March is Oscar month, so a lot of the attention is going to be on the big films of the past year. That said, Netflix is adding plenty of classics and recent hits to their library in the coming weeks, and we’ve compiled the best of the bunch into the handy list below. Read on for all of the Fresh and Certified Fresh titles coming to Netflix in March, as well as a number of their more notable original films and series.


March 1 – March 4

 

Ghostbusters (1984) 97%

A sublime blend of witty banter and inspired special effects, Ghostbusters remains one of the most beloved comedies of the 1980s. Ghostbusters 2… exists, and is also streaming on Netflix now.

Available 3/1 on Netflix: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2


The Gift (2015) 91%

Simon (Jason Bateman) has a seemingly chance encounter with Gordo (Edgerton), an old high school classmate. But Gordo starts showing up everywhere Simon goes, and Simon begins to suspect more sinister motives.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


Up in the Air (2009) 90%

George Clooney and Anna Kendrick star in Jason Reitman’s multiple Oscar-nominated film about a a corporate frequent flyer tasked with firing people who is forced to reevaluate his life when his company cuts back on travel and he runs into someone from his past.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


Moon (2009) 90%

Sam Rockwell stars in Duncan Jones’ sci-fi drama about an astronaut nearing the end of a long solo mission on the moon who begins experiencing odd phenomenon and discovers the company he works for may not have been entirely forthcoming about the nature of his employment.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


Adventureland (2009) 89%

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in Greg Mottola’s coming-of-age dramedy about a college grad in 1987 who is forced to give up a European summer vacation to work a thankless minimum-wage job at an amusement park.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


The Descent (2005) 86%

Neil Marshall’s intense horror film follows a group of female spelunkers who find themselves trapped deep in a cave with bloodthirsty creatures when a rock fall blocks their exit.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) 83%

Jason Segel and Mila Kunis star in this romantic comedy about a heartbroken TV composer who follows his ex on a trip to Hawaii and ends up falling in love with a local girl.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


Casino (1995) 79%

Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, and James Woods star in Martin Scorsese’s epic drama about the rise and fall of an expert bookmaker and the colorful characters who made a killing in Las Vegas’ more lawless days.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


Revolutionary Road (2008) 67%

Titanic lovers Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite in Sam Mendes’ suburban drama about a 1950s-era married couple whose relationship steadily deteriorates as they fall into the same conventional life they swore never to live.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


Jackass: Number Two (2006) 64%

Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, and the rest of MTV’s Jackass gang come together for another round of over-the-top hijinks.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


300 (2006) 61%

Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, and Dominic West star in Zack Snyder’s highly stylized adaptation of the graphic novel that retells the story of the legendary Battle of Thermopylae.

Available 3/1 on: Netflix


Flint Town: Season 1 (2018) 95%

This Netflix original docmuentary series focuses on the police department of Flint, MI, one of the most violent cities in the US, in the wake of the much publicized water crisis.

Available 3/2 on: Netflix


The Ravenous (2017) 88%

This apocalyptic horror film from Canada follows the residents of a small Quebec town as they reckon with an outbreak of a disease that turns its victims into zombie-like creatures.

Available 3/2 on: Netflix


March 5 – March 11

 

Benji (1974) 86%

This canine classic follows the titular stray dog, who goes about a pleasant daily routine visiting his human friends until the two children belonging to the family he hopes will adopt him are kidnapped, and he springs into action.

Available 3/6 on: Netflix


My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Season 1 (2018) 81%

David Letterman’s Netflix-produced talk show features hourlong episodes dedicated to special guests, which include Barack Obama and George Clooney so far.

Available 3/8 on: Netflix


Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 2 (2018) 82%

Krysten Ritter stars in Marvel’s Netflix series about an alcoholic private detective with super strength who, in season 2, attempts to unravel the mysteries of her own past.

