It’s kinda growing on me. Definitely a lot better than the first design.
Star Trek comes to DVD and Blu-Ray November 17th
While there may be some out there who slide all this delicious new media straight into their shiny iPods and Apple TVs and assorted other gadgets and gizmos, there are still those of us who relish in the perverse pleasure known as shrink wrap. And inside that glossy shield, there are many discs awaiting us: the movies, the series, the music, the boxed sets. Below, have a look at just a tiny sampling of what is coming down the line this fall…
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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A great drama that you may have missed (if it even played in your neck of the woods) directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. It’s the story of a 19 year-old boy who leaves his family in the Dominican Republic to play minor league baseball in Iowa, and hopefully, bring a slice of the American dream back to his loved ones.
Warner Home Video
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Just a few days before season two hits our televisions (17 September @ 9pm), the complete first season drops on DVD. Trouble is, that may not be enough time to get through all the episodes and the bonus features! These features are the real reason to run out and grab this set. They include: the genesis of the series, behind-the-scenes, making-of, casting, visual effects featurette, unaired scenes, a gag reel, Roberto Orci’s production diary, Gene the Cow montage and three full-length commentaries with JJ Abrams, Orci, Alex Kurtman, Akiva Goldsman and more. Oooooh.
Disney Home Entertainment
After 5 years, 2000 days in the field, 204 locations, 62 countries and shooting on all 7 continents, DisneyNature’s ‘Earth’ is finally available to safely pick up at your local DVD shop. There is nothing quite as comforting as watching a shark attack in 30 below temperatures while nestled safely on your couch.
The BluRay copy, besides showcasing some amazing never before scene photography and exotic locals in high-definition, also comes equipped with some fancy features. Like a very cool Google Earth-esq menu that lets you highlight points on the globe and watch short video or footnote on that specific part of the world.
BluRay owners will also get an in-depth behind the scenes look on how they were able to pull off such a documentary. Between fending off polar bears between shots, and helicopter rides that most pilots in the world are not brave enough to lead, “Earth” seems like it was more of a problem production than James Camerons “Titanic.”
You really come to appreciate not only the photography that was captured for ‘Earth’ but the extraordinary challenges that the filmmakers faced in order to get it. Movies as beautiful as ‘Earth’ can only really be appreciated in BluRay.Ea
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This is one of those shows that I like to watch on airplanes. It’s colorful, it’s silly, it’s fun to watch all the ladies on it drink and drink and drink. As the cover of the box will tell you, this is the “second and final season.” Too bad. I have no idea when this show was on or who watched it, but I find the DVDs enjoyable. It’s mostly fantastic for the girls. There’s Christina Applegate (who never gets enough credit, btw), Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito and Melisa McCarthy (who makes me giggle a bit too much – I may have to revisit ‘The Gilmore Girls’).
So we go with Samantha through her mini-escapades as she tries to recover her memory, and perhaps become a better person. Sure, it’s not the stuff of Pulitzers, but the girls are funny and so is the writing. There’s bloopers on here (although they are pretty paltry) and other bonus features like: deleted scenes, a set tour with Ms. Applegate, and a dance segment with her and Ms. Smart (two ways) that you will surely enjoy. I know I did.
Warner Home Video
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You really can’t swing a cat in Manhattan without hitting one of those signs from the Mayor’s Office announcing that ‘Gossip Girl’ is about to start filming right where you are standing. In season two of the deliciously glossy tween uber-hit, the drama about a few Upper East Side prep-schoolers gets even juicier. Cleverly, the writers have used each episode to mark the seasons of the city rather than just looking to May Sweeps to ramp up to a big Sadie Hawkins dance (although there IS a charity ball in there). We get to see summer in the Hamptons, Fashion Week, fall foliage, college visitation days and everything else that leads up to the holidays.
Everyone is just as pretty and vicious as they were last year, but now they are more lips to smooch and abs to oggle. Young Jenny is the hottest mess of the lot, but she gets entirely too much screen time – I don’t care how cute you think her haircut is. The young ladies who buy the DVD will be happy to see that an excerpt from the new book in the series, “I Will Always Love You” is included in the case. Other gems on the discs are: a map to see all the hotspots from the show, a gag reel, webisodes with Dorota (LOVE her), and a feature on the art and fashion of the series. I KNOW that the show is a guilty pleasure for anyone over the age of 17, but it’s got good characters, great music and production design, and just enough sudsiness to keep you watching these episodes back-to-back if you haven’t seen them already. Or maybe even for a second viewing…
Keep in mind that this is only the “early artwork” and may (and hopefully) will change. Still, if this is the starting off point how much better can it really get?
This movie deserves packaging that is unique, amazing and something that has possibly never been done before….
They have until November 17th. I’ll be watching.