Hello NerdBastards readers, it’s another Tuesday, and while it may not be about man trying to make black holes, it’s the weekly DVD Tuesday. Usually, we here at NerdBastards, we highlight what comes out and say whether if it’s a BUY, RENT, or PASS but for today, since it is the start of a new fiscal year, nothing really new is coming out other than re-releases and/or Blu-Ray release of something old. So today and possibly the next few weeks, it’ll be more of a heads up on what is released and maybe you’ll be persuade into buying something you may already own or be happy with what ya have. Also, no Anime DVD pick of the week but there is something else at the end to make up for it.
The Lord of the Ring Movie Trilogy: Theatric Edition Blu-Ray Release
The Fellowship of the Ring: Set in Middle-earth, the story tells of the Dark Lord Sauron, who is seeking the One Ring. The Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins. The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance as Frodo and eight companions form the Fellowship of the Ring, and begin their journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor: the only place where the Ring can be destroyed.
The Two Towers: Continuing the plot of The Fellowship of the Ring, it intercuts three storylines, as Frodo and Samcontinue their quest to destroy the One Ring in Mordor and meet Gollum, its former owner.Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli come across the war torn nation of Rohan as well as the resurrectedGandalf, before fighting at the Battle of Helm’s Deep, whilst Merry and Pippin escape capture and meet Treebeard, the Ent and plan an attack on Isengard.
The Return of the King: As Sauron launches the final stages of his conquest of Middle-earth, Gandalf the Wizard, andThéoden King of Rohan rally their forces to help defend Gondor’s capital Minas Tirith from the looming threat. Aragorn finally claims the throne of Gondor and summons an army of ghosts to help him defeat Sauron. Ultimately, even with full strength of arms, they realize they cannot win; so it comes down to the Hobbits, Frodo and Sam, to bear the burden of the Ring and deal with the treachery of Gollum. After a long journey they finally arrive in the dangerous lands of Mordor, seeking to destroy the One Ring in the place it was created, the volcanic fires of Mount Doom.
Starring: Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Dominic Monagham, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis
Director: Peter Jackson (King Kong, The Lovely Bones)
So you all would assume that this should be an automatic BUY because its Lord of the Rings in Hi-Def! But, few things to consider, go ahead and read this as it will explain if your a technophile/videophile. Also, if we all remember what happen before, where the extended versions of the movie came out later, well, it seems those versions of the Blu-Ray may be released sometime later when money is needed again. Now, if that doesn’t bother ya’ll at all, this set comes with 9 disks: 3 containing the movies, 3 containing the same DVD extras from the past that corresponds with each movie, and 3 containing digital copies for each film. For a very good price (Amazon has it for $60), you will get your moneys worth and if your not anal (hehe) like any technophile/videophile, then go for it.
Available: Blu-Ray 9 Disk Box Set
Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series (Re-Issue)
Battlestar Galactica is set in a distant part of the galaxy, where a civilization of humans live on a series of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies had been at war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. With the unwitting help of a human named Gaius Baltar, the Cylons launch a sudden sneak attackon the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. The approximately 50,000 human survivors flee into space aboard any spacecraft they can reach. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. Under the leadership of Colonial Fleet officer Commander William “Bill” Adama, the Battlestar Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled refuge known as Earth.
Starring: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Tahmoh Penikett, Aaron Douglas, Alessandro Juliani, Michael Trucco, Kandyse McClure
Once again, should be an automatic buy but this was released just last year (both Blu-Ray & DVD), so what’s different with this one. Two things, one is that this collection comes with the Battlestar Galactica: The Plan movie, so now the set is 21 disks. The other change is the box. Fans complained how the box was shaped and how it can’t fit in their shelves, etc. If you were one of those fans who don’t like the old box and want the new box, you can go here to get it (to US buyers only). Also, if you were hoping for the webisodes to be included, unfortunately it’s not included again. If you have been waiting out, maybe the new box will appeal to you much more and will go for it, if not, go out and buy a used copy for a much cheaper price.
The Lord of the Rings Animated Movie: Remastered Deluxe Edition
A young Hobbit named Frodo is thrown on an amazing adventure, when he is appointed the job of destroying the one ring which was created by the dark lord Sauron. He is assigned with warriors including Gandelf, Aragorn and Boromir. It’s not going to be an easy journey for the Fellowship of the Ring, on the ultimate quest to rid Middle-Earth of all evil.
Starring: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt
Director: Ralph Bakshi (Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures)
Some people liked it, some people hated it, some probably doesn’t know this exist, the old classic has been remastered for viewing for a new generation. More likely being released to cash in with the release of the Peter Jackson films. Should this be bought if your a fan, yeah why not. It was dark and could introduce a younger generation to the franchise. Reason why you should probably pass for now though is that they probably will some how release a two pack with The Hobbit animated film, which you know is better.
The ones listed above are probably the big three re-releases and next, I’m going to list movies that are being re-released as both a Blu-Ray/DVD pack. Which means, the movie that are listed is already out for both formats but now can be attained together for a nice price (about $20 or less). Here is what I thought was worth getting if you didn’t own already:
The Usual Suspects
Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story
Anime Wrestling DVD Pick of the Week:
Hart & Soul: The Hart Family Anthology
So instead of picking out an anime this week, I went on to choose this (even though it’s the only wrestling DVD coming out this week) since it’s wrestling history in 3 disks. This collection highlights one of greatest and well known wrestling families, the Harts. This will showcase Bret Hart, Jim “The Anvil” Niedhart, “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith, Owen Hart, and Stu Hart. Also, wrestlers that were trained by the Harts will appear as well, such as Chris Jericho. If anything, this is a great way to learn about the Hart family and with Bret coming back to WWE this year, you know the DVD collection is more about the love and legacy of the family and won’t be a set about trashing them (like the Ultimate Warrior DVD).
Available: 3 Disk DVD Set
Well, folks this was this weeks edition of DVD Tuesday, seems like I may be doing it this way again next week after checking whats coming out. Leave a comment if you like what I did here due to the lack of any real new release.