July 31, 2009
New Movie Reviews: Funny People, The Collector, and Humpday
Stand-up comedy can kill you. Judd Apatow directs Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Leslie Mann in the dramedy Funny People. A jewel thief stumbles across a serial killer in the gruesome horror picture The Collector. And a bromance is taken to its natural conclusion in the sex comedy Humpday. Also in theaters: The dolphins of the world need saving, especially from The Cove. And Ashley Tisdale fights invaders from outer space in Aliens in the Attic. Be sure to catch reviews of other recent Theatrical Films: Orphan, The Ugly Truth, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bruno, In the Loop, G-Force, (500) Days of Summer, Shrink, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3D, The Hurt Locker, The Hangover, and Moon. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts on films In Theaters in our Movie Talk Forum.
July 30, 2009
DVDTalk Spotlight: Transformers: Matrix of Leadership Collector's Set
OPTIMUS PRIME. MEGATRON. BUMBLEBEE. STARSCREAM. For 25 years an epic battle has raged between the heroic AUTOBOTS and the villainous DECEPTICONS. The ROBOTS IN DISGUISE have captivated children and adults alike, launching countless collectible toys, comic books, animated series and feature films beloved by legions of fans. Shout! Factory and Hasbro celebrate 25 years of "Robots In Disguise" with THE TRANSFORMERS: "MATRIX OF LEADERSHIP" EDITION COLLECTOR'S SET. This 16-disc set includes all 98 restored episodes in a deluxe collector's box. The set also contains a collectible 60-Page Book, Autobots and Decepticon magnets and loads of bonus DVD features! Available only on-line through this site, this set is a must-have for Transformer fans!
TV on DVD remains very popular with more and more favorites being released. New TV reviews include: Monk: Season Seven - If for no other reason than Tony Shalhoub's fantastically quirky and still very funny lead performance, Monk remains one of the most enjoyable shows on television; G.I. Joe The Complete Collection - the stories of this classic cartoon series still entertain and though the animation can be a touch simpler, the plots are far more complex than what kids are spoon-fed today; and Saving Grace: Season Two - Easily one of the most unique shows on TV, Saving Grace gets more addictive and amazing each episode. Other shows recently reviewed include: Armchair Thriller: Set 1, Route 66: Season Three, Volume One and Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre: Complete Season One. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVDTalk database.
July 29, 2009
DVDTalk Giveaway: Film Movement DVD-of-the-Month Club Subscriptions!
This week we have a special giveaway from Film Movement! Film Movement's DVD-of-the-month club allows you to see the best new award-winning independent and foreign film regardless of where you live. Many small but deserving films never make it to a theater near you. They get squeezed out of theaters by Hollywood blockbusters and face skyrocketing marketing costs that make it impossible to reach appreciative audiences. Film Movement created the club to specifically address this problem. Club members are shipped a new film months before we make it available to the general public. Enter now for a chance to win a 12 or 3-month subscription to the Film Movement DVD-of-the-Month Club.
This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews including: Last Year at Marienbad - The added resolution of Blu-ray brings out the full visual dimension of Alain Resnais intellectual art film puzzle. Delphine Seyrig can't distinguish the past from her desires, as she drifts around dreamlike villas. With great Criterion Collection extras, including two early Resnais short films; Repulsion [Blu-ray] - Roman Polanski leaps from film festival discovery to commerical viability with this beautifully crafted horror study of a young woman going irretrievably insane; and Try and Get Me! - Cy Endfield's disturbing noir masterpiece combines a scathing indictment of lynching with a bitter look at those left out of the American success story. Still the most accurate portrayal of mob psychology. Not on DVD. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.
Some great TV shows and movies have recently been announced. Check out these upcoming titles: An unjustly ignored TV classic will be released on October 20th when It's Garry Shandling's Show: The Complete Series hits shelves. Now if only HBO would release the rest of The Larry Sanders Show; Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, a direct-to-DVD movie that retells the series from the Cylon's point of view, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 27, before it airs on TV; and fans of Takashi Miike will have a reason to upgrade to Blu-ray when Audition: Collector's Edition gets released on that format on October 6. Keep track of all the upcoming releases with the DVDTalk Release List.
