On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Apr 5, 2011

Some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for this week.

Tron-Tron Legacy DVD
Tron/Tron: Legacy combo pack – The big release for the Clubhouse this week: both Tron movies.  You can also get Tron: Legacy and the original Tron separately. I personally own the now out of print 20th Anniversary Tron DVD from 2002.  I feel the same about both movies.  Visually spectacular, but a little slow to develop in the story.  I enjoyed Legacy enough that I want to see another Tron movie.  Jeff Bridges is awesome as Flynn but I wanted more “User Flynn” with godlike powers in the sequel.  And Garrett Hedlund was uninteresting wrapped in a blanket of boring as Sam.  He reminded me a lot of the non-entity that is Sam Worthington.  Regardless, the concept is cool enough that I want more.  If I had all the money in the world I’d get the Identity Disc packaging.

Batman Beyond movie
Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker – YES. I love this movie. When it came out in 2000, it was such a big deal. Featured the return of Mark Hamill as the voice of the Joker.  The movie originally had a PG-13 rating, but due to the shootings at Columbine Warner Bros forced the filmmakers to edit out some violent scenes to receive a PG.  I remember the Internet community losing their damn minds when the DVD was released edited down.  The original PG-13 version would be released several years later as a director’s cut.  This release, of course, is the PG-13 version.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver – Classic movie. Not for everyone, but this is one fantastically made movie. I personally prefer The Departed or GoodFellas as Scorcese’s best, but you can’t deny this is a good, if super dark and dreary, movie.

AI
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence – I saw this in the theater back in 2001.  Kubrick and Spielberg, has to be awesome, right?  Well, as a whole, the movie didn’t work for me.  However, there are parts of this movie I loved.  The design of the world is fantastic.  Jude Law as Gigolo Joe is awesome.  There are small things and moments and I can take away from this movie and say I enjoy.  However, like I said, the movie taken as a whole is not great.  Plus, it’s such a sad movie.  But it was interesting, nonetheless.

Narnia 3
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader – They are still making these?!

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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