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DVD Tuesday 5/18/10: Let’s Rent Again

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It’s a Tuesday and you know the drill. We here at NerdBastards list out what Blu-Ray/DVD release came out and recommend what is a BUY, RENT, and PASS. We got a few releases and will have the Old Stuff is New Again section. No TV Show DVD Worth Checking Out section and the Anime Pick of The Week is sorta modified for the week because I’m not going to recommend another Dragon Ball release. See what came out after the jump.

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The Messenger

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In his first leading role, Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia, to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband’s death, Will’s emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

Starring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, and Eamonn Walker.
Directed by: Oren Moverman

Why watch a “war” movie that doesn’t have the action scenes of war? Well, for the story and Woody Harrelson, who does a fantastic job and he will surely keep ya entertained throughout the film. If you have been itching for a good story and have the time, try checking this movie out.

Available: Blu-Ray, DVD

Invictus

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Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

Starring: Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
Directed by: Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby)

Maybe serious is the theme for the movies that is recommended for rent because this is another one of those. Although, it may not be as strong a Gran Torino, it still is a movie worth checking out as both Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon does a fantastic job.

Available: Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy, DVD

PASS

Extraordinary Measures

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From his working class roots, John Crowley has finally begun to taste success in corporate America. Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. With Aileen by his side, harnessing all of his skill and determination, Crowley teams up with a brilliant, but unappreciated and unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill. Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight against the system – and time. But, at the last minute, when it appears that a solution has been found, the relationship between the two men faces a final test – the outcome of which will affect the fate of John’s children.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, and Courtney B. Vance.
Directed by: Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas)

While I may have said serious may be the theme today, this movie may be a bit too serious. While it may have the actors to make the movie work, the movie pretty much show audience how the world really works. The movie is trying to send a message to the world about pompe disease but I don’t think the movie may be worth suffering through to get the message.

Available: Blu-Ray, DVD

The Spy Next Door

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When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!

Starring: Jackie Chan, Madeline Carroll, Alina Foley, George Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, Amber Valletta, and Katherine Boecher.
Directed by: Brian Levant (Are We There Yet?, Snow Dogs)

Oh Jackie, how the mighty have fallen. While this may be a cute and fun movie for the kids, it really won’t do much for the older audience. If the film does anything, it just makes ya a bit worried for the upcoming Karate Kid re-make, you know, the re-make where the kid learns KUNG-FU and not KARATE! That said, if ya have a kid thats younger than 10 years old, maybe rent this, either way, it’s a pass.

Available: Blu-Ray/DVD, DVD

Valentine’s Day

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An all-star ensemble cast comes together in Valentine’s Day, which follows the intertwining storylines of a diverse group of Los Angelenos as they navigate their way through romance and heartbreak over the course of one Valentine’s Day. Couples and singles experience the pinnacles and pitfalls of finding, keeping or ending relationships in a day in the life of love.

Starring: Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Taylor Swift, and Julia Roberts.
Directed by: Garry Marshall (The Princess Diaries, Pretty Women)

“Wow the movie has all these famous actors and actress, it has to be good.” Well, while it may have a huge cast, the film is nothing more than a huge cluster #*(%. If you were going to check out this film, then check out the British version of the film, Love Actually, as it may be a bit more tolerable and it has Mr. Bean in it.

Available: Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy, DVD

Old Movies Are New Again: This is a list of old films being re-released as Blu-Ray that were worth a mention.

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Outlander
Carlito’s Way
Appleseed
Black Sheep/Tommy Boy

Kaiju Pick of the Week

Gamera: The Giant Monster

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Instead of an anime to pick out this week, I figure I would pick another thing from Japan out. This week, we see the re-release of the first film, in it’s remaster glory, Gamera. This fire breathing, fly-spinnning, giant turtle one of Japan’s favorites and some considered as Godzilla’s rival and is definitely worth checking out.

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