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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 11th, 2010

May 11th, 2010

With a lot of competition from summer blockbusters, it comes as no surprise that the quality and quantity of releases is way down this week. The best selling release is Daria: The Complete Series, which is also clearly the Pick of the Week.

Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon: Celine: Through the Eyes of the World, Daybreakers, The Edge, Edge of Darkness, High Anxiety, Hang 'Em High, History of the World, The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid, Part II, The Karate Kid Box Set, Legend of the Tsunami Warrior, Legion, M, Magnificent Seven Collection, The Man in the Iron Mask, Marked for Death, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Rock 'N' Roll High School, and Tidal Wave
It's a surprisingly busy week for Blu-ray releases, with a trio of first run releases, some classics, some not so classics, even some foreign imports. While there are a relatively large number of releases, there are none that are truly top-notch. M is definitely of interest, as is Rock 'N' Roll High School, but I don't think this will be a good week for Blu-ray sales. One last note: there are a lot of Mel Brooks movies coming out on Blu-ray this week. The screeners just arrived, but I will be getting to the reviews ASAP.

Daria: The Complete Series - Buy from Amazon
The last animated series produced by MTV, the network that launched Beavis and Butthead, The Maxx, Aeon Flux and others. But was the studio able to go out in style? Check out our review to find out.

Daybreakers - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
This film matched expectations perfectly, both its original expectations and its opening weekend expectations. This has nothing to do with the quality of the movie; I'm just bragging. As for the quality of the movie, you can check out the review here.

Deadliest Warrior: Season One - Buy from Amazon
The ninja should have won. To find out what I'm talking about, check out the review.

Ninja Convention. Sold out!!! To find out what I'm talking about, Google "Demotivational Posters Ninja Convention".

Edge of Darkness - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack
Mel Gibson's first starring role since his "incident." While its reviews were good, especially for a January release, its box office numbers weren't. Perhaps this is why the DVD is nearly devoid of special features. Meanwhile, the Blu-ray isn't that much better. It also doesn't cost a whole lot more, so it is the better deal. That said, stick with a rental.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season Five - Buy from Amazon
It has been nearly four years since season four was released, so if you are a fan of the show, you better grab this DVD quick so that you don't have to wait another four years for season six.

Larry McMurtry's Streets Of Laredo - Buy from Amazon
A mini-series based on a novel by Larry McMurtry, who also wrote Lonesome Dove, among many other novels. The show earned excellent reviews and more than a few award nominations. For those who liked Lonesome Dove, this DVD is worth checking out. Lack of extras hurt, but it is hard to argue with that price.

Legend of the Tsunami Warrior - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A relatively big budget film from Thailand is making its way to the home market this weekend. Will the 140 million baht production find an audience here? Check out our review to find out.

Legion - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
This film was released in January, which should be a warning sign to a lot of people. However, not every January release is terrible. Well, this one is terrible, but not every release is. Extras on the DVD include a trio of "making of" featurettes, which is not a lot. The Blu-ray has a Picture-in-Picture video commentary / storyboard track, which is cool and makes the Blu-ray the better deal. That said, the movie is skippable.

Malice in Wonderland - Buy from Amazon
The Through the Looking Glass story set in the world of British gangsters. The film earned abysmal reviews and there are too many other versions of this story to choose this.

My Wife and Kids: Season Two: Buy from Amazon
One of four TV on DVD releases that arrived that will be featured as prizes in our weekly Box Office Prediction contest. While Damon Wayans is funny, this show didn't do enough to stand out in the crowded family sitcom genre.

Warning: This DVD does not come out this week and made its home market debut on the 20th of April. However, the screener arrived late, hence the delay in this review.

Necrosis - Buy from Amazon
A direct-to-DVD horror film starring 1980s pop star, Tiffany. That could be enough to get more than a few people interested in checking out the movie, but is it worth it? Check out our review for my opinion.

Warning: This DVD does not come out this week and made its home market debut on the 20th of April. However, the screener arrived late, hence the delay in this review.

Perry Mason: Season Five, Volume 1 - Buy from Amazon
Excellent TV series, mediocre DVD releases. Not only do they have no extras, they split the season into two parts. That said, do the episodes make up for the poor treatment on DVD? Check out our review to find out my opinion.

Raising the Bar: The Complete Second Season - Buy from Amazon
From the creator of NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, and other great shows. Given its pedigree, I was stunned at how bad the first season was. I was not shocked when it was canceled after two seasons.

Rock 'N' Roll High School - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Didn't this come out last week? Doesn't matter for me, as the screener is still late. The screener for Death Race 2000 showed up today, so hopefully this one is not too far away.

thirtysomething: Season Three - Buy from Amazon
I wasn't into the show when it first aired, but now that I'm a thirtysomething, maybe I will relate better. I won't know till the screener arrives.

Tidal Wave, a.k.a. Haeundae - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Reportedly the first South Korean disaster movie ever made. So how does it compare to the standard Hollywood offering? Check out our review to find out.

Toy Story - Buy from Amazon: One and Two
These two movies already came out on Blu-ray recently, which I reviewed here. There is literally no reason to buy the DVD over the Blu-ray at this point.


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