DVD releases for this week seem to make the horrible month of theatrical releases almost worth it, key word being “almost:. While everything due out isn’t exactly some I’d buy, it’s still an eclectic assortment of films that make leaving the house for the local Wal-Mart, FYE or even a few clicks on NetFlix worth it. My choice with purchasing movies is no secret: Amazon.com.
The number one movie buy of the week? Michael Jackson: This Is It. The film, available on both DVD and Blu-Ray. This Is It was originally the name of 50 planned concerts starting in July of 2009 and running until March of 2010. Less than three weeks before the concert started, Michael Jackson died of a cardiac arrest and the tour was cancelled. The DVD is made up of recordings of various rehearsals that took place in preparation. While not originally intended for release, it was done out of respect for Michael and is dedicated to his children. It is certainly a touching film to watch as it really shows you how much music meant to this famous and misunderstood cultural icon.
Also due out Tuesday is another concert DVD from a group I’ve always loved: Celtic Women. Songs From The Heart Featuring a variety of new songs and some arrangements of classic songs. This will be the fifth release by the women ensemble assembled by Riverdance director David Downes. A great concert DVD if you love music, especially Irish music. So two new releases down and both of them are concert DVDs, and good ones at that. Unfortunately it’s all downhill from here.
Surrogates, a poorly done science fiction film starring aging action hero Bruce Willis, will be on shelves everywhere next week. The film was terrible and not something I plan on buying it. Bruce Willis truly shows his age in this film. Still one of my favorite actors, it’s always sad to see such heroes go out. The same will happen with such great actors as Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson.
Saw VI, the latest in the series, will be released in three different editions. A widescreen, uncut edition on DVD, the theatrical version as well as a special Blu-Ray edition. This is the worst film to date. There seemed to be a hope of redemption when this was announced and with the previews shown, but once I saw the movie I was completely disappointed and rather upset I heard a seventh film is scheduled for release. The film was incredible to start off and now it’s all gone downhill. VI made only half of what Saw V did.
Never been a fan of Tucker Max, mainly because he lives as though he is immortal and the only person on the planet. True, many considered this apart of his charm, but I beg to differ. Working in a bookstore, I watched many copies of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell cross the register counter and even read some of it myself. The film, coming out this week, is horrible. While it was funny reading, it didn’t transfer to the screen very well. There are some humor books that just shouldn’t be made into films. Very few can really pull it off and this wasn’t one of them.
There are numerous other films and television series’s coming out as well. Be sure to check out your local video/film store and see what they have for you. I say, if you only get one movie this week, make it Michael Jackson: This is It.