A very big DVD comes to shelves this week, and the rest of the offerings are only so-so. Here is what we have!
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The biggest box office hit of 2009 arrives on DVD and will most likely become the biggest selling DVD of 2009. Widely panned by critics, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was loved by audiences and grossed over $400 million. The sequel has the Autobots battling the Decepticons and the evil Fallen all over the globe. I personally was very disappointed in the film, as I had hoped that improvements would be made from the first film (I didn’t like the design of the Transformers, especially when they would transform, and too often I would not know what was happening on screen). The same problems exist with this film, and I have read from a critic that Michael Bay uses a few overhead shots to show the action, but it’s extremely hard to make out the action that is happening on the ground. Also the film took some criticism because of two new Autobots. I won’t say anything more.
Blood: The Last Vampire – I like the premise of this film a lot. A vampire, who works for the government, has to go undercover in a military school to find out which classmate is a demon, and then she has to destroy it. It’s definitely the most original plot of the week. It didn’t do that well in theatres or with critics, but it does have a fan base as the film is based on an anime series.
Cheri – Directed by one of the best directors working today – Stephen Frears – the film is about the son of a courtesan who has to end his relationship with an older woman and retreats into a fantasy world. It stars Michelle Pfeiffer and did all right with the critics, but was ignored at the box office.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Those Aren’t Pillows Edition – This film always makes my top ten list for best films ever made. I would argue that it is best comedy of the past 30 years. Written and directed by the late John Hughes, the film stars Steve Martin and the late John Candy as two men who are trying to get home for Thanksgiving. They take almost every mode of transportation possible, and grow to hate and respect each other along the way. It is the ultimate buddy comedy, and has many classic scenes including the pillow sequence, Candy’s speech about people liking him, and of course the rental car scene. If you buy one DVD this week, make it this one.
TV ON DVD
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler – Amy Poehler gets the Best of SNL DVD treatment, that includes her impression of Hillary Clinton and some classic moments from Weekend Update.
Numbers: The Fifth Season – For anyone who reads this column regularly, they are beginning to realize that I really don’t watch a lot of TV, as I’ve never watched a single episode of a lot of the TV shows that get released. The trend continues this week. Numb3rs stars David Krumholtz, Rob Morrow, and Judd Hirsch, and is about a mathematician who works for the FBI to help solve cases.
The L Word: The Final Season – This is the 6th and final season for the show that follows a group of lesbians living in Los Angeles, and the people that make up their extended family. Yet another show that I have never watched, but it has a great cast in Jennifer Beals, Mia Kirshner, and Pam Grier.
Until Next Tuesday!