On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Feb 21, 2012

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

J Edgar
J Edgar – This is actually a pretty good movie. Very well acted as you would expect from a Clint Eastwood production. But Clint had me at ‘Hello’ anyway because I am already fascinated by J Edgar Hoover even when he’s not being played by Leo.  It doesn’t directly address crazy rumors like cross dressing, but there are a lot of subtle hints about J Edgar’s proclivities.

Epic Journey of The Rock
The Epic Journey of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – The Rock returns to headline Wrestlemania XVIII, so this is a look back at the career of The People’s Champion, and the most electrifying man in sport’s entertainment. One of the greatest wrestlers in professional wrestling history. Relive The Rock’s most famous battles and interviews. I own several of The Rock’s VHS specials, so I’m going to have to grab hold of this one.

Anatomy of a Murdeer
Anatomy of a Murder – Otto Preminger’s murder mystery/psychological thriller starring the great Jimmy Stewart with Lee Remick and Ben Gazzara. This is a really good performance by Stewart and a very moody, atmospheric picture by Preminger. And it gets the Criterion treatment. Check it out, it’s definitely worth a look.

London Bouleveard
London Boulevard – This movie is written by the Oscar winning writer William Monahan (The Departed) and stars Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley. How have I never heard of it? It sounds like Notting Hill if it were directed by Guy Richie.

Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd CenturyCheck out the intro for this. I’m going to continue chronicling all of these randomly obscure cartoons that are getting DVD releases just to highlight the fact that we still don’t have the Teen Wolf cartoon on DVD. Also available today is Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego (I loved the video game) and Archie’s Weird Mysteries.

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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