DVD Picks 8/28
Lots of great TV releases this week!
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season (2011)
I haven't seen this but I need to catch up, it's a really great show!
When the world is ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and a small group of others struggle to stay alive as 'the dead' stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another?
Based on Robert Kirkman's hugely successful and popular comic book series, AMC's original series "The Walking Dead" is an epic, edge-of-your-seat drama where personal struggles are magnified against a backdrop of moment-to-moment crisis. A survivalist story at its core, the series explores how the living are changed by the overwhelming realization that those who survive can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth. They themselves have become the walking dead.
Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season (2011)
same goes for this wonderful show. It's surprising to me how great TV has gotten both with it's storytelling and production. There were years when people in creative places despised TV and now I almost think it's the better medium for storytelling, go figure.
Atlantic City, 1921. In a city whose fortunes have soared in the wake of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in “the world’s playground.” Though the 1920 election is over, Nucky finds himself the target of a federal investigation for vote tampering – and an insurrection by those he counted among his closest allies. Steve Buscemi stars in the hit drama series that charts the continued rise of organized crime at the dawn of the Prohibition.
Homeland: The Complete First Season (2011)
Hailed as TV's best new drama by critics everywhere, the award-winning HOMELAND* delivers compelling characters, thrilling twists and breathtaking suspense. Carrie Mathison (Golden Globe winner Claire Danes), a brilliant but volatile CIA agent, suspects that a rescued American POW may not be what he seems. Is Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) a war hero...or an Al Qaeda sleeper agent plotting a spectacular terrorist attack on U.S. soil? Following her instincts, Mathison will risk everything to uncover the truth - her reputation, her career and even her sanity. Packed with multiple layers and hidden clues, Season One offers something new every time you see it...watch carefully.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Collection 7 (2011)
my favorite show on television. Bourdain is a genius, great host.
In this collection of No Reservations, Tony pushes himself even more. Things are going to be a little more difficult for Tony this time around, and perhaps even for the viewer. Political, moral, class or philosophical issues trouble some of these places. Tony brings his clear eye, curious nature, big appetite and unique sense of humor to every destination and every episode in this collection. And as always, the food is only the first glimpse of a wider view of how people live their lives.
Disc 1: Haiti, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Vienna, Ozarks
Disc 2: Brazil: The Amazon, Boston, Japan: Hokkaido, Cuba, Macau
Disc 3: Naples, El Bulli, Ukraine, Kurdistan, Cajun Country
dir. Peter Berg
This has to be at least decent, right? Aliens, battleships, Liam Neeson.
The battle for Earth begins at sea in this epic action-adventure starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Alexander Skarsg†rd and Brooklyn Decker. An international naval coalition becomes the world's last hope for survival as they engage a hostile alien force of unimaginable strength. Ripping across sea, sky and land, Battleship is "a big bold blast" (MSN Movies), packed with spectacular visual effects and explosive action.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
dirs. Jeff Newitt, Peter Lord
This looks so promising but I haven't seen it yet. I'm very excited to check it out, stop motion is such an amazing process.
Set sail for a fun-filled voyage of hilarious pirate antics with the biggest Band of Misfits on the seven seas! When the infamous Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) is shunned once again by his rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Liz Cutlass (Salma Hayek), he sets his sights to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award! With his trusted "parrot" Polly and rag-tag crew at his side, Pirate Captain will need to battle a diabolical queen, save a young scientist and never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: Adventure!
BETTER IN BLU
Movies which are being released on Blu Ray for the first time.
School of Rock (2003) (Best Buy exclusive)