The shaggy-haired looks of its leads are about the only thing our two spotlighted DVD releases this week share in common. 'Year One' is broad comedy set in biblical times, while 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil' is a music doc about the greatest Canadian heavy metal band you've never heard of. Get the full scoop on this week's DVD releases, plus our recommendations from weeks' past. 'Year One'
What It's About: It's a biblical comedy, sure, but hunter-gatherers Zed (Jack Black) and Oh (Michael Cera) can't possibly be more than one step removed from monkeys in the evolution chain. After being banished from their village, they set off on misadventures across the holy land.
It's Kind of Like: 'History of the World: Part I' meets 'Dumb and Dumber'
What We Say: Black and Cera are both talented comic actors that have given us plenty of hearty laughs over the years, but as a pair they languish in this dud. The painfully unfunny comedy -- the kind that makes you feel sorry for all involved -- is a top candidate for year's absolute worst. Then again, if you like "peeing on your own face" jokes...
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'Anvil! The Story of Anvil'
What It's About: Documentarian Sacha Gervasi brings us the true story of the greatest Canadian heavy metal band you've never heard of. Twenty-five years after inspiring the likes of Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth -- but never making it big themselves -- over-the-hill rockers Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner still plug away.
It's Kind of Like: A real-life 'This Is Spinal Tap' (or a less hostile 'Metallica: Some Kind of Monster')
What We Say: This widely acclaimed but criminally underseen doc lives up to the hype. It's funny, tender, touching and inspiring – and even at times, like a hilarious bromance. 'Anvil!' is a can't-miss, especially for music lovers.
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Other October 6 DVD Releases:
'My Life in Ruins'
'Not Quite Hollywood'
'Trick 'R Treat'
'Assassination of a High School President'
Ken Burns: 'National Parks'
'My Fair Lady'