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Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the best buys at your local video store this week, for the nerdy appetite. This week, along with being a very vintage themed must-have list, there is also some very definite “pass-worthy” movies. Oh, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes out later this week *yawn*, Sep. 30th.

Hit the jump and check out this weeks releases

Buy:

Ben Hur: 50th Anniversary (Blue-ray/DVD)

This epic remake of the 1926 film features Heston as the title character, a wealthy Jew whose former childhood friend, a Roman, causes him to lose everything. He eventually gets his revenge in the film’s spectacular chariot race. This tale tells the classic lesson played out in every great epic-film. Friends from childhood are super close, than one of them becomes a douche. Betrayal soon ensues, and vengeance is sought.

This tale tells the classic lesson played out in every great epic-film. Friends from childhood are super close, than one of them becomes  a douche. Betrayal soon ensues, and vengeance is sought. By all means this film, during the time in which it was made, clearly is a must have collection for fans of 300 and The Gladiator.

Special Features:

DISCS 1 AND 2: MOVIE
The 1959 Winner of a Record-Setting 11 Academy Awards®* – Including Best Picture, Actor (Charlton Heston) and Director (William Wyler) – Restored Frame by Frame from the Original 65MM Camera Negative and Remastered in Stunning 1080p High Definition for Maximum Picture and Audio Clarity
Commentary by Film Historian T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston
Music-Only Track Showcasing Miklos Rozsa’s Award-Winning Score
Theatrical Trailers
DISC 3: SPECIAL FEATURES
NEW FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY CHARLTON HESTON & BEN-HUR: A PERSONAL JOURNEY
Retrospective on the Ben-Hur Star Written and Directed by His Son Fraser C. Heston,Featuring Never-Before-Available Images and Footage from the Heston Family Archives
THE 1925 SILENT VERSION – Thames Television
Restoration with Stereophonic Orchestral Score by Carl Davis
Vintage Documentaries Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema and Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic
Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures – Audiovisual Recreation Via Stills, Storyboards, Sketches, Music and Dialogue
Screen Tests
Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards® Telecast
Newsreels
MONUMENTAL COLLECTIBLES!
CHARLTON HESTON: THE BEN-HUR DIARIES
Reproduction of Charlton Heston’s Personal and Insightful Diary from January 1958 to April 1960, Chronicling His Time Before Production Started Through the Academy Awards
EXCLUSIVE BOOK WITH RARE PHOTOS, PRODUCTION ART AND REPRODUCTIONS FROM THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL PRESSBOOK

 

Footloose: Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray)

In this lively adolescent-oriented musical, a city kid attempts to adapt to life in an ultra-conservative backwater Midwestern town. Once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have outlawed rock & roll and dancing.

Even though this pick may seem corny as hell, this film is a must get for Kevin Bacon’s mad dancing skills, and for the random tractor version of “chicken”. You may or may not like this film, but it is one of the staples of the classic film era. Plus, you must respect the bacon! RESPECT & BUY IT! All Hail Bacon!

Special Features:

Commentary by Craig Zadan and Dean Pitchford
Commentary by Kevin Bacon
“Let’s Dance!” Kevin Bacon on Footloose (HD)
From Bomont to the Big Apple: An Interview with Sarah Jessica Parker (HD)
Remembering Willard (HD)
Kevin Bacon’s Screen Test (HD)
Kevin Bacon Costume Montage (HD)
2004 DVD Archive
Theatrical Trailer (HD)

The Blood Trilogy (Blu-ray)

This box set includes three of pioneering gore-meister Herschell Gordon Lewis’s bloody masterpieces. BLOOD FEAST: Schlock king Herschell Gordon Lewis’ magnum opus about an affluent Florida suburb terrorized by Fuad Ramses, an Isis-worshipping psychopathic caterer who tries to resurrect the spirit of the goddess by preparing a ritual feast of human organs. His intended dessert is former Playboy Playmate Mason, who, during one scene, reads her lines from a script on a nearby coffee table. Arguably the first horror movie to feature explicit gore. Also features a gripping tympani score composed and performed by Lewis himself. Incalculable historical and cult value. 2000 MANIACS: Three couples on a cross-country trip are detoured off the main road and find themselves in the middle of a strange ghost town populated by civil war casualties. They’re all about to earn a red badge of courage. COLOR ME BLOOD RED: A demented artist finds that his paintings sell better when he uses actual human blood for his red pigments. Not wanting to use his own vital fluids, the artist begins killing his models and disemboweling them when his red paint supply runs low. Our must-buy list ends with this trilogy that is just in time for the holidays.

Gore, hacked off limbs, and females torn to bits, these films will have you looking for a wastebaskets and females giving gentleman some leery glares for a while. By all means, with Halloween just around the corner, who wouldn’t want to see vintage horror films that bring us back to the good old days of gory-horror cinema. Fans of Herschell Gordon Lewis shouldn’t pass up on such a steal for such great, and slightly vomit inducing films.

