Iron Man 2 was the first of the summer blockbusters to map out a DVD release date for itself. This week one of the first wannabe blockbusters of the season is hoping to get ahead of the game. At least that is the rumor.
THEATRICAL (& CABLE)
The Digital Bits are reporting that Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is headed home on Sept. 14, two weeks before Iron Man 2 launches. Jerry Bruckheimer's $89-million grossing video game adventure actually makes his second disappointment of the summer, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, look like the best of the Pirates films (whichever one that might be for you.) If you're desperately hungry to get your summer '10 DVD shelf started, might I suggest you wait a week for MacGruber.
Wrapping up the theatrical releases already this week we turn to the arthouses where that other Coco Chanel film (the one without Audrey Tautou) will be made available on Sept. 28. Sony's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky stars Anna Mouglalis as the fashion icon and Mads Mikkelsen is the famed composer. And you thought he was just another Fletch identity. Oscilloscope's Irish runaway drama, Kisses, (currently available On Demand) will be in stores on Oct. 26 and HBO's solid telefilm, The Special Relationship with Michael Sheen (as Tony Blair) and Dennis Quaid (as Bill Clinton) will be available on Nov. 30. Both of those will be DVD only. And that's it everyone, good night!
Actually the announcements get far more interesting as we move on. Criterion has been on a roll lately and with the rumor of a new Broadcast News edition in the works, I am positively giddy. They have just announced their October slate and it will include Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited and Ingmar Bergman's The Magician with Max Von Sydow on the 12th and then Paths of Glory and House on the 26th. The 1977 House from "ad wizard" Nobuhiko Obayashi, not the William Katt one. Yes, the one with the killer lampshade that is "calling to you" to "come home and marry me." Just to prove that the folks at Criterion haven't completely lost their rocker, they are also finally releasing Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai on Blu-ray Oct. 19. True cinephiles though could take or leave all that jive though because Universal will be releasing Smokey and the Bandit: The 7-Movie Outlaw Collection on Oct. 12. That is three theatrical Smokey flicks and four made-for-TV efforts. Take that, Stanley Kubrick!
New Video has just become the official distributor of Tribeca Enterprises and have announced six months worth of titles from their annual film festival. They will include comedian Omid Djalili in The Infidel, about a Muslim who discovers his mom was Jewish, and the acclaimed documentary from Jackass producers Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia on Oct. 26. Jay Baruchel believes he's the reincarnation of a famous Russian theorist in the comedy, The Trotsky, and Tarik Saleh's animated Orwellian noir, Metropia, debut on Nov. 16. David Russo's surreal The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is the lone December title on the 14th. Andy Serkis stars as polio-battling punk rocker, Ian Dury, in sex & drugs & rock & roll, and the romantic comedy, My Last Five Girlfriends are slated for Jan. 25, 2011. The environmental documentary, Climate of Change, and road comedy - Road, Movie - come out on Feb. 22 and a group of aging Swedish athletes form a synchronized swimming team in the comedy, The Swimsuit Issue, on Mar. 29. Hopefully SXSW can arrange a deal to distribute a number of their choice festival titles too.
Last week was a big one when our own Joe Utichi reported the news that Fox has officially unveiled their plans for the Alien Anthology box set on Oct. 26. That's all four Alien films and tons of new special features. Well, Lions Gate have their Halloween Blu-ray plans in order too and they are offering nine films with various definitions of the term "scary." For more traditional scares, they have 2001 Maniacs, The Blair Witch Project, High Tension and a double feature edition of Open Water and Open Water 2: Adrift. At least the bikini gals in the sequel will look good. If you want to see what happens when Eclipse and 30 Days of Night helmer David Slade directs a good movie, then you will pick up Hard Candy with a pre-Inception, pre-Juno Ellen Page threatening to castrate the Nite Owl, Patrick Wilson. This time for being able to get it up - with underage girls. And if you want a really scary-guys-with-penis-issues trilogy, you can see Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant, James Spader in Secretary and Val Kilmer as John Holmes in Wonderland in all their Blu-ray glory. All of these titles will be available on Oct. 5.
Halloween plans continue when Universal gives us Brett Ratner in Blu-ray, always a scary proposition. Unless that film is Red Dragon which arrives on Oct. 12. Anyone who saw the first direct-to-video Lost Boys sequel may have been traumatized enough to even disown the 1987 cult classic. Out of curiosity of bringing back the other Frog brother, Jamison Newlander, we may just be tempted to take a gander at Lost Boys: The Thirst, also on the 12th. What the hell, it can't be any worse, can it? For those still traumatized with losing their dog, the studio also bows Jay Russell's wonderful (and regressed memory stirrer) My Dog Skip on Oct. 19. And for anyone still harboring guilt over that time they led a revolt on a boat and wound up in Tahiti, the 75th Anniversary edition of the Clark Gable/Charles Laughton classic, Mutiny on the Bounty, goes Blu on Nov. 16.
Finally, details are scarce at the moment, but Vivendi (distributing for the Weinstein Co.) is listing the full experience of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse on Blu-ray Oct. 5. Edgar Wright has already tweeted doing a commentary (presumably, at least, for his contribution, "Don't", the unquestionably best of the fake trailers.)
As always for further planning, just click on the following links for a full schedule of DVD and Blu-ray releases.