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DVD/Blu-ray DISCussion (New for 4.27.10)

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

-The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (DVD and Blu-ray)
-District 13: Ultimatum (DVD and Blu-ray) 

-Armageddon (Blu-ray)
-Dune (Blu-ray) 


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (DVD and Blu-ray)

What’s its deal? 

Director of nearly all the most famously trippy movies out there, Terry Gilliam presents this elaborate fantasy featuring Heath Ledger’s final performance and the three men – Johnny Depp, Colin Ferrell and Jude Law – who stepped up to complete it. As you can expect, the line between fantasy and reality will be distinctly blurred.

Critics’ Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 65% (good)

Player Affinity Rating: N/A


DVD Special Features: Commentary with director Terry Gilliam, film introduction by Gilliam, deleted scene with commentary, Heath Ledger wardrobe test, Interview with Heath Ledger, five other featurettes. 

Additional Blu-ray Features: Two additional featurettes and theatrical trailer 

Amazon List Price: $17.99 (DVD), $22.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDtalk.com): Video = 4 stars, Audio = 4 stars, Extras = 4 stars (out of 5). Rent it.



District 13: Ultimatum (DVD and Blu-ray)

What’s its deal?

No, you didn’t miss some straight-to-DVD District 9 spin-off. This is the sequel to District B13, a politically-charged gang/crime action flick from France. The original was directed by Taken’s Pierre Morel, but his fame forced the franchise to move onward with the sequel.

Critics’ Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 73% (very good)

Player Affinity Rating: N/A


DVD Special Features: Making Of Featurette, 30+ minutes of production diary segments, deleted and extended scenes and a music video.

Additional Blu-ray Features: None

Amazon List Price: $14.49 (DVD) $19.49 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDtalk.com): Video = 3.5 stars, Audio = 4 stars, Extras = 4 stars (out of 5). Recommended.


Armageddon (Blu-ray)

What’s its deal?

One of the original save-the-world disaster films that brought a generation of pre-teens down to their knees because of Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler’s romance, the emotional sacrifice of Bruce Willis and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.”

Critics’ Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 42% (not good)

Player Affinity Rating: N/A 

Special Features: Aerosmith’s music video for “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” theatrical and teaser trailers.

Amazon List Price: $19.99

Score (DVDtalk.com): N/A






Dune (Blu-ray)

What’s its deal?

The David Lynch sci-fi opera of sorts finally arrives on Blu-ray after being one of the first old-school titles available for Toshiba’s now defunct HD DVD format. Having been released in a couple different versions, just chalk another one up for Dune, which has been discussed as a remake project for quite some time now.

Critics’ Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 62% (good)

Player Affinity Rating: N/A

Special Features: Deleted scenes, Designing Dune, Dune FX, Dune Models & Miniatures, Dune Wardrobe Design, D-Box motion enabled.

Amazon List Price: $18.99

Score (DVDtalk.com): Video = 4.5 stars, Audio = 4 stars, Extras = 3.5 stars (out of 5). Recommended.


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