Looking for something good and geeky to watch? Here are this week's notable DVD and Blu-ray releases:
Up (DVD & Blu-ray)
The first fifteen minutes of this emotional Pixar smash had me in tears. (Note: the sight of a grown man crying while wearing 3D glasses is not a pretty one.) After that I couldn't help but root for Ed Asner's mean old man, his chubby wilderness explorer tag along, his giant prehistoric bird buddy, his talking dog, and his floating house. Not counting Batman & Robin, this might be the most ridiculous movie to ever make me cry.
If you really love Up, do yourself a favor and pick up the Blu-ray 4-pack. It's loaded, and it's going for less than $20 at some online retailers. (Hey, Pixarphiles, Monsters Inc. also gets a special edition Blu-ray release today.)
Near Dark (Blu-ray)
So far, only two good things have come out of the god-awful Twilight craze: Cool pictures of Dakota Fanning wearing red contact lenses, and this great down and dirty 1980s vampire flick finally hitting Blu-ray.
Yes, you probably have Stephanie Meyer's sparkly non-vamps to thank for this release – and for the absurd new cover art – but Near Dark is one of the most unsettling vampire movies of all time. (Bill Paxton's chilling performance alone will make you want to avoid anyone with a Southern accent for weeks.) An HD version deserves a spot on any genre movie lover's shelf. (It's too bad the studio skimped on the extras, though.)
More new DVD releases after the jump.
Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut (DVD & Blu-Ray)
This one weaves the animated Tale of the Black Freighter into the story to make the movie last longer than most people's college careers. Some folks are saying the previously released, and somewhat shorter, Director's Cut is better. I guess it depends on the intensity of your Watchmen fandom.
The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
This kid-friendly Doctor Who spinoff is smart and weird enough to keep most grown-up geeks interested while captivating the young ones with campy-looking aliens and robots.
The Justice League: The Complete Series (DVD)
Animator Bruce Timm gathered all that was awesome about his previous shows based on DC comics and dropped it into this incredibly entertaining superhero series. This set includes the entire runs of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. It's a bit pricey, but it's worth a buy for fans of DC's animated ventures.
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Complete Collectors Set (DVD)
More cartoons! This insane set features the entire 1980s G.I. Joe animated series and some truly large and ridiculous packaging (that only a truly large and ridiculous G.I. Joe fan could love).
Logan's Run (Blu-ray)
Watch Michael York try to cheat death and navigate his way through an incredibly cheesy-looking 23rd century in HD.
Star Wreck (DVD)
This Star Trek parody -- not to be confused with Alvin and the Chipmunk's Star Wreck! -- looks like a space porn flick without the porn and tons of C-grade computer graphics. And it's made by "a small band of Finnish Star Trek fans." As is the rule with most sci-fi parodies, proceed with caution.