July 28, 2009
This Week's Notable DVDs: Dollhouse, Life On Mars, and Battlestar Galactica
There's a few new releases this week that you won't want to miss. Check out these hot titles: Dollhouse: Season One [DVD review]- a quality series that starts slow, picks up nicely, and deserves a much larger audience; Life On Mars: Series 1 [DVD review] - This story of a modern day police officer who may be trapped in 1973, or might possibly just be mad, is a joy; and Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) [review] - an experience that is not to be missed by any fans of science fiction. Other releases of note include: Green Lantern: First Flight [DVD review, Blu-ray review] and Spectacular Spider-Man: Complete First Season [DVD review]. Be sure to check out our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
July 27, 2009
DVDTalk Spotlight: Film Movement
Like award-winning Independent and Foreign films? Then check out Film Movement, the North American distributor of award-winning festival films! Visit our web site to learn more about our hottest new releases on DVD, such as our acclaimed Chinese film, In Love We Trust, Eldorado, a black-comedy from Belgium which was named Best European Film at Cannes Film Festival, and our up-coming release, The Window, a beautiful film from South America which was the official selection at the Toronto Film Festival, and many more. Go to Film Movement to learn more about these newly released DVDs, and to join Film Movement's innovative DVD-of-the-month club that delivers a brand new Independent or foreign film right to your home each month at the same time the film is opening in theaters. If you can't make it to Cannes, Sundance or Tribeca this season just sit back and let Film Movement bring the festival to you!
This week the DVD Talk Review Database has some great new entries, including some discs you may have overlooked. Recent DVD Reviews include: The Soloist - a masterful observation of genius trapped inside unimaginable distress; Coraline (Blu-ray) - definitely up there amongst some of the best 2009 has had to offer. It's enchanting, sad, funny, heartwarming, and hauntingly thrilling; and Combat Shock - filled to the brim with nerve-shredding nihilism, total despair, and a take no prisoners attitude Troma's latest release comes highly recommended. Other recent reviews include: Bad Lieutenant, The Great Buck Howard, and Grey Gardens (2009). Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews.
July 25, 2009
DVDTalk Book Reviews: The History of Independent Cinema, Kurosawa, and Horror Hosts
This week we're going to start what will hopefully turn into a regular feature: DVDTalk Book Reviews. This time around we have a trio of good books that will be of interest to movie fans. First is an intriguing overview of independent films, followed by an autobiography of one of the greatest directors ever, and finally a great look at those TV horror movie hosts of days gone by. Check them all out in this months DVD Talk Book Reviews.
Boxing aficionados have had reason to celebrate recently. Electronic Arts released Fight Night Round 4 and we just reviewed the Playstation 3 version. We also tackled the downloadable PSN title Bomberman Ultra from Hudson. XBox 360 owners should take a peek at our coverage for Activision's popular apocalyptic title Prototype as well as check out reviews for Sam & Max Save the World and CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars on the Xbox Live Arcade. Finally, Wii owners should be excited about the rash of excellent titles recently! We just finished the reviews on 3 new titles: Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 from Electronic Arts as well as Dawn of Discovery from Ubisoft. As always, our entire collection of video game reviews can be found here.
July 24, 2009
New Movie Reviews: Orphan, The Ugly Truth, and G-Force
She's young, she's Russian, and she really wants to kill everyone. She's Esther and she's the murderous Orphan. Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler play the game of love in the raunchy romantic comedy The Ugly Truth. And guinea pigs are the thin line of justice in the adventure film G-Force. Also in theaters: Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt trade hipster winks in (500) Days of Summer. DVD Talk critics Brian Orndorf and Jason Bailey see two different films. Kevin Spacey hits the couch in Shrink. And war is declared in the political comedy In the Loop. Be sure to catch reviews of other recent Theatrical Films: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bruno, I Love You, Beth Cooper, Labor Pains, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Public Enemies, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3D, The Hurt Locker, The Hangover, Moon, Up, and Star Trek. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts on films In Theaters in our Movie Talk Forum.
