Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Green Zone to Remember Me

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Green Zone to Remember Me

Jun 22, 2010

This week: Matt Damon reteams with The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass while Robert Pattinson takes some time off from being a sparkly vampire.

Green Zone: This exciting pairing of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass is set during the initial military invasion of Iraq but has more in common with the Bourne movies than, say, The Hurt Locker. In Green Zone Damon plays rogue U.S. Army officer Roy Miller who has had it with risking his life looking for WMDs that just aren't there. When Miller digs deeper, he discovers a government cover-up that proves that the U.S. invaded Iraq on false pretenses, but getting the real story to a reporter before the Iraqi source is assassinated gets Miller caught in the crossfire. The movie plays like a Bourne adventure in the desert—complete with Greengrass's unnecessary, omnipresent shaky camera. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain audio commentary (picture-in-picture video commentary on the Blu-ray) with Damon and Greengrass, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and "Matt Damon: Ready for Action," which details Damon's training regimen. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (if you're a Jason Bourne fan), Forget Me (if you're prone to motion sickness).

Remember Me: In this maudlin romantic drama starring Robert Pattinson (sans fangs for a change), Emilie de Ravin and Pierce Brosnan, ridiculously bad things happen to pretty people to create, you know, drama. Pattinson plays a rebel without a cause with a strained relationship with his father (Brosnan) who thinks he finds a kindred spirit in de Ravin, until the circumstances that brought them together threaten to tear them apart. It's natural that Pattinson wants to sink his teeth into something with more dramatic weight than the Twilight flicks, but he might want to steer clear of romance on-screen to find it. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain audio commentaries and a making-of featurette. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me (if you have a life-sized cutout of Pattinson in your bedroom), Forget Me (if you do not).

Hung: The Complete First Season: You'd think an HBO show about a divorced man (Thomas Jane) who has lost everything and is convinced by his friend (Jane Adams) to pimp out his only asset—his giant dong—would be steamy, sexy and edgy. Well, you'd mostly be wrong, and it's surprising that Hung is content to spend most of its time flaccid as it dwells on routine suburban family squabbles. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary tracks and three fluffy behind-the-scenes featurettes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me (and seek out True Blood instead).

U2: 360° at the Rose Bowl: This exciting concert film of U2's penultimate concert in support of its album No Line on the Horizon features song favorites from the band's entire career, including "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "The Unforgettable Fire" and "Mysterious Ways." This was U2's biggest U.S. show ever as Bono and the boys played to over 97,000 people, and a concert this big looks best when played on the biggest screen you can find. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a making-of documentary, bonus footage, the official music videos from No Line on the Horizon and much more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me

Also New This Week: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Last Station, She's Out of My League, Entourage: The Complete Sixth Season, A Star Is Born (Deluxe Edition), Riverworld

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