Available 3/8 on: Netflix


Love: Season 3 (2018) 100%

Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs star in this Netflix original comedy about two thirtysomethings who bond after they both experience bad break-ups, then support each other as they navigate romance, at first with others and eventually with each other.

Available 3/8 on: Netflix


The Outsider (2018) 17%

Jared Leto and Tadanobu Asano star in this Netflix original drama about an American solder imprisoned in post-WWII Japan who seeks to repay his debt to the Yakuza for helping to facilitate his early release.

Available 3/8 on: Netflix


March 12 – March 18

 

Ricky Gervais: Humanity (2018) 47%

In the latest Netflix-produced stand-up comedy special, Gervais performs in front of a London audience and covers subjects like aging and having children.

Available 3/13 on: Netflix


Jackass 3.5 (2011) 60%

The Jackass gang get together yet again to pull pranks and find creative ways to hit each other in the nuts, because we apparently just can’t get enough of that.

Available 3/15 on: Netflix


Benji (2018) 60%

Remember the 1974 Benji? The one further up on this same list? This is Netflix’s own remake of the story, with essentially the same plot points, except it’s set in New Orleans.

Available 3/16 on: Netflix


March 19 – March 25

 

In Search of Fellini (2016) 89%

Maria Bello and Ksenia Solo star in this coming-of-age drama about an Ohio girl who falls in love with the films of Federico Fellini and travels to Italy to find him.

Available 3/19 on: Netflix


Roxanne Roxanne (2017) 70%

Newcomer Chanté Adams stars in this biopic of female rapper Lolita Gooden, better known as Roxanne Shanté, who rose from the projects of Queens, NY to become a hip-hop star during the 1980s. Mahershala Ali and Nia Long co-star.

Available 3/23 on: Netflix


Requiem: Season 1 () 71%

Lydia Wilson stars in this Netflix original drama (imported from the UK) about a cellist dealing with the sudden suicide of her mother and the mysteries about her past that spring up in the wake of the incident.

Available 3/23


Santa Clarita Diet: Season 2 (2018) 89%

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix original horror-comedy about a suburban couple dealing with the wife’s sudden appetite for human flesh.

Available 3/23 on: Netflix


Game Over, Man! (2018) 18%

Workaholics stars Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson headline this Netflix original action comedy about a trio of losers who find the heroes inside them when the hotel where they work is overtaken by terrorists.

Available 3/23 on: Netflix


March 26 – March 31

 

Let Me In (2010) 88%

Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz star in Matt Reeves’ remake of the acclaimed Swedish horror drama Let the Right One In, about a bullied boy who befriends the young vampire girl who moves into his building.

Available 3/31 on: Netflix


A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 2 () 94%

Neil Patrick Harris stars in this Netflix original series — based on the children’s book series — about three orphans who are put in the care of their evil distant cousin.

Available 3/30 on: Netflix

Movies can transport you from your life for a little while, but did you ever let the movies transport you in life? Every country and virtually every way of life has been captured on film, so it’s rather irresistible to catch the travelling bug from the silver screen.

Today, let Rotten Tomatoes be your travel guide, as we present 10 places whose architecture, landscape, and beauty have given life to some famous movies in history. Navigate the cities below and fire up your wanderlust!

What is your top movie vacation spot?


Judd Apatow isn’t just a producer, of course; he’s also a director and writer, and many of his movies find him occupying all three chairs. Still, it’s his list of production credits that runs longest – and may contain a few surprises for those who haven’t been following his career closely – so we thought this weekend’s Apatow-produced Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping would be the perfect time to give them the Total Recall treatment. We did get a little technical, and cut out the films where he served as an executive producer (bye bye, Heavyweights, Celtic Pride, Kicking and Screaming, and The TV Set) as well as associate producer (thus excising 1992’s Crossing the Bridge), and popular favorites like Anchorman, Pineapple Express, and Step Brothers didn’t make the cut. Don’t worry, though – that still leaves us plenty to discuss. Ready to get started? It’s Total Recall time!