July 23, 2009
TV on DVD: Grey Gardens, Tracey Takes On, and Gunsmoke
Interested in the latest TV on DVD reviews? DVD Talk has you covered! This week's notable entries include: Grey Gardens (2009) - this dramatic remake of the Maysles Brothers 1975 documentary is a fine piece of filmmaking in and of itself, lead by exceptional performances from its lead actresses; Tracey Takes On... Complete Seasons 3 & 4 - one of the most consistently hilarious comedy efforts on any premium cable channel, certainly one of the crown jewels in HBO's storied history; and Gunsmoke - The Third Season, Volume 2 - the show has matured to a point where its best scripts and performances were as good as the top movie Westerns of the period. Other shows recently reviewed include: Perry Mason: Season 4, Vol. 1, Weeds: Season Four and Wolverine and the X-Men: Deadly Enemies. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVDTalk database.
July 22, 2009
DVDTalk Spotlight: You Have Killed Me
This week, a special non-DVD item for our readers. DVD Talk reviewer Jamie S. Rich and artist Joëlle Jones are releasing their brand new graphic novel You Have Killed Me through popular comics publisher Oni Press. This hardcover comic hearkens back to an old-school Hollywood tradition of private eyes, femme fatales, and the dastardly deeds that pass between them. Anyone who has followed Jamie's reviews knows he's a film noir nut, so fans of classic cinema should find much in this two-fisted tale to please them. Presented in glorious black-and-white, Joëlle Jones' art conjures images of a time when the movies dealt in murky justice, when men wore suits and gals dressed for glamour. In the tradition of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, of Howard Hawks and Jacques Tourneur--You Have Killed Me.
This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews including: 12 Monkeys - The powerhouse teaming of Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt guaranteed success for Terry Gilliam's ambitious gloss on Chris Marker's original La jetée. Willis is repeatedly teleported back to 1996 to prevent the outbreak of a deadly plague; For All Mankind [Blu-ray] - This 1989 poetic documentary on the Apollo Moon Missions consists of uncut NASA footage and the spoken thoughts of the astronauts who flew them -- no statistics and few technical specifics, but everything wondrous. All six moon voyages are intercut to produce a fluid "this is what it was like" expression of the space experience; and Lookin' to Get Out - Another interesting filmic rescue -- Hal Ashby's alternate personal cut, an Extended Version of the Jon Voight - Ann-Margret gambling comedy, has found its way to DVD. It's a major improvement. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.
The big news this week is that one of this summer's biggest movies will be arriving in time for the 2009 holiday season. Star Trek (2009) will be hitting shelves on November 17th in both two-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray versions. These feature-laden discs are sure to excite Trekkers both new and old; Cult favorite film Shaun of the Dead gets the Blu-ray treatment on September 22; and the hilarious British sketch show Man Stroke Woman: The Complete Series comes out September 29. Keep track of all the upcoming releases with the DVDTalk Release List.
July 21, 2009
This Week's Notable DVDs: Coraline, Watchmen, and Made in U.S.A.
Another banner week for DVD releases. Check out these notable titles: Coraline [DVD review]- a richly realized film, dense with visual detail and unusually strong characters and themes; Watchmen: Director's Cut [DVD review, Blu-ray review] - Zack Snyder has added back in 24 minutes of additional footage and despite the running time now exceeding the three-hour mark, nothing seems unnecessary; and Made in U.S.A. [DVD review] - Jean-Luc Godard's pulpy dismantling of American crime fiction comes highly recommended. Other releases of note include: SpongeBob SquarePants: To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants [DVD review] and FRONTLINE: The Madoff Affair [DVD review]. Be sure to check out our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
July 20, 2009
Support our Sponsor: Deep Discount's 25% Off Sale
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Our reviewers have been busy this week, filling the DVD Talk Review Database more great entries. Some new reviews of note include: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - the project Joss Whedon busied himself with during last year's writer's strike is both hilarious and inspired. A must-see; 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her - fact and fiction smash together in a bright, colorful, heady stew; and Sleepy Eyes of Death: Collector's Set, Vol. 1 - four films that are full of enough quirk and carnage that samurai fans will find them hard to resist. Other recent reviews include: Leverage: The First Season, Diaries, Notes & Sketches, and Moon Machines. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews.
