Media | DVD Releases | Blog | Store| March 18, 2008: Welcome to this week's highlighted home video releases, focused entirely on the American market. Sorry, rest of the world.

Roundup by VsRobot | Posted March 20, 2008

Pick of the Week

Battlestar Galactica: Season 3
Battlestar Galactica is a great show. By no means is it a perfect show -- some of the mid-season episodes are simply dire -- but the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. Much like another show I enjoy, Lost, Galactica makes you stick around during the slow parts because you know the season finale make the journey worthwhile.

Also out this week

Critically-acclaimed literary adaption about the lingering after-effects of a childhood betrayal. In my humble opinin, it needs more explosions and less talking about feelings. Or maybe talking about explosions.

Bionic Woman
I watched only one episode of this series and immediately deleted my DVR subscription for the show. I've heard it got better from there, but that's not exactly a grand accomplishment. Better to be safe than sorry.

A cute fish-out-of-water story about a Disney princess who gets transported to our non-Disney world. I want to be curmudgeonly and bitter about, you know, Disney... but it actually looks appealing. I'll have to wear dark sunglasses and a hoodie when I go out to rent this one. Or maybe Netflix it with someone else's account.

I Am Legend
Will Smith is the Last Man On Earth... kind of. Unlike Atonement, this was a literary adaption I was pretty keen to see. Until, you know, I actually saw it. Read the novella instead, and then pick up a collection of author Richard Matheson's short stories. You won't be sorry. Unlike if you were to watch this movie.

The Ice Storm: Criterion
If you're a fan of the film, then this Criterion edition is a no-brainer. If you haven't seen the film, give it a shot. It's Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) at his tragic best.

Love in the Time of Cholera
This one should have been called Boring in the Time of Boringa. Another book that should have stayed on the page.

Fuck Madonna. Seriously. Guy Ritchie came out of the gate strong, giving us the two best examples of the "inspired by Pulp Fiction" crime genre, Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Then he married Madonna and made the legendarily awful Swept Away. Revolver, which sat, unreleased, on the shelf for a few years before getting dumped in theaters as a loss-cutting measure, is worse than Swept Away because I actually had hope that Ritchie would recapture the vibrancy of his earlier works. Instead, he's more interested in being oblique (he says you have to see the movie three or four times before you'll understand it, stupid movie-goer). And along with any narrative cohesion, he's apparently also lost the ability to coax good performances out of his actors. A god-awful disappointment.

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
Oh, Harry Potter. I like you and all, but all of your sycophantic little clones are starting to get on my nerves.

Southland Tales
Is this the fallen heroes edition of Add to Queue? Like Guy Ritchie, Richard Kelly made one of my favorite cult films -- in this case, the pleasingly convoluted Donie Darko. After the success of that, Kelly wrote the blisteringly bad Domino, but I had hoped that it was director Tony Scott who was most responsible for that train wreck. Alas, Southland Tales is worse than a thousand Dominos. Domino was simply content to be a bad movie, Southland Tales is irritating and frustrating, and convoluted... but in a much less-pleasing way than his earlier film.

Blu Angels

Ater last week's smorgasbord of choice, we're back to a teeny week of Blu-ray releases. Don't tell anyone, but I'll be watching the Blu-ray of Enchanted this week.

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I want to remind you can buy all of the titles discussed in the column, as well as thousands more, from my Amazon store. Every month a portion of the proceeds will go to charity. For March, I will continue to save up my commissions, and will use a minimum of 25% of my Amazon commissions to buy something from the Oakland, California hospital's Child's Play Amazon wishlist.

DVD | Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 | Atonement | Bionic Woman | Enchanted | I Am Legend | Ice Storm: Criterion | Boring in the Time of Boringa | Revolver | Seeker | Southland Tales

Blu-ray | Enchanted | I Am Legend

Cover art courtesy of Amazon, where you can purchase any of these titles. Rent all of the movies covered in the column online at Netflix. Blu-ray is the only choice for a true high definition optical disc format, as HD DVD has gone the way of Betamax. I'm not even angry. I'm being so sincere right now. Even though you broke my heart. And killed me. And tore me to pieces. And threw every piece into a fire. Thanks for reading!