Get Him to the Greek (2010) 72%

Get-Him-To-The-Greek
Before he launched a second career as an agitator for social justice and economic equality, Russell Brand was a pretty funny guy — and although his particular shtick definitely wasn’t right for every role, it could be quite effective in the proper context. For example, there’s Brand’s scene-stealing supporting turn in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which he played the cheerfully hedonistic rock star that the title character hooks up with after dumping poor Jason Segel — a role he reprised a couple years later for Get Him to the Greek. Here, Brand’s Aldous Snow must be shepherded to a crucial gig through a landmine of bad decisions and irresponsible behavior, with responsibility for his whereabouts falling to an increasingly overmatched label rep (Jonah Hill). “The movie’s a good, rude commercial comedy,” argued the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips. “How many good movies have we even seen this year?”

Watch Trailer


Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) 74%

Walk-Hard
Judd Apatow productions are known for their skillful use of humor that feels real — sometimes squirm-inducingly — so the news that he was co-writing and producing a mock biopic of a legendary musician named Dewey Cox (and that Cox would be played by the mercilessly funny John C. Reilly) was greeted with enthusiasm by critics and fans hungry for more 40-Year-Old Virgin-style laughs. Ultimately, expectations for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story proved slightly unreasonable; although critics applauded the film, moviegoers chose not to follow Apatow down this particular path, and it failed to recoup its budget. Still, despite being one of Apatow’s rare commercial misfires, Walk Hard is one of the better-reviewed entries on his resume, and boasts the approval of no less a critical luminary than Roger Ebert, who applauded its restraint when he wrote, “instead of sending everything over the top at high energy, like Top Secret or Airplane!, they allow Reilly to more or less actually play the character, so that, against all expectations, some scenes actually approach real sentiment.”

Watch Trailer


Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) 80%

Pee-Wees-Big-Holiday
Pee-Wee Herman entered the 1990s as a fairly tired joke (and an unwillingly dirty one at that), but given enough time and nostalgia, almost everything old is new again. Herman’s creator, Paul Reubens, discovered as much after exhuming the character for a series of public appearances that led into a revival of his stage show — and a lengthy development process for a third Pee-Wee movie. Reubens ultimately hooked up with Apatow to produce Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, a 2016 release that bowed on Netflix alongside its theatrical run. While the movie’s rollout might have been cutting edge, the story — and Pee-Wee himself — remained substantially the same as his heyday, adding up to a film offering a high-grade flashback to a franchise many critics remembered so fondly they were willing to let its narrative deficiencies slide. As the San Francisco Chronicle’s David Wiegand put it, “After all these years — his and ours — Pee-wee Herman is still a Peter Pan who can lead us back to innocence with a corny joke or a childish jape.”

Watch Trailer


Begin Again (2013) 83%

Begin-Again
Judd Apatow isn’t the first person you’d think of to produce a movie from the guy who gave us the tenderly mournful indie drama Once, but that’s just what we got with 2014’s Begin Again — and it was pretty darn good, too. Admittedly, the movie offered something of a slicker spin on Once‘s story of two damaged souls connecting through music, but while there were similarities between the two films, they weren’t overwhelming. And as he had with his previous outing, Carney showed a tremendous flair for following the tentative, skipping beat of a developing relationship — not to mention a knack for assembling a fine cast (led here by Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, and Adam Levine) and a soundtrack worthy of repeat listens. “Carney deserves great credit for the movie’s clever, layered structure, and for resisting a few obvious plot turns along the way,” wrote Moira MacDonald for the Seattle Times. “Lightning doesn’t strike, but sunshine works, too.”

