Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From City Island to Survival of the Dead

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From City Island to Survival of the Dead

Aug 24, 2010

This week: Andy Garcia heads a City Island family with more secrets than the Pentagon while George Romero's zombies terrorize an island with two warring families.

City Island: Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a prison guard from Bronx's City Island who sneaks off to acting classes and bonds with a classmate (Emily Mortimer) while his dysfunctional family harbors secrets of their own: closet-smoker wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) thinks he is having an affair, daughter Vivian (Dominik García-Lorido) got booted from college for pot and now works as an erotic dancer, and smart-mouthed teenaged son Vinnie (Ezra Miller) has a sexual fetish for BBWs (big beautiful women) and stalks his overweight neighbor. When Vince brings home from prison one Tony Nardella (Steven Strait) who, unbeknownst to the rest of the Rizzos and Tony himself, is actually Vince's long-lost son from another relationship, the accusations and heavily accented shouting matches escalate until everyone is forced to face the music in this Sopranos-flavored family dramedy. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain audio commentary with director Raymond De Felitta and Garcia, the "Dinner With the Rizzos" featurette and deleted scenes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Survival of the Dead: This sixth film in director George A. Romero's Dead series that began in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead picks up exactly where the previous film, 2007's Diary of the Dead, left off. A group of weary soldiers that seeks refuge from the zombie apocalypse makes its way to Plum Island off the coast of Delaware in the hope of finding a quiet oasis but instead finds two warring families—the O'Flynns and Muldoons—who have very different approaches to handling the island's undead population. The Muldoons chain up the zombies and try to get them to eat something other than human flesh, while the O'Flynns simply aim for the head. This gory sequel features a lot of explosive effects and should satisfy fans of Romero's epic horror series. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a commentary and introduction by Romero, the documentary "Walking After Midnight" and the short film Sarge. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

The Back-up Plan: Tailor-made specifically for baby-crazed women, this stillborn comedy stars Jennifer Lopez as a woman who is artificially inseminated and anticipates raising the baby on her own until she meets a dreamy organic farmer (Alex O'Loughlin) who triggers her pairing instinct and prompts her to hide her pregnancy. Yes, what starts out as setup for a modern-day feminist tale about a woman who chooses to go through a pregnancy alone degenerates into the same stale rom-com mating ritual of the fussy gal and the too-good-to-be-true stud who just materializes from thin air one day. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes and a cheesy making-of featurette. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me

Lost: The Complete Collection: Even though the recently aired conclusion wasn't entirely satisfying and didn't even attempt to tie up all the loose threads ABC's drama created during its six-year run, Lost made us wait on bated breath to see what would happen to the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 that crashed on a mysterious tropical island. All 117 mind-bending episodes come packaged in this handsome pyramid-shaped set that has a replica of the island on the top and comes with a handy episode guide booklet, a black-light torch, a Lost senet game as seen in season six, a recovered black rock journal entry and an ankh with a secret message from Jacob. Best extras: The set contains over 32 hours of bonus material from all the seasons and three hours of never-before-seen extras, including an all-new chapter called "The New Man in Charge"—the final word in this epic adventure. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me Also New This Week: $5 a Day, 2:22, Abandoned, Dorian Gray, The Great Rift, The Simpsons: The Thirteenth Season and The Square

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