DVD Pick of the Week 12/02/08

wanted movie cov not final 184x300There are many great DVDs coming out this week, and I know you still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping (at least I haven’t), so I’ve come up with some ideas for you.

There are several movies being rereleased on BluRay this week including:

  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Austin Powers Collection: Shagadelic Edition Loaded With Extra Mojo
  • Casablanca
  • Home Alone
  • Sin City

There are also several TV Shows being released on DVD this week including:

  • Perry Mason – The Third Season – Vol. 2
  • Metalocalypse – Season 2
  • Saturday Night Live – The Complete Fourth Season
  • Law and Order: The Sixth Year
  • Mythbusters: Big Blasts Collection
  • Best of Password

Of course what you really want to know about is what new releases are coming out this week.

First off we have The X-Files: I Want to Believe. I loved the original series, specifically watching it with friends in college. I can remember my friend Suzanne running into my dorm room and excitedly describing an episode I missed scene by scene. Of course, the last few seasons of the show didn’t quite live up to the earlier seasons, especially after David Duchovny left. But Mulder and Scully are back! According to IMDB:

“Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.”

If you’re a fan of the X-Files and you’re looking for new adventures with Mulder and Scully, you’ll love this movie, but if you’re looking for a wrap-up or an ending to the series you’ll be disappointed. This movie is a throwback to the earlier episodes of the series, it’s creepy, it’s dark, it’s a fun ride. Check it out.

Next up is Will Ferrell’s latest, Step Brothers. Step Brothers brings Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly back together, this is the same duo from the hit Talladega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Farrell and Reilly play two child-like adults who rebel after their parents marry and move in together. According to Amazon:

“Brennan Huff, a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy. Dale Doback, a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert. When Robert and Nancy marry and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that maybe, just maybe, will finally get them out of the house.”

Some say that this movie is a return to form for Will Ferrell after the lack-luster Semi-Pro, others say it’s a new low for Ferrell. This film might not be Anchorman, but it’s a funny movie, and you’ll like if you’re a fan of Ferrell.

jolie wanted 285x300And last but not least, our DVD Pick of the Week is Wanted. Wanted is based on the comic by Mark Miller which was released in 2003 and 2004. According to IMDB:

“A young man finds out his long lost father is an assassin. When his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father’s old organization and trained by a man named Sloan to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

The anxious, clumsy and abused office clerk Wesley Allan Gibson has a boring routine life: he has a cruel boss who constantly humiliates him and his girlfriend cheats on him with his colleague and best friend. When he meets the sexy Fox, Wesley is informed that his father was a professional killer that belonged to an ancient organization called the Fraternity and was killed by the skilled and powerful Cross, a hit-man that has betrayed the Fraternity. Wesley learns that his anxiety actually is a manifestation of his latent abilities and he joins the society under the command of Sloan. Trained by Fox, he changes his personality and attitude, while being prepared to face the dangerous Cross and find a hidden secret.”

This movie is reminiscent of the Matrix, it’s action from beginning to end. Of course, there’s one other thing that I know you can’t resist and that’s Angelina Jolie. So we’ve got action, special effects and Angelina Jolie so I say sit back and enjoy the ride.

Also available this week:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • White Dog<
  • More…