Watch Trailer


Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) 83%

Forgetting-Sarah-Marshall
As the title of his latest feature suggests, Judd Apatow knows funny people — and he has a knack for working with his comedic leads at exactly the right time. After helping Steve Carell and Seth Rogen cross over to superstardom, Apatow added his magic producer’s touch to Jason Segel’s breakout feature, 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which deftly combined the elements we’ve come to expect from Apatow-branded comedies (painfully real humor, uncomfortable nudity) with utterly unique ingredients (singing vampire puppets). The results proved, once again, that if they’re assembled properly, movies that skirt the rim of lowbrow humor can squeeze a couple of hours’ worth of laughs out of even the most highfalutin critics. In his review, the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern echoed Sarah Marshall‘s many accolades when he wrote, “Halfway through I realized that I’d lost most of my standards, maybe under my seat, and was enjoying the erratic evolution of the nonsense.”

Watch Trailer


The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) 85%

40-Year-Old-Virgin
Judd Apatow seemed to come out of nowhere with 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, his directorial debut — but the reality, of course, is that his ascension was far more gradual; he landed his first associate producers’ credit with 1992’s Crossing the Bridge, and his name surfaced throughout the 1990s and early aughts in connection with projects both well-received (The Larry Sanders Show, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared) and, well, not (Celtic Pride, The Cable Guy). But Apatow’s signature brand of comedy didn’t really reach full bloom until Virgin — and its awkward pauses, creative profanity (“Kelly Clarkson!”), and off-the-wall pop culture gags (Asia! Michael McDonald!) arrived at the perfect moment for a moviegoing public starved for smart adult humor. The result left Steve Carell with a new level of fame, made Judd Apatow a household name, and helped resurrect the R-rated comedy. It didn’t do too badly with critics, either; Bill Muller of the Arizona Republic was solidly in line with the sentiments of his peers when he wrote that Virgin was “a nostalgic, sentimental and wholly bawdy comedy that will make you laugh until your sides hurt.”

Watch Trailer


Trainwreck (2015) 84%

Trainwreck
Apatow has proven himself a reliable incubator for young comics over the years, and although he can’t take credit for the rise of Amy Schumer, there’s no denying the sharp eye for talent he again displayed when he hitched his wagon to her star for the 2015 hit Trainwreck. Directing from a script written by Schumer, Apatow once again helped assemble a picture offering a distaff twist on the boundary-pushing comedy he’d turned into big business a decade before — and although the story was basically just a gender reversal on the same old story about a lovable lout who finds happiness by growing up and embracing commitment, the end result was charming and well-written enough for the vast majority of critics to forgive the familiarity. In fact, argued the New York Post’s Sara Stewart, “Trainwreck is a corrective to a lot of outdated clichés. It’s very funny and sweet and even a little weepy, and it has maybe the best scene ever filmed of dirty talk gone wrong.”

Watch Trailer


Superbad (2007) 88%

Superbad
Having been a staunch supporter of Seth Rogen’s from their days together on the set of Freaks and Geeks, Apatow was already well acquainted with Rogen’s comedic talents even before they teamed up to make a ton of box office cash with Knocked Up — which doubtless had a lot to do with why Apatow was interested in producing Superbad, a high school loss-of-virginity flick in the grand tradition of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and American Pie. Superbad‘s premise, which teamed Jonah Hill and Michael Cera with newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse on a quest to secure booze for a house party, may have been embarrassingly familiar, but Rogen and his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, nonetheless managed to squeeze fresh laughs (and plenty of ticket receipts) from it — not to mention kudos from critics like the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mick LaSalle, who wrote, “for pure laughs, for the experience of just sitting in a chair and breaking up every minute or so, Superbad is 2007’s most successful comedy.”

