Hello folks, it’s a Tuesday and that means we got DVDs coming out today like always, I wonder if it will ever just be called Blu-Ray Tuesday in the near future. Anyways, NerdBastards will once again provide you the info on rather to Buy, Rent, or Pass on the following DVDs and also, the Anime DVD of the week. Now join us and check after the jump as there is one DVD that just made me go utter shock as to why it was released.
Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The show centers on Don Draper, creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as those in his life in and out of the office. It also depicts the changing social mores of 1960s America. In Season 3, Sterling Cooper is in transition after its merger with a British company and secrets continue to play a part in people’s seemingly happy lives.
Starring: Starring Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Bryan Batt, Michael Gladis, Aaron Staton, and Scott Hornbacher
Director: Matthew Weiner (Andy Ritcher Controls the Universe, The Sopranos)
With season 4 expected to air sometime during the summer, fan will get the chance to have another 13 episodes of Mad Men in their collection. The show, air on AMC, seems to get better and better by seasons, which is something a lot of shows can’t do. If ya need any other reason to watch this, it would be the awesome rack of Christina Hendricks.
Available: Blu-Ray, DVD
Toy Story & Toy Story 2
TS1: In the first full-length computer-animated movie, a little boy’s toys are thrown into chaos when a new Space Ranger arrives to vie for supremacy with the boy’s favorite, an old wooden cowboy. TS2: The sequel to the landmark 1995 computer-animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar. This time around, the fun and adventure continue when Andy goes off to cowboy camp and the toys are left to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector kidnaps Woody — who hasn’t the slightest clue that he’s a greatly valued collectible.
Starring: TS1: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, and Laurie Metcalf. TS2: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, and Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, and Kelsey Grammer
Director: John Lasseter (Pretty much all the Disney/Pixar movies)
Are ya that surprise to see this in the Buy section? Seems like Disney is releasing both movies on a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack just in time for people to catch up on the story in preparations for Toy Story 3, which will be in theaters in June. These were the movies that got Pixar its fame, with Toy Story being the first feature length CGI film. With an awesome story like any Disney movie and a sequel that doesn’t suck, these movies wouldn’t hurt to be added to anyones collection. Plus, gives all you nerd parents to introduce your kids to the franchise if you haven’t yet. Like any Disney/Pixar DVD release, it gots a fair amount of extras to help make it worth the buy.
Available: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean – who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost.
Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, and Jarvis Cocker
Director: Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums)
A movie that can be enjoyed by both adults and children, Wes Anderson brought his magic in to this stop-motion animated film. With an all star cast, and hey, Bill Murray isn’t voicing a orange cat, brings the characters to life and the movie isn’t long that makes it feel like it was a waste of time. If you do decide to buy this, go for the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo set since its always nice to have for just a few bucks more since there is no Blu-Ray single release.
Available: Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Combo pack, DVD
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of “Warrior Monks” with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy’s thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program’s founder, Bill Django, has gone missing and Cassady’s mission is to find him.
Starring: George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Mader, and Terry Serpico
Director: Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck)
What seems to be a hit or miss movie, with being mostly a hit is the reason why this movie is a rent. With George Clooney and Jeff Bridges, they bring the laughs into the war zone. If anything, if you had any desire to watch this movie when it came out in theaters but didn’t get the chance, you won’t be disappointed by renting it then.
Available: Blu-Ray/Digital Copy Combo set, DVD
An ex-con battles it out in the cage to pay for the operation that would save the daughter of his victim. Along the way he finds fatherly love, and friendship, in the most unlikely of places.
Starring: Steve Austin, Lynda Boyd, Laura Vandervoot, Walton, Goggins, Adrian Holmes
Director: Jeff King
Folks, this is this weeks Ninja Assassin, which means, get drunk with a bunch of buddies and enjoy the fighting in the movie while not caring the story as much (I probably should think of a name for it). If ya enjoyed Stone Cold whooping ass in The Condemned, then you will enjoy this movie as its just Austin doing what he does best, kicking ass. Just one thing, there is a Blu-Ray version of the film but that is a PAL(Europe) region of the disk since the film has been release over there for awhile now, no word on a Blu-Ray release here, which is why its a perfect DVD rent for us here in the States.
Available: DVD, Blu-Ray(PAL Region)
Brothers tells the powerful story of two siblings, thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill and younger brother Tommy Cahill, who are polar opposites. Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains. At home in suburbia, the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void, and Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility by taking care of his brother’s wife and children. When Sam unexpectedly returns to the States, a nervous mood settles over the family. Sam, uncharacteristically withdrawn and volatile, grows suspicious of his brother and his wife. Their familiar roles now nearly reversed, Sam and Tommy end up facing the ultimate physical and mental challenge when they confront each other. In the shifting family dynamics, who will dominate? And how will the brothers come to terms with issues of love, loyalty, and manhood—and with the woman caught between them?
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Bailee Madison, Taylor Geare, Patrick Flueger, Sam Shepard, and Mare Winningham, Clifton Collins Jr., Josh Berry
Director: Jim Sheridan (Get Rich or Die Tryin’)
Hey look, its Bubble Boy and Spider-man in a movie together. Mostly got mixed review, heading a bit towards the positive is the reason why it gets the rent, and just like I said with The Men Who Stare at Goats, rent this if you wanted to see this film in the theater. If there is any complain, it would be that the movie may be a bit too long and a U2…yeah.
Available: Blu-Ray, DVD
The Blind Side
Teenager Michael Oher is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy. Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael–wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter–come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron, Lily Collins, and Jae Head
Director: John Lee Hancock ( The Rookie, The Alamo)
Yes folks, this is a pass. Why is it a pass since it was nominated for Best Picture? Well, it’s because we have seen this film before. It’s nothing new and special. I have had my fair share of based on sports films and I do enjoy a few of them but this one doesn’t do anything new, and I’m sure it probably wasn’t aiming for that. Either way, people will still buy this movie and hey, at least it can have sticker on it saying it has the Academy Award Best Actress on it.
Available: Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack, DVD
Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirates CoveThe fun and adventure are back! Fans of the Free Willy series will cheer this exciting family film about a baby orca who needs a friend and a girl who finds the courage to help him. After young Kirra leaves her Australian home to summer with her grandfather in South Africa, she soon discovers a baby orca stranded in the lagoon near her grandfather’s rundown seaside amusement park. She names the lonely whale Willy–and embarks on a great quest to lead the little guy back to his anxious pod before her grandfather’s greedy rival turns Willy into a captive, moneymaking attraction at his slick theme park. A little girl, a little orca and big, big fun and adventure!
Starring: Bindi Irwin, Beau Bridges, Mike Falkow
Director: Will Geiger
Yes folks, after 13 LONG years, we get Free Willy 4… WHY!?! Really, who thought this was a good idea? Most people will remember the first Free Willy but barely remembers the second and third film. I’m sure some kids will probably enjoy this but really, escape from Piratves Cove… they jumped the whale BIG TIME for this one. If there is one good thing I can say about this is that its cool that they have the late Steve Irwin’s daughter starring in this as her first film but it would have been better if she starred in something else.
Available: Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo, DVD
Anime DVD Pick of the Week:
Case Closed Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5This gets the pick of the week because for a very low price you can pick up over 100 episodes (totaling Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 all together) is a deal. The series had a short run on Adult Swim and I thought it didn’t do it justice as it was aired very late for a series that deserves more. Try looking online if this is your cup of tea or not, I just thought of giving it some justice as it is an enjoyable series.