July 18, 2009
DVDTalk Spotlight On: Rifftrax DVDs - The First Wave
From the creative talent behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 comes a (relatively) new project: Rifftrax! Originally envisioned as audio download commentary tracks making fun of big budget movies (that they could never afford the rights to) the Rifftrax crew has now graduated to releasing their own DVDs. Hosted by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, these Rifftrax discs skewer both obscure and famous films now in the public domain. DVD Talk was lucky enough to get the entire batch of 10 discs from the good folks at Rifftrax (check out their site!), and several of our crack staff gave them the once-over. How did they stack up? Find out in DVDTalk's overview of Rifftrax: The First Wave.
It's time for another installment of Anime Talk! Over the last month we've taken a look a lot of programs, from complete series such as Gad Guard, Samurai Champloo, Karin, and Law of Ueki to the latest releases from on going shows like One Piece, Naruto, Kenichi, Eureka Seven. Not only do we have all the latest anime releases covered, but WTK has another bargain column with loads of ways to stretch your anime dollar. All this and more in this month's Anime Talk, sponsored by RightStuf.com!
July 17, 2009
New Movie Reviews: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Ladies and gentlemen, start your wands. The boy wizard has returned to the big screen and he's brought friends, crushes, and a heaping helping of trouble in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. DVD Talk critics Brian Orndorf and Jamie S. Rich look over the results. Be sure to catch reviews of other recent Theatrical Films: Bruno, I Love You, Beth Cooper, Labor Pains, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Public Enemies, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3D, The Hurt Locker, The Proposal, The Hangover, Moon, Up, and Star Trek. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts on films In Theaters in our Movie Talk Forum.
July 16, 2009
TV on DVD: Peanuts, Peyton Place, and Reno 911!
TV shows continue to roll out on DVD. Check out these recent reviews: Peanuts: The 1960s Collection - comes Highly Recommended for all audiences, whether this is a blind buy or you know them all by heart; Peyton Place: Part Two - anyone interested in superior night-time dramas will not want to miss a moment of this set; and Reno 911!: The Complete Sixth Season - After something of a down season, this year the show came back strong. Other shows recently reviewed include: Fireball XL5 - The Complete Series, Dollhouse: Season One and Burn Notice: Season Two. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVDTalk database.
July 15, 2009
Recently Announced Discs: Saturday Morning Cartoons, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Esther Williams
Whether you're a fan of recent animation, classic TV cartoons or big production studio movies, there's some discs you'll want to mark on your calendar. Warner Home Video is putting out a second set of cartoons from yesteryear Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 2 and Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 2. Watch for them on October 27; Monsters vs. Aliens, the fun and hilarious animated feature, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 29; and more musical swimming numbers are coming to DVD on October 6 TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams, Vol. 2 including Thrill of a Romance, Fiesta, This Time for Keeps, Pagan Love Song, Million Dollar Mermaid, and Easy to Love. Keep track of all the upcoming releases with the DVDTalk Release List.
This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews including: Watchmen Special Edition Director's Cut - Warner Home Video's Blu-ray of Zack Snyder's superhero epic is a half-hour longer and stacked with innovative features. The complex graphic novel adaptation doubles as an alternate-history science fiction tale; "12" - Nikita Mikhalkov's Moscow-set adaptation of 12 Angry Men is a fascinating look at the New Russia. Twelve jurors break a deadlock over a murder verdict by exploring their personal backgrounds. Terrific writing and acting, and an interesting lesson in comparative justice; and Black Money - This alarming Frontline documentary follows a vital Department of Justice investigation almost completely ignored by the media -- the phenomenon of large international companies that use bribery to do business overseas. The financial-political web of intrigue in just one case ensnares the governments of Great Britain and Saudia Arabia. Very thorough -- and frightening. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.
