DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: March 15th, 2011

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DVD Blu ray Releases Home video March 15 2011 DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: March 15th, 2011

This week in DVD and Blu-ray releases is a little scarce, but offers at least three films worth a glance. The three movies come with a combined eight Oscars nominations…and one Razzie nomination.

Unfortunately, there are no exciting Blu-ray re-releases this week. If you picked up The Walking Dead last week, maybe this week’s limited home video releases won’t bother you as much.

The Criterion Collection releases a pair of Blu-ray transfers this week: Yi Yi and Au revoir les enfants. If either of those interest you, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better copy on home video now that Criterion has made its mark.

The following titles are now available on DVD and Blu-ray:

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NEW RELEASES

The Fighter DVD Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: March 15th, 2011

The Fighter - David O. Russell’s film earned seven Academy Award nominations, grossed nearly 500% of its production budget (worldwide) and made dozens of year-end lists, including our Favorites Movies of 2010. Now, it will continue to rake in the praise and revenue as it hits DVD and Blu-ray. In our 5-star review of The Fighter, Kofi Outlaw called it “a clever and darkly funny character piece set against a classic sports drama backdrop.”

The look of The Fighter is just as integral to its success as any other aspect – including the Oscar-winning acting. The home video release showcases the beautifully subtle cinematography in a way that earns its stripes and the extensive sound design will fill up any room with surround sound.

With 17 minutes of deleted scenes and a fascinating audio commentary, this is a definite must-own for any home video lover and anybody with even the slightest interest in The Fighter.

  • Audio Commentary
  • The Warrior’s Code: Filming The Fighter
  • Keeping the Faith
  • Deleted Scenes

Hereafter DVD Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: March 15th, 2011

Hereafter - Clint Eastwood’s latest collaboration with Matt Damon explored the possibilities of life after death and earned an Oscar nomination for Visual Effects in the process. While our own Ben Kendrick gave the film a 4.5-star review, the movie found few critics on its side.

A two-hour documentary on Clint Eastwood’s career is one of the best studies of a distinguished icon you’ll find anywhere. You don’t need to buy the Eastwood Collection to uncover the secrets to his success with this in-depth documentary.

The only other special feature is a 42-minute collection of behind-the-scenes featurettes. It’s no surprise that a Clint Eastwood film is bare-bones in its home video release. His movies tend to shy away from extensive bonus features.

  • Step Into the Hereafter Focus Points
  • The Eastwood Factor: Extended Version

The Switch DVD Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: March 15th, 2011

The Switch – Jennifer Aniston earned a Razzie for her performance in The Switch, but even Jason Bateman’s charismatic acting had trouble keeping the comedy from hitting the funny bone. Still, this film has its fans and its alternative take on a similar issue to The Kids Are All Right helps it get in touch with certain audiences.

If you need something lighter than The Fighter or Hereafter, this is your choice for the week in DVD and Blu-ray releases. But we don’t recommend a blind buy on this one – instead, give it a rental if your Blockbuster isn’t closed yet.

The Switch features a small collection of supplemental footage, but the bloopers are worth a look. Still, if you want a behind-the-scenes glance at this production, you won’t get it on the DVD or Blu-ray.

  • The Switch Conceived
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Bloopers

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Not a huge week for home video fanatics, but the three new releases will find their fans.

Next week should bring a few more options, including new and old movies. Blu-ray is bringing Ernest back to the fans, while Stand by Me and Awakenings also hit the new format.

How Do You Know, Skyline, The Tourist and Yogi Bear all hit DVD and Blu-ray next week as well.

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  1. Oh dear.

    Hereafter was probaly the biggest stinker of 2010. And considering the subject matter, they should delay the release for a while, I’m surprised they havent already done so.

    The Fighter is ok, Bale gives a decent performance but the plot is average at best, the whole film had an air of day time tv movies to me.

    And The Switch, well I havent seen that, but it should come in a white box with a big sticker on the front that reads ” WARNING THIS FILM CONTAINS JENNIFER ANISTON-WATCH AT YOUR OWN PERIL ” Because all of her films are just terrible.

    • DrSam = DrGrumpy. :)

      Tough last “leap” there buddy?

      • I’m always Dr Grumpy! Seriously though, The Fighter is the best out of the three and I wouldnt want to watch it again. Just a poor weeks releases in my opinion.
        I hated Hereafter with a passion! It was to use my new word ‘Gumpf’

        • Good to know. Haven’t seen any of the three.

          • Well, if you had to watch one, I would say The Fighter, at least the acting in that is pretty damn good.

    • Too bad you are missing a sense of humor. I love her films.

      • I have sense of humour, her films are the worst kind of trash, if you enjoy them, fine whatever. She was great in Friends but 99% of her movie output has been terrible.

  2. I’m not a big fan of Jennifer Anniston, but I thought the switch was hilarious (then again I am a fan of the romcom). The Fighter was good, but I agree with Dr. Sam, it was like watching a lifetime movie. And I didn’t watch Hereafter, and I probably won’t after Dr. Sam’s scathing comment lol

  3. The only release I’m interested is the two Gamera films coming out today. I’m saving the rest of my money for Black Swan in a couple of weeks.

    • Yeah, I want to buy Black Swan as well, except it isnt released in the UK until the 16th of MAY!!!!!!!!!! And they wonder why illegal downloading is so popular!

  4. Well that was down right uncalled for…

    • I thought so too!

      • I mean I could understand “I disagree”, but… Oh people. What will we do with them?

        • Yeah well, I expect people to disagree. Happens all the time, if everyone agreed on the same stuff, the world would be boring. And while being called a ‘dumbass’ is hardly the worst thing anyone has ever said to me, there just isnt any need.

          • It’s ok. Vic will sort it all out ;)

            • In Vic we trust.

              • I just deleted his comment and your response (since his comment was gone).

                Vic

                • Thanks Vic.

                • Hey Vic can you delete my “Ban Hammer” comment so it doesn’t seem like I’m trippin’ on acid?

                  • Done.

              • LOL.

              • That should be a bumper sticker…

  5. Wow, usually I find at least one film that’s interesting but that’s not the case this week.

    The Fighter I thought was the worst of the best picture nominees and Hereafter was something I couldn’t finish (and did everyone here that due to the tsunami opening scene the film was banned from Japan?)

    I’ll be ignoring The Switch, and I’m a fan of Aniston, Bateman and Patrick Wilson. Guess with the money saved up from the so-so releases this week and next week I can get Black Swan and Dogtooth and rent Fair game in two weeks (and I’m currently planning on renting The Walking Dead).

    But are you guys sure Stand By Me is coming out on Blu-Ray today? The release schedule says its due next week.

    • The article states Stand By Me is next week.

      • Whoops, didn’t read that well enough.
        If it was released today though it would definitely make this week much better though.

  6. I miss all the good stuff :(

    LOL

    Guys the fighter was really good I highly recommend it the acting is worth the movie itself..

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