On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Jan 18, 2011

Here are a few of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases that will be available this week.

Justified: The Complete First Season – My in-laws love this show. I’ve seen one or two episodes and I have to agree, it’s pretty good. Timothy Olyphant is great, like always, and it has an interesting premise.  Kind of a Walker Texas Ranger meets Law and Order.  Sounds odd, but it’s oddly good.

Stone – I could watch a three hour movie of Edward Norton painting his house and think it’s better than half the movies I’ll watch this year. Add in DeNiro and you had me at ‘Hello’. I know a lot of people really didn’t like their last movie, The Score, directed by Frank Oz, but I really liked it and I think this looks just as good. I would’ve seen this movie in theaters last year if I hadn’t been sick that week.

Buried – Ryan Reynolds can do no wrong. I’ve loved watching him in movies since I first saw him in the TV show Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place (with Capt Hammer himself, Nathan Fillion!).  He has great charisma and comic timing.  This particular movie has a great premise and I look forward to seeing how it all plays out on screen.  It’s such a different movie than his upcoming Green Lantern.  Reynolds has another small DVD release this week called Paper Man with Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone.  I know nothing about it, but it has a great cast.

Takers – The existence of this movie completely baffles me.  It looks like it was filmed in 1992, then lost, then the studio found it underneath the couch cushions and decided to go ahead and release it.  Chris Brown? TI? Paul Walker?  I’m supposed to want to see this movie? What the hell is up with Hayden’s ridiculous hat? And having Hayden and Paul in the same movie is redundant.  I guess they wanted this movie to be redundantly awful.

Death Race 2
Death Race 2 – Okay, I’m going to admit this.  I enjoyed Statham in the remake of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000. It was dumb, but it was a ton of fun.  As for this direct-to-DVD sequel, my first reaction was…really? But looking at it closer; the origin story of Frankenstein, starring Luke Goss , Sean Bean and Ving Rhames and a bunch of hot ladies.  I have to say, at the very least, I’m intrigued.  Say what you want, I’m cautiously optimistic about this movie.

Hey Vern
Hey Vern It’s Ernest: The Complete Series – I love that this is now on DVD.  And, appropriately, we are featuring this show in today’s Lost Signals.

The Dogfather
The Dogfather – Chris Parnell, let’s talk, buddy. Is this why you left SNL? To make The Dogfather and a bunch of Dr Pepper commercials?  *shakes head* You are better than this.  Seriously.

Sean Connery Collection
Sean Connery 007 Collection Volume 1 – In case you haven’t already bought the other 6 releases of the early Bond movies.  Here you go.  Plus, you can’t have enough Sean Connery on your DVD shelves (or, in your life, really).  Now we begin the waiting game for Zardoz and Outland to hit Blu-Ray.

Written by Paxton Holley

A funny, ridiculously awesome guy who sometimes likes to wear pants, Paxton can regularly be found at his pop culture/humor blog Cavalcade of Awesome or co-hosting the Nerd Lunch and Cult Film Club podcasts.

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