Watch Trailer


Knocked Up (2007) 89%

Knocked-Up
Schlubby dudes that inexplicably manage to score with babes have been a comedy staple for decades, on screens both small (Newhart, According to Jim) and silver (everything Woody Allen has ever done). Into that rich tradition stepped 2007’s Knocked Up, Apatow’s wildly successful directorial follow-up to The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which paired rumpled slacker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) with gorgeous E! Network employee Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) for a look at what can happen when you head to a club, have a few too many drinks, and don’t give a lot of thought to who comes home with you. (This is Hollywood, of course, so what ends up happening is everlasting love, but not before a lot of funnier, more unpleasant consequences.) An enormous box office success, Knocked Up kickstarted Rogen’s career, cemented Apatow’s standing as a purveyor of fine adult comedies, and earned the adoration of critics such as Stephanie Zacharek of Salon, who called it “Hilarious from moment to moment, but leaving behind both a warm glow and a sting. This is a picture that refuses to fetishize either the ability to conceive or the significance of our place in the universe once we’ve done so.”

Watch Trailer


Bridesmaids (2011) 90%

Bridesmaids
Apatow made a name for himself with crass humor largely brought to life by man-child protagonists, but the bros took a back seat for 2011’s Bridesmaids, in which director Paul Feig corralled a crew of hilarious ladies — including Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and Kristen Wiig (who co-wrote the script with Annie Mumolo) — to depict their bawdy misadventures during the days leading up to a wedding. After helping make the box office safe for R-rated comedy, Apatow helped prove audiences were just as willing to turn out for grown-up laughs of the female-driven variety — and nearly $300 million in receipts later, the end result looked like the beginning of a paradigm shift in Hollywood. “It’s not a movie for people looking for a decorous night at the movies,” admitted the Newark Star-Ledger’s Stephen Whitty. “It is a film, though, for folks eager for some good dirty jokes, some refreshingly real female characters – and, just maybe, a new comic voice.”

Watch Trailer

(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

 

Eric Roberts is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and prolific actors — the last time we added it up, he had starred in hundreds of projects. His most current film is Compadres, an action comedy about revenge and computer hacking. With such a varied filmography himself, what five films make the cut as his favorite?

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) 83%

I love this movie because I love anything Bill Hader does. And he’s especially great here. Everyone is at their funniest, and Mila Kunis is at her best. Wonderful moments and innuendo.

Harold and Maude (1971) 85%

I’ve just always loved everything Hal Ashby does. This movie is a strange thing of beauty.

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) 90%

A great film that happens to feature my wife, Eliza. And even my stepson Keaton Simons is in it! (Eliza was pregnant when she played “Brunella” in Animal House). Animal House captured a time and a corner of our world perfectly.

Unfaithful (2002) 50%

Adrian Lyne is a genius of a filmmaker. This film captures truth in moments. It is the finest performance ever from these actors, every single one of them.

Three Days of the Condor (1975) 88%

Written by one of my fathers-in-law. You feel like you experience the truth behind what government presents to us.


Compadres opens April 22nd in limited release.

The 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were given on January 8, 2009, to honor the finest achievements in 2008 filmmaking. A list of nominees follows below, with winners in bold:

Best Picture:
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Wall-E
The Wrestler

Best Actor:
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Actress (Tie):
Kate Beckinsale, Nothing But the Truth
Cate Blanchett, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt

Best Supporting Actor:
Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

James Franco, Milk

Best Supporting Actress:
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Vera Farmiga, Nothing But the Truth
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Acting Ensemble:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Doubt
Milk

Rachel Getting Married

Best Director:
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

Best Writer:
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

Best Animated Feature:
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Wall-E
Waltz With Bashir

Best Young Actor/Actress:
Dakota Fanning, The Secret Life of Bees
David Kross, The Reader
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

Brandon Walters, Australia

Best Action Movie:
The Dark Knight

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man
Quantum of Solace
Wanted

Best Comedy Movie:
Burn After Reading
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Role Models
Tropic Thunder

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Foreign Language Film:
A Christmas Tale
Gomorrah
I’ve Loved You So Long
Let the Right One In
Mongol
Waltz With Bashir

Best Documentary Feature:
I.O.U.S.A.
Man On Wire

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Standard Operating Procedure
Young At Heart

Source: Broadcast Film Critics Association

News of The Dark Knight‘s December release leads a huge week for DVD lovers, and it’s only getting bigger! First, check out our exclusive extended Dubai deleted scene from Iron Man, in which Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) parties it up in the Middle East with Ghostface Killah and a bevy of bikini-clad ladies. Then, watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes video diary from the set of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which the ever-cheeky (and topless) Russell Brand profiles his co-stars in the hotel lobby scene, and engages in some racy chat with Kristen Bell. And did we mention all the best (and strangest) new releases of the week?

