Lots of TV shows come to DVD this week, but not many big name movie releases. Here’s what is out on DVD shelves today!
Observe and Report – This film is the antithesis of Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Seth Rogen stars a mall cop that has aspirations of becoming a real cop. The laughs in the film are not gut-wrenchingly funny, just cringe inducing because of how mean the humour is. Rogen’s performance has been compared to being an update of Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Rogen’s performance is anywhere near the level of De Niro’s, but Rogen’s mall cop is seriously disturbed. From the people who brought you The Foot Fist Way and Eastbound and Down, Observe and Report is not for everyone, and there’s no middle ground – you’ll either love it or hate it.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – This film was release in May to combat all the testosterone fuelled flicks that start off the summer movie season. It actually did all right at the box office, grossing $55 million. The film stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner and is about a man who has “A Christmas Carol” type thing happen to him, where he gets visited by….well what the title says.
Battle for Terra – Released in theatres the same day as Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past, I’m betting money that most of you have never heard of this film. Why, because it was in and out of theatres so fast. The total gross for the film is $1.6 million, and it got a million of that on its opening weekend. Basically the film is about creatures trying to save their planet. Also, it’s animated, and not by any major studio, so its not first rate stuff.
Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death – I’m a fan of Wallace and Gromit, so I’m excited that they have a new DVD coming out. I’ve purposely not read anything about it, as I don’t want to ruin anything.
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto – From creator Rob Zombie, I’ve read that this started out as a graphic novel, and morphed into a direct to DVD animated feature. From what I have read, Superbeasto is a luchador wrestler who battles someone named Dr. Satan. I don’t think I have to say anything else.
TV on DVD
30 Rock – Season 3 – The best comedy on TV (that’s why it won the Emmy on Sunday night), Season 3 has many highlights, including finding out what “Lizzing” is about, Tina Fey meeting Oprah Winfrey (at least she thinks she did), and Alec Baldwin’s character has a Spanish soap opera counterpart who both want the affections of Salma Hayek. It’s great television.
Being Erica – Season 1 – Another CBC show comes to DVD this week, and is about a girl named Erica who gives her doctor a list of bad decisions she’s made in her life. The doctor then transports her back to each of those decisions so she can make a better decision.
Castle – Season 1 – I give points to any show that has Nathan Fillion in it. Fillion plays Nick Castle, who is a crime fiction writer who follows the cops to help them solve crimes. It’s almost like an updated Murder, She Wrote.
C.S.I. – Season 9 – The big part of this season was William Peterson’s character leaving, and Laurence Fishburne’s coming in to take over. Believe it or not, I have never watched a complete episode of any of the C.S.I.’s, so I can’t really say that I’m into it, but I know that many people believe that you can solve all crimes in a lab because of this TV show. If only it were that simple.
Ghost Whisperer – Season 4 – Jennifer Love Hewitt continues to talk to dead people and relay their important messages to loved ones, in order for the dead to move on in the next life.
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit – Season 10 – Kudos to any show that goes on for 10 years. Every person should know the basic premise of any Law and Order show by now. Every episode they try to solve a new case, with the SVU dealing with more gruesome cases then the original show.
The Mentalist – Season 1 – Simon Baker stars in this popular TV show about a mentalist who uses his skills to help the police solve crimes. It’s a basic premise, but it has a following, and was one of the few new hits of last season.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – Season 2 – I watched this series when it was on, and by the end of season two, I was hoping that it would get cancelled (mercifully, it did get cancelled). It never really took off like I would hope, although some episodes do stand-out over others. Brian Austin Green (yes, that Brian Austin Green) got some very nice kudos for his role in the series, and they are well deserved. This season continues the hunt to stop Skynet from taking over the world.
Ugly Betty: Season Three – I have never watched this show, but it has a devoted following. I think by this point you are either a fan or you’re not.