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Interview: Steve Harvey & Michael Ealy on the Red Carpet

Pretentious Film Major Ben broadcasts from the Ritz East red carpet Philadelphia premiere of Think Like a Man. With the Think Like a Man DVD set to hit stores tomorrow, we take this chance to revisit Ben’s coverage and the chats he had with one of the film’s stars, Michael Ealy, as well as another actor from the film, as well as the man who wrote the book it’s based on, Steve Harvey. Which one of the movie’s stars admitted they don’t know what the word “pretentious” means? Watch our red carpet coverage to find out!!

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Disc of the Week: January 11th

In this weekly feature, I will be taking a look at the new home video releases and telling you which ones you should take a look at and which ones you shouldn’t waste your hard-earned cash on. I’m going to make it easy for you by choosing one (yes, one) movie that’s worthy of being added to your collection as well as one TV series that’s great for all of you television junkies out there and a documentary to get your facts straight. The next section will be filled with a few second choices which also will be worth checking out if you missed them in theaters. At the end will be a list of everything else that either I haven’t seen, or isn’t worth your time. Alright, here we go!

Disc of the Week

Raging Bull (30th Anniversay Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

If you don’t know already, Raging Bull stars Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta. The film is a powerful tale of a man spiraling downward. Directed by the master himself, Martin Scorsese is at the top of his game here. The film is shot through beautiful black-and-white, which only highlights the brutality of the ring. What’s more, De Niro’s performance is arguably his best as the self-destructive boxer. Raging Bull explores a dark place in the human psyche which stays weith you well after you watch it. Definitely one of the best films of all time, a true classic that should be enjoyed in stunning HD.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features?

Doc of the Week

Louis C.K. Hilarious

This isn’t technically classified as a documentary, but who’s keeping track, right? After Sundance, the crowds raved about how funny this film was. I was confused. This is supposed to be the premier independent film festival in the world - what’s so special about this comedy special? Well, Louis C.K. is hilarious. (That title makes it so easy I couldn’t resist.) Trust me, you will laugh your head off during this stand-up film.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features?

TV Set of the Week

All in the Family (Season 8)

The sitcom at its finest. Revolving around Archie Bunker, a “lovable bigot.” Not only is the show classic comedy, it also took on more political relevance than any mainstream show before it. So, if you’re looking for laughs, and a bit of nostalgia, go with All in the Family.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features?

Also Worth a Look

The Social Network

It must be a good week for home video if The Social Network isn’t the Disc of the Week. The film serves as the creation myth for one of the most incredible ideas in recent history, Facebook. Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher have crafted an engaging, emotional film that truly captivates you, while not neglecting the finer details of the legal issues regarding the company. However, Jesse Eisenberg makes the movie, giving his best performance to date as Facebook’s intrepid founder Mark Zuckerberg. You must see this film for many reasons: A) It’s fantastic. B) Its Oscar buzz is only getting louder. and C) Oh come on! Just go buy it already. (And if you want to see it on the big screen, it returned to select theaters this past weekend, so you best be getting on that soon.)
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features? Audio Commentaries, Feature-Length Making-of Documentary, Featurettes

Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows is Jean-Pierre Melville’s thriller set during World War II, and featuring the French resistance. Never released in the US until 2006, this stunnning restoration is now on Blu-ray thanks to the Criterion Collection. So, if you have any interest in film noir, the French New Wave, or great films in general, definitely check this out, I now I will be.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features? HD Transfer of the 2004 Restoration, Audio Commentary, Interviews, On-Set Footage and Interviews, Two Shorts, Booklet

