After last week, where there really wasn’t anything released that was a must see, this week is full of good stuff. It was hard to narrow it down to a Buy/Rent/Skip list, so I thought I’d make a quick note about films that you will not see below, but might be worth checking out: Gigantic starring Paul Dano attempting to adopt a baby from China (also starring Zooey Deschanel) and Paris 36, an ensemble French film about a working class district in Paris.
Here are the DVD/Blu-Ray Picks of the Week for August 11, 2009:
The Class (2009)
Directed By: Francois Begaudeau
The winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2009 Oscars, the film follows a French schoolteacher in a year at a culturally diverse school. The DVD and Blu-Ray release finally brings the film to American audiences everywhere (after a very limited theatrical run). There was much fuss made when the film did not win the Best Foreign Film Oscar, as the reception of this film has been exceptional. The special features on both the DVD and Blu-Ray include commentaries from select members of the cast and crew, a making-of-featurette, and theatrical trailers.
I Love You, Man (2009)
Directed By: John Hamburg
Paul Rudd is one of the funniest actors working today and I loved Jason Siegel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Put them together and you get a great bro-mantic comedy. It’s one of the rare films these days that you can laugh at without feeling stupid. Paul Rudd has been making decent scripts great with his dry humor. It’s time somebody wrote him an excellent script that he can make perfect. The DVD and Blu-Ray releases include a making-of featurette, deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel, which for this kind of movie is always grand.
17 Again (2009)
Directed By: Burr Steers
How many times have we seen this formula regurgitated? This same movie comes out every other year with a new face on it. This time it’s Zac Efron. Unless you’re planning on renting this and I Love You, Man and having a Thomas Lennon double feature (which is actually not a bad idea…) I would avoid this movie.