July 14, 2009
DVDTalk Giveaway: Night Train
This week we have a special giveaway from National Entertainment Media for Night Train (view trailer), a new, nail-biting thriller starring Danny Glover, Leelee Sobieski and Steve Zahn... How far would you go to have everything you have ever desired? When a veteran conductor (Glover), a young pre-med student (Sobieski) and a struggling salesman (Zahn) discover a dead passenger onboard a night train, the three strangers find themselves on a collision course with destiny. Among the deceased man's possessions is a mysterious box, containing a treasure so valuable that they conspire to keep it for themselves. Their decision sets in motion a tense game of obsession and deceit, where greed betrays reason and morality gives way to temptation. Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Night Train include a "Making of" featurette as well as interviews with the cast and crew. Book your one-way ticket to terror today, and enter now for your chance to win one of 5 copies of Night Train on DVD!
Great DVDs are hitting the shelves this week. Check out these notable titles: For All Mankind [DVD review, Blu-ray Review]- Reissued to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of one of mankind's most towering achievements, this is a worthy film that belongs in any collection; Mad Men: Season 2 [DVD review, Blu-ray review] - one of the most masterfully crafted and endlessly compelling series on television; and The State: The Complete Series [DVD review] - even with the dual demons of timeliness and music copyrights working against it, this series remains truly hilarious. Other releases of note include: [REC] [DVD review], Eldorado [DVD review] and The Edge of Love [DVD review]. Be sure to check out our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
July 13, 2009
New DVD Reviews: Dragon Hunters, The Saragossa Manuscript, and Sea Beast
I'm rushed to get this done before catching a plane, so let's just jump to the recent reviews: Dragon Hunters - a gorgeous, thrilling adventure - witty, heartfelt, exciting, and wonderful. Highly Recommended; The Saragossa Manuscript - a wonderfully surrealist film that is a joy to watch, especially if you like challenging narratives and non-linear stories; and Sea Beast - This latest entry in the Sci-Fi Channel's Maneater series winds up being a predictable bore. (I know I usually profile good films, but like I said I'm in a hurry...) Other recent reviews include: Daisies, Shut that Door! Larry Grayson at ITV, and oh, how about Paul's review of What's Up, Tiger Lily?. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week. Great! I'm outta here...
July 10, 2009
New Movie Reviews: Bruno, I Love You, Beth Cooper, and Labor Pains
Sacha Baron Cohen brings the last of his characters to the big screen in the uproarious satire Bruno. DVD Talk critics Brian Orndorf and Jason Bailey brace for impact. Director Chris Columbus destroys his career with the execrable teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper. And Lindsay Lohan taps the final nail in her career coffin with the pregnancy farce Labor Pains. Also in theaters: Gertrude Berg and her classic creation "The Goldbergs" are chronicled in the documentary Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg. And the concert film Soul Power takes audiences back to the Zaire '74 Music Festival. Be sure to catch reviews of other recent Theatrical Films: Public Enemies, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3D, Cheri, The Hurt Locker, The Proposal, I Hate Valentine's Day, The Stoning of Soraya M., My Sister's Keeper, The Hangover, Moon, Up, and Star Trek. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts on films In Theaters in our Movie Talk Forum.
July 09, 2009
TV on DVD: The Universe, Lovejoy, and Cracker
Some great TV shows have been recently covered on DVDTalk. Check out these recent reviews: The Universe: The Complete Season Two (Blu-ray) - a show that takes complex ideas and makes them easy to grasp as well as putting a sense of wonder and mystery into out universe; Lovejoy - The Complete Season Five - Ian McShane is delightfully charming as ever; the location work is dishy, and the easy laughs come frequently; and Cracker: The Complete Collection - If you enjoy intriguing character-driven drama it doesn't get better than this. Other shows recently reviewed include: Callan - Set 1, Family Guy, Vol. 7 and Invasion Iowa. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVDTalk database.
