Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down your best bets at the video store this week. We’re still in a bit of a dry spell, but it’s getting better. Soon (nearer to the holidays) we’ll be rolling in nerdy goodies (also we get the Star Wars box set), but for now the pickings are slightly slim. Still, there are a few cool things worth checking out this week, starting with a new box set from two of the finest filmmakers at work today.
The Coen Brothers Collection: Blood Simple, Fargo, Barton Fink and Miller’s Crossing
The films of Academy Award® Winners Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are breathtakingly bold, stunningly original and marvelously entertaining. This must-own collection from these visionary filmmakers includes four iconic movies, presented in breathtaking Blu-ray high definition.
The Coen Brothers are best known as the minds who delivered flicks like No Country for Old Men and True Grit these days, but their early low budget work is just as vibrant and daring as their major films. This box set collects their first four films, including the neo-noir classic Blood Simple, the gangster epic Miller’s Crossing and the slapstick Fargo. It’s truly a showcase of their versatility and unique perspective.
The Twilight Zone: Season 5 Blu-Ray
All 36 episodes of the fifth and final season of Rod Serling’s classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high-definition for the first time ever, along with hours of new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else!
Picture if you will…owning another volume for your classic TV collection. In high def, no less.
The Herculoids: The Complete Series
It’s THE HERCULOIDS! One of the titans of old school Saturday morning cartoons has arrived on DVD for everyone’s enjoyment. If you already know who the Herculoids are, I don’t need to explain why you want this. If you don’t know who they are…trust me, you want this.
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D Blu-Ray
Now more astonishing and spectacular than ever, The Nightmare Before Christmas jumps off the screen and into your living room, immersing your family in the jaw-dropping splendor and mind-boggling fun of Disney Blu-ray 3D! Bored with the same old scare and scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere. Experience Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s uncanny tale as it comes vividly to life right before your eyes! This Blu-ray 3D combo pack includes four ways to watch: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. Disney Blu-ray 3D – magic in a new dimension.
If you really need to buy another copy of this, go for it, but it’s probably best to just rent this time.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The third film based on C.S. Lewis’s fantasy books, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens three years after the Pevensie children return from battling to restore peace to Narnia inThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are still staying with Eustace (Will Poulter), while Peter and Susan have gotten older and moved on to school and America, respectively. Still as surly and unbelieving as ever, Eustace continues to mock his cousins for their Narnian fantasies. But when water begins spilling into their room from a painting hanging on the wall, all three young people are swept onto the decks of the sailing ship known as the Dawn Treader, which is afloat in the waters of Narnia. This time, there are no wars to be fought in Narnia. But it soon becomes evident that the trio is destined to help King Caspian (Ben Barnes) solve the mystery of the disappearance of the seven lords of Telmar, and prevent the ongoing sacrifices of large groups of Narnian people to the evil green mist. So begins a quest through uncharted waters that will require each of the children to resist temptations like beauty and power, and to conquer the darkness within themselves in order to defeat the threat to Narnia’s people. The battle promises to yield unexpected heroes, and through their journey, Edmund, Lucy, Eustace, and even King Caspian and Reepicheep (voiced by Simon Pegg) each grow and mature. Eventually, Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) will ask each adventurer to make an important choice that will forever influence his or her future. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader features plenty of high adventure, sword-fighting action, and personal peril, and while it fails to fully capitalize on the characters’ motivations or to earn viewers’ full emotional investment, it is still a solid addition to the Narnia film series.
If you’re into fantasy and/or Jesus Allegory Lions, pick up this, the third installment in the Narnia series. They switched studios and lowered budgets, but it’s actually a pretty damn good flick.
Top Gun Blu-Ray
Satisfy your need for speed and launch your home theater into the jet-propelled world of the U.S. Navy’s best aviators. Tom Cruise plays Maverick, who has to struggle to control himself, responsibility and a steamy love affair (with Kelly McGillis) while competing at the Navy’s fighter-weapons school, better known as Top Gun. Anthony Edwards co-stars as Maverick’s loyal sidekick Goose, while Val Kilmer glowers as Iceman. Tony Scott directs.
It’s been 25 years since Maverick and Goose swooped into our lives, and we’ve all seen Top Gun more times than we’d care to admit. But isn’t there a part of you (sick or not) that wants to watch that beach volleyball scene in high definition? Hmm? Just once?
The Vampire Diaries Season 2
They’re back – and they’re not alone. The seductive characters of The Vampire Diaries return for a stunning 5-Disc 22-Episode Season Two. This time Elena, Stefan, Damon and the other residents of Mystic Falls are joined by sinister new blood. Released from the tomb, Katherine unleashes her personal brand of evil in a diabolical plot. The Originals – the world’s oldest and most dangerous vampires – hunt for Elena, who discovers she has a terrifying connection to their world. And now bloodsuckers aren’t the only monsters in town. On moonlit nights, werewolves roam in search of victims…including vampires, who succumb to a single werewolf bite. The Vampire Diaries: unending suspense, undying romance.
Buy it if you must, but for God’s sake don’t tell anyone about it.