This week: Amanda Seyfried
finds romance in Italy while Queen Latifah
finds it off the basketball court.
Letters to Juliet: Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie Hall, a New York-based fact checker who goes on a pre-honeymoon to Verona, Italy. There she discovers "Juliet's House" where lovelorn women write letters and leave them. Sophie meets a woman, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), who wrote a letter 50 years earlier and embarks on a journey with her and her grandson (Chris Egan) to find Claire's long-lost love. Seyfried's appeal with the next generation earned Letters two Teen Choice Award Nominations, but the main reason to check out this romantic comedy is the Italian scenery. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain audio commentary with the director and cast, deleted and extended scenes, a making-of featurette and "A Courtyard in Verona." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Just Wright: Although not a slam-dunk rom com, basketball enthusiasts might find enough to keep their attention in this story about a physical therapist named Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) who works for—and falls for—an NBA All-Star, Scott McKnight (Common). McKnight is oblivious to Wright's advances and dreams instead of dribbling Wright's childhood friend, Morgan (Paul Patton), who aspires to be a trophy wife. Will McNight see what's right in front of him? (Hint: look at the cover art of Common with his arms around Latifah). Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "The One You Can't Live Without," "Common on the Fast Break" and a gag reel; the BD adds "When Amazing Happens" and BD-Live extras. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Se7en (Blu-ray): David Fincher's chilling 1995 thriller stars Morgan Freeman as a brilliant veteran detective with one week left on the job before retirement who teams up with an enthusiastic rookie detective (Brad Pitt) to stop a series of unbelievably horrific murders inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins. Se7en has been released on VHS and several DVD versions over the years, but none look better than this Blu-ray debut that comes packaged in a handsome Digibook with notes and photography from the movie. Best extras: Four commentaries (including Fincher, Pