Blu-ray: ‘Judge Dredd’ Starring Sylvester Stallone – Best Enjoyed Drunk

judge dreddSome films withstand the test of time, some don’t and others just make you flat out wince. Judge Dredd, starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by Danny Cannon, falls on the latter side of that equation. The 1995 movie takes a British science fiction character and surrounds him with bad acting, atrocious dialogue and gaudy set design. Even if you’re into pure action, without the plot, it’s hard to find any enjoyment in this film – unless you’re hosting a drinking party designed around making fun of the movie.

The movie makes its first appearance on Blu-ray this year thanks to Pete Travis’ Dredd 3D reboot, starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby.

Judge Dredd is set in the future, where “judges” enforce the law. After bedlam broke out in the streets, these judges became a new-age militia of badass cops – who are judge, jury and executioner. Dredd is considered to be the best judge. Armed with his Lawgiver pistol (which functions as six different types of guns and can only be used by his unique palm print), he’s achieved notoriety for taking down the most hardened criminals.

Similar to other comic book adapted movies of the past century, the filmmakers focused their efforts on copying the exact comic book wardrobe and settings. They forgot to realize that comics and movies are two different mediums. Tasteless gold trimmings surround Dredd at every turn. It’s hard to maintain any aspect of believability because the outfits look like they were designed for a high school stage production. Similarly, his motorbike looks like a giant toy. The cartoony set designs make you feel like the story is taking place in McDonalds rather than the future.

Sweeping scores and excessive music try to build up a drama that’s just not there. There’s hardly any intensity from scene-to-scene – just bad dialogue. In one of the most overdramatized scenes in movie history, Dredd yells out, “I AMMM THE LAW.” You’ll either grimace or spew milk out of your nose laughing. Stallone excessively curls his lip up throughout the movie. He also takes off his helmet, breaking the comic book style where Dredd’s face is never fully shown. One has to think the filmmakers assumed that this would add to the film, but it just calls attention to more over-the-top acting.

Judge Dredd should have been called Judge Stallone. It’s like a bad anime movie with human characters and should be considered a comic book spoof rather than an adaptation.

Judge Dredd [Blu-ray]

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, Armand Assante, Jurgen Prochnow, Rob Schneider
Directed by: Danny Cannon
Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 18, 2012

Rating:
3 / 10

Blu-Ray Review: Shame – Beneath The Skin With Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender

shame blu-ray boxThere are few places less sexy than on a subway train but there’s Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender, Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus) in the middle of Shame, eyeing his next prey sitting opposite of him. They make flirtatious glances at each other; he sizes her up while she’s crossing her legs and shifting in her seat. As the train comes to a stop the woman (Lucy Walters) stands up, preparing to exit the train when we see that she’s either engaged or married, but doesn’t stop Brandon. He places his hand right below hers on the hand bar and stands right behind her as if to catch a whiff of her perfume. When the train door opens, she bolts and doesn’t look back. Brandon hesitates for a second and aggressively gives chase, but when he loses her in the crowd he turns around and heads back to get back on the train.

It’s one of the few conquests that gets away from Brandon, who suffers from a voracious appetite for sex–a small glimpse into his unhealthy addiction. For those who roll their eyes that the dependency is a legitimate problem–especially amongst men–have never seen Shame.

Earning an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, Shame is full of sexual encounters, yet few scenes could be deemed sexy; it is an intense character study, but not a very deep story because Brandon does not let anyone reach him on an intimate level. That doesn’t make him any less redeeming or irresistible, because his professional life–aside from having his hard drive flagged for pornography and masturbating in the men’s room–is flourishing. Brandon’s brow remains smooth and unfurrowed, until his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan, Drive), invades his life and disrupts his regimen.

Sissy is the polar opposite of Brandon. She’s an extrovert, a wayward traveling singer who always appears down on her luck and in need of emotional support–in other words, Sissy is an absolute burden. But she is trying to connect with Brandon. She knows she has her own imperfections and yet believes she can help him through his. “We’re not bad people,” Sissy hints. “We just come from a bad place.”

shame michael fassbender

Soon after, Brandon becomes cognizant of his addiction, gives reform a passive attempt and tries to make a real connection too, with co-worker Marianne (Nicole Beharie). They meet after work and push past awkward silences, the small chit-chat, and playful dialogue exchanged during a successful first date. What Marianne did not see was Brandon wasting time, trying to stall the beginning of the date because he didn’t want to get emotionally involved. This night of hope is erased less than 24 hours later when his attempt to be sexual with Marianne–a step she willingly invites–goes awry.

Shame is written and directed expertly by British filmmaker Steve McQueen, who reunites with Fassbender, whom he helmed in Hunger back in 2008. Be on the lookout for his upcoming film, Twelve Years A Slave staring Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Pariah star Adepero Oduye. Just like their first collaboration, McQueen brings out the very best in his lead–Fassbender gives an unflinching and courageous performance that is absorbing as it is chilling.

Not to be outdone, Mulligan (who is often cast adorable and cute) comes prepared to stand eye-to-eye with Fassbender, despite her character’s different but equally unflattering condition. Her personal life is a car wreck; she has a one-night stand with Brandon’s boss (James Badge Dale, Rubicon) and lacks any kind of stability.

Brother and sister are fractured individuals–still scarred from some unspeakable event(s) from their pasts, and it continues to manifest in their self-destructive personalities. Even though they try to avoid each other, they are destined to collide, unable to detach themselves from their shared memories and care for one another.

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There’s not much as far as extras are concerned, and that’s a shame, for the lack of a better word. We get four separate three-minute electronic press kit featurettes, of which are gathered from one brief interview session with both Fassbender, Mulligan and McQueen on set. There’s a five-minute EPK from the Fox Movie Channel that fives a bit more depth than the others, only slightly, but sadly that’s the lone extra in standard definition. The featurettes merely add to the longing desire for an audio commentary done by McQueen and Fassbender. With that absence, there is little added value unless you consider a DVD and the digital copy to be beneficial.

Sean Bobbit’s stunning cinematography must be seen on blu-ray though. The details on the fabrics, the dramatic lighting and the scenery are much more distinct in the low-lit, night scenes, and the hues, when present, are punchier but not blown out in high definition. Skin tones at some points are a tad muted but are still accurate and tell additional stories about Sissy and Brandon. At different points of the film, Brandon’s slightly pink eyelids show reflect a nightmarish fall off the wagon, while years of self-inflicted pain and sorrow can be tracked up and down Sissy’s forearms.

Shame is not an easy recommendation, as there’s no uplifting or redemptive fulfillment but there is brutal honesty with these characters and their unenviable paths. As much as Fassbender and Mulligan are the reasons to watch Shame, McQueen should get his respect as a filmmaker on the rise, a provocative observer of the human condition and storyteller of some of man’s darkest moments. There’s no shame in that.

Shame [Blu-Ray / DVD / Digital Copy Combo]
shame blu ray box
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Written by: Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 17, 2012
7.0 / 10

Here’s Lookin at You, ‘Casablanca’ – Happy 70th Birthday!

2012 marks the 70th anniversary of Casablanca, one of the greatest movies in cinema history. To mark the event, Warner Bros has released a new Blu-ray Anniversary Edition with two new featurettes: Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of and Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic. The new Blu-ray release has gone through a 4K feature scan for pristine video.

The Blu-ray Release comes with an additional three feature-length documentaries:
You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story [2008 Documentary]
The Brothers Warner [2008 Documentary]
Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul [1993 Documentary]

Additional Bonus Content:
Now Voyager Theatrical Trailer-Warner Night at the Movies
Newsreel-Warner Night at the Movies
Vaudeville Days – Warner Night at the Movies
The Bird Came C.O.D.-Warner Night at the Movies
The Squawkin’ Hawk -Warner Night at the Movies
The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall
Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart
You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca
As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Who Holds Tomorrow?
Carrotblanca – Vintage Cartoon
Scoring Stage Sessions
4/26/43 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater Radio Broadcast
11/19/47 Vox Pop Radio Broadcast

‘The Muppets’ Blu-ray & DVD Release Date Announced

Disney has just announced that 2011’s breakout smash The Muppets will hit DVD and Blu-ray on March 20, 2012.

This was a terrific film that sadly did not get recognized at the Golden Globes. However, our team couldn’t speak more highly about The Muppets epic return. We also have a tendency to sing the Man or a Muppet song weekly around the office.


Preorder The Muppets today!

The Muppets: A Funny, Sweet and Triumphant Return Of Everyone’s Favorite Entertainers

Due to the popularity of The Muppets comeback, Kermit the Frog decided to issue a public statement on the release.

“Blu-ray is a great way to bring the Muppets into your home without having to worry about cleaning up after us,” said Kermit the Frog, commenting on the announcement. “And the behind-the-scenes extras are a revealing tell-all look at what it took to bring our movie to the big screen. It’s a must-see for fans of bloopers, flubs and slip-ups – which pretty much describes our act.”

For some reason, even when I imagine Kermit saying this in my head, I can’t help but think that some corporate spokesman came up with statement.

Miss Piggy however made a more true-to-self statement, “Now you can watch moi whenever you want! Ooh! Lucky vous!”

BONUS FEATURES
The Muppets Blu-ray include a groundbreaking industry first — ‘Disney Intermission,’ a hilarious all-new feature that allows viewers to press Pause on their remote control and watch as the Muppets take over the screen and entertain until the movie resumes playing. The release also includes “Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song,” an extended version of the rollicking rap song by villain Tex Richman (Academy Award® winner Chris Cooper) who provides the hilarious backstory of why he hates the Muppets. Audio commentaries with screenwriter and star Jason Segel, director James Bobin and screenwriter Nicholas Stoller are also included.

Watch the “Man or a Muppet” Music Video below:

Blu-ray Review: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season One – The Genesis Of A Great Show

Some television shows reveal their greatness within their first few episodes (The Sopranos, Breaking Bad). Some take an entire season (Fringe) while others take two or three (Sons of Anarchy). Great TV is never a certainty and Boardwalk Empire, whose first season is finally being released on DVD and Blu-ray, is the perfect example of that. It boasts a killer pilot, written by Terence Winter and directed by none other than Martin Scorsese, that the following eleven episodes don’t necessarily live up to. It’s not a disappointment by any means. It’s about high expectations. Boardwalk Empire is a good show but it doesn’t become great until its second season. But the first season is fascinating in its own right.

For the uninitiated, Boardwalk Empire takes place in early 1920’s Atlantic City. Prohibition is the law of the land but that doesn’t stop city treasurer and Republican puppet master Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi, in a Golden Globe-winning turn) from profiting from illegally obtained and sold booze. He’s surrounded by some pretty awesome characters, including his right hand man Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), a World War I veteran who is trying to put his life back together and Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams), the de fact head of the city’s Black community. Opposing Nucky is FBI agent Nelson Van Alden (a great Michael Shannon) and various real life gangsters.

A lot of the first season deals with Nucky’s wheelings and dealings involving the election of so-to-be President Warren G. Harding, which is intriguing — truly is — but doesn’t carry the personal stakes that we’ll see in season two. But it does set in motion a storytelling style that serves the series extremely well: the wistful monologue that delves into the backstories of the various characters (the story Chalky tells a Klan members about his father is an example of that greatness).

And it goes without saying that a tremendous amount of care has gone into producing Boardwalk Empire. The set and costume designs are phenomenal, rivaling Mad Men, Deadwood, and the show’s HBO sibling Game of Thrones in terms of atmospheric authenticity. The show deserves every technical award that is thrown its way.

All-in-all, the first season of Boardwalk Empire is good television, and the makings of the great series that it has since turned into.

