Skip the Football Games and Head Straight for DVDS!
Happy New Year- and here come the bowl games. Which bowl game? Who knows? There are enough bowl games from before Christmas straight through to this coming weekend that even if you liked the sport, you would be tired of it.
Instead let’s change up the pace since all that’s on television are reruns courtesy of the WGA strike. Tivo/DVR all you like and still you will run out of things to watch.
Here’s a list of some newly released DVD movies and tv shows that offer something interesting to watch– or not– depending on your taste. All movies listed here are available on Amazon.com or you can check Blockbuster or Netflix for rentals!
Movies/tv series I have personally seen will have some sort of commentary to them!
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Volume II, The War Years .
This is part 2 of the Young Indiana Jones DVD series and it’s just as jam-packed as Volume I. This particular series is much more interesting because it shows the young Mr. Jones in more action-packed, dramatic situations during World War I. Courtesy of the great script, photographers and actors, this is a much better collection than Volume I and more action packed because it’s about the evolution of Jones from boy to teenager into manhood. It’s been thoughtfully shot and the extras include substantial historical information that is accurately portrayed in the episodes. This collection will take time to get through but give the WGA strike, you will have plenty of time to appreciate the value of this DVD investment. Find it on amazon.com
Equally as interesting (as much for the historical references as the bodice-ripping Henry VIII), The Tudors . Jonathan Rhys Myers. While historically inaccurate in many ways, the strength of this first season collection is that you have amazing actors in key roles (Sam Neill as Cardinal Wolsey; Jeremy Northam as Sir Thomas More), and a good sense of the political intrigue and machinations of courteriers and clergyman as well as the various ladies of court.
While Myers isn’t the first choice or historically accurate in age, he does possess the intensity and depth to be able to show what it took to be the King of England. It’s a splendid watch if just for the set design and the costuming– which are more dramatic than what one would have expected.
The Bourne Ultimatum brings the trilogy of the Bourne Idenity and the Bourne Supremacy to a close. This taut action flick has Matt Damon spanning the globe and leaping across rooftops (and we along with him) thanks to amazing direction from Paul Greengrass. This is an “edge of your seat” type of movie that I paid in the theater to see and happily saw again on DVD and got to catch the things I didn’t see the first time.
Thumbs on this one– and it would be worth buying the entire triology in a boxed set.
Stardust, released in theaters earlier this year and it was a fun movie for everyone from small kids to big kids. This movie which stars Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer ( going from radiant to witchy in a flash), Robert De Niro (in an amazingly comedic performance), Sienna Miller, Peter O’Toole and introducing cutie pie Charlie Cox as the hero in this tale. Never one to be a spoiler, this is a FUN movie to see.
The LIVE FREE or DIE HARD with Bruce Willis– just when you thought you were safe, Bruce Willis comes back with a very timely portent type of movie that actually has a thrilling pace, interesting plot and a college age hacker as a sidekick who’s in way over his head. While you might not be a fan of action flicks OR Bruce Willis, this is a fun “bring on the popcorn” movie.
There are many more dvds coming this month: hi def versions of series and new movies. Should have more 411 soon!
PS– If you haven’t seen National Treasure Book of Secrets, do try .. also there are other GREAT movies out there.
Support your local economy– go forth, rent or buy DVDs.. and watch tv1!
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