Special Features:

3 audio commentaries by Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman
Outtakes
Carving Magic with William Kerwin and Harvey Korman
Blood Feast theatrical trailer
Two Thousand Maniacs theatrical trailer
Color Me Blood Red theatrical trailer
Galleries of exploitation art

Rent:

 

 

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Blu-ray/DVD)

The interstellar war between the Autobots and Decepticons shifts into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime (voice of Leonard Nimoy) in this sequel from director Michael Bay. Only a precious handful of officials in the government and military realize that the 1969 moon mission was the result of an event that threatened profound repercussions for the entire human race. When the Apollo 11 astronauts discover the wrecked remains of Sentinel Prime on the surface of our natural satellite, they bring him back to planet Earth. But Sentinel Prime wasn’t the only alien object on the moon, and when a malevolent new enemy makes its presence known, only the Autobots can save humankind from certain destruction.

Despite being obviously better than the two films prior, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is by all means a weekend-rental, and not a film to own. Over two hours in length, this film has its high points, but unless you are a die-hard fan of everything Transformers your best bet is to take two or so hours of one day than saddling yourself in for continuous viewings.

Special Features:

NONE! If you like any special features at all do not buy this version. They are doing the same thing as Avatar. This release gets a full price but absolutely zero special features. Not so much as a trailer. They will be putting out deluxe versions toward the end of the year including a 3D combo pack, blu ray combo pack & dvd.

Cleveland Show Season 2 (DVD)

Join Cleveland Brown and his uproariously irreverent family and friends for another dose of hilarious animated madness! This time around, the Stoolbend bunch hits the road, with wild adventures in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Hawaii. Featuring 22 outrageous episodes and a stellar line-up of all-star guests, including the cast of Glee, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake – as a singing booger – Season Two of The Cleveland Show has it all!

This show, which by all means has the paralleled humor stylings of “Family Guy” is good enough to quickly pass the time, but not long-lasting enough to own just yet. Give another season or two, and the shows comedic rhythm will make it worth raining dollar bills all over it like a money machine (those are soo much fun).

Special Features:

None I could find.

MIMIC (Blu-ray+ Digital Copy)

While one would imagine that the average New Yorker would be used to dealing with bugs after years of apartment dwelling, a scientific experiment gone wrong results in an insect that even Raid can’t handle in this sci-fi/horror thriller. In Manhattan, cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease that is claiming hundreds of the city’s children, so entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) uses genetic engineering techniques to create what she and her colleague (and husband) Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam) call the Judas Breed, a large insect that will feed on the disease carrying roaches. Since the Judas bugs have been designed so that they can’t breed, the mutated species should die out in a matter of a few years. However, Susan, Peter, and their staff severely underestimated the cockroach’s ability to adapt to its conditions. The Judas Breed has indeed found a way to reproduce itself, but more importantly, the insect has grown remarkably large (sometimes reaching six feet in length), has developed a taste for meat, and can mimic the appearance and behavior of other creatures with uncanny accuracy — including humans. Susan and Peter have learned that huge swarms of the Judas Breed are living beneath the city in the subway system, and with the help of Leonard (Charles S. Dutton), a transit system employee who knows the labyrinth of subway tunnels like the back of his hand, they search out the humanoid insects before they can take over the city.

While feeling very much like a rip off of “Aliens” this Gabriel Del Torro film, which spawned many a sequel after, is a reasonable film to watch in higher resolution. The bugs will be creepier, the scary orchestra music will be…scarier, and Guillermo Del Torro’s awesomeness will shine true.

Special Features:

Video Prologue with director Guillermo del Toro
Audio commentary with director/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro
“Reclaiming Mimic” featurette
“A Leap In Evolution – The Creatures of Mimic” featurette
“Back Into The Tunnels – Shooting Mimic” featurette
Deleted scenes
Storyboard animatics
Gag reel
Theatrical Trailer

Pass:

 

How I Met Your Mother Season 6

The more things change, the more things get interesting in this all-new hilarious season of How I Met Your Mother. Ted’s (Josh Radnor) search for “the one” continues while Marshall and Lily (Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan) hope to become parents, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) makes an uproariously awkward attempt to find his real father, and Robin (Cobie Smulders) finally feels like a true New Yorker. Featuring epic guest stars like Katy Perry and Jorge Garcia as “The Blitz,” Season Six is filled with just plain awesomeness.

The series is now on its sixth year and I still have no idea how Ted met his son’s mother nor do I care…its been picked up for two more seasons, and I’m just praying to the CBS Gods (‘cause CBS cares) that they just get this over and done with already. What makes this prolongment even more tragic is that Barney jokes….are starting to get old. Kind of like “Joey” jokes from Friends after the fifth season.

Special Features:

hilarious never-before-seen footage including deleted scenes
featurettes
a gag reel
commentaries
an extended performance of “Stand By Me” and much more

 

Also out this week, but not worth are our attention: The Phantom Carriage, Carlos, CSI Crime Scene (S11), CSI Miami (S9) CSI: NY (S7) Law and Order SVU (S12) The Middle (S2), Hung (S2)

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