Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Kevin Smith has finally broken out of the Jay and Silent Bob circle and made a romantic comedy that didn't crumble like Jersey Girl. It's cuter than Clerks 2, but thrives on brief, scene-stealing moments from high-school reunion cameos and Jason Mewes. Rent it on DVD or Blu-ray.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Most of our beloved teen fare comes when music is mixed with turmoil-filled romance and adventure, and Infinite Playlist is no exception. In fact, it hits a lot of different themes all in one -- the gross-out factor from flicks like American Pie, the quirky music loving of Empire Records, ex meddling like Some Kind of Wonderful, and a rather refreshing attitude towards sexuality. Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.
The Secret Life of Bees
A film that joins Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, and Alicia Keys, Kim Voynar said Bees is "a sweet, mostly charming coming-of-age tale that, while it doesn't particularly break any new ground with regards to the filmmaking, does an able enough job of adapting a bestselling book of the 'women's bookclub' variety for the screen." Rent it, if you like that sort of thing, on DVD or Blu-ray.
Also out: Space Buddies and Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous
Wine. France v. Napa Valley. Alan Fricking Rickman. One would think that would be enough for a rollicking adventure of fun, but survey says that Bottle Shock is "an ordinary, plodding account." Still, it's not like it's getting Gigli treatment. Stay on the lookout for the likes of Bill Pullman, Freddy Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Eliza Dushku.
Days and Clouds
From Bread and Tulips director Silvio Soldini, Clouds follows the fall from comfortable affluence to hard times as a middle-class homemaker's life flips from amateur historian and student to woman in need of money while her marriage suffers in an unfamiliar, confining apartment. It might sound mundane, but the New York Times called it "A brave film simply for daring to portray a nightmare lurking in the minds of middle-aged workers, people who might fear a film that addresses their insecurities this bluntly."
Also out: Diary of a Tired Black Man, Fat Head, Love Comes Lately
Friday the 13th
Finally, you get the international cut of the film, plus commentary and nifty new features. This won't be some super-slick looking HD experience since it's a low-budget bloodfest from 1980, but the improvements should whet your gore appetites. High-Def Digest gives a detailed rundown that results in 3 out of 5 stars. And you gotta love where and how they decided to display "uncut."
Peter Sellers' satirical classic is now available in lovely HD for its, egads, 30th anniversary. It might not be the creme de la creme of the Blu-ray world, but there's not a huge chance it ever will be. Check out details at blu-ray.com. (Also available on regular ol' DVD.)
Also out this week: Clerks 2, Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, Office Space, Sex Drive, Sideways, Space Buddies, Taxi Driver
Yentl -- Director's Extended Edition
Yentl is finally hitting DVD, and doing so with a special edition just for the film's 25th anniversary. Watch Barbra Streisand break into the Jewish boy's club alongside Mandy Patinkin and Amy Irving. There's a ton to check out in this edition, with Streisand involved in an introduction and commentary, plus deleted scenes, concept reel, rehearsals and comparisons, and more. Not too bad for the first 25.
Friday the 13th -- Check out Scott's rundown.
Collections: Alec Guinness, Natalie Wood, Peter Sellers
Retro Fare: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Brainstorm (the film made when Natalie Wood mysteriously died on that boat with Walken and Wagner), Clue, Drugstore Cowboy, Getting Straight, Gumshoe, Heartburn, The Hunter, Inside Movies, Mommie Dearest, Oliver and Company, Ordinary People, Postman's Knock, Sex and the Single Girl, Splendor in the Grass, The Wiz, Xanadu