Special Features
– “Enhanced Viewing”, HBOGo.com-style, with an interactive picture-in-picture behind the scenes run down of each of the 12 episodes

– A comprehensive “Character Dossier” of each of the major players

– “Making Of” the series featurette

– “Creating The Boardwalk”: a look at how the actual 300-foot Boardwalk was designed and built

-A 30-minute documentary about Atlantic City in the 1920’s called “Atlantic City: The Original Sin City”

– An insider’s tour of various speakeasies in New York City and Chicago with cast members

– Audio Commentary on select episodes

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]
 Boardwalk Empire

Starring: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald
Creator: Terence Winter
Studio: HBO
Release Date: January 10, 2012

Rating:
8 / 10

New DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Week of Nov 8, 2011

This week, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and Doctor Who: The Sixth Series – Part 2 are our leading picks on Blu-ray and DVD.

Also, two of HBO’s hit mini-series get packaged together in one stellar box set. Band of Brothers & The Pacific get released as the ultimate war set.

Finally, gaming fans will want to check out the viral hit Mortal Kombat: Legacy on Blu-ray.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Doctor Who: The Sixth Series – Part 2 Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan

Doctor Who: The Sixth Series - Part 2

Band of Brothers / The Pacific (Special Edition Gift Set)
Band of Brothers Stars: Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Frank John Hughes, Neal McDonough
The Pacific Stars: Joseph Mazzello, James Badge Dale and Jon Seda

Band of Brothers The Pacific

Atlas Shrugged Part 1 Blu-ray
Starring Edi Gathegi and Taylor Schilling

Atlas Shrugged Part 1

Blue Velvet Blu-ray
Starring Dennis Hopper and Kyle MacLachlan

Blue Velvet

The Change-Up Blu-ray/DVD
Starring Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde

The Change-Up

Mortal Kombat: Legacy Blu-ray/DVD
Starring Michael Jai White, Darren Shahlavi and Johnson Phan

Mortal Kombat: Legacy

Darker Than Black: Season 2 with OVAs Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Starring John Swasey, Jason Liebrecht and Brina Palencia

Darker Than Black: Season 2

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Alpocalypse-HD Blu-ray

Weird Al Yankovic Alpocalypse HD

Dragon Ball Z – Level 1.1 Blu-ray
Starring Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Sonny Strait

Dragon Ball Z - Level 1.1

Meet The Robinsons Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD
Starring Daniel Hansen, Jordan Fry, Matthew Josten

Meet The Robinsons

Bolt Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD
Starring John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman and James Lipton

Bolt

Human Planet Blu-ray Builds Harry Potter Anticipation with Hurt Narration

We’ve just received our Human Planet Blu-ray from BBC and I can’t begin to express how excited I am to dive into this series.

For starters, when I opened up the FedEx Package and took out the Blu-ray, I was immediately amazed by the holographic box art. It’s a giant human eye, which feels like it’s staring right at you no matter where you turn.

bbc human planet

Secondly, I didn’t realize before, but John Hurt of Harry Potter fame does the narration. If you’re as much of a Potter fanboy as me, you probably picked up the Blu-ray release the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The home video came with an exclusive clip of Hurt’s scene as Mr. Ollivander in the upcoming J.K. Rowling finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It’s such an amazing scene that was leaked out earlier this month on the Internet. This is also Ollivander’s biggest scene since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The clip is riddled with fear due to the dark atmosphere of Voldomort’s reign of terror, giving viewers a real sense of Hurt’s acting prowess.

Also, Hurt narrates BBC’s Merlin as The Dragon so it will be a doubly special treat to hear him in narrate this documentary.

Human Planet continues BBC’s line of nature specials, which includes Planet Earth and Life.

This is the picture from the back of the box set. I have no idea why everyone has a Kool-Aid smile. However, it pretty much captures my expression when I first opened up the FedEx mailer with this box set.

Human Planet Blu-ray

Blu-ray Preview Clips: The Incredibles

The Incredibles finally comes out on Blu-ray next Tuesday, but we have some preview clips from the film and its special features.

