Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Death at a Funeral to The Joneses

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Death at a Funeral to The Joneses

Aug 10, 2010

This week: Neil LaBute is back in black while David Duchovny and Demi Moore are not what they appear to be.

Death at a Funeral: Director Neil LaBute's black comedies like The Shape of Things, Your Friends & Neighbors and In the Company of Men always push the envelope even if you sometimes feel guilty for having enjoyed them. His latest—a remake of the British film of the same name about a family funeral where everything goes wrong—doesn't work as well as the original but features some memorable off-color moments from its ensemble cast, which includes Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana and many more. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain audio commentary by LaBute and Rock, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a behind-the-scenes featurette about remaking the film and "Death for Real," in which the cast and crew discuss their thoughts about death. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

The Joneses: Kate and Steve Jones (played by Demi Moore and David Duchovny) look like the picture-perfect family when they move into a suburban neighborhood with their two kids. It isn't long before others start to covet thy neighbor's goods since the trendsetting Joneses have a seemingly endless supply of high-tech gadgets, cars, flashy clothes and other toys. What the neighbors don't know in this often funny dramedy is that the Joneses are a sham—a fake family commissioned by a marketing company to push luxury products in a target area. Best extras: Both the DVD and the Blu-ray contain deleted scenes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

In the Shadow of the Moon: This compelling documentary looks back at the nine spacecraft that journeyed to the moon between 1968 and 1972 and the 12 men that walked on its surface. For the first and possibly last time, the surviving crew members from all of the Apollo missions come together to tell their stories about being the only human beings to have walked on another world. Their firsthand testimonies are interwoven with remastered NASA archival footage, much of which has never been seen before by the general public. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain an intro by Apollo 13 director Ron Howard, a commentary track, "Scoring Apollo," "Ron Howard: Inspired by Apollo" as well as bonus interviews and stories. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me

National Lampoon's Vacation (Blu-ray): The original 1983 Vacation movie follows the Griswalds (Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron) on their hilarious cross-country journey from Chicago to Walley World, an amusement park in California. Everything that could go wrong does along the way, and 27 years later it is still a hoot to watch. Shame on Warner Bros., however, for not giving this classic American comedy its due. Although this BD debut is the best the film has ever looked at home, it is slapped onto disc with a mono audio track and no new supplements of note. Best extras: The only bonus features are a recycled DVD audio track featuring the cast and crew (Chase's off-the-wall remarks are the highlight) and a quick intro with Chase, Randy Quaid and Matty Simmons that was recorded for the 20th anniversary DVD back in 2003. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (hold off on buying until Warner Bros. releases a proper anniversary edition on Blu-ray with a suitcase full of new features)

Also New This Week: Date Night (read the full review in Disc-y Business tomorrow), Max Headroom: The Complete Series, Letters to God, My Name Is Khan, Helen, Under the Mountain, Triage, Multiple Sarcasms and Loose Screws: Screwballs II

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