DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: December 28th, 2010

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DVD Blu ray Releases December 28th DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: December 28th, 2010

The end of the 2010 is upon us. While most are looking back on the year that was, there are still a pair of home video new releases to check out.

The last DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown of the year is a short one that includes two extremely different movies.

One is a big-budget 3D spectacle with a weak story and the other is a low-budget character study set around a retiring hitman.

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


Resident Evil Afterlife DVD Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: December 28th, 2010

Resident Evil: Afterlife - Bad reviews didn’t stop the fourth installment of the Resident Evil franchise from raking in nearly $300 million worldwide. Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich team up again for the zombie-killing saga – but bring top-notch 3D to the table.

The film’s main pitch was its use of the revolutionary 3D technology seen in Avatar. Unfortunately, Afterlife utilized the technology to expose 3D sight gags and enhance some action without ever addressing a worthy plot. Still, the franchise has succeeded on its delivery of zombie action and Afterlife wasn’t a massive letdown. We gave it a 2.5 out of 5 in our review.

Many of the 3D theatrical releases suffer due to the lack of 3D home theaters, but the minds behind Afterlife hope that trend will change. The movie was created with a 3D audience in mind, so like Step Up 3, a 2D viewing experience would likely drastically decrease the entertainment value. If the home video has one strength, it is the extensive collection of bonus features. The entire behind-the-scenes world was accounted for from Outtakes to making-of featurettes.

  • Filmmaker commentary
  • Undead Vision: Picture-in-Picture
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Back Under the Umbrella: Directing Afterlife
  • Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife
  • Undead Dimension: Resident Evil in 3D
  • Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife
  • Vision of the Apocalypse: The Design of Afterlife
  • New Blood: The Undead of Afterlife
  • Pwning the Undead: Gamers of the Afterlife
  • PS3 Wallpaper Theme

The American DVD Bu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: December 28th, 2010

The American – If big-budget action isn’t your thing, George Clooney stars in this week’s more artistic movie, The American. While the film saw enough success with a $64 million worldwide box office on a $20 million budget, it went relatively unnoticed during its 65 days in theaters.

Our 3 out of 5 star review suggested The American is anything but as far as its style. The film is definitely an atmospheric and photographic tale of one man’s experience during a hired hit. Some fell asleep in the theater – while others were mesmerized by the unique tone of the American.

The film itself is a wonderfully peaceful and visual tale, but the special features are practically non-existent. The feature commentary from director Anton Corbijn and a making-of documentary are well worth a look, but that’s about where the buck stops, apart from a few deleted scenes.

  • Feature commentary with director Anton Corbijn
  • Journey to Redemption: the making of ‘The American’
  • Deleted scenes

If you followed our Top 15 Must-Own Blu-rays of 2010 list, there should be plenty to watch over the New Year. Unfortunately, this week provides few worthy titles.

The first week of 2011 provides a few intriguing picks and plenty to get the year off right. Machete comes out on DVD and Blu-ray next week, but pales in comparison to the hotly anticipated re-release of the Desperado trilogy – an exciting addition to anybody’s Blu-ray collection.

Share your favorite DVDs or Blu-rays from 2010 in the comment section below.

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  1. man i actually went to see residentevil after i said i would not and was dissapointed once again. it was horrible, and resident evil is in ditre need of a remake like the dark knight style.

      • I think he means the series is in need of a film with the same quality as a movie like THE DARK KNIGHT.

        • Quality I Agree, chris already pointed out very nicely how it would best go so hopefully they do reboot it with the first game in mind and character driven… since Walking Dead is now such a big hit…maybe…the producers will think about rebooting it to that style. Otherwise I say enough already, remember that final scene where Sienna Guillory was in that skin tight outfit with the “Tick” like device on her uhm…chest area? She looked so emaciated that it was not even sexy anymore.

  2. I think you guys were way too harsh with Resident Evil: Afterlife. I loved it all. Sure the plot wasn’t the greatest, but I think THAT is what a Resident Evil movie should be like. The look was a lot better than the other 2 before it!

  3. never saw afterlife but the american definitely had artistic value…strangely i’m 19 and my twin and i enjoyed more than our 39 year old father…even though i pointed out before any tickets were bought that it was supposedly a slower movie than typical assassin flicks.

