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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for April 26th, 2011

April 26th, 2011

It's a horrible week for DVD / Blu-ray releases. According to Amazon.com there are over 500 DVD and Blu-rays coming out. However, there are no first run releases in that group. Zero. There are releases in the top ten list that during a normal week I would skip over in order to keep the list to a manageable length. It does make choosing the Pick of the Week relatively easy, as only one release, Human Planet on DVD or Blu-ray, comes close. And it is better to grab the show on Blu-ray.

3 Idiots - Buy from Amazon
This film's box office run can only be described as record-breaking. But is it as good as its box office numbers suggest? Read our review to find out.

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Buy from Amazon: Volume One and Volume Two
One of the first Marvel properties to come out after the buyout by Disney. Can it live up to the recent offerings like Wolverine and the X-Men? Read our review to find out.

Blood Out - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A direct-to-DVD film starring Luke Gross, not that you could tell that from the cover. A misleading cover aside, is the film worth checking out? Read our review for my opinion.

Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon: A-Ha: Ending on a High Note: The Final Concert, Blood Out, Blow Out: Criterion Collection, Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back, Chawz, Daylight, Dementia 13, Dinoshark, The Dorm that Dripped Blood, Eden of the East: King of Eden, El Topo, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion Collection), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Holy Mountain, Human Planet, Jolene, K-On!: Volume 1, Machine Girl, Muay Thai Giant, The Scent of Green Papaya, Sniper: Reloaded, South Park: Season 14, The Terror, and The Universe: The Complete Series
It's a bad week for first run releases on Blu-ray, but a good week for fans of Criterion Collection or Anime. Sadly, that's a terrible trade off if you are looking for high sales.

Chawz - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A South Korea horror / comedy about a killer boar. I might still get a copy of this movie; let's hope so, as it looks like it could be a fun ride.

Doc Martin: Collection: Series 1-4 - Buy from Amazon
This is a great show, but since season five is filming, there's little reason to buy this box set. When the complete series Megaset comes out, it could be worth it. That will depend on the price and what you get.

Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Five - Buy from Amazon
One of the longest running Anime shows of all time. It has also been re-cut, re-dubbed, and re-released so many times that it is hard to keep track at this point.

Fly Away - Buy from Amazon
A mother has to deal with changes when her autistic daughter grows up and starts to become more independent. The reviews were excellent, if not numerous, while the DVD has a making of featurette. Worth picking up.

Growing Pains: Season Two - Buy from Amazon
It has been more than five years since season one came out on DVD, so if this season doesn't sell well, I expect Warner Bros. to sell the home market rights to a distributor that specializes in low-budget releases.

Human Planet - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
From the people who brought us earth. This is enough to convince a lot of people to buy the DVD / Blu-ray. Add in the few reviews I've seen and it goes from must have to Pick of the Week material.

Jolene - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Jessica Chastain stars as Jolene, a young lady whose life takes a series of depressive turns. I'm still waiting on the screener for this film, and with the Easter holidays, I'm not all that surprised it is late.

The Lucy Show: Season Four - Buy from Amazon
This show underwent a massive change between season three and season four. In most cases, a charge that large signifies the beginning of the end, but was this the case here? Check out our review for my opinion.

Moguls & Movie Stars: History of Hollywood - Buy from Amazon
A mini-series about the history of Hollywood from the beginnings to the 1960s focusing on studio heads and the major movie stars and how those two groups influenced the way movies were made. The three disc set include panel discussion for each episode, as well as a booklet. It's worth checking out for those interested in Hollywood history.

Mongolian Death Worm - Buy from Amazon
Yet another SyFy TV movie hitting the home market. There are a couple of these that were released recently that I'm looking forward to seeing. This wasn't one of them. But was it a pleasant surprise? Check out our review to find out.

Muay Thai Giant - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A martial arts movie from Thailand with a twist. The titular giant has no martial arts abilities whatsoever. Will this be enough to stand out in a crowded field? And if so, is it worth checking out? Or perhaps even picking up? Read our review to find out.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho - Buy from Amazon
I think if you called you girlfriend a "gumiho", she'd slap you. However, a gumiho is a mythological creature that looks like a fox with nine tails, which is the evolved form of Vulpix. Actually, it has nothing to do with Pokemon and is a romantic comedy with a fish out of water story. All of the reviews I've read have been positive and it's worth checking out. The price is a little high compared to most TV on DVD releases, but it is an import, so that tends to be the case.

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 6 - Buy from Amazon
A very popular Anime series, but I'm still a little surprised how high it is ranked on this week's list of new releases.

Sniper: Reloaded - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
The original Sniper wasn't a big hit, nor was it a great movie, but they keep making direct-to-DVD sequels, so clearly someone thinks there's still a market for the franchise.

South Park: Season 14 - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
One of the longest-running shows still on TV. But is it still running strong, or has it jumped the shark? Check out our review for my opinion.

Testees: The Complete Series - Buy from Amazon
Two guys in serious need of money decide to become human guinea pigs. That has bad idea written all over it. Bad idea, but good show. I might be able to get a screener for this film, but it might be a bit late.

The Universe: The Complete Series - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
After being released in single-season sets, multi-season box sets, even in a combo-pack with How the Earth was Made, this show gets a full series Megaset. Is it worth picking up? Check out our review to find out.

Upstairs Downstairs - Buy from Amazon
A three-hour mini-series based on the hugely popular TV series from the 1970s. Most reviews I've seen can be summed up as, "Good, but not as good as the original." That said, the original is considered a classic so I don't think many were expecting this version to be as good. If you are fan of the original, or of costume dramas in general, it is at least worth a rental.


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