It’s a good week to catch up on your favorite shows before the new TV season begins (Heroes Season Two) and a good week to satisfy your curiosity for a certain guilty pleasure (Uwe Boll‘s Postal). Read on for exclusive clips from Heroes Season Two and Postal, and find out what new releases you should be looking for this week on DVD, including Redbelt, What Happens in Vegas, Son of Rambow, and more!

NBC’s Heroes was a pop culture phenomenon from the get-go, a riveting comic book come to life that followed a host of heroes — and villains — as they gradually developed their powers. Season 2, on DVD this week, continues the epic story as the line between good and evil becomes blurred, new characters emerge, and the fate of the world once more lies in the hands of Peter Petrelli.

We’ve snagged an exclusive clip from the Heroes Season Two DVD release, in which cast member Zachary Quinto (who will also appear as Spock in next year’s Star Trek) sheds light into the motivations of the show’s preeminent villain: the all-powerful sociopath (we think he’s just misunderstood) Sylar.


But wait, there’s more! We’ve got another exclusive bonus clip for you from another of this week’s most anticipated — and notorious — titles: Postal, from director-businessman-pugilist Uwe Boll. (Get an intriguing rare glimpse into the mind of Boll in our interview here.) Postal, adapted from the video game of the same name, offers an irreverent, bawdy, and violent satire of American society and politics made the only way Uwe Boll could have done it: with a star-crossed romance between George W. and Osama bin Laden, full frontal Dave Foley, Verne Troyer as himself, and a cameo by none other than…Uwe Boll!

As a treat for our readers, we exclusively bring you a sneak peek at the full “Raging Boll” bonus feature from the DVD release of Postal. Watch and see why Uwe earned his pugilistic nickname, as he enters the ring to go head-to-head with Something Awful critic Richard “Lowtax” Kyanka!


Click on for this week’s exciting new releases, including What Happens in Vegas, Redbelt and more!

What Happens in Vegas



Tomatometer: 27%

If only this movie had stayed in Vegas. The unholy union of pretty boy Ashton Kutcher and bubbly blonde Cameron Diaz was a summer event destined for boffo box office returns, released smack dab in the middle of wedding season as the chick-friendly alternative to muscular blockbusters like Iron Man and Indiana Jones. And, thanks to their combined powers of evil — vapid good looks and daffy charm, the movie-star equivalent of a smile and nod — Ashton and Cameron raked in a whopping $211 million in worldwide returns.

Bonus Features:

A single-disc and an extended “Jackpot” edition are available, which begs the question: is it worth the gamble? You’ll find extra features galore on both DVD releases, though seven deleted and extended scenes are only available on Blu-ray.



Postal



Tomatometer: 9%

Shockingly, it would seem Uwe Boll‘s projections for Postal, his latest video game adaptation, is far from Fresh. Congrats are nevertheless in order, since Uwe Boll’s comically violent, self-referential political satire is, at nine percent on the Tomatometer — his highest-rated film since debuting with 2002’s Blackwoods (11%). So celebrate his career upswing (and satisfy your own morbid curiosity, dear reader) as Postal debuts on DVD this week.

Bonus Features:

Uwe Boll is a smart man. And he knows what we want. The media-savvy filmmaker includes a feature commentary on Postal‘s DVD release, footage of his infamous “Raging Boll” boxing matches, a clip of Verne Troyer as Indiana Jones, and more. Showing their support for what Boll hath wrought from their video game, the makers of Postal have included the complete PC game Postal 2 in the release (creator Vince Desi also cameos in the film as himself).

**Reminder: Buying Postal on DVD is exactly what Uwe Boll wants you to do. If you watch it, he wins…and we all lose.

Redbelt



Tomatometer: 71%

If you did a double take when you heard of Redbelt, join the club. A Mixed Martial Arts movie written and directed by…David Mamet?? Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, and Randy Couture star in the favorably-reviewed morality play, written with less of Mamet’s signature talkiness. Watch it in a double feature with the other MMA drama of 2008, Never Back Down.

Bonus Features:

Featurettes on the making-of process and Mixed Martial Arts put the focus on the fighting, as do “Fighter Profiles” and an interview with UFC President Dana White. The crown jewel of Redbelt‘s DVD release is its feature-length commentary, which presents the unlikeliest of duos together, at long last: David Mamet and Randy Couture.


Son of Rambow


Tomatometer:
75%

Ever daydream as a child and find yourself smack dab in the middle of your favorite movie? Young Will (Bill Milner) does just that, as a chance viewing of Rambo: First Blood inspires him to let his imagination fly, leading him and his friends to make their own sequel for a local filmmaker’s competition. It’s a throwback to the sounds, sights, and great action flicks of the ’80s (and ladies, catch Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick in a supporting role). If you see one new release this week, make it this gem of a film, which is Certified Fresh to boot.

Bonus Features:

Director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith (the filmmaking team known as Hammer & Tongs, who also made 2005’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and their tremendously poised young actors Bill Milner and Will Poulter provide a commentary and look at the making of the film, including peeks inside their production offices, parked on barges on a London canal.



Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?


Tomatometer: 36%

The most interesting discovery in Morgan Spurlock‘s latest documentary isn’t whether or not he actually finds Osama bin Laden (guess what — he doesn’t) but what he learns along the way. As with his Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, Where in the World relies a bit too heavily on gimmicks (such as a faux-video game showdown between a pixilated Spurlock and bin Laden), but unearths common ground between Americans and the people of nations halfway around the world.

Bonus Features:

Additional interviews with political figures and an animated history of Afghanistan bolster Spurlock’s cross-cultural debate.


A/k/a Tommy Chong


Tomatometer: 70%

As one half of the duo Cheech & Chong, Tommy Chong became one of the biggest pro-cannabis celebrities in Hollywood; in 2003, that fame also made him one of the biggest targets in a $12 million DEA sting, one of the biggest “enemies” in the War on Drugs. Director Josh Gilbert’s involving documentary follows the actor-comedian as he grapples with the government, pleads guilty, and is sentenced to nine months in prison for financing a glass pipe company owned by his son — a conviction pursued and intentionally made harsher because of Chong’s famous onscreen persona. (Last May, 10,000 copies of A/K/A Tommy Chong DVDs were seized by federal agents under the direction of U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan, the same prosecutor who spearheaded Tommy Chong’s case.)

Bonus Features:

Chong appears with former partner Cheech Marin for an interview (the duo reunited for a road show following Chong’s incarceration) and sits down to discuss his case with his family in an additional featurette.


Heroes – Season Two


Tomatometer: N/A

Having aired only eleven episodes during its second season (thanks, writers’ strike!), Heroes didn’t have the chance to show us what it really had in store for Peter Petrelli, Claire Bennett, Hiro Nakamura and the rest of the super gang…until now. Snag Heroes Season Two on DVD to hear insightful episode commentaries and deleted scenes — but most importantly, learn of the Season Two that might have been. Think plague, contamination, and large-scale action set pieces — elements that might have saved Heroes from its perceived sophomore slump.

Bonus Features:

Watch the alternate ending and a featurette that delves deeper into the original story arcs planned for Season Two, plus deleted scenes, faux documentaries, and a sneak peek at Season Three!


Entourage – Season Four


Tomatometer: N/A

Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and Co. go on location for a film about a Columbian drug lord, then take it all the way to the Cannes Film Festival in the Emmy-nominated fourth season of HBO’s Entourage. Watch for guest stars like Anna Faris, M. Night Shyamalan, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West.

Bonus Features:

Three episode commentaries and the fake trailer for Vincent’s film, Medellin, should prove entertaining, but core fans will really love a panel filmed during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, featuring Entourage‘s cast and crew as interviewed by critic Elvis Mitchell.


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 2-Disc Collector’s Edition


Tomatometer: N/A

It always seems to happen this way; your favorite movie comes out in a special edition DVD, only to be upgraded years later with yet another, more special, collector’s edition! If you can come to terms with this inevitability, you’ll do a celebratory skeleton dance for the latest home video release of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which has been digitally restored (read: more vivid colors, previously unnoticeable visual details) and is available in a 2-disc Collector’s Edition, an Ultimate Collector’s Edition that comes with a talking Jack Skellington bust, and on Blu-ray.

Bonus Features:

The limited run Ultimate Collector’s Edition Skellington bust will be a must-have item for diehard fans, something the goth kids won’t be able to pick up at Hot Topic. Otherwise, a host of new featurettes accompany previously released DVD extras, including a tour of Disneyland’s Nightmare-themed Haunted Mansion, a newly recorded commentary track combining the memories of Tim Burton, director Henry Selick, and composer Danny Elfman, and the reading of Burton’s original Nightmare poem read by Christopher Lee, animated in 2-D with Burton’s early concept art.

Want another glimpse of this super-special, hand-painted Jack Skellington bust that doubles as a DVD set and comes with optional Sandy Claws dress-up gear? Disney’s put together a nifty stop-motion demo of their own to show you what it will be like to have Jack sitting on your mantle this Christmas. Watch below.


To read previous installments of RT on DVD, check out our column archives here. ‘Til next week, happy renting!

Morgan Spurlock - WireImage.comWith his first documentary, Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock used his own body to examine America’s culture of obesity. And now with Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? he once again puts himself front and centre to look at the so-called “war on terror”. The result is a strange hybrid of movie styles that opts for entertainment rather than provocation.

In person, he’s surprisingly tall (6’2) and a very youthful 37, even with that trademark redneck-style handlebar moustache. He’s also open and friendly, so it’s immediately clear why he puts the interviewees in his films at ease. We start with the genre question…

How do you describe this film? It’s a comedy, road movie, political documentary mash-up.

Morgan Spurlock: I think that’s a genre all to itself. I’m in a genre of one!