Piranha 3D

Looking for some good family fun this week? Well, you’ll have to wait. Piranha 3D is a celebration of gratuitous sex and absurd violence.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features?
Title Blu-ray?
Alien from the Deep No
All in the Family (Season 8 ) No
Alpha and Omega Yes
Alred Hitchcock (10 DVDs) No
Army of Shadows Yes
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien (Volume 1) No
Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff No
Dances with Wolves Yes
Endangered (10 DVDs) No
ER (Season 14) No
Funny or Die Presents (Season 1) No
Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy Yes
Greek (Season 3) No
Halloween Night No
Hot in Cleveland (Season 1) No
How to Get Ahead in Advertising No
John Wayne: America’s Legendary Hero (10 DVDs) No
Louis CK: Hilarious No
Love Hurts No
Magic Man No
NASA No
Once Upon a Time in America Yes
Piranha 3D Yes
Raging Bull (30th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Yes
Robinson Crusoe on Mars Yes
Rules of Engagement (Season 4) No
Sordid Lives: The Series No
Stonerville No
The Chainsaw Sally Show (Volume 1) No
The Deep (10 DVDs) No
The Endless Summer Yes
The Great Debaters Yes
The Last Brickmaker in America No
The Social Network Yes
The Temptations (miniseries) No
The Three Stooges: Collector’s Edition No
The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System (Blu-ray 3D) Yes
There’s Nothing Out There No
WWII: Hell on Earth and Thunder Above It No

Disc of the Week: January 4th - Blow Your Holiday Money Edition

In this weekly feature, I will be taking a look at the new home video releases and telling you which ones you should take a look at and which ones you shouldn’t waste your hard-earned cash on. I’m going to make it easy for you by choosing one (yes, one) movie that’s worthy of being added to your collection as well as one TV series that’s great for all of you television junkies out there and a documentary to get your facts straight. The next section will be filled with a few second choices which also will be worth checking out if you missed them in theaters. At the end will be a list of everything else that either I haven’t seen, or isn’t worth your time. Alright, here we go!

Disc of the Week

Machete

With a beginning as a faux trailer in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez’ Grindhouse, Machete is tale of murder and revenge starring Danny Trejo as “an ex-Federale with a deadly attitude and the skills to match.” The film is gratuitously violent, which is part of its appeal. It’s classic exploitation flimmaking, continuing the theme from Grindhouse. The cast is stellar, featuring Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriquez, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Steven Seagal, and Don Johnson. So, if you want to have a good time, definitely check out this old-school B-movie.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features? Audience Reaction Track, Deleted Scenes, Digital Copy

Doc of the Week

Catfish

This is one of the most engaging documentaries I have ever seen. Composed of footage taken by the Ariel and Yaniv Schulman, Henry Joost, Catfish tells the story of a relationship that Nev forms through Facebook. That’s all you need to know. Please don’t look up this movie at all, don’t watch the trailer, just watch it.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features?

TV Set of the Week

The Ricky Gervais Show (Complete First Season)

Originally written as an audio program, and then released as an extremely popular podcast, The Ricky Gervais Show was animated and shown on HBO this past year. If you are looking for comedy, don’t go any further. This show, featuring Ricky Gervais (obviously), Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington, is absolutely hilarious. Although many discussions with three guys sitting around a table may become extremely dull, this one doesn’t. The show features both new and old material set to all-new animation so before you buy, make sure you look at what you can get free online from Gervais’ web site.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features?

Also Worth a Look

My Dog Skip

My Dog Skip is an emotional family drama about a dog. It’s not a story we aren’t familiar with, yet it is still worth a look. The film is well-acted, moving (and not in a sappy, overly-sentimental way), and charming. If you’re looking for a slower film to counteract Machete, this is a great choice.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features?

Howl

Howl was the opening film of Sundance last year. Opening to huge anticipation, it was somewhat of a disappointment. Still, I am interested to see it now that it is widely available. The film stars James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, the legendary beat poet. Part history, part poetry, it juxtaposes the story of the obscenity trial following the publication of Howl, one of the Beat Generation’s defining readings, as well as other stories from the poet’s life. I am interested to see this experimental film as I have a feeling that those who were disappointed had their expectations much too high.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features?

