The Dark Knight
I'm so tempted to just begin and end with The Dark Knight. Even stacked against a myriad of films, this sucker would hold up. In this case, Batman picked the perfect time to slide his way onto DVD shelves -- nothing else comes close to the power of Heath Ledger's Joker surrounded by the likes of Bale, Eckhart, Gyllenhaal, and Oldman. I doubt I need to extol the virtues of this film, so I'll just say: BUY IT, as a single-disc, double-disc, limited edition, or Blu-ray. Click here for all the details.
Horton Hears a Who!
But ... if you want something a bit more family oriented, Horton is the way to go. This new CG feature, based on the classic Dr. Seuss tale, was a stunning collection of famous comedic voices attached -- Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Dan Fogler, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill and Amy Poehler. Best of all -- it doesn't suck like the Grinch remake or that Cat in the Hat, as Jeffrey M. Anderson reviewed. Buy It on DVD or Blu-ray.
Note: Extreme Movie came out December 5. Do I need to even say: SKIP IT?
Man on Wire
Jumping back past 9/11 and a good 34 years, French high-wire artist Philippe Petit walked a tightrope stretched between the World Trade Center's two towers. But he actually did a lot more than just walk -- amping up the tension with knee-bends and acrobatics before reaching the other side and getting arrested. This film might be merely an account of this amazing event, but it's one done so well that critics and viewers far and wide are singing its praises. Buy It.
Same Old Song -- Before Moulin Rouge, there was Same Old Song, a comedic musical where the stars expressed their feelings with popular French songs.
In Hell -- Don't want to see Van Damme's new leaf? Go with him to hell then!
Three Short Films by Werner Herzog -- The Dark Glow of the Mountains, Ballad of the Little Soldier, and Precautions Against Fanatics
I Am Legend -- Ultimate Collector's Edition
Were you one of the few that loved this movie so very much that you can't bear the thought of NOT spending extra cash and getting tons of I Am Legend discs and a book? If so, you'll want this release, but if not, Skip It.
Beyond Will Smith's post-apocalyptic life, we've got hi-def wrenches to dodge, bombs to love, dumb people, fear, masks that don't include Jamie Kennedy, and some pretty talent dudes in law enforcement!
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Dumb and Dumber
Jet Li's Fearless
Murnau, Borzage and Fox Box Set
It'll cost you close to $200, but it's definitely worth it if you're a fan of Fox, Borzage, and Murnau. The set boasts the 12 films made by the team, a new feature-length documentary, and two coffee-table books full of photos from the films.