  4. they definitely need to reboot the RE series, if any series at all. i believe that RE could have been a genuinely scary slew of films, very profitable as well. the studio kind of threw that idea into the pisser.

  5. it needs to be more like the walking dead series in a mansion,with underground labs where scientist do experiments createing bio weapon like plant 42,hunters,lickers,and the tyrant experiment that kills wesker. the first game was what im talking about but you need someone behind the camera like chris nolan to make this happen. it needs less action and more story. i think most teens and kids like the cool factor these days but once you mature and get a little older then you want a better quality of films. and i was a teenager when the resident evil first came out and the first one was really good, but as it has been done over and over they added in too much action and kinda left the horror,story, and characters out. i would love to just see a resident evil remake that feels like its scary, and has a great story, and kinda feel like well this might be possible on some levels. but they have got to use action in the right part of films, and not just use action everywhere. and also the games where about chris redfield,jill,leon,berry burton,rebecca chambers,wesker,and clair and we got very watered down version of them when we did get them.i also think the first film was, and is a step in the right direction, after that they kinda just threw stuff in for the cool factor, and that is a mistake. so i say Remake, and focus on the first game, and work on story.

  6. I loved the first three films, but even I thought RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE was crap. I won’t be wasting my money on it.

  7. Best bet here is The American.
    RE4 is one of the worst films of 2010. It made RE3 look like Lawrence Of Arabia.

  8. The Resident Evil film franchise is probably among the worst franchises of all time. Even the best of the bunch is a soulless shallow empty shell of a film. Bad acting and bad writing plague this franchise from film to film. Sad that it keeps making money and probably won’t die anytime soon. It’s pure crap.

    The American was bleh. It wasn’t bad, but certainly wasn’t good either. I didn’t fall asleep, but I can easily see how most would. It really is a dull fairly pointless film. If you had to pick one it’s The American, but I’d suggest not picking one at all. Get Inception or The Town instead.

  9. The American was exceptional. Nuanced and thoughtful directing, with some wonderful performances and spectacular settings. The fact it’s getting buried by the masses tells you how good it really is.

    • “The fact it’s getting buried by the masses tells you how good it really is.”

      Church how does that make any sense to you?

      There are plenty of crappy movies that get buried by the masses and plenty of great movies that succeed. Being buried by the masses doesn’t mean a film is good or bad it really has nothing to do with it.

      I disagree that it was a great film, but I don’t think it’s as bad as most make it sound just not very good.

      • “Being buried by the masses doesn’t mean a film is good or bad it really has nothing to do with it.”

        I do agree with that DF. Still, when it comes to this kind of movie I feel many people just want/expect their Bourne or their Bond (especially seeing Clooney involved). Anything less than constant action, high body counts, and apocalyptic explosions is going to get labelled ‘slow’ and ‘boring’. People want their quick fix. Thoughtful, character driven movies are just too hard.

        That’s a pretty cynical outlook I know, lol.

        • Church I’d agree that it’s true for some, but not all. In fact most people here tend to like character Driven things from what I’ve seen. Me personally I’m not a mindless action fan. I like character Driven films. I’ll take a slow moving drama over Transformers anyday.

          However, The American just wasn’t captivating enough. The Story wasn’t strong enough IMO. It wasn’t a bad film at all it just feel short of being as good as it could of been. They didn’t give you enough of a reason to actually care whats going on. I’d of been fine with even less action if it meant more tightly knit writing and better character development. I’d give it a solid 3/5 based on the SR system though I prefer the 1=10 system. So on my system I’d give it a 6.5/10 which isn’t at all bad just a one watch movie.

  10. No mention of Battlestar Galactica Razor Blu-Ray or A Charlie Brown Valentine’s DVD debut (I’m a fan of anything Peanuts)?

    And Daniel, have you seen The Town Extended Edition? I wasn’t much of a fan of the film but I am interested in checking out the extended edition.

    • You were not a fan of The Town? Blasphemy!!!!

      Sadly no I have not seen the extended edition yet. Haven’t bought the dvd yet. I probably won’t be buying any DVD’s or going to the theater until mid January money is way to tight being that it’s Xmas, I have a baby coming this week or next week and I’m moving Thursday lol.

  11. hmmm might get re4