July 08, 2009
DVD Savant: The Deep, My Dinner with Andre, and The Seventh Seal
This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews including: The Deep [Blu-ray] - Peter Yates' Caribbean treasure hunt yarn makes for good escapist fun, thanks to high production values, outstanding underwater scenes and a committed cast: Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset & Nick Nolte. Also starring 1001 colorful fish, impressive non-CGI effects and the most famous wet T-Shirt in modern history; My Dinner with Andre - Yes, you will believe that two guys talking for two hours can be be wholly absorbing. Louis Malle's daring film of Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory's autobiographical screenplay is a surprisingly engaging, uplifting experience; and The Seventh Seal [Blu-ray] - Ingmar Bergman's classic can boast the most recognizable art film image of all -- Max von Sydow's medieval knight playing chess with Death. Criterion's disc offers a terrific new transfer. The movie is spooky, but warmly human and funny, too. The Blu-ray comes with the entire documentary feature Bergman Island. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant
There's been a slight lull in new release announcements, but there are still some good titles that will be on the shelves soon. Check out these upcoming releases: Battle for Terra, the animated Sci-fi epic, will arrive on both DVD and Blu-ray on September 22, 2009; Jim Henson's luscious film The Dark Crystal will be released on Blu-ray a week later on September 29; and fans of DC's direct-to-DVD animated films will be treated to two-disc SE versions of Superman/Doomsday, Justice League: New Frontier, and Batman - Gotham Knight when DC Universe: Ultimate Movie Collection hits shelves on July 14. The box the movies are housed in will also have room for the 2-disc versions of Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. Keep track of all the upcoming releases with the DVDTalk Release List.
July 07, 2009
This Week's Notable DVDs: Mystery Science Theater 3000: XV, Beau Geste, and Lonely are the Brave
This week several great movies are coming out this week, including another set from one of my all time favorite shows: Mystery Science Theater 3000: XV [DVD review]- four more 'experiments' that are as fresh, fast-paced, and hilariously funny as they were in their original airings; Beau Geste [DVD review] - a great adventure wrapped around an intriguing mystery that might have come from the pen of Agatha Christie; and Lonely are the Brave [DVD review] - As high as a recommendation will go. This film is a bonafide lost classic. Other releases of note include: Knowing [DVD review, Blu-ray review], and Push [Blu-ray review]. Be sure to check out our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
July 06, 2009
New DVD Reviews: The Three Stooges and Burn Notice
Some great new discs have been entered into the DVD Talk Review Database in the past week. Check out these recent reviews: The Three Stooges Collection: Volume Six - 1949-1951 - this set still finds Moe, Larry, and Shemp near the top of their game. Highly Recommended; and Burn Notice: Season Two (Blu-ray) - Stylish, witty, and overflowing with action this show is sporting one of the best casts on TV; Other recent reviews include these highly recommended music discs: Don Giovanni, Metal Machine Music: Nine Inch Nails And The Industrial Uprising, and Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
July 05, 2009
DVDTalk Giveaway: Rifftrax/Mystery Science Theater Trivia Contest
Think you know a lot about Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Mike Nelson's follow-up project, Rifftrax? Well this week we'll let you prove it in the Rifftrax/Mystery Science Theater Trivia Contest! Three winners who gets all nine trivia questions correct will win a great set of prizes courtesy of Shout! Factory and Rifftrax. One grand prize winner will receive a rare, out of print, Mystery Science Theater 20th Anniversary Edition Tin AND a set of four Rifftrax DVDs signed by Mike Nelson AND a signed Mike Nelson Bobblehead. That's not all, we'll also throw in a copy of MST3K Volume XV! First and second place winners will receive a set of four signed Rifftrax DVDs as well as a copy of MST3k Set XV! Make sure to enter now for a chance to win one of these great prizes!
July 04, 2009
New VGT Reviews: Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, Magic: The Gathering, Cross Edge and We Cheer
Magic the Gathering fanatics have put down their collectible card games this past week to play Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planewalkers. Check out our review of the 360 version. We also posted a few PS3 reviews this week. Activision released Guitar Hero: Smash Hits recently for music fans. Check out the reviews for Cross Edge and Afro Samurai as well. On handhelds, take a look at the reviews of Midnight Club: Los Angeles on the PSP and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the Nintendo DS. Finally, don't forget to see our review on the Wii's premiere cheerleading game: We Cheer. As always, our entire collection of video game reviews can be found here.