Dinner for Schmucks

One of the summer’s few comedies, this remake of the French film actually works. While not hysterical throughout, Dinner for Schmucks is funny, entertaining, and has a nice message. So, look here for a quick laugh while you wait for Four Lions to get a Region 1 release.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features? Deleted Scenes, Featurettes

Everything Else

Movie Blu-Ray?
24 Cowboy Classics No
25 Family Classics No
25 Fright Night Classics No
1981 No
Backdraft Yes
Battlestar Glactica (Season Four) Yes
Big Love (Season Four) No
Bitter Feast No
Camille No
Catfish Yes
Coraline (3D) Yes
Dinner for Schmucks Yes
El Mariachi and Desperado Yes
Ever After: A Cinderalla Story Yes
Gun Yes
Hope Floats Yes
Howl Yes
iCarly (Season Two, Volume Two) No
Ishtar Yes
Jamie Kennedy: Uncomfortable No
Jr. Detective Agency No
The Last Exorcism No
The Lena Baker Story No
Let Me Die Quietly No
Machete Yes
Mama Flora’s Family No
Monster Mutt No
My Dog Skip Yes
The Ricky Gervais Show (Complete First Season) No
Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends (Complete Series) No
The Supreme Swordsman (Shaw Brothers) No
The Sword of Swords (Shaw Brothers) No
Top Chef: D.C. (The Complete Season) No
UFC 121: Lesnar vs Velasquez No
A Walk in the Clouds Yes
WolvesBayne No

Cinedork Podcast - January 3rd - Best of 2010 (Part 1)

WE ARE BACK! New Podcasts! New people! New topics! More of the same dirty jokes you expect from us. This week we discuss our feelings of love and hate about the year of 2010 and all the shitty things it brought us. (Jersey Shore, I’m looking at you…)

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Disc of the Week: November 30th

In this weekly feature, I will be taking a look at the new home video releases and telling you which ones you should take a look at and which ones you shouldn’t waste your hard-earned cash on. I’m going to make it easy for you by choosing one (yes, one) movie that’s worthy of being added to your collection as well as one TV series that’s great for all of you television junkies out there and a documentary to get your facts straight. The next section will be filled with a few second choices which also will be worth checking out if you missed them in theaters. At the end will be a list of everything else that either I haven’t seen, or isn’t worth your time. Alright, here we go!

Disc of the Week

Meet the Parents / Meet the Fockers

This week it’s time to laugh. And with Little Fockers coming out this Christmas, why not revisit these two very funny films? In Meet the Parents, Gaylord “Greg” Focker (Ben Stiller) prepares to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo), but is interrupted by her sister’s wedding. While meeting her parents Jack (Robert De Niro) and Dina (Blythe Danner), he can’t get anything right, leading to a series of hilarious slapstick misadventures. In its sequel Meet the Fockers, the now-engaged couple introduces their parents to each other, with the eponymous Fockers portrayed by Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand. This series, directed by Jay Roach, is great for a good laugh over the holidays.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features? HD Transfers

Doc of the Week

Waking Sleeping Beauty

During the 80s, Disney’s feature animation department fell into a slump. In the early 90s, the same production house produced some of the finest animated films of all time. Waking Sleeping Beauty is the story of how they achieved so much after falling so far behind. Using audio and video interviews, archive clips, and movie scenes, this wonderful documentary creates a fascinating portrait of Disney at this turning point. The filmmaking is impressive, especially considering how well the story is portrayed through very little new footage. This film shows how the likes of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid were produced and the keys to their success and is a must-see for any film fan.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features?

TV Set of the Week

Parks and Recreation (Season 2)

With The Office and Community both on NBC’s great comedy Thursday, Parks and Recreation has had some tough competition. Still, the show has proven to be a consistently funny addition. I have only caught pieces of the show, but everything I’ve seen has been great. If you want a new comedy to watch, pick up this set and get ready for Season 3, coming January 20th.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features?

Also Worth a Look

Knight and Day

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are actually a quite funny combination. Continuing this weeks comedy theme, this films feature Cruise at his best, both returning to a classic spy action role, while at the same time taking advantage of his insanity. In this action comedy, Diaz is taken for a wild ride when she gets involved in a crazy world of espionage. The movie is entertaining, funny, and features several good action set-pieces.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features?

The Special Relationship

Another politically-charged film from HBO Films, The Special Relationship stars Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, The Damned United) as Tony Blair and Dennis Quaid as President Bill Clinton. The film, written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) focuses on the friendship between the two world leaders. With the talent involved, I cannot believe I hadn’t heard of this before and am definitely looking forward to checking it out. (On a side note, what on earth is with that terrible title?)
Blu-Ray? No Special Features?