Film Clip- Engage

Film Clip- Fighting the Robot

Bonus Clip- Jack-Jack Attack Explodes

Bonus Clip- Kind of Looks Like You

Remember, the new 4-disc set comes with the following new bonus features (in addition to the already released DVD’s features)

• The Incredibles Revisited – A roundtable discussion with Writer/Director Brad Bird, Producer John Walker, Story Supervisor Mark Andrews, Supervising Technical Director Rick Sayre, Production Designer Lou Romano, Character Designer Teddy Newton, and Supervising Animator Tony Fucile.

• Paths To Pixar: Story Artists – Continuing the popular bonus feature series that viewers have seen on many other Disney•Pixar releases, this exciting new feature showcases multiple Pixar story artists giving viewers exciting insight into their work, their inspiration and the personal paths that eventually led them to a career at Pixar.

• Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday – Trying to make a movie when there are not enough work days and too many birthday parties? This feature showcases how The Incredibles crew solved that problem.

• Ending With A Bang: Making The End Credits – Interview with Director of Photography Andy Jimenez and Character Designer Teddy Newton about the process of creating the end credits for the film.

• “The New Nomanisan” Island Redevelopment Plan – A guided tour of Nomanisan Island, post-Syndrome, pitching the island as a vacation resort paradise.

BuzzFocus 2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Blu-ray Movies

While there will be many big ticket gifts this holiday season, there are less expensive ways to show your thoughtfulness to a friend or loved one. A tried and true gift for the past decade has been DVD movies. Now, with the affordability of HDTVs, Blu-rays are the way to go. Do you know someone that loves watching their movies in high-definition? Then they’ll thank you forever for getting them the Blu-ray set they’ve been wanting.

This past year has netted some great movies, especially in the animation genre. Pixar followed last year’s Up with the best-selling animation movie of all time, Toy Story 3. Dreamworks Animation surprised with the awesome How To Train Your Dragon and Universal’s Despicable Me was yet another animated treat.

There were a few great releases of classics on Blu-ray this year including the timeless Back to the Future Trilogy and The Goonies. And probably the most coveted of the classic releases is Alien Anthology, a compilation of the four films and more bonus content than you can shake a stick at.

At a loss for what Blu-ray’s are a good buy? Take a look at our list below. There’s something for everyone here: action flicks, animation, dramas, classics and comedies.

Inception
Christopher Nolan’s latest masterpiece mesmerized viewers for the latter half of the summer and now is the chance for you bestow this gift on a friend or loved one. This set, which releases December 7th, will hopefully provide some good insight into how the complex movie was made and give die hard fans of the movie a little bit more sustenance to chew on.

Alien Anthology
A truly handsome collection of the four films in the franchise, this set is a must have for any sci-fi fan. Not only do you get the theatrical editions of the films, but also their extended counterparts. With an exhaustive set of bonus content, this is sure to please and keep one lucky gift recipient busy for a long time.

Toy Story 3

One of the best reviewed movies of the year, Toy Story 3 was just more business as usual from Pixar; more amazing storytelling told through eye-popping visuals. Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) struggle to accept the reality that their kid Andy is going off to college and no longer values them. When they’re accidentally donated to a DayCare, they fend off an imprisonment plot by an evil bear named Lots-O-Huggin’ Bear. This Blu-ray set offers up a good mix of bonus content to watch after the movie is done.

The Expendables

One word describes The Expendables: testosterone. Sylvester Stallone has returned to the big screen and he brought all of his old school action buddies with him. And just like the movies he starred in, this movie is a 2-hour stream of bullets, explosions and dead bad guys. Yep, take your new HD TV and surround sound system out for a drive and let your living room coming to life.

Back to the Future
Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. There are very few trilogies that have the quality and charm of the Back to the Future movies. You’ve more than likely seen these countless times, but the Blu-ray set brings them to a whole new light. This is the best the series has ever looked and this set offers up a healthy serving of bonus content. Indeed, it is worthy of shelf space in any Blu-ray collection.

