sales.
The DVD and Blu-ray does feature a great video transfer and a worthy audio transfer, but the bonus features are massively underwhelming. Comedies tend to pack a punch in the supplemental category. For some reason, this home video only gives us 16 minutes of weak material.
- Deleted Scene
- Gag Reel
- Too Many Questions
- Action Mash-Up
- The Complete Two and a Half Men Scene
Weeds: Season Six – Fans of the Showtime series found out late last year that Season Seven will be its last. That means the latest season to hit home video is even more valuable. The series has steadily risen in popularity over the years and it has had a comfortable run on home video.
With 351 minutes of episodes, it is impressive that the season pack costs just under $25, but the rest of the bonus features do not promote such enthusiasm. There are some worthy commentaries, but supplemental features are not extensive.
- Kevin Nealon and Justin Kirk: What Do We Have Left to Say
- Gag Reel
- Bye Bye Botwins
- Feature Commentaries
Memento – The film that launched Christopher Nolan’s career (after Following) celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a Special Edition Blu-ray release. The re-release includes some new featurettes that expand on the developing legend of the film that works backwards. It may seem hasty for a film to get a 10th Anniversary edition, but few question the validity of Nolan’s early masterpiece.
The most disappointing aspect of the special edition Blu-ray is its lack of the DVD’s chronological order function. The special edition DVD actually gives viewers a chance to watch the movie in the order it was shot. The re-release features some new supplements mixed with the mainstays from previous releases.
- Feature Commentary by Director Christopher Nolan
- Remembering Memento
- Anatomy of a Scene
- IFC Interview with Christopher Nolan
- Original ‘Memento Mori’ Short Story
- Tattoo Sketches
- Leonard’s Journal
The Stieg Larsson Trilogy – We have not covered the Swedish version of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy as much as some fans would like, but now the trilogy hits Blu-ray and it deserves everybody’s attention. As production progresses on David Fincher’s remake of the Swedish hit, the original trilogy can finally rest on Blu-ray for home video eternity.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest all come to DVD and Blu-ray with nothing more than their individual Blu-ray releases offered. Essentially, if you had the patience to hold off until all three films come in one box set, you’ll get nothing extra. Still, any fan of the franchise will have no excuse not to own the original Swedish trilogy on Blu-ray.
Next week has plenty of new and old titles hitting DVD and Blu-ray. The Disney classic Bambi reaches homes in a Diamond Edition Blu-ray re-release, while new releases like Megamind and 127 Hours also hit shelves.
There are more titles to keep an eye out for, but stay tuned next Tuesday for those details.
Do any of this week’s home video releases interest you? Will you be holding off for next week?