Walt & El Grupo

In 1941, Walt Disney, along with 16 artists dubbed ‘El Grupo’, toured South America. Their mission was to ease diplomatic tensions with the increasingly pro-Axis nations of the area. The US Government felt that by bringing his popular characters to the area, Walt could most assuredly use his art to help the country in a time of crisis. I had heard of the films made for this, but never heard the story before, and it makes for one interesting doc.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features? Audio Commentary, Extended Scenes, Saludos Amigos (Original Theatrical Version)

Everything Else

Movie Blu-Ray?
Alarm No
American Fetish No
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story No
Cairo Time Yes
Destination Forks: The Real World of Twilight No
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Ultimate Fan Pack) No
Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement No
Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Yes
Going the Distance Yes
Have Gun Will Travel (Season 5, Volume 1) No
Kill Zone No
Knight and Day Yes
Life in Flight No
Liverpool No
Looney Tunes Super Stars: Foghorn Leghorn No
Looney Tunes Super Stars: Tweety & Sylvester No
The Lucy Show (Season 3) No
Meet John Doe (70th Anniversary) No
Meet the Parents Yes
Meet the Fockers Yes
New Faces No
Parks & Recreation (Season 2) No
President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval No
Roger Corman Collection: Escape from Prison No
Shadowland No
The Sicilian Girl No
Sid & Marty Krofft’s Saturday Morning Hits No
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Yes
Space: 1999 (Season 1) No
The Special Relationship No
Standing Ovation No
Valhalla Rising No
Vampires Suck No
Waking Sleeping Beauty No
Walt & El Grupo No

Because this is a new feature, I am always ready to change to meet the demands of you, the readers. If you disagree with any of my choices or have a suggestion for the future of this article series, please leave a comment below.

Disc of the Week: November 16th

In this weekly feature, I will be taking a look at the new home video releases and telling you which ones you should take a look at and which ones you shouldn’t waste your hard-earned cash on. I’m going to make it easy for you by choosing one (yes, one) movie that’s worthy of being added to your collection as well as one TV series that’s great for all of you television junkies out there and a documentary to get your facts straight. The next section will be filled with a few second choices which also will be worth checking out if you missed them in theaters. At the end will be a list of everything else that either I haven’t seen, or isn’t worth your time. Alright, here we go!

Disc of the Week

Modern Times

Chaplin’s masterpiece. Modern Times, written, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin features the iconic Little Tramp as a factory worker during the Great Depression. The movie serves as a hilarious slapstick comedy with strong political themes. From his menial job on the assembly-line to the protagonist’s adventures elsewhere, the film explores modern industrial society and its harmful effects on the modern worker. But aside from its political undertones, Modern Times is also a fantastic silent comedy. This is Chaplin in his prime, and from the Criterion Collection, the most technically impressive home video on the market today.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features? Restored HD Transfer, New Audio Commentary, 2 Visual Essays, Interview, 2 Deleted Scenes, The Rink - a Chaplin two-reeler, Short Films

TV Set of the Week

Heroes (Series)

I have mixed feelings about this show. The concept (What if superpowers were real?) is fantastic and the show really took off from this angle well. The first season is an amazing, edge-of-your-seat adventure that features an interesting mystery, great characters, and an overall engaging experience. After the second season, however, the show definitely went downhill. Still, if you’re looking for smart, entertaining sci-fi television, Heroes is definitely for you.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features?

Doc of the Week

Best Worst Movie

Troll 2 is one of the worst films of all time, but in a so-bad-it’s-good way. Directed by Claudio Fragasso, the film features horrendous acting, atrocious costume design, but no trolls. In recent years the film has achieved a cult following because of its infamy. With Best Worst Movie, Michael Stephenson, child star of Troll 2 explores the film, how it was made, its reception, and cult status. The doc is great for any fan of bad films.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features?

