This Week’s Big Releases
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS
Synopsis: Joss Whedon brings together Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor to fight Loki. Awesome ensues.
Special Features: There’s commentary from Joss Whedon, second screen compatibility, the Marvel One Shot “Item 47″ that continues to expand the Marvel universe, a gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, additional featurettes and more.
Deals: Everyone’s offering something a little different. Amazon has the 3D Blu-ray combo pack which includes the film on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD, as well as digital copy of the film AND a copy of the film’s soundtrack for $19.99. Target has an exclusive extra with 90 minutes of additional content for $24.99 and Best Buy has all that included in a fancy case that comes bundled with a hardbound character guide, a gift card for Sideshow Collectibles AND a litho card, which is only available in store.
Buy/Queue/Skip: This was perhaps the best film of the summer and one of the best of the year. BUY IT.
Synopsis: All the Bond movies there are. On blu-ray.
Tomatometer Rating: Ratings vary depending on the film.
Special Features: There’s TONS of stuff here. The set boasts over 130 hours of bonus features including never-before-seen content from the Bond archives, and one disc of brand new bonus. On top of that nine of the twenty-two movies included have never been made available on blu-ray before.
Deals: Amazon and Best Buy have the epic 23 disc set for $149.99.
Buy/Queue/Skip: This is a MUST BUY for any Bond fan looking to upgrade and complete their collection all at once, especially since this includes both of Daniel Craig’s contribution to the franchise.
Also Available This Week
In celebration of THE AVENGERS on blu-ray this week, Best Buy has a slew of superhero films on sale including SUPERMAN and SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT for $12.99 and V FOR VENDETTA for $7.99.
If you’re in the mood for a superhero of a darker variety, there’s BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1, an animated adaption of perhaps the most influential Batman comic ever written. DC’s animated offerings continue to shine, so I’d recommend all Bat-fans check it out.
If you;re in the mood for something lady-centric, Whit Stillman’s latest, DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, is available along with PINK RIBBONS, INC., a documentary about where some of the money that is intended for breast cancer research goes.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more on the spooky scary side, I’d try the CGI RESIDENT EVIL: DAMNATION (which are often better than the Milla Jovovich films) or cult classic ARACHNOPHOBIA.
David Fincher’s THE GAME, starring Michael Douglas, joins the ranks of the Criterion Collection this week.
There’s lots of be had in TV this week with DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, PORTLANDIA: SEASON TWO, KEY & PEELE: SEASON ONE, as well as AMERICAN HORROR STORY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, and CATDOG: SEASON TWO, PART TWO, both of which I’ll be taking a look at.
See you next week!