Alice in Wonderland – Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up again for this box office smash about the adventures of Alice as she returns to Wonderland. That’s right; this is not the original story being retold, but an unofficial sequel to the classic book. Alice is grown up, but she ends up following a white rabbit down the rabbit hole, and is taken back to Wonderland. She meets people and creatures that remember her, but unfortunately she doesn’t remember them. The effects, the sets, the costumes, and the look of the film are absolutely amazing but unfortunately the story is not so strong. This is a film that is spectacular to look at, but just doesn’t engage the viewer. Having said that, I think it’s worth watching just to see the climatic battle scene. The slow-motion shot in the final battle is absolutely amazing and if frozen would be an amazing picture to have. It’s my favourite shot of the year (so far). Also interesting to note is the quick turn around time for the film to be on DVD. It was released in theatres on March 5, and about 3 months later, the film is on DVD.
The Wolfman – Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, and Hugo Weaving star in this remake of the classic horror story. Del Toro’s character comes home after the disappearance of his brother. His return home forces Del Toro to confront some demons from his past and to reflect on the night his mother died. While Del Toro and his brother’s fiancée continue to look for his missing kin, detective Aberline from Scotland Yard shows up to investigate the murder of some of the villagers. The film was released on Valentine’s Day weekend this year, which I thought was an odd choice for a horror film to be released. I think it would have fared better had it been released in October (either this year or last year), but I’m playing armchair quarterback again. Interesting note – the character of Detective Aberline is essentially the same real life character that Johnny Depp played in From Hell.
Wild Things: Foursome – This is the fourth entry in the franchise and the third that has been Direct-To-DVD. The plot follows a millionaire’s son who is dealing with his father’s murder getting tangled up with three women. I’m sure drugs and alcohol are a prominent part of the plot.
The Stranger – I’ve never heard of this film, it’s Direct-To-DVD and it stars “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (No, it’s not a remake of the Orson Welles film). Instead, the plot of this film follows Austin as he is on the hunt for a material witness who happens to be involved in a top secret investigation.
Small Town Saturday Night – This film stars Star Trek’s Chris Pine and follows Pine as a singer-songwriter who is about to head off to Nashville to pursue his career in music, but is having second thoughts, as he does not want to leave the woman that he loves behind. It will be interesting to hear what people’s take on this film is, and to see Chris Pine in a role outside of the one that made him known to most audiences.
Life – This BBC documentary is much like Earth and traces the life of different species throughout the planet. There are two versions of the film: one narrated by David Attenborough, and another narrated by Oprah Winfrey. No matter what version you choose, the documentary is going to look gorgeous on a High Definition television.
U2 360: Live at the Rose Bowl – This release does not hit shelves until Thursday, but the title says all that you need to know. It captures U2’s performance at the Rose Bowl during their 360 tour. I was lucky enough to see this tour in Toronto, and if you didn’t get the chance to see it then, or are bummed out about the postponement of this tour, then this DVD is the next best thing.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Seventh Season – This season is quite notable because it revolves around the fake Seinfeld reunion episode, but the real reason that Larry wants the Seinfeld reunion to happen is so that he can win back Cheryl by giving her a part in the show.
Burn Notice: Season Three – This season comes out just in time to get you ready for Season 4, which starts this week. It follows Michael in his continued quest to find out why he was “burned” out of being a covert operative. The season is also notable because it features the reunion of Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, who some fans might remember as being on the hit show Cagney and Lacey.
The Cleaner: The Final Season – The second and final season of the Benjamin Bratt show follows his character William dealing with the separation of his marriage, although they have to hide this fact from his wife’s parents. As well, William’s past comes back to haunt him as he comes into contact with his old sponsor when they need his help in getting a high-profile TV news anchor clean. It’s definitely not a show to watch if you are looking for some laughs.
Rescue Me: The Complete Fifth Season – One of my favourite shows on television gets re-released on DVD. There’s not much to add here, as Season Five Parts 1 and 2 have already been released, but they just packaged them together in one set. The Denis Leary fireman drama is outstanding, and I highly recommend you to give it a try if you haven’t seen an episode before.
Until Next Tuesday!