Hey, friends, Shep here with the weekly DVD rundown for Tueday March 24. My pick this week (which should come as no surprise to anyone remotely familiar with me) is Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter. Let’s get started.
First on the list, we have the 22nd film in the incredibly long James Bond franchise, last fall’s Quantum of Solace. In this one, James Bond gets involved with something insanely dangerous and complicated while being suave and good-looking and having a bit of sex. It’s a bit of a departure from the normal Bond films where he’s getting involved with something insanely dangerous and complicated while while being suave and having a lot of sex. I loved Casino Royale, Martin Campbell’s fascinating reboot of the franchise that introduced us to the Daniel Craig interpretation of 007, but this direct sequel to that film (helmed by Marc Forster) left me kinda bored and listless. I’ve had better, Mr. Bond. Better luck next time.
Next on the radar is Disney’s Bolt,the animated 3-D picture from last fall that scored an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature (although it didn’t stand a chance against Wall-E). While the 3-D won’t be translating to home video, it still seems like it’s probably a cute little movie even if it does include the involvment of that damn Miley Cirus. John Travolta provides the voice of the title character, a movie-actor dog who treks cross-country when he finds himself shipped to the wrong city. Sounds like some good wholesome fun. And I mean that. Seriously. I kinda want to see it.
Also keep an eye out for a couple of classic films to be rereleased by Paramount, Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, with Hitch-favorite Cary Grant and The Odd Couple, an undisputable classic starring the incomparable team of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. We’re also getting a direct-to-video sequel to a movie that should have probably gone that route in the first place, Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White. Stirring.
The real interesting stuff this week is what’s hitting Blu-Ray. Along with Quantum of Solace, Volume Three of MGM’s James Bond Blu-Ray series is being released and will include the films Moonraker, The World is Not Enough, and Goldfinger. Also being released on Blu-Ray is that other Bond movie starring Sean Connery, the detour from the MGM franchise known as Never Say Never Again (which is also getting a DVD re-relese). The Criterion Collection is rolling out a couple more Blu-Ray title with the Francios Truffaut films, The 400 Blows and The Last Metro. Also getting a Blu-Ray release is The Fast and the Furious Trilogy. Bolt, which is getting its DVD release Tuesday, is already available on Blu-Ray, having been prematurely released on the format on Sunday.
But my pick for this week is Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, the companion piece to Zack Snyder’s terrific adaptation in theaters now. If you’ve read the original book, then you’ll know that Black Freighter is the comic within the comic, creating a story to parallel the larger story in Watchmen.
This DVD/Blu-Ray release is an animated short film adapting the Black Freighter comic as it was presented in the original graphic novel. Also on the DVD is a documentary version of Hollis Mason’s (Nite Owl I) tell-all book Under the Hood and to be honest, this may end up being the best thing about the package. I’m looking extremely forward to it and will be picking it up this week and reviewing it in my “Slide THIS in Your Machine” article on Friday. Be there.
All of these titles will be available Tuesday, March 24.
Buy Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter on DVD HERE.