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DVD Tuesday 6/7/10

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It’s a Tuesday once again and ya’ll know the drill. We here at NerdBastards list out what came out today and recommend if ya should either BUY, RENT, or PASS on the product. We got the usual Old is New and the TV Show DVD section. Also, the debut of the LOL Release of the Week, where we’ll inform of a movie that is either a rip-off of a current popular franchise or just something really outrageous that needs to be known. Check after the jump to see what came out.

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Shutter Island

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Shutter Island is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, and Max von Sydow.
Directed by: Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Casino)

Another Scorsese and DiCaprio pairing that lead to a pretty good film. While some would say the story may be predictable, it is the ride that the audience goes through and thus why the movie is worth a rent as Scorsese does a good job to entertain us. If ya have the time, and I do mean time as it clocks in at 137 minutes, check it out. DVD has no extras on it while the Blu-Ray doesn’t have much other than two featurette which furthers the rent tag.

Available: Blu-Ray, DVD

Not the Messiah

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Something completely different is all well and good, but for Monty Python fans, there are few greater joys than hearing even for the umpteenth time a rousing live rendition of the troupe’s adopted theme, “The Liberty Bell” march, or singing along to a bagpipes-enhanced “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and “The Lumberjack Song.” These pleasures frame Eric Idle and John Du Prez’s 2007 comic “baroque and roll” oratorio inspired by Monty Python’s Life of Brian. “Chaos and Confusion” (from the opening movement of the same name) reign in the first quarter hour, but things pick up once the hapless Brian Cohen (William Ferguson) enters the picture. For the uninitiated: “He’s not the chosen one / Not the hero of his race / He’s just a wrong man at the wrong time in the wrong place.” The oratorio’s best bits are lifted from the film, particularly “What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us,” “The People’s Front of Judea,” and “Individuals,” in which Brian tries to persuade his eager would-be followers that he is not the Messiah. Some of the jokes are inspired (“Is it A.D. yet?” “About a quarter to”). Others are nudge-nudge, say-no-more groan-worthy (“She was great with child / And not too bad without”). Not the Messiah is an easy-to-Handel mad mash-up of musical styles, including gospel, Gilbert & Sullivan, doo-wop, and Bob Dylan. In their fleeting bits, fellow Pythons Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam (as well as the ever-ravishing Carol Cleveland) are given rock star welcomes. This lavish 2009 live performance at London’s venerable Royal Albert Hall commemorating Python‘s 40th anniversary, and featuring the not-at-all-shabby BBC Symphony and Chorus, may not have the kick or star power of Spamalot, but it is funny enough, at times lovely enough, and above all, silly enough to take its rightful place at the PythonRound Table. –Donald Liebenson

It’s Monty Python giving you a reason to watch an oratorio. If ya like The Life of Brian, you will love checking this out as basically this is the musical version of it, just like Spamalot, and listening to the Lumberjack song in an epic scale is just too awesome to miss. So give it a rent to see if it’s your thing or not and hey, this may be a good Fathers Day present for some folks out there.

Available: Blu-Ray, DVD

From Paris with Love

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A personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he’s offered his first senior-level assignment, he can’t believe his good luck – until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax. A trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack, Wax leads James on a white-knuckle shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he’s a target of the same crime ring they’re trying to bust, he realizes there’s no turning back…and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive.

Starring: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, and Richard Durden.
Directed by: Pierre Morel ( Taken, The Transporter as Cinematographer)

Why does this get a rent title you ask? Well, it has a decent story and hey, it’s this weeks get drunk with buddies and check the action scene out flick. When there is action, it is pretty much gun porn and for 90 minutes, it should keep you and your drunken friends entertained for the time being.

Available: Blu-Ray/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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TV Show DVD Worth Checking Out:

The A-Team: The Complete Series

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“Ten years ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire The A-Team. Be a part of The A-Team like never before as the complete series arrives on DVD in this action-packed, 25-disc set. The iconic Mr. T stars as B.A., who joins forces with Hannibal, Murdock and Face to take down the bad guys in five explosive seasons. Groundbreaking, exciting and always fun, The A-Team remains an indelible part of television history and is the adventure that The New York Times proclaimed “a sensational hit.”

