This week's home video releases are practically an extension of the fanboy universe put on display at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. From a film about fanboys to the latest installment from the Batman universe, there is a lot to get excited about this week.
From Academy Award-winning films to a movie about an Academy Award-winning film, the range of this week is a pleasant escape from recent string of bland releases.
Next week will continue the trend, but for now, there are a few reasons to break out your wallet and head to the store.
The following movies can be found on DVD and Blu-ray this week:
Clash of the Titans - As the sequel to this remake gets underway, the home video hits shelves. In our review of the film, Vic Holtreman called it "a decent enough remake of the original, but do yourself a favor... and skip the awful 3D version." Cue the wonders of home video.
While we aren't too far from consistent 3D releases on home video, right now there is only one way to watch Clash of the Titans at home - in 2D. There is an alternate ending exclusively on Blu-ray editions, but that may not turn the film into a cinema classic.
With an international box office just under $500 million, Clash of the Titans is technically a success. But, if you didn't get a chance to see it, judge for yourself with the DVD or Blu-ray. My take: RENT IT
Batman: Under the Red Hood - After its premiere showing at Comic-Con, the latest animated Batman film got plenty of attention. But our own Kofi Outlaw reviewed it two weeks ago and called it "a fantastic DCU animated feature."
The DVD and Blu-ray features other animated shorts in the supplements. A Jonah Hex short includes voice work from Thomas Jane, Linda Hamilton and Michael Rooker. There is a 24-minute feature on Dick Grayson's evolution as Robin. In addition, you can watch 30 minutes of trailers for other animated features and previews of upcoming DCU projects. My take: BUY IT
Repo Men - This could easily be considered a massive failure, with a $32 million budget only mustering $17 million at the worldwide box office. People complained the film is far too similar to Repo! The Genetic Opera, but it surprises me that such a premise didn't perform better with Jude Law instead of Paris Hilton. Our own Kofi Outlaw reviewed the film:
"Repo Men is as mangled and messy as the unfortunate victims it portrays. Strong lead actors and mindless action are not enough to save it."
The only special feature worth noting is the commentary track with director Miguel Sapochnik and writers Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner. It is informative and funny, but no apologies a la Joel Schumacher on the Batman & Robin commentary. My take: PASS
Rambo Collection - Ever wanted all four Rambo films in one Blu-ray package? Now is the time. Count all of his kills in one sitting and report back to us with the epic number. The box set includes First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, Rambo.
If the last installment of the Sylvester Stallone franchise is any indication of the upcoming Expendables film, we are in store for a throat-ripping, neck-breaking good time.
The first three films are just raw Blu-ray discs. Rambo features a plethora of special features, including a fantastic commentary track with Stallone. My take: BUY IT
Fanboys - The film follows a group of friends on the hunt for a sneak peek at Star Wars: Episode I prior to its release. It is a heist, buddy film that covers itself in endless parodies of the fanboys that obsess over Star Wars, Star Trek and more.
The best part of the film actually focuses on Star Trek fans, with the rivalry between both fan bases in full force. Seth Rogen and William Shatner make appearances - also, any movie with Danny Trejo has my vote.
There is a solid commentary track that boasts the humorous cast, but lacks a solid behind-the-scenes look at the film's production. Otherwise, a handful of short featurettes look at the casting process and the viral campaign used to market the film. My pick: RENT IT
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - One of the best foreign films of all time, Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon comes to Blu-ray. There are no new special features from the DVD box set other than a commentary track from cinematography Peter Pau. My pick: MUST BUY
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