All About DVDs

Here’s the trailer for Marvel’s new animated feature Planet Hulk (adapted from the comic storyline of the same name) which makes its straight-to-video release on DVD and Blu-ray on February 2nd.

Planet Hulk

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glee season 1 pt 1Now I’d certainly recommend you taking a look at 9 (the animated flick coming out on DVD, not the musical currently in theaters), but this post is mainly to remind you that Glee gets its first DVD release today with Season 1: Volume 1 – The Road to Sectionals.

We’ve grown fond of the show and would encourage you to give it a look (and you know anything teh ‘monkey and I actually agree on can’t be all bad). I’d also like to trumpet FOX for releasing a DVD mid-season allowing those who haven’t watched the show a chance to get caught up. Kudos!

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legend of chun li capOver the next few weeks we’ll take a look at the best and worst of 2009. To start things off we begin with the “best” bad movie of the year.

There are bad movies, there are awfully bad movies, and then there are movies so ridiculously bad they force you to bellow with laughter and titter with glee as they instantly earn guilty pleasure status.

Street Figther: The Legend of Chun-Li isn’t a good movie, let’s get that straight. It is however a enjoyable trainwreck and one of the most unintentionally funny films I’ve ever seen.

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Sure, you could pick up a copy of Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian or (Terminator Salvation if you’re a real masochist) but, if you’re looking for an alternative, I’m intrigued by the new documentary The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE and the Changing Face of Comics which examines at the life of the Bone creator and (as you might guess from the title) his career in comics.

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The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics Trailer

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Ally McBeal The Complete Series 5 Stars (out of 5)

“That stuff about me being emotional, falling in love with men whose bottoms I’ve smelled, submitting x-rays to a judge who has a tooth fetish and sleeps with hookers, snapping at pedestrians who think a square shoulder can be mitigated by ‘I’m sorry.’ I am human, I am temperamental, I am guilty.”

Fishisms. Short skirts. Barry White. The Law. The unisex. Theme song. Coffee. The bar. Waddle. Hallucinations. Snappish. The dumb-stick. Dancing babies. The penguin. Knee-pit. The first kiss. A woman with a penis. Face-bra. Good Night My Someone. Nose whistle. Teeth. Smile therapy. The hole. Hair. A nine year-old genius midget lawyer. The Biscuit. Pokipsy. Ooga Chaka. Dulcinea. Money. The Fed Ex girl. Pips. Love. Bygones. Five seasons. 112 episodes. Ally McBeal.

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The cartoon inspired by the feature film finds itself onto the DVD shelves today. The Real Ghostbusters ran from 1986 to 1991 on Saturday mornings and featured the further adventures of Egon, Venkman, Ray, and Winston (and Slimer). The new Complete Collection DVD set includes every episode of the show, plus twelve hours of bonus material, for the whopping cost of $180! Those not ready to drop that much cash might also consider Monsters vs. Aliens, The Brothers Bloom (which Eric liked more than me), and How I Met Your Mother: Season Four. I’m also curious to catch Sasha Grey’s mainstream debut in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience which I missed in theaters.

The Real Ghostbusters Music Video

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xmen origns wolverineX-Men Origins: Wolverine hits the DVD shelf today on single-disc, special edition, and Blu-ray.

So, what’s the right response? Sadly, I can’t muster up anything more than “meh.”

Although teh ‘monkey gave this one a pass in his review with our pal Eric from Scene-Stealers, I was left cold.

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I was very impressed with the unexpected depth found in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, and both Mr. Sparkle and our pal Eric from Scene-Stealers (who compared it to Say Anything…) agree it is still one of the best movies we’ve seen this year. If you’re counting, that’s three strong recommendations for you check it out today on DVD or Blu-ray.

I’ll also give a shout-out to the second (and final) season of Life also hitting stores today. The show starred Damian Lewis as a cop freed from prison after serving 12-years for a crime he didn’t commit. Throw in Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin, and even a little Gabrielle Union, not to mention good writing and excellent characters, and you’ll understand why I still haven’t forgiven NBC for pulling the plug.

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last starfighter cap“Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada.”

Has it really been 25 years? It seems only yesterday I was sitting in a darkened theater watching The Last Starfighter for the first time. Re-released on DVD and Blu-ray, the film that took a kid from a trailer park to the stars still makes me smile.

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Up next for DC Animated – Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. The direct-to-DVD feature adapts the first story arc of the comic written by Jeph Loeb in which President Lex Luthor declares the two heroes enemies of the state. The flick is scheduled to hit shelves September 29th.

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