Every week, we tell you what dvd's are coming out. You really shouldn't take the fact that we mention a movie as a recommendation for you to pick it up. Starting this week, one of us will be putting together a pretty short list of DVD's you should pick up along with the cheapest place to pick it up online. Unlike with the show, we'll also be looking for the best price for Standard Def DVD and Bluray. We aren't making any money by linking to any site, and even if we do at some point, this column will be the exception to that rule. I'm a notorious bargain hunter, so I'll be looking for the cheapest price (including shipping), period. With that, on to this week's picks!
Final Note: Check the deals of the week before taking the plunge on any of these DVD's. There's some info you'll want to have.
I mentioned this on the show a couple of weeks ago, but it bears talking about on its own. You can now leave us a voicemail at (719) 387-1804. I have it on good authority that some famous people may be leaving us messages in the future. If you leave us a voicemail, we'll play it! And yes, this includes you, Jabba.
Josh's Score: 7.5/10
First time writer/director Bryan Bertino gives us a sharp horror thriller that defiantly works. While some claim that it might not be as smart as this years earlier thriller Funny Games, The Strangers delivers more scares than many of the recent thrillers of the past couple years.The story takes place in a secluded farmhouse that James (Scott Speedman) and Kristen (Liv Tyler) are staying the night in after their return from a friend’s wedding reception. The couple seems to be having some communication issues, and Bertino is brave enough to slowly reveal what exactly those issues are. It isn’t to long after they arrive that someone starts beating on their door. The night suddenly turns into a battle for survival as James and Kristen must overcome their differences to try and stay alive against the brutal actions from the strangers outside.
Today is truly a sad day for me in particular. We have lost a true comedy legend in Harvey Korman. Mr. Korman had a spectacular sense of timing and was able to be moustache-twirling evil while being hysterical at the same time. He's known best to movie geeks for his portrayal as Hedley Lamar in Mel Brooks' classic Blazing Saddles. He's also loved for his parts in High Anxiety and History of the World: Part 1. Some people even know him as the voice of The Great Gazoo in the Flinstones cartoons. I appreciate him in all of those roles as well, but my appreciation for the man started with The Carol Burnett Show.
Harvey is best known for cracking up at what Tim Conway did to him. Unlike what you see on Saturday Night Live, this was a case of genuine and glorious sabotage. Tim was notorious for going through rehersals according to the script, but then doing something completely different when the shows were taped. In light of that fact, I think it's remarkable that he kept it together as long as he did. That's not to say that what Tim Conway did wasn't funny, but it explains all the crackups. His take on Gone With the Wind is the stuff of legends and he was the ultimate straight man to Tim Conway. I'm very disappointed that I didn't get to see these two live when they came through town years ago, and now we've lost this legend.
I'll continue to get great enjoyment from Mr. Korman's work and share his special brand of humor with as many people as I can. You will be missed, Mr. Korman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Korman's friends and family.
After the jump, I've embedded a scene from Blazing Saddles and part 1 of an interview done with the Archive of American Television.
In case you didn't know that already. Here are the wieners (see what I did there?) of this year's “ceremony”. Actually I don't really feel like going through that so here's the highlights. Best Movie went to Barry's favorite film of 2007, Transformers. Best Kiss went to Barry's favorite film of ever, Step Up 2 The Streets. Best Fight went to NEVAH BACK DOWN!!!!!! Breakthrough performance went to his douchiness, Zac Efron. And Best Comedic Performance went to Johnny Depp in POTC 3. I personally thought he was funnier in Sweeney Todd.