New DVD Releases for the Week of July 21 2009
Here is a list of the new DVD Releases for the week of July 21 2009 (for TV on DVD releases head over to Daemon’s TV):
Synopsis: A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Stephen McHattie, Carla Gugino, Matt Frewer
Director: Zack Snyder
Recommendations: When I first saw Watchmen in theaters, I hadn’t read the comic but really liked the movie. Now that I have read the comic, I still think the movie did a really good job bringing it to life. I think it’s a movie that is worth owning.
Synopsis: From Henry Selick, visionary director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book, comes a spectacular stop-motion animated adventure – the first to be originally filmed in 3D!
Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life and the people in it – only much better. But when this seemingly perfect world turns dangerous, and her other parents (including her Other Mother voiced by Teri Hatcher) try to trap her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to escape this increasingly perilous world – and save her family.
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane
Director: Henry Selick
Recommendations: Coraline is definitely a well made stop-motion movie based on Neil Gaiman’s novel. I think it’s a nice one to watch alone or with the family.
The Great Buck Howard
Synopsis: In the comedy “The Great Buck Howard,” recent law school dropout Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) answers an ad for a “Road Manager and Personal Assistant for Celebrity Performer”, thinking it will break him into the entertainment industry. In actual fact, he has signed on to work for Buck Howard (John Malkovich), a has-been magician trying to revitalize his waning career. With the help of a fiery publicist (), Troy and Buck embark on a cross-country tour in hopes of staging the comeback of a lifetime.
Cast: John Malkovich, Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, Nate Hartley, Matthew Gray Gubler
Director: Sean McGinley
Recommendations: I haven’t had a chance to watch The Great Buck Howard yet, but I have been meaning to. And with a cast including John Malkovich, it’s definitely worth a rental.
Synopsis: Mysterious cell phone messages promise a young American engineer untold wealth – then make him the target of a deadly international plot. Dangerous security operatives chase the engineer across the globe, while a powerful government official pursues a mysterious agenda that threatens the stability of the entire world.
Cast: Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames
Director: Greg Marcks
Recommendations: Even though it’s another conspiracy theory movie, Echelon Consiparcy doesn’t look too bad. I think it’s definitely worth a look on TV.