Also Worth a Look

The Kids Are All Right

A big hit out of Sundance, The Kids Are All Right centers on a lesbian couple (Julianne Moore and Annette Bening), their two kids (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson), and their sperm donor father (Mark Ruffalo). A quiet, moving family drama, the film is well-written and wonderfully-acted. Although many independent films go overboard with the quirkiness, this movie definitely has a good indie vibe. Whether you want to get away from the blockbuster CGI madness or you’re looking for simply and good drama, enjoy this if you missed it in theaters.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features?

Avatar 3-Disc Collector’s Edition

Despite what you may say about Avatar's derivative storyline, the film is an incredible visual experience. Now, with this second release on home video, you can see three versions of the film, all in beautiful high-definition, as well as many special features which were excluded from the first DVD and Blu-Ray release. Still, this version is not 3D, so if you are only interested in that, you're going to have to wait a bit longer. But, if you would like to get a more in-depth look into the incredible technology behind the production, this is the release for you.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features? Three Versions of the Film, Over 45 minutes of Deleted Scenes, Making-Of Documentary, Art Reels, Screen Tests, Visual Effects Progressions, 17 Production Featurettes, Original Script and Screenplay

The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter is one of those movies-that-every-film-person-should-see that very few have actually seen. Although I’ve heard it mentioned and listed among great films many times, it seems to me like the film is somewhat neglected. Until I looked it up, I had no idea what it was about. Well, it stars Robert Mitchum as a serial killer who tries to find the whereabouts of his cellmate’s hidden stash. The only film directed Charles Laughton, the movie is influenced heavily by German expressionism, utilizing stark shadows, odd set design, and a very dark mood. I know I am going to check this out for the first time thanks to the Criterion Collection.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features? Restored HD Transfer, New Audio Commentary, Interviews, 2.5+ Hours of Outtakes, Clips

The Office: Digital Shorts Collection

The Office is without-a-doubt one of the funniest shows on TV. If you want more laughs, here’s your chance to see segments of the show that you’ve never seen before. This set does not contain any TV episodes, but is a collection of the numerous shorts released exclusively online throughout the series. So if you want to see these all in one place on DVD, this is for you. Of course, you could also find them online as well.
Blu-Ray? No Special Features?

The Extra Man

The Extra Man is an odd little movie about Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a socially-awkward writer who forms a bond with the eccentric failed playwright (Kevin Kline) from whom he rents a room. The movie is funny, with Kevin Kline and a heavily-bearded John C. Reilly both giving great performances. Newcomer Dano is also good in his odd role. If you’re looking for an off-kilter laugh, go with The Extra Man.
Blu-Ray? Yes Special Features? Two Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scene, Behind-the-Scenes

Everything Else

Movie Blu-Ray?
A Lure: Teen Fight Club No
Ancient Aliens (Season 1) No
Avatar 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Yes
Bee Gees: In Our Own Time Yes
Best Worst Movie No
Buster Keaton: Sherlock Jr. / Three Ages Yes
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Yes
Children of the Corn (2009) Yes
Coopers’ Christmas No
Crowley Yes
Disney’s A Christmas Carol Yes
Don’t Look Back No
The Endless Summer No
The Extra Man Yes
Gangland (Season 6) No
Ghost Machine Yes
The Gunslingers No
Heroes (Series) No
IMAX: Deep Sea 3D Yes
IMAX: Space Station 3D Yes
IMAX: Under the Sea 3D Yes
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Sunny Christmas Giftset No
The John Cena Experience No
The Kids Are All Right Yes
The Last Airbender Yes
The Lightkeepers Yes
Lottery Ticket Yes
The Complete Metropolis Yes
Modern Times Yes
Monte Walsh No
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol Yes
Mutiny on the Bounty Yes
The Night of the Hunter Yes
The Office: Digital Shorts Collection No
Open Season 3D Yes
Opposite Day No
Peanuts Holiday Collection Yes
The Polar Express 3D Yes
Spider-Man Yes
Spider-Man 2 Yes
Special Ops Yes
Staunton Hill Yes
The Tournament Yes
The Twilight Zone (Season 2) Yes
Walking Vengeance No
The World at War Yes

Because this is a new feature, I am always ready to change to meet the demands of you, the readers. If you disagree with any of my choices or have a suggestion for the future of this article series, please leave a comment below.

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