1. New to DVD: Iron Man — 93%


Marvel’s Iron Man enjoyed a smashing debut this summer (that is, until that pesky Caped Crusader smashed even harder), raking in over $570 million in worldwide sales and making Robert Downey Jr. a bona fide action hero. Expect Tony Stark’s heroic exploits to be just as dazzling on DVD, as Paramount offers plenty of extras for diehard fans this week!

Iron Man is available this week in a single-disc edition, an Ultimate 2-disc Edition, and on Blu-ray; a wealth of bonus features accompany the 2-disc and Blu-ray releases, including deleted scenes (Tony Stark in Dubai! Ghostface Killah’s cutting room cameo!), a seven-part making-of documentary, a six-part character history, and Downey Jr.’s screen test — as if there was ever any doubt that he could pull off the role of a charming, sardonic playboy-cum-superhero. And those are just the highlights. The 2-disc release also includes a look at Iron Man’s visual effects, image galleries, and more.

We’ve snagged an extended look at the deleted Dubai party scene tantalizingly leaked a few months back. “I would like to throw a party,” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tells Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). “So could you get the house in Dubai ready?” The rest is deleted scene history, as Tony enters his own lavish pool party, replete with celebrity guests, scantily-clad ladies, and a few unfinished green screen backgrounds. Watch it now!


As usual, the Blu-ray element should up the ante…that is, if Iron Man makes it to Blu-ray as planned. (Duh-duh-duhhhhh!) Reports late last week cited a Paramount recall of its Iron Man Blu-ray discs due to an authoring glitch, though the studio has since assured fans that retailers will have replacement discs in by September 30. Let’s hope so, since Iron Man is a movie that was always destined for 1080p High Definition. Blu-only features include a 3-D interactive look at Iron Monger and Iron Man’s suits, plus a BD-Live user-generated trivia challenge.

Next: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, plus a cheeky exclusive Russell Brand and Kristen Bell clip!

2. New to DVD: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Although it’s not one of the superhero movies that dominated the summer box office, Forgetting Sarah Marshall was the story of another kind of hero: a doughy Average Joe (Jason Segal) who could pull both Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis, thus earning the respect of geeky boys everywhere. With Judd Apatow as its producer, Forgetting Sarah Marshall resonated like the soft sound of male genitalia slapping gently against a warm thigh…

As a special gift to you, we present an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘s Russell Brand as he surveys his half-naked co-stars while filming the hotel lobby scene — decide for yourself if you believe his claim that Kristen Bell has used each glimpse of his nude torso as a “masturbatory opportunity.”

Ahem. The fine folks at Universal have been quite generous with the home video treatment here, making Forgetting Sarah Marshall available in a single-disc Unrated edition ($29.98), a three-disc Unrated Collector’s Edition ($34.98) and on Blu-ray ($39.98). While casual viewers can make do with the single-disc release (which features a commentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a “line-o-rama”) the Apatow faithful will be delighted to find behind-the-scenes extras on the three-disc release beyond their wildest imaginations. Here find cast audition tapes, footage from Sarah Marshall’s television show “Crime Scene,” an alternate take and table read of “Dracula’s Lament,” and two cast and crew commentaries. Finally, cap things off with Jason Segal’s “Sex-o-rama” and “Drunk-o-rama” montages and on-set video diaries filmed during production.

