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A DVD Rant and the Day the Earth Went Whoa

Posted by: Matthew Turner 31/07/2008 @ 18:28
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 274
Films seen this week: A Letter to True, El Bano Del Papa, Blindsight, Steep, Rocketship X-M, Rodan: The Flying Reptile, Danger: Diabolik, The Fox and the Child, Make It Happen, Married Life, Step Brothers, Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, Linha de Passe, Tropic Thunder

A Brief Rant About DVDs
As much as I love DVDs, there are several things about them that really annoy the hell out of me. At the moment, the main one that comes to mind is the trend for “Specially Extended” or supposedly uncut versions of comedy DVDs – specifically the likes of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad and particularly Talladega Nights. Now, I'm all for deleted scenes and bonus footage but not at the expense of the original cut – it's actually impossible to buy a DVD for any of the above films that has the original theatrical cut on it. Worse, in the case of Talladega Nights, despite being labelled the “uncut” version, it actually has scenes MISSING – notably all the scenes of Ricky Bobby driving a car as a child and saying “I want to go fast!” Also, in most cases, the extended scenes only go to show why the scenes were trimmed down in the first place – I enjoyed all four of the films mentioned above, but none of them needs to be over two hours long. Anyway, this trend must STOP and I, for one, intend to take a stand. As soon as I've watched the extended cut of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, that is.

Trailerwatch: The Day The Earth Went “Whoa”
First things first – I confess, I stole that tag-line from another blog, but it was so good that I couldn't resist it. This is the trailer to the, er, Keanu Reeves remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates. Now, the original is one of my all-time favourite films so on one level this feels like an utter travesty, akin to remaking Casablanca with Josh Hartnett and Jessica Simpson. However, the trailer (see below) does make it look as if it might be quite good and at least they don't appear to have messed with the design of Gort (the giant robot assigned to protect Keanu's character). Altogether now: “Gort! Klaatu Barada Nikto!”

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only two new entries this week: Man On Wire and The X-Files: I Want to Believe. I also highly recommend seeking out The Visitor and In Search of a Midnight Kiss (both a lock for my Top Ten of the Year) before they disappear from cinemas, as they're both approaching the end of their runs.

1. The Visitor
2. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
3. The Dark Knight
4. WALL-E
5. Mamma Mia
6. Wanted
7. Man On Wire
8. Baby Mama
9. The X-Files: I Want to Believe
10. Donkey Punch

DVD of the Week: 27 Dresses (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is 27 Dresses, starring Katherine Heigl as a perennial bridesmaid a who finds herself in a tricky situation when her long lusted-after boss (Edward Burns) gets engaged to her flighty sister (Malin Akerman). And as if being forced to organise her sister's wedding wasn't enough, she also has to deal with the attentions of a wedding reporter (James Marsden), who, unbeknownst to her, sees her as the focus of the article he's writing. Along with Definitely, Maybe, this is one of the best romcoms of the year, thanks to a witty script, a great supporting cast and strong chemistry between Heigl and Marsden. Extras include four featurettes and three deleted scenes, one of which is actually quite good (Kate trying on the bridesmaid's dress) and one of which is really scraping the bottom of the deleted scenes barrel (Kate hailing a taxi).

Comments

by  will  08/09/2008 @ 19:29
"The day the earth stood still" doesn't look too bad, but name me one decent sci-fi remake that was better than the original!
by  samanthaholmans  16/09/2008 @ 15:21
Solaris! I rest my case...
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