Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Biutiful to True Blood: The Complete Third Season

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Biutiful to True Blood: The Complete Third Season

May 31, 2011

This week: Javier Bardem slums it in Barcelona, Nicolas Cage is hell on wheels, the vampires bite back and Gregg Araki goes nuclear.

Biutiful: Javier Bardem earned an Oscar nomination for his powerful portrayal of Uxbal—a small-time criminal working as a middleman between a Chinese sweatshop that makes counterfeit purses and the African immigrants who sell the knockoffs on the streets of Barcelona. Uxbal is dying and his time is running out, but before he goes he tries to make peace with his bipolar wife for the sake of his two young children. Helmed by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Biutiful is a real downer and almost unbearable to wallow in for its full 148 minutes, but you'll actually root for Uxbal and hope he finds some solace at the end of his miserable existence.

Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain two behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews with the cast.

Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Drive Angry: Nicolas Cage plays John Milton—a criminal who has literally escaped from hell to track down and kill Jonah King (Billy Burke), a cult leader who has killed Milton's daughter and is planning to sacrifice Milton's granddaughter at a satanic ritual. Along the way to the black mass at an abandoned prison in Louisiana, Milton picks up a sassy Southern waitress named Piper (Amber Heard)—a kindred spirit with her own ax to grind. Drive Angry is over-the-top ridiculous and you'll start to question Cage's sanity if you haven't already, but you might just have brainless fun if you surrender to the outlandish story and watch all hell break loose, especially on the Blu-ray 3D version.

Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray editions contain a commentary and deleted scenes; the BD has "Access: Drive Angry"—dynamic scene-specific features including interviews and more.

Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

True Blood: The Complete Third Season: The vampires, shapeshifters and werewolves return to "do bad things with you," as the opening song goes, in the third season of the hit HBO show about vampires coming out of the coffin. This time Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) takes off to Mississippi to rescue Bill (Stephen Moyer) from a powerful vampire king, Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), and the werewolves that do his bidding. In between all the fang-banging fun in Mississippi and back home in Bon Temps, Louisiana, Sookie discovers that it's no accident that vampires want to nibble on her—she is part fairy, and her magical blood is like liquid crack to the undead, including her vampire beau. The unabashed Southern decadence is still seductive in these 12 bloody good episodes that arrive just in time for the fourth season premiere on June 26.

Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentaries, post mortems, behind-the-scenes featurettes, "True Blood Lines" and Snoop Dog's "Oh Sookie" music video; the BD adds the completely immersive "Enhanced Viewing Experiences" on every episode.

Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me

Kaboom: The Doom Generation director Gregg Araki's latest is a bizarre sci-fi comedy about a group of sexually adventurous college students (Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple and Chris Zylka) in a seaside town and a secret sect plotting to detonate dozens of nuclear bombs. Araki's hallucinatory, pansexual movies are not for mainstream audiences, but fans of the director's work and midnight-movie enthusiasts will appreciate Kaboom's explosively original premise.

Best extras: The DVD has a commentary with Araki and Dekker, deleted scenes and a blooper reel.

Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Also New This Week: Legend: Ultimate Edition (BD), Barry Lyndon (BD), Lolita (BD), American Graffiti (BD), Big Jake (BD), Rio Lobo (BD), Passion Play, A Clockwork Orange: 40th Anniversary Edition (BD), Waiting City and Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection

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