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