And we haven’t even gotten to the Blu-ray exclusive content: a Picture-in-Picture making-of feature, video and visual commentaries, a custom feature that allows you to program your own montage and six sing-along karaoke tracks!

Next: Holy Blu-ray, Batman!

3. The Dark Knight Coming to DVD/Blu-ray in December!


Mark your calendars for December 9, because that will be the day you’ll get your grubby little hands on 2008’s most anticipated DVD: The Dark Knight!

After early reports went unconfirmed for months, Warner Bros. has finally announced their release of The Dark Knight on DVD and Blu-ray this December. Expect both a 2-disc standard DVD and a 2-disc Blu-ray release, plus limited editions of both housed in a collectible “Bat Pod” case.

Special features on both the standard and Blu-ray release include all six sequences shot in IMAX, six episodes of Gotham City’s news show Gotham Tonight, image galleries, a digital copy of the film, and “Gotham Uncovered,” which shows “how Christopher Nolan and his team developed the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod and composer Hans Zimmer musically characterized The Joker’s reign of chaos.”

Additional features found only on Blu-ray include Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene, a HD feature on Batman’s gadgets, and a second HD feature on perhaps the most compelling aspect of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series to date: Batman Unmasked — The Psychology of The Dark Knight. BD-Live will be enabled on the release, although content specs have yet to be announced.

Next: Hellboy II DVD details revealed!

4. Hellboy II DVD Details Released

Speaking of summer hits headed to DVD, we’ve got news of what the fall release of Hellboy II: the Golden Army will look like. Universal will release Hellboy II in a standard single-disc edition ($29.98), a three-disc Special Edition ($34.98), and on two-disc Blu-ray ($39.98) November 11, and as expected there will be a host of bonus features to behold.

For standard-disc buyers, there shall be a nice package of extras including two commentaries with director Guillermo del Toro and his cast; behind-the-scenes mini documentaries; deleted scenes with optional commentary; a look at the elaborate Troll Market set; and an animated comic-style epilogue.

Three-disc and Blu-ray buyers will get even more extras, including a peek at del Toro’s personal notebook, storyboards and concept art, and the film’s script, plus tons of Blu-ray exclusive content. (We can’t wait to build our own Hellboy comic!)

Since Christmas will be right around the corner by the time Hellboy II hits shelves, we recommend putting the limited edition Collector’s Set on your holiday wish list ($64.98), which comes with a nifty collectible Golden Army statuette. Tell Mom and Dad to preorder now!

Next: Max Payne Director saving “Gamers’ Cut” for DVD

5. Max Payne Director saving “Gamers’ Cut” for DVD

After winning his recent battle to get the forthcoming video game adaptation Max Payne reduced from an R to a teen-safe PG-13 rating, director John Moore talked to GameDaily about his plans for Max Payne‘s DVD release. Having had to make cuts to his original theatrical version to appease the MPAA, Moore is planning on giving DVD viewers something closer to his unadulterated take on the uber-violent first person shooter:

“There’s what I call the Gamer Dedicated Cut of the movie. It’s a little slower and a little more atmospheric. There are some rougher edges on it, but it’s not going to be a bloodfest. I want this to be the Max Payne that I set out to shoot. It’s not that I wanted to release one version in the theaters and make a cheap buck by following up with a blood-drenched DVD version. The movie you see in the theaters will be an intense experience and the movie you see on DVD will be as intense an experience with some extra sensibilities for people who really adore the game.”

Max Payne hits theaters October 17.

Next: David Hasselhoff is Nick Fury

6. David Hasselhoff’s Nick Fury Released “By Popular Demand”
nick fury

We should have led off this week’s column with the following HUGE news, but oh well. Best Buy has announced that this week they will release the 1998 superhero movie Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. — yes, the very same made-for-TV movie that starred none other than David Hasselhoff as Marvel’s hard boiled, cigar-chomping Army super-spy. That’s right, The Hoff himself. As Nick Fury. Take a moment to let that sink in.