Shrek Forever After
The Shrek series got a bit long in the tooth with Shrek the Third, but this last installment came as a charming surprise this summer. Forever After, which had Shrek face off against the deceitful Rumpelstilskin returned viewers to the magic (and true laught) of the first movie.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Werewolves galore. That pretty much sums up this third movie from the Twilight franchise. While it won’t win any Academy Awards, Eclipse did increase the action over what was in the first two movies and is the best of the trio.

Avatar : Extended Collector’s Edition

If you’ve yet to take the 3D TV plunge, this extended version of Avatar on Blu-ray is the next best way to experience the movie in your living room. And believe it or not, this set actually includes special features (sorry to those of you who bit on the first Blu-ray release). Granted, Avatar is more about the amazing special effects than the story, this is a good one to have in the collection to impress friends with your home theater setup.

The Town
Fact: Ben Affleck is a two for two as a feature film director. The Town is a great thrill ride featuring the directing talents of Affleck and the acting talents of Jeremy Renner. While this set has yet to release (streets December 21st), this will excite the heist-movie lover for sure.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
An intriguing new take on the iconic character of Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), this sequel finds its footing in the timely backdrop of the current economic crisis. Fans of the original will appreciate the nostalgia that this one brings.

How to Train Your Dragon

Awkward title yes, but don’t let that stop you from seeing this immensely impressive work.  Dreamworks first animated movie of 2010 was a true masterpiece. Jay Baruchel stars as the voice of Hiccup, an underachieving Viking that desperately wants to impress his father by killing a dragon. When he accidentally captures the world’s most dangerous dragon, he finds an unlikely friend that has him questioning his Viking belief system. This is quite possibly the first Dreamworks movie that looks like it could belong in Pixar’s catalog. Kids and adults alike will love this fantastic tale.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Game On! Best viewed by the gamer or the comic book enthusiast, Scott Pilgrim is a cool and stylized movie that aims to entertain you out of your socks. Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim, who is infatuated with a girl named Ramona. He has to defeat her evil seven ex-boyfriends in order to win her affections. Director Edgar Wright serves up an fun and inventive film that has cool factor up the wazoo.

The A-Team
A loud bruiser in the same vein as The Expendables, The A-Team is a fun and excited rehash of the eighties television show of the same name. It doesn’t aim to have an airtight plot or win any awards, but it will take you through a nice little thrill ride before it’s done.

Sex and the City 2

Probably not the most critically acclaimed movie on this list, but there’s no denying the loyalty that Sex and the City fans have to the franchise. Part 2 lacks the wittiness of the HBO series and is even more watered down than the first movie, but is still another amusing adventure for Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and friends Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis).

Despicable Me

Animated movies have hit the saturation point and it’s becoming harder than ever for any of them to differentiate themselves. We’ve seen just about every type of anthropomorphic talking being.  That said, Despicable Me definitely comes off as a distinct entry into the genre. A wacky and brilliant tale, it captivates young and old moviegoers alike. Steve Carell plays Gru, the number 2 villain in the world, who plots to steal the moon and retake the number 1 title. His plans go hilariously awry as three orphans prove to be just the sidekicks he needs to warm his heart.

Salt
A guilty pleasure that never seems to lose its pace, Salt features Angelina Jolie in a return to the action movie genre as the titular character. The plot may be a tad far-fetched, but Jolie’s performance is enough to make this an enjoyable experience for any action-movie lover.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2 had the task of kicking off the summer movie season and it did so in glorious fashion. This sequel, which stars Robert Downey, Jr., lacks the punch of the first film, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a worthy thrill ride. With Mickey Rourke as the villain and some cool action sequences, Iron Man 2 is a great second turn on the Marvel superhero.

Easy A
The hey day of high-school comedies may have passed, but Emma Stone makes this witty and smart high school drama flick one to remember. With a great performance by Stanley Tucci, you’ll clap, laugh and, most importantly, be satisfied.