The other docs about Iraq and Afghanistan are much more serious. The Oscar winner Taxi to the Dark Side and Errol MorrisStandard Operating Procedure are virtually horror films. How does your film sit alongside them?

MS: I think mine’s funnier. Taxi to the Dark Side is an incredible film and a very scary movie. Alex Gibney is an amazing filmmaker. And Errol Morris makes some of the most beautiful films ever. Someone once asked me to compare my films to his, and I said, “Well, Errol Morris makes poetry; I make popcorn.” I try to make films for a very general audience. I really don’t want to preach to the choir.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

Well, you definitely take a more personal, less political approach.

MS: When we started this whole journey, we talked to a lot of politicians who give you the same answer that every politician gives you. For this movie, we shot 900 hours of footage and had about 100 hours of archival material, so we could have gone in three or four different directions. But for me it was a personal journey. What I think the film does really well is that it gives a voice and shows people that I don’t see on television or hear their points of view. And I think that to get to see inside their homes is really nice.

And then there’s the fact that you’re doing this because your wife is pregnant.

MS: We were about two months into preproduction on the film, looking at how you find Osama bin Laden, when we found out Alex was pregnant. Oh, well maybe we shouldn’t do this then! But when she and I started talking about it, she became supportive, because it wasn’t just where is he and why haven’t we caught him or what created him, but what kind of world am I going to bring a kid into. And that really resonated with her as well.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

Did you know from the start that you were going to focus on everyday people?

MS: No, not until we got overseas and started talking to them. I knew I wanted to talk to somebody like me – a young father who either is going to have a baby or already has a baby. And once we did the first family interview in Egypt, I said we have to do this everywhere. We were talking to people on the streets who don’t have any vested interest in being re-elected. To have that type of real honesty is rare.

In the film, you travel from Morocco to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. What would a making-of doc be like – On the Road With Morgan?

MS: It was a nightmare. There were definitely things that happened to us that were funnier than what’s on screen, but you can’t put that in there. There were multiple times that somebody got some sort of stomach illness from the food that we were eating. I was laid up a couple of times. Our security advisor was laid up for three days when we were on the base in Kandahar from something we ate while we were out in one of the villages. I’ll try anything, but our local fixers were saying, “You can’t eat that,” and I was like, “Why not? They eat it!” And you’re eating this thing on a stick, and I’m asking, “What is it?” And the fixer says, “They said it’s goat.” And I whisper, “Is it goat?” And the fixer just looks at me as if to say, “That is not goat.” Like it’s some kind of wild Afghan dog. Don’t ask, just eat it and nod, “Mmm, good!”

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

There must have been some scary situations too?

MS: Well, we were embedded with the troops, and those guys are targets every day. When we first got to Afghanistan we were staying in a guest hotel, and in the middle of the night somebody started banging on my room. This was just after our security advisor had told us that if someone knocks, don’t answer your door, because people had been killed and kidnapped in that environment. So I was like, “Who is it?” And they just keep knocking. So I’m calling our security advisor on the radio, and there’s no answer. Finally I picked up the heaviest object in the room, and I’m standing next to the door, and they keep knocking. And after about 20 minutes they went away. So the next morning we asked the employees, who said, “We have no idea. We didn’t see anyone.” It was scary, and that was my first night in Kabul. And then right before the film opened, just down the road from where we were staying, the Taliban ambushed a hotel and killed I don’t know how many people. Actually, it’s gotten more dangerous in Kabul than when we were there.

Did the experience change your view of America?

MS: Personally, I have this vision of how I want America to be. But you really get a sense of how untrue a lot of the things are when you get overseas, when you talk to people who live in “democracies” that are backed by the US, where the people are oppressed and tortured for speaking out against the government. These people say: “Isn’t it democracy that your country’s all about?” And it’s a lot different hearing somebody say that on television when you can change the channel – enough of that guy, let’s go watch something funny. But here you are in somebody’s home, and you can’t turn it off. You have to really listen to them explain everything that’s happened to them and their families and their neighbours. And it does start to shift your perspective.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

Did it change your opinion of Osama bin Laden himself?

MS: No, I think it changed my perspective in terms of what pushes people to follow someone like Osama bin Laden. Because here’s this guy who has kind of manipulated religious teaching for his own political gain to push his agenda, and here are people who have bought into that for a lot of the wrong reasons. There’s families that don’t have any money and don’t have a lot of opportunity. There’s people who feel like they’ve been completely oppressed by their government, which has been backed by the United States. And you start to see the domino effect of what happens. So for me that was the real eye-opener. I think it will affect everything in my life from now on. You can’t go on a trip like this and come home and put blinders back on and be unaffected. You can’t just ignore it.

Does this mean your next film will be more political?

MS: I don’t know. I grew up in a family of educators, so I think there’s a fantastic movie to be made about the public education system. It would be nice to try and do something like that before my kid actually goes to school.

So your son is going to be the bookmark for your whole career.

MS: Yeah, it’ll be like, “Dad, enough about me!”

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