Available: 25 Disk Box Set

Ghostwriter: Season One

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He is a ghost, and he writes to us . . . Ghostwriter! Jamal is just an ordinary kid in Brooklyn, playing on his computer, when he begins receiving strange and mysterious messages. Who or what is trying to communicate with him by manipulating letters and words? It must be a Ghostwriter! Luckily, Jamal is not alone. Lenni, Alex, Gabby, Tina and Rob can also see Ghostwriters messages! The teens team up to solve a rash of mysteries plaguing their neighborhood. What is a Thabto? Who burned down Mr. Brinkers store? Why is everyone at the community garden getting sick? Following the clues and solving these mysteries puts them closer to helping Ghostwriter figure out who he is. Developed by the Childrens Television Workshop, the creative force behind Sesame Street, Ghostwriter aired on PBS between October 1992 and February 1995. Created to improve literacy and writing skills, the shows intelligent blend of thrilling adventure and friendship captured the imagination of a generation of readers.

Available: 5 Disk Box Set

Jim Henson’s Dog City: The Movie

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DOG CITY: THE MOVIE is an Emmy® award-winning Jim Henson’s Comedy Classic. Directed by Jim Henson, this parody of the film noir gangster films takes us through the busy but dangerous town of Dog City, teeming with colorful Muppet Dog characters. Rowlf the dog is your guide through the underside of canine life during the 1930s in Dog City. Our hero, Ace, enters the world of bulldog gangsters and terrier molls when he inherits a saloon, “The Doghouse,” from his late Uncle Harry. Unwilling to pay protection money, Ace finds himself the target of Bugsy, a bulldog bully who owns most of Dog City, and also happens to be one of the foremost proponents of senseless violence. Ace also comes nose to nose with a beautiful runaway collie named Colleen. Colleen and Ace team up to take on Bugsy and his thugs in the tumultuous, dog-eat-dog world of Dog City.

Available: DVD

Curb Your Enthusiasm

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The wait is over – Larry David is back! In Season 7, Larry contemplates his future with an ailing Loretta, and decides on a novel approach to winning back Cheryl. In addition to Larry finding himself embroiled in the usual cauldron of self-made crises, he orchestrates a reunion with the entire cast of Seinfeld!

Just look at that box set for the A-Team, its got Mr. T in the Van fool! Amazon got this 25 Disk set for a good price for you fans to buy. The second set featured on this list was a little show from the 90s and maybe just buying this show will give hope to other shows from the 90s having a DVD release. The third set may say movie, but its really a collection of the live action scenes from the Muppet Hour put into one. It only says movie because it is to separate itself from the cartoon series of Dog City. The last set has Larry back in funny adventure and hey, it has the Seinfeld episode.

LOL Release of the Week: where we’ll inform of a movie that is either a rip-off of a current popular franchise or just something really outrageous that needs to be known.

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Kyle Finn is just an ordinary college kid. He bites off more than he can chew when he accepts a position working with Dr. Arthur Blake, a bio-mech engineer. Kyle tests the new metal helmet and suit for Blake. But the experiment goes wrong and Blake is murdered by evil weapons dealer, Sebastian Reed. Kyle is locked in the suit and can t get out. Blake appears to him as an A.I. program in the helmet and helps Kyle escape. Now, Reed will stop at nothing to find Kyle and the Metal Suit. He murders Kyle s parents and kidnaps his girlfriend, Julie. Only the beautiful Dr, Marissa Lee, who also wants revenge on Reed for killing her father, can help Kyle. Together, they will learn the awesome powers of the suit, force-fields, invisibility, morphing and more! But they will need them all to fight off Reed s ninja henchman and his ultimate secret weapon, the Mecha Terror robot, programmed for one thing… to destroy Kyle Finn… a.k.a. Metal Man!

Hey look, Iron Man 2 came out on DVD….wait, thats not Iron Man, its Metal Man! That’s right folks, a month later and we finally get out Iron Man 2 rip-off. I’m just wondering why this wasn’t released when the first one came out. I can only hope that this will air on Syfy soon as just reading the info above, it makes it sound more of a rip-off of Guyver.

Available: DVD

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