The Hurt Locker
While this released a while ago in January, The Hurt Locker is a visually stunning thrill piece. Jeremy Renner stars as a bomb-disarming technician that is put to the test in a number of life threatening situations. Kathryn Bigelow, who won Best Director for the film, tells the tale through tense, amazingly shot sequences, many of which will leave the viewer paralyzed in suspense.

Top 5 DVD & Blu-ray Releases for Week of November 9, 2010

We’re back with another week of awesome-sauce home video releases worth checking out, from movies to TV series. This week Scott Pilgrim vs. The World comes home to DVD and Blu-ray. It’s a self proclaimed tale of epic epicness that will delight fans of the comic series as well as several several gamers.

TV rocks the house this week with several choice picks. Tim Roth comes home in Lie to Me Season 2. Roth is electrifying in his role as the sarcastically clever Dr. Cal Lightman. From BBC, we’ve got Sherlock: Season One. Forget what you saw in the movie with Robert Downey Jr., this is the Sherlock series to check out.

This week’s BuzzFocus Collection Worthy Home Video Release goes to Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are amazing as the new Doctor and companion dynamic duo. If you don’t know who The Doctor is by now, it’s probably because he saved your life without you even knowing. BBC has another winner in this awesome collection.

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series [DVD, Blu-ray]
Release Date: Nov 9, 2010

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star as the new Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who. After his explosive regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash! After falling from the sky, he pulls himself out of the wreckage to come face-to-face with young Amy Pond. The Doctor promises to take Amy to the stars. But first they must divert an alien plot that could destroy the Earth. The Doctor makes good his promise, and Amy boards the regenerated TARDIS, ready to take to the stars on a series of wild adventures that will change her life. As always, wherever the Doctor goes, his oldest enemies, the Daleks, are never far behind. They are hatching a new master plan from the heart of war-torn London in the 1940s. But they are not the only strange creatures the Doctor and Amy must face–there are also alien vampires, humanoid reptiles, the Weeping Angels, and a silent menace that follows Amy and the Doctor around wherever they go.

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On Blu-ray:
lie to me season 2 tim roth

Lie to Me Season 2 [DVD]
Release Date: Nov 9, 2010

Oscar® nominee Tim Roth (“The Incredible Hulk”, “Reservoir Dogs”) as the cheeky Dr. Cal Lightman, the world’s foremost expert on deception specializing in detecting facial micro-expressions and involuntary body-language to determine if and why someone is lying. Dr. Lightman heads the Lightman Group, a private agency assisting federal law enforcement, government agencies and local police with their most difficult cases. Joining Dr. Lightman in his work is an all-star cast of Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams, “The Practice”), a gifted psychologist; Eli Loker (Brendan Hines, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Lightman’s professional partner and lead researcher; and Ria Torres (Monica Raymund, “Law & Order Special Victims Unit”). Season two marks the highly anticipated regular role of Agent Ben Reynolds (Mekhi Phifer, “8 Mile”) who finds himself reluctantly partnering with the Lightman Group to catch serial rapists and murderers.

Sherlock: Season One

Sherlock: Season One [DVD, Blu-ray]
Release Date: Nov 9, 2010

A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. Co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars BAFTA-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking, Amazing Grace) as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office, Love Actually), as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade. The iconic details from Conan Doyle’s original books remain–they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. And so across three thrilling, scary, action-packed and highly modern-day adventures, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth.

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scott pilgrim vs the world

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/Blu-ray Combo]
Release Date: Nov 9, 2010

Game on! Scott Pilgrim just met the girl of his dreams…literally. But in order for them to date, he must defeat her seven evil exes — a rogues’ gallery — including an infamous skateboarder, a vegan rock star and fearsome identical twins! From the genre-smashing director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead comes “a true original” (Entertainment Weekly) powered up by wit, action and groundbreaking visuals that you will want to watch again as soon as it’s over!

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World DVD

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

robert whitlow The Trial

The Trial [DVD]
Release Date: Nov 9, 2010

After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small town attorney Kent “Mac” McClain… until he’s assigned a capital punishment case that begins to transform his life and those around him forever.