RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Inglourious Basterds and a Hangover

Plus, a comedy legend's collection, more Trek, some animation, and the rest of the new releases.

by | December 14, 2009 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got a bizarre combination of interests represented by new releases. With the holiday season in full swing, what better gift to give than… a Quentin Tarantino movie? Sure, why not? It got pretty great reviews, and it’s the most acclaimed new release on deck this week. But if fantastical, talky, WWII-era war films aren’t your thing, then perhaps you’ll go for an over-the-top buddy comedy, or maybe a group of talking CGI guinea pigs. Still not your bag? Well, alright, then we’ve got a collection from a comedy legend, some eccentric animation, a documentary on a winning sports team, and a beloved sci-fi franchise. And, if all else fails, there’s always a prosthetic penis to complete the holiday mood. Yeah, there’s pretty much something for everyone this week.


Inglourious Basterds

Anticipation is always at a frothy high when a new Quentin Tarantino film comes out, but the buzz behind Inglourious Basterds, his latest, was somewhat mixed when it premiered earlier this year. After the film opened wide in August and more voices began to chime in, however, it became apparent that QT had little to worry about. Basterds was deemed a success, a truly unique take on war movies that could only come from the mind of Tarantino, and besides earning Certified Fresh status on the Tomatometer (88%), it’s also recently just garnered multiple nominations from several leading awards events. The plot moves back and forth between a young Jewish woman whose family was brutally murdered by the Germans and a group of Jewish-American soldiers on a Nazi-killing spree, both striving for the same goal while simultaneously attempting to avoid detection by a devilishly sharp Nazi Colonel (played with magnificent panache by Chistoph Waltz). The movie incorporates QT’s masterful knack for dialogue, which is utilized to build tension thicker than most thrillers, and packs a brutal climactic punch. You can pick it up on DVD or Blu-Ray this week.


The Hangover

No one is going to call The Hangover a revolutionary re-visioning of the Bachelor Party film (c’mon, does the Bachelor Party genre really need overhaul?), but its treasure hunt and who-dun-it (or rather what-did-we-do) formula changed the paradigm. It’s a Stag Nite movie all about consequences, but for all the masculinity in this comedy, the film goes down like a girly drink. The biggest surprise standout in the performances was Ken Jeong as the nefarious Mr. Chow, and he’s the star of the DVD extras in a 10-minute long rant called “The Madness of Ken Jeong.” Who cares if it’s unrated or swimming in bloopers, Mr. Chow’s gonna spill it!



Nicolas Cage’s career is made up of roles that are just at the cusp of credulity-he’s always either deadly serious and totally absurd and usually at the same time. Take him counterbalanced by Tracy Morgan, a comedian whose sanity is a recurrent topic in the tabloids, and you should be wondering where, in this magic dialectic, Werner Herzog got off not making Bad Lieutenant 2 a buddy cop film. (With all the iguanas, The Big Easy totally could have done with a few talking Guinea pigs… with guns. You know I’m right.) The Blu-Ray is a 2 DVD set with countless (read: 5) technological accessories: featurettes on concept creation, music videos and what promises to be an exercise video on Blaster’s (Morgan) G-Force Training. I figure that last one’ll involve a lot of core.


Taking Woodstock

Ang Lee’s dramedy Taking Woodstock hit theaters the weekend of the 40th anniversary of the mother of all rock fests. Unfortunately, neither critics nor audiences seemed that enthused by this good-natured examination of the three days of peace and music. Starring Demetri Martin and Emile Hirsch, the film focuses on the buzz of activity around the festival, omitting the music for a lighthearted look at the phenomenon that changed pop culture forever. While it’s an interesting approach from an outstanding filmmaker, a number of critics found Woodstock to be pleasant but slight. The DVD features commentary from Lee and a featurette on the fest – perfect for those who don’t have the time to watch all four hours of Michael Wadleigh’s Woodstock.


The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Sometimes, it just doesn’t matter who you’ve got working for you; if the product they’re working on isn’t up to snuff, there’s a good chance things will go south quickly. Unfortunately, such was the case with The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. Headlined by Jeremy Piven and Ving Rhames, the cast was comprised mainly of lesser known, up-and-coming comedic “that-guy”s, including Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Kathryn Hahn, and Rob Riggle, among others. All of these actors have proven themselves elsewhere, and director Neal Brennan brought us the wildly popular “Chappelle’s Show,” but this story about a salesman for hire who attempts to make a car dealership profitable for a weekend was perhaps not the best vehicle (no pun intended) for those involved to showcase their talents; the film earned a mere 26% on the Tomatometer and faltered at the box office. Nevertheless, for better or for worse, The Goods hits shelves this week on DVD and Blu-Ray, so it might at least be worth a rental for the curious.

Star Trek: The Original Series – Seasons 1-3 (Blu-Ray)

Who knew that a modest science-fiction TV show from the 60s that only ran for three seasons would have such a monumental cultural impact and spawn a legion of followers more dedicated than your average sports fan? In any case, earlier this year we got J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the film franchise, potentially ushering in a new generation of Trekkies, and this sparked a renewed interest in the Trek series of the past. This week, the Orginial Series – as in Gene Roddenberry’s 1966 show starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy — finds its way to home video via a Blu-Ray box set of the previously released individual three seasons. The set itself doesn’t contain any extras not already found in the individual releases, but if you’ve held off on picking any of them up, this is your chance to scoop up all three at once.

The Maxx: The Complete Series & The Head: The Complete Series

One of MTV’s early forays into animation, Oddities, featured episodes from two separate animated series: The Maxx and The Head. Both were experiments in more adult-oriented animation, but they developed followings of their own, and in full recognition of the fact, Amazon.com is exclusively releasing complete collections of the two titles this week through their CreateSpace on-demand DVD manufacturing program. In other words, they’re not officially packaged and sold collections that you’ll be able to find in any brick-and-mortar DVD store. On the other hand, don’t presume this means they’ll lack any special features; The Maxx will include all 13 episodes with audio commentary tracks and interviews with the creators.


Boogie Nights – Blu-Ray

Insanely ambitious, occasionally hilarious, and often heartbreaking, Boogie Nights tells of the rise and fall of a John Holmes-esque porn star named Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg). Loaded with fascinating characters and period details, it drew comparisons to the work of Robert Altman and signaled the arrival of Paul Thomas Anderson. But take out the sleaze and you have a touching portrait of a group of misfits who form a surrogate family, and that factor, finally, may be the key to Boogie Nights‘ enduring appeal. The Blu-ray hits shelves this week, though they’re exclusively Best Buy shelves – for the time being, anyway.

2009 NY Yankees: The Official World Series Film

If you’re a Yankee hater, feel free to skip this entry. If, however, you’re a diehard fan of the Bronx Bombers, you won’t want to miss the 2009 New York Yankees: The Official World Series Film Blu-ray, in which you can relive the team’s 27th championship and revel in the exploits of Jeter, A-Rod, Godzilla and the rest of the gang in loving high-definition. This doc features the key plays in the team’s run, plus behind-the-scenes footage and reactions from the players. (For pinstripe obsessives, there’s also the five disc New York Yankees 2009 World Series Collector’s Edition, which comprises every single game of the fall classic, along with locker room celebrations and interviews.)

The Mel Brooks Collection – Blu-Ray

Earlier this Month, when Mel Brooks was feted at the Kennedy Center Honors, President Obama summed up the enduring appeal of the legendary jokester: “In his satires and parodies, no cow is sacred, no genre is safe.” Brooks may not have originated the movie parody, but for years he was synonymous with the form. He gleefully skewed westerns (Blazing Saddles) old school horror flicks (Young Frankenstein), silent movies (Silent Movie, natch), and sci-fi blockbusters (Spaceballs). You’ll find these and other classics on the nine-disc Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-Ray (which also features interviews and trailers). If you’ve never seen Brooks’ influential, gut-busting movies, this is a great place to start.

Written by Tim Ryan, Sara Schieron, and Ryan Fujitani

Tag Cloud

Sci-Fi joker TV 71st Emmy Awards TIFF Summer Ghostbusters The Walking Dead Marvel Studios trailers YouTube Red Trophy Talk Crackle Netflix Christmas movies Sundance Now Brie Larson indie cancelled television VOD biography 79th Golden Globes Awards Trailer rt archives italian Endgame ID Film Festival period drama Paramount Network miniseries TCM Sony Rocky TCA 2017 discovery south america witnail what to watch comedies Geeked Week Avengers 1990s summer TV Valentine's Day BET Awards obi wan San Diego Comic-Con Schedule superman El Rey cancelled TV shows Hear Us Out blaxploitation video on demand Tags: Comedy razzies black comedy Oscar Tokyo Olympics American Society of Cinematographers Awards TLC cancelled james bond PaleyFest TNT Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt space Binge Guide Apple TV Plus stop motion rt labs HFPA IFC Baby Yoda kaiju Sundance Walt Disney Pictures renewed TV shows spider-man docudrama Hollywood Foreign Press Association spider-verse japanese sag awards Television Critics Association slasher ViacomCBS jamie lee curtis cats composers Native theme song true crime LGBTQ hist rotten Interview USA stoner Mary poppins First Reviews rotten movies we love children's TV Marvel Television BBC One hidden camera zombies blockbusters Black Mirror politics Hulu festivals IMDb TV live event Sundance TV Nickelodeon dexter singing competition Drama 20th Century Fox HBO Go OneApp franchise archives Esquire lord of the rings PlayStation parents streaming sequel technology game of thrones Turner ABC Family a nightmare on elm street golden globe awards rom-coms directors vampires Holiday films revenge Pacific Islander comic book movie GIFs movies movie aliens Country Academy Awards deadpool docuseries X-Men casting scorecard USA Network 2019 Red Carpet Extras leaderboard latino kong french finale Christmas TBS NYCC PBS Food Network Thanksgiving toy story fresh cartoon Star Wars harry potter Tubi Disney Crunchyroll political drama know your critic Star Trek 2020 Travel Channel dreamworks dogs Musicals Focus Features japan Cosplay canceled twilight summer TV preview DC Universe halloween Animation godzilla crime drama marvel comics Tumblr The Academy christmas movies 45 TCA Musical Lucasfilm 007 Nominations Logo DirecTV spanish language Rom-Com BET Pixar obituary Mystery mockumentary 99% National Geographic Best Picture trophy streamig YouTube hispanic heritage month game show mission: impossible Sneak Peek aapi First Look talk show concert Pirates Peacock Masterpiece ABC Signature fast and furious Emmy Nominations Spectrum Originals pirates of the caribbean video Certified Fresh Opinion award winner Warner Bros. chucky venice Shudder Apple Pet Sematary cooking Song of Ice and Fire RT21 4/20 Martial Arts genre cops DGA Polls and Games romantic comedy superhero richard e. Grant Hallmark Infographic The Purge Elton John heist movie all-time APB crossover 94th Oscars 90s book adaptation Disney Channel classics justice league blockbuster robots jurassic park Television Academy 21st Century Fox high school Broadway Universal Rocketman SXSW 2022 NBA hollywood BAFTA The CW asian-american Oscars Black History Month mutant olympics psychological thriller Photos worst South by Southwest Film Festival Cartoon Network TV One Cannes scene in color film series Toys Watching Series MSNBC Ellie Kemper interviews foreign Universal Pictures stand-up comedy cinemax Lionsgate Paramount spanish NBC medical drama CNN comic AMC criterion TCA Winter 2020 target scene in color DC Comics Freeform SDCC spy thriller TCA Awards ITV Mary Tyler Moore critic resources new york Fox Searchlight TruTV Epix sequels dceu HBO Lifetime Reality Competition telelvision Superheroes reboot Fox News comic books basketball supernatural CMT Hallmark Christmas movies GoT SXSW police drama See It Skip It live action strong female leads The Arrangement feel good dark zombie Paramount Pictures Sony Pictures new star wars movies book SundanceTV toronto Prime Video women documentary biopic Nat Geo documentaries TV Land independent spinoff scene in color series Music TV renewals Legendary slashers unscripted suspense Fantasy E3 2018 international canceled TV shows gangster 24 frames sports YA Dark Horse Comics VICE halloween tv GLAAD Heroines green book social media Shondaland nature DC streaming service posters golden globes scene in color CBS All Access Box Office best 2016 die hard binge WGN Best Director MGM doctor who Discovery Channel universal monsters Syfy RT History zero dark thirty Turner Classic Movies President A24 Alien scary Best Actress CW Seed Tomatazos sopranos Comedy young adult Year in Review Marvel debate Winners Mudbound Bravo Holidays History batman tv talk Best and Worst Video Games cars festival FXX Lifetime Christmas movies Netflix adenture MCU MTV Image Comics werewolf ratings Winter TV Super Bowl comics sitcom ESPN Chernobyl Rock nbcuniversal name the review crime thriller boxoffice serial killer hispanic free movies LGBT Teen travel facebook Amazon Studios indiana jones Pop TV prank Film OWN natural history adventure Set visit The Witch Disney+ Disney Plus 2015 vs. Spring TV mob child's play FX Pop Mindy Kaling laika satire kids Podcast Western Grammys Quiz Star Wars Celebration Horror Mary Poppins Returns teaser Premiere Dates emmy awards target cults rt labs critics edition critics Election Best Actor 93rd Oscars dragons screen actors guild king kong broadcast Vudu Exclusive Video Columbia Pictures Creative Arts Emmys Pride Month Stephen King Arrowverse Funimation YouTube Premium ABC TV movies Paramount Plus psycho diversity Women's History Month historical drama anthology australia 73rd Emmy Awards Comedy Central Showtime Amazon Prime Video A&E anime Biopics transformers Awards Tour Starz popular Superheroe BBC news television Emmys royal family Amazon king arthur 2017 summer preview war Classic Film Trivia E! series comiccon elevated horror Fall TV adaptation spain wonder woman CBS Comic-Con@Home 2021 Disney streaming service boxing comic book movies Comic Book dramedy Disney Plus Acorn TV New York Comic Con Chilling Adventures of Sabrina HBO Max monster movies FX on Hulu BBC America 2021 black Fargo Calendar marvel cinematic universe streaming movies breaking bad versus mcc Adult Swim Captain marvel Apple TV+ Amazon Prime IFC Films Instagram Live Action disaster thriller The Walt Disney Company art house Britbox Character Guide Neflix quibi legend dc Tarantino cancelled TV series animated Countdown ghosts reviews science fiction AMC Plus Writers Guild of America based on movie nfl Anna Paquin worst movies football Indigenous romance VH1 action-comedy 72 Emmy Awards Comics on TV Marathons remakes saw scary movies Reality screenings 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Kids & Family new zealand Family Ovation Wes Anderson WarnerMedia crime FOX Spike