Sherlock Holmes – The box office smash is the highest profile release on DVD this week. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Strong, the film follows Holmes and Watson as they solve the case of Lord Blackwood, who is a serial killer and sorcerer. Blackwood is captured and Holmes and Watson think their problems are over, but Blackwood reappears and continues his killing spree. Downey received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance and the film was largely overshadowed by the success of Avatar this past Christmas, but it should do very well on DVD this week.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – Another hit at Christmas, that was overshadowed by Avatar (it actually made more money than Sherlock Holmes). The plot follows Alvin, Simon, and Theodore being put in the care of Dave’s nephew Toby, and trying to rescue their music department from being shutdown. They can do that, but only by winning a Battle of the Bands competition. Things look good until they meet a rival group – The Chipettes. Have the Chipmunks met their match? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Alice in Wonderland – Disney re-releases their animated classic on DVD and Blu-Ray to capitalize on the success of their live action film. See Disney’s original version of the story as Alice follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole to Wonderland and meets the Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, and The Red Queen. I find it amazing that Disney films do hold up even when you grow older, so I highly recommend adding this to your collection if you do not already have it.
An Education – This film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress for Carey Mulligan. The film follows Mulligan’s character, who is a young teenager whose parents enforce a strict upbringing in order for her to attend Oxford, and lead a better life than they can provide. Mulligan’s character ends up meeting a man played by Peter Sarsgaard who exposes Mulligan to a more sophisticated world. Mulligan loves her new lifestyle, and eventually becomes romantically involved with Sarsgaard until a secret is exposed which forces Mulligan to decide what life she wants to leave – the life she has newly embraced, or the life her parents want her to lead.
TV ON DVD
Sports Night: The Complete First Season – The acclaimed Aaron Sorkin dramedy stars Josh Charles, Peter Krause, and Felicity Huffman and follows the lives of the people involved on-air and behind-the-scenes of a sports show (like Sportcentre). It has been on DVD previously, but is getting re-released again. If you’re a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s work (The West Wing or Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), then you should check this out. The whole series is only two seasons long, so it does not take a lot of time to watch the entire series, and you can start with this DVD release.
Steven Seagal: Lawman – The Complete Season One – The A&E show comes out on DVD today, and it follows action star Steven Seagal as he takes on a new role in his life (or new to us, as apparently he has been doing this for two decades). He is a fully-commissioned deputy with the Jefferson’s Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. The debut episode of the series was the highest rated for an A&E show in its history, so Seagal still has his fans.
Until Next Tuesday!