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DVD/Blu-ray DISCussion (New for 4.20.10)

Stop asking yourself “where's Avatar? ... WHERE'S AVATAR!!??” That movie makes its big arrival on DVD Thursday, so look for a detailed post on Earth Day. For now …

Here’s what’s up for DISCussion this week:


-The Lovely Bones (DVD and Blu-ray)
-Crazy Heart (DVD and Blu-ray)


-Batman (1989) (Blu-ray)
-Minority Report (Blu-ray) 

     New Releases 

The Lovely Bones (DVD and Blu-ray)

What’s its deal? 
Peter Jackson’s foray into family drama/supernatural murder mystery didn’t go over as an awards season smash, but now you have the chance to test it out on your own. The story follows Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan from Atonement), a young girl who was raped and murdered but helps her family find her killer from a supernatural plane called “The In-Between.”

Critics’ Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 32% (bad)
Player Affinity Rating: N/A


DVD Special Features: Close captioning.
Additional Blu-ray Features:
Three hours worth including 15-week diary segments hosted by Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens.
Amazon List Price: 
$29.99 (DVD), $39.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDtalk.com): N/A


Crazy Heart (DVD and Blu-ray)

What’s its deal?
Jeff Bridges stars in his Oscar-winning performance as a worn-down, middle-aged country singer named Bad Blake who begins a turnaround with a little inspiration from a caring journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Also won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

Critics’ Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 92% (excellent)
Player Affinity Rating: 8/10


DVD Special Features: Closed captioning, deleted scenes.
Additional Blu-ray Features: Alternate music cuts, featurette on what brought actors Bridges, Gyllenhaal and Duvall to Crazy Heart.
Amazon List Price: $29.98 (DVD) $39.99 (Blu-ray)
Score (DVDtalk.com): N/A



Batman (1989) (Blu-ray)

What’s its deal?
For those of you that didn’t buy the Batman Anthology on Blu-ray last year because you would feel ashamed to own Batman Forever or Batman and Robin, each film gets an individual release today that’s loaded with special features. Now you can add to your Jack Nicholson collection instead of also having to begin your bad Arnold Schwarzenegger movie collection.

Critics’ Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 71% (very good)
Player Affinity Rating: N/A


Special Features: Commentary with director Tim Burton, On the Set with Bob Kane, Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman – The Comic Book Saga as Reinvented and Reinterpreted Over Seven Decades, Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of The Dark Knight Parts 1-3, The Road to Gotham City – Gathering the Storm, Documentary Gallery, five behind-the-scenes production featurettes, three Prince music videos, Heroes and Villains profile gallery, complete Robin Storyboard Sequence, Theatrical Trailer.
Amazon List Price: $24.98
Score (DVDtalk.com): Video = 4 stars, Audio = 3.5 stars, Extras = 4 stars (out of 5). Highly Recommended.


Minority Report (Blu-ray)

What’s its deal?
This Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise collaboration about a futuristic crime detection was a huge fan favorite and it finally comes to Blu-ray. Check out those little robot spider things in high definition.

Critics’ Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 92% (excellent)
Player Affinity Rating: N/A


Special Features: The Future According to Steven Spielberg, Inside the World of Precrime, Philip K. Dick, Steven Spielberg and Minority Report, Minority Report: Future Realized, Minority Report: Props of the Future, Highlights From the Set, Commercials of the Future, Previz Sequences.
Amazon List Price: $29.99
Score (DVDtalk.com): N/A


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