This week we have a special giveaway from DeepDiscount.com for $125 worth of gift certificates! Deep Discount has been a supporter of the DVDTalk community for years and to show their gratitude they are giving DVDTalk readers a chance to win one of two gift certificates. First Prize is a $100 Gift Certificate and the 2nd Place winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate! More great news is on the way from DeepDiscount.com as they are ramping up for a summer of deals and discounts that can't be missed. Stay Tuned! And be sure to enter now for your chance to win a Gift Certificate to DeepDiscount.com!
DVDTalk writer Kurt Dahlke had a chance to talk with controversial director Uwe Boll about his latest movie Tunnel Rats. The lightning rod director, who once challenged any film critic who didn't like his movies to a boxing match, has made a career of turning video games into films that are critically panned. What does he have to say about his latest Viet Nam picture? Is he going for a film with a message, or was the setting just an excuse to blow things up? Find out all this and more in this week's interview.
July 03, 2009
New Movie Reviews: Public Enemies, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and I Hate Valentine's Day
Johnny Depp suits up as John Dillinger in the Michael Mann gangster saga Public Enemies. Animated shenanigans reach the lost world in the sequel Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3-D. And Nia Vardalos directs her first feature film in the dismal romantic comedy I Hate Valentine's Day. Also in theaters: Woody Allen teams up with his fellow neurotic Larry David in the comedy Whatever Works. DVD Talk critics Jason Bailey, Jamie S. Rich, and Tyler Foster review the results. Be sure to catch reviews of other recent Theatrical Films: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Cheri, The Hurt Locker, The Proposal, Year One, The Stoning of Soraya M., My Sister's Keeper, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Hangover, Moon, Away We Go, Up, and Star Trek. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts on films In Theaters in our Movie Talk Forum.
July 02, 2009
That's a Wrap: The 2009 Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival
DVDTalk writer Chris Neilson attended the 2009 Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival held on June 15-22 just outside of Washington DC. With over 120 films being screened over eight days, including 14 Academy Award nominated films, he had his work cut out. The festival screened such diverse films as AJ Schnack's Convention documenting the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver and the outrageously hilarious documentary about the cult phenomenon emerging around the Citizen Kane of bad movies Trolls 2, Best Worst Movie. In addition documentary pioneer Albert Maysles who was honored at the festival's Guggenheim Symposium, a not to be missed event. Read about all this and more in DVDTalk's coverage of this years Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival.
More and more TV on DVD is being released, and the DVDTalk review panel is committed to covering as many sets as they can. Check out these highly rated releases: Entourage: The Complete Fifth Season - Thoroughly invigorating, frequently hilarious, and always engrossing, season five continues to live up to the hype; Dynasty: Season Four, Vol. 1 - with this season the show starts hitting its stride, becoming more glamorous and scandalous than ever; and 24: Season Seven - this highly kinetic series will grab you at 8:00 am and not let you go until all 24 hours have passed. Other shows recently reviewed include: Apollo 11: A Night to Remember, The Terry Jones Collection and Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVDTalk database.
July 01, 2009
DVD Savant: The International, Alain Resnais,and The Diary of Anne Frank
This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews including: The International - Clive Owen and Naomi Watts battle a nefarious bank from New York to Istanbul in this wordy but intense thriller. With a terrific shootout in, of all places, New York's Guggenheim Museum; Alain Resnais: a Decade in Film - Kino presents excellent renditions of four of Alain Resnais' 1980s films: Life is a Bed of Roses, Love Unto Death, Mélo, I Want to Go Home. They're a strange bunch -- transcendental spiritualism, romantic morbidity, a filmic essay on the melodrama and a stab at a screwball comedy; and Diary of Anne Frank - George Stevens somber study of Anne Frank's period of hiding in an attic molds a tragedy into a story with positive uplift. With Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Diane Baker, Joseph Schildkraut. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.
Some great discs have been announced recently including: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Blu-ray) - our favorite six story tall radioactive reptile gets the high def treatment on September 22; a childhood favorite gets the deluxe treatment on September 29th when The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) arrives in a 5 DVD set and 4 disc Blu-ray set both packed with features; and The Legend of Drunken Master (Blu-ray), one of Jackie Chan's best films, arrives on HD on September 15th. Keep track of all the upcoming releases with the DVDTalk Release List.