Weekly Digital Disc Picks – April 20, 2010

Feedback was strong on last week’s format, so that’s the one we’ll stick with.

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
44 Inch Chest DVD Blu-Ray
Avatar DVD Blu-Ray/DVD combo
Blaine: There are two important points about the Avatar release. First of all, it actually comes out on Earth Day, Thursday April 22. Secondly, there are virtually no extras on this release. With an extended edition (extended by 12 minutes) due in theatres in July, I believe it’s safe to assume that an extra-laden edition will be available in time for Christmas.
Basketball Diaries Blu-Ray
Batman series (Tim Burton era) Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin
Blaine: All of these have already been reviewed: Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.
Battleship Potemkin Blu-Ray
Bleach Vol. 27 DVD
Crazy Heart DVD Blu-Ray
Cheech and Chong’s Hey Watch This! DVD Blu-Ray
Dojin Work Complete DVD
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie DVD
The F Word – Season Four DVD
Falcon Crest: Season One DVD
Fist of Legend Blu-Ray
Alex: This is a re-make of the Bruce Lee film Fist of Fury, which was originally released in the US as The Chinese Connection, and one which tones down the anti-Japanese sentiment of the original film.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Season One DVD
K-20: Fiend With Twenty Faces DVD
Alex: Live-Action Japanese film based (loosely) on a character created by Edogawa Rampo – specifically the arch-rival of his detective character, Kogoro Akechi.
Lovely Bones DVD Blu-Ray
Merlin: Complete Season One DVD
Minority Report Blu-Ray
Naruto Shippuden: Box Set 2 Regular and Special editions
Orlock the Vmapire 3D DVD
Blaine: Near as I can figure, this is F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu transformed into a 3D title.
Otogi Zoshi: Collection of Ages DVD
Alex: Series about a group of 5 people attempting to gather 5 magatama (special kinds of beads), in an attempt to save Tokyo from destruction in the Heian period.
Perry Mason, Season 5 Volume 1 DVD
Le Portrait De Petite Cossette: Complete Collection DVD
Alex: Psychological horror OVA series about an artist becoming obsessed over an image in a painting, which turns out to be alive.
Summer Hours (Criterion Collection) DVD Blu-Ray
TNA Wrestling: Cross the Line 3-Pack DVD
Contains the PPVs Turning Point 2009, Final Resolution 2009, and Against All Odds 2010.
Transformers: Seasons Three and Four DVD
Vivre Sa Vie (Criterion Collection) DVD Blu-Ray
Xena: Warrior Princess Season One DVD
Young Victoria DVD Blu-Ray

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “if you read my review of Avatar, then it shouldn’t surprise you that this is my pick of the week.” Blaine says, “I admit, I haven’t seen Avatar yet. By the time my work schedule allowed it, it was off the 3D IMAX screens that it was made for, and the July reissue had already been announced, so that’s my plan. Going by the rest, the Batman movies are all I’ve seen, but I can’t even recommend the first of those very strongly in the post-Batman Begins and Dark Knight world.”

8 replies on “Weekly Digital Disc Picks – April 20, 2010”

  1. Jethro says:

    Watching “Avatar” in 2-D is like watching “Jurassic Park” with claymation. Totally pointless. Nobody watched either of those for the plot. I’m not bashing it – I saw it several times an enjoyed the hell out of it, but it’s really a “wow!” kind of thing, a new technology and movie making technique kind of thing.

  2. I afraid to watch Avatar. I didn’t see it in the theaters, and I’ve heard that it’s like that blond at the bar; Great to look at, but don’t expect much more. That said, we have an 18 month old baby, so seeing it means a babysitter, and we hate dumping our kid on anyone. Do we bother to watch it at home, knowing it’s nothing like the experience at the 3d IMAX showing, but at least we know what people are talking about, or do we wait until they release it in the theater when Inara’s old enough to stay with her sister and they’re re-releasing it?

    • Jethro says:

      See my above comment. I wouldn’t bother seeing it not in 3D. I mean, it’s still a somewhat-over-long cgi-laden somewhat-self-indulgent scifi adventure movie, but to me the whole point of that movie was the medium. You know, even if it WAS out in 3D at home, I wouldn’t bother watching it on a screen that’s less than immersive.

      • mjcohen says:

        I have to watch it in 2d, since I don’t see 3d – I see separate images from each eye which are not fused. I have seen it twice, once in imax and once on a regular screen and enjoyed it both times.
        It’s not great, but it is enjoyable.

  3. Fez says:

    *cough*cough*AvatarMoneyGrabRerelease*cough*cough*

    Sorry, had to clear my throat. :-)

  4. I’ve just learned that the first season of Relic Hunter is also available this week, in a release exclusive to Canadian markets. It’s still region one, so U.S. viewers can pick it up here and still watch it. There will be similar Canada-exclusive releases for the rest of Relic Hunter, The (New) Outer Limits, Psi Factor and the unreleased season of Earth: Final Conflict which appear to be coming out in monthly intervals. I’ll get the rest in the columns themselves.

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