This week: Leonardo DiCaprio
is the stuff dreams are made of while cinema-dom's favorite jolly green giant wraps up his animated hit franchise.
Inception: Christopher Nolan's summer blockbuster stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dominic Cobb, a corporate spy whose job it is to secretly extract information from executives while they are dreaming. Cobb assembles a team to attempt “inception”—the planting of a destructive idea—into the mind of a client's competitor (Cillian Murphy). Cobb soon discovers that the deeper he gets into his team's collective dream—a world not ruled by time and physics—the more he is danger of staying there forever. Nolan's visually stunning mindbender keeps you guessing until the very last shot as to what is real and what is imagined. Best extras: The DVD contains four mini-docs highlighting signature scenes in the film. The Blu-ray adds a comic prologue that leads to the events in the beginning of the movie, a featurette that explores the cutting edge of scientific dream research, and the picture-in-picture "Extraction Mode" that lets you infiltrate the movie's surreal landscape by accessing behind-the-scenes material while the movie is playing. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Shrek Forever After: In this fourth and supposedly final installment of the animated ogre series featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas, Shrek has become a domestic family man who longs for the days when he felt like a "real ogre" by scaring villagers. It's not easy being green, so the big ogre gets duped into signing a deal with Rumplestiltskin, resulting in Shrek finding himself in an alternate version of Far Far Away where ogres are hunted and he and Fiona have never met. If you invested time in the other three Shrek flicks, you'll stick around to see if Shrek can undo the damage and live happily ever after. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, interactive games, a preview of Shrek the Musical and more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Alice in Wonderland (Blu-ray 3D): Tim Burton's weird and wonderful interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic stories is already available on Blu-ray and has been available for some time on Blu-ray 3D bundled as a Sony exclusive. Now everyone can see Johnny Depp get mad as a hatter in three dimensions at home because the Blu-ray 3D is available for individual sale as well. The movie comes in a four-disc combo pack with the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy, so Disney really makes sure you have many options to go down the rabbit hole with young Alice (Mia Wasikowska). If you're not yet sold on 3-D, you should know that, if you have the right setup, Blu-ray 3Ds look brighter and more vibrant at home than 3-D in theaters. Best extras: All the exhaustive making-of featurettes from the previous version are included in this combo pack. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me (Blu-ray Bob watches Blu-ray 3D discs on a 60-inch Mitsubishi DLP HDTV paired with a Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray 3D player.)
Also New This Week: Cronos (Blu-ray), Videodrome (Blu-ray), Harsh Times, Lost in Translation (Blu-ray), Rush Hour (Blu-ray), St. Elmo's Fire (Blu-ray), The Year of Getting to Know Us, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel