This week, pick up Steve Carell’s sweetly bumbling spy antics (Get Smart), the promising new Futurama movie (Bender’s Game), a few early holiday treats (Shrek the Halls, A Christmas Story Collector’s Edition) and more, plus learn about the future of digital movie rentals and another controversial election-timed DVD coming in the mail.

1. Get Smart 2-Disc Special Edition — 52%

Bumbling spy Maxwell Smart got a 2008 update, courtesy of Office darling Steve Carell, when Warner Bros.’ big budget action-comedy Get Smart smashed its way through theaters to a $221 million global box office take. This week, take home the gadgets-and-gags adventure as Get Smart makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray!

In Get Smart, CONTROL analyst Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) yearns to become a field agent, like his idol, Agent 23 (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). When the agency is attacked, it’s up to Smart to save the world and all of CONTROL from the evil forces of KAOS.

Special DVD features include five featurettes, a bonus digital copy, and the “Comedy Optimization Mode,” in which you can view over 20 minutes of alternate jokes — what Warner Bros. calls “62% more laughs.” Watch Steve Carell unleash a barrage of alternate jokes with a sample of Get Smart‘s “Smart Takes” DVD feature below!

Next: Futurama: Bender’s Game

2. Futurama: Bender’s Game – N/A

Futurama fans still hopeful for a franchise turnaround after the last mildly disappointing direct-to-DVD film, The Beast with a Billion Backs, should be pleasantly satisfied by the third feature-length adventure starring the Planet Express crew. Deviating from the tone set by the popular cancelled series and the first two of four subsequent DVD films, Bender’s Game takes 21st century pizza boy Fry, one-eyed gladiatrix Leela, misanthropic robot Bender and their pals away from science fiction and into the realm of the true nerd: fantasy.

As the gang embarks on a dangerous quest for dark matter to fuel their spaceship, they become fantastical characters straight out of Dungeons & Dragons, as imagined by Bender. A rich feature-length commentary by cast and crew, deleted scenes, bloopers, and more accompany the disc, along with cool featurettes including one that teaches you to draw Zoidberg, Leela and Bender.

Next: TIVO and Netflix partnership

3. News: TIVO and Netflix partnership

What would happen if the future of DVD rentals and the future of digital video recording joined forces? We’ll find out soon enough, as rent-by-mail trailblazer Netflix and DVR pioneer TiVo have officially cemented a long-discussed partnership that could significantly change the world of home video entertainment.

Thanks to the partnership announced Thursday, mutual subscribers to Netflix and TiVo will soon be able to download their Netflix queue through their TiVo feed, eliminating the need to receive and return physical DVDs through the mail. And you thought it couldn’t get any easier!

Next: Anti-Obama DVD in newspapers

4. News: Anti-Obama DVD in newspapers

In a move similar to the controversial anti-Islam DVD mailed to households across America back in September, a conservative group is funding the distribution of anti-Barack Obama DVDs in the swing states of Ohio, Florida and Nevada only days away from next Tuesday’s Presidential election.

Hype: The Obama Effect will arrive in the mail along with five major newspapers in the aforementioned states this week; David Bossie, president of Citizens United, who will be spending $1 million on the effort, calls the DVD and its message “a truthful attack.” Look for your copy in The Columbus Dispatch, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Palm Beach Post, and the Las Vegas Journal-Review. Read more here.

Next: Transsiberian

5. Transsiberian – 92%

Director Brad Anderson (Next Stop Wonderland, The Machinist, Session 9) sets strangers on a train rumbling across the icy Russian tundra in this taut thriller, new to DVD. Emily Mortimer and Woody Harrelson star as a married couple traveling on the famous Trans-Siberian railroad when they befriend another couple (Eduardo Noriega, Kate Mara) who draw them into dangerous plot of infidelity, drugs, and murder. What’s more criminal is the lack of special features on this sparse, yet intriguing, release.

Next: The Bourne Trilogy

6. The Bourne Trilogy (The Bourne Identity/The Bourne Supremacy/The Bourne Ultimatum)

Amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne made a game-changing Hollywood debut with 2002’s The Bourne Identity, followed by two impressive sequels that held up the hype (2004’s The Bourne Supremacy) and then surpassed it (2007’s Oscar-winning The Bourne Ultimatum). This week you can get your hands on the super-charged series as the complete trilogy comes to DVD and Blu-ray — a perfect way to start getting excited about the just-announced fourth Bourne flick, set to reunite star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass.

Next: Shrek the Halls

7. Shrek the Halls – N/A

Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and their friends gather to celebrate the Shrek family’s first Christmas in this holiday special that first aired last November. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas reprise their roles from the Shrek feature films in this 30 minute program. But considering its brief runtime and too-light smattering of special features, Shrek the Halls may be a worthwhile investment for strictly die-hard fans of the franchise.

Next: What We Do is Secret

8. What We Do is Secret – 45%

Revisit one of the more tragic stories in punk rock history with this biopic of Germs frontman Darby Crash, who lit up LA’s 1970 punk scene before realizing a five-year plan for fame that ended with his planned suicide. Shot guerilla-style over the course of two years, director Rodger Grossman’s meticulously-detailed film drew mixed results from critics but should be an intriguing watch for Germs faithful. Founding Germs member Pat Smear (who would go on to join Nirvana and Foo Fighters) produced all of the film’s music, which was performed largely by the cast; after providing his own vocals as lead singer Darby Crash, actor Shane West (yes, the dude from A Walk to Remember) went on to tour with the remaining Germs under the moniker The New Germs.

Next: Waterworld: Extended Edition

9. Waterworld: Extended Edition – 39%

Can the movie once known as “Fishtar” improve with an additional 40 minutes of footage? Find out this week, as Waterworld: 2-Disc Extended Edition hits shelves. A lucky thirteen years after it debuted as one of the most expensive flops in movie history (global sales eventually evened out the $175M budget), Kevin Costner’s pricey aquatic odyssey returns to DVD, but what has been added?

If you recall the original cut, you’ll be pleased to notice new scenes that flesh out the daily experiences of Costner’s Mariner, who gets a new name, and those of the Smokers. The downside: this extended cut, though closer to director Kevin Reynold’s vision, is the same one televised in 1997 and hasn’t been cleaned up much, so expect the TV-ready absence of profanity, nudity, and some scenes of violence.

Next: A Christmas Story Ultimate Collector’s
Edition

10. A Christmas Story Ultimate Collector’s Edition – 88%

If you don’t already own one of the previously-released special editions of this holiday classic, consider throwing down for this bonus-packed Ultimate Collector’s Edition; we triple-dog dare you. The tale of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) holding out for the ultimate present — a Red Ryder BB gun — one Christmas in 1940 remains one of the best-loved family flicks of the holiday season, and Warner Bros. has gift-wrapped it in an amazing set for DVD and Blu-ray.

Pick up the DVD set for a plethora of extras, including an audio commentary with director Bob Clark and actors Billingsley and Melinda Dillon, featurettes, a documentary and more; you’ll also get a 48-page recipe book, chef’s apron, and a set of cookie cutters with designs based on iconic moments in the film (leg lamp cookies!). Blu-ray buyers will get even more special features, including script pages, and a string of leg lamp holiday lights.

Tag Cloud

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