More shocking than the news itself is Best Buy’s explanation for releasing the film for the first time ever on DVD, a decade after it first aired: it was “due to popular demand,” they claim. Guess ten years of daily visits to his local Best Buy really paid off for the Hoff!

The news does dig up a few interesting facts: Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was produced by Stan Lee and Avi Arad and written by future comics-to-film fixture David S. Goyer, right between his scripting duties for Dark City and Blade, and many years before his Batman Begins and The Dark Knight turned the idea of comic book movies as we knew them inside out.

Head to Best Buy for the exclusive DVD release of Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. ($22.98).

Next: Get your steroid on with Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

7. New on DVD: Bigger, Stronger, Faster * — 97%

Also new to DVD this week is Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, a fascinating documentary about steroid use and America’s obsession with physical self-improvement. Before anyone was talking about growth hormones and juicing in professional sports, were the beefed-up action heroes of the ’80s to blame for inspiring amateur bodybuilders to push the boundaries of their natural-born bodies?

Director Christopher Bell should know — he once took steroids himself, and turns his lens on his own two brothers, who still juice without apology. Certified Fresh at 97 percent on the Tomatometer, put this doc on your must-watch list this week.

Next: Diving Bell director + Velvet Underground front man = Lou Reed’s Berlin

8. New on DVD: Lou Reed’s Berlin — 76%

Like Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones, and Jonathan Demme and Neil Young before him, director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) had a cinematic vision for the musical artist who significantly inspired him; Lou Reed’s Berlin is that vision. Schnabel’s film captures the 2006 revival of Reed’s 1973 rock opera concept album Berlin, which performed poorly at the time of release but has since been recognized among the former Velvet Underground front man’s best solo work.

The top-shelf talent enlisted for the concert and film include award-winning cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who also pulled camera duty in Scorsese’s Stones doc Shine a Light; soul singers Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) and the dynamic Sharon Jones (of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings) provide back-up for Reed on stage. Song lyrics and a lengthy interview with Reed round out the DVD.

Next: Fat Jared Leto To Freak You Out on DVD

9. New on DVD: Chapter 27 — 48%

Also new to DVD this week is Chapter 27, a potentially compelling look at the inner torment and deteriorating psyche of Mark David Chapman leading up to his assassination of John Lennon. Oh, who are we kidding? We just want to see Fat Jared Leto!

The truth is, critics widely panned Chapter 27 as a jumble of quirks and psychotic episodes that ultimately didn’t answer the biggest question in their minds: Why did Chapman kill one of his former idols? A textbook festival film, this indulgent indie struggled to find theatrical distribution and made less than $60,000 when it opened stateside in limited release. But with pretty boy Leto gone full ugly, and Lindsey Lohan as a Beatles fan named Jude, this train wreck might be worth a rental.

Next: Blu-ray Pick of the Week: John Carpenter’s The Thing

10. Blu-ray Pick of the Week: John Carpenter’s The Thing

Each week more and more catalog titles get the High Def treatment, which is great for Blu-ray owners (if not for their wallets). This week our Blu pick is John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), which Universal brings to full glory in a brand new release.

The chilling tale of an Arctic research team that stumbles upon a terrifying, shape-shifting alien being was not a hit upon initial release, but has transformed into a cult horror classic. Carpenter’s overloaded gore will simply delight horror nuts in HD; what better use is there for your 1080p screen than watching a severed head sprout legs and run off into the dark? Considering how attuned Carpenter was to the role of sound and score in his films, Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack also benefits from the disc’s lossless audio.

The Blu-ray title includes the U-Control feature, which presents pop-up trivia throughout the film, and a commentary track with Carpenter and star Kurt Russell (who collaborated with the director again on cult hits Escape from L.A., Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China).

To revisit past RT on DVD columns, peruse our archives here!

Tag Cloud

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