DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: August 24th, 2010

Blu-ray DVD New Releases August 24th

This week doesn't offer a ton of great new DVD and Blu-ray releases, but it does give us one sure-fire winner: Lost: The Complete Collection. That's right, the TV phenomenon that spawned hours of debate (and more than 2,600 comments in our Lost finale explanation post) is now yours to own.

Of course, if you've been itching to relive your favorite Lost moments, get ready to shell out some serious bucks. But more on the price tag later. For now, here are the movies and TV shows that can be found on DVD and Blu-ray this week.



Lost complete series collection artwork

Lost: The Complete Collection - While the showrunners threw an epilogue scene in the box set, it's not the real reason people are interested. As far as most fans are concerned, the show ended with the final credits. The box set is a chance to purchase all six seasons with a few collectible bonus items included in the set.

If you plan on purchasing the collector's set, you may have to dish out $230 for the DVD or $270 for the Blu-ray, which isn't such a bad deal. Just over 5,000 minutes of Lost is worth the price tag.

As for the special features, there are plenty to focus on:

•    Over 30 hours of Season 1-6 Bonus materials (previously released materials from Season 1-5 and the all-new Season 6 bonus material)•    A unique series of featurettes that takes viewers on very personal tours of Oahu where the series was created, with key cast and crew as they reflect.•    Exploring the global phenomenon that is Lost, bonus showcases events ranging from the series cast and crew at San Diego’s famed Comic-Con convention to international voice recordings, local events and even fan parties, all of which helped make the show into a worldwide favorite.•    A closer look at some of the props with cast, writers and producers, exploring their significance, stories and emotional ties to the characters.•    Humorous yet emotional look at every character who died on the series•    16 hilarious Lost “Slapdowns” featurettes showcasing celebrity Lost fans who confront Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to ask press questions about the final season, including the Muppets and cast members Nestor Carbonell, Michael Emerson, Rebecca Mader and more.•    The exciting collectible packaging also includes: a Special Edition collectible ‘Senet’ Game as seen in Season Six, a custom LOST island replica, an exclusive episode guide, a collectible Ankh, and a black light penlight.

Be on the lookout for a secret compartment on the box set as well, which many have been reported via Twitter. Needless to say, there will be plenty of surprises both inside and out of the collector's set.  If you have the money for everything Lost has to offer, now is your chance to fulfill the dream of your fellow fans.


Survival of the Dead Bluray

Survival of the Dead - George Romero's most recent Dead outing had plenty of gory zombie kills, but it also had a lackluster plot and none of the social commentary that we've come to expect from the horror master. Sadly, the Survival of the Dead Blu-ray offers little else worthwhile, despite being marketed as an "Ultimate Undead Edition."

The special features include an intro from George Romero, as well as a commentary track and two additional films. The first is a documentary called Walking After Midnight and the second is a short film by Romero called Sarge, which features Alan van Sprang's character from the film, Sergeant "Nicotine" Crockett.

Survival of the Dead wasn't a good enough movie to justify picking up the Blu-ray if you're only a casual fan, but I'm sure diehard Romero fans will talk themselves into buying it.


Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde's classic Gothic novel Dorian Gray has been made into countless films over the years. So why should you own the 2009 version on Blu-ray? That's a good question, and I'm not sure I have a real answer.

This version of the film stars Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia) as the title character and Colin Firth as the hedonistic Lord Henry Wotton. In the unlikely event that you're unfamiliar with Dorian Gray, the story is about a naive young man who unknowingly trades his soul to remain forever young and beautiful so that he can enjoy his debauched lifestyle forever.

There aren't a ton of special features to enjoy and the release is only a single disc, so I imagine that the only people who will be picking this up are fans who caught the film's limited theatrical release. In this retelling, the horror elements of the story are intensified, while the humor of the original novel is lessened. That might make this a decent impulse purchase for horror movie fans.


The Back-Up Plan - Before you snicker and say, "Why would I ever want to own a terrible romantic comedy like The Back-Up Plan on Blu-ray?" consider this: Jennifer Lopez in super high definition. If that doesn't do it for you, then there's literally no reason to buy this movie on Blu-ray.

Yes, the movie will look and sound better, but that won't make the plot any less predictable or the script any more humorous. Apologies if you're a big Back-Up Plan fan, but I say save your money for the Lost Blu-ray set and call it a day. If you absolutely must have this movie, just go for the DVD instead. It will be less expensive and you won't lose any significant extra features.


That's it for now. We'll see you next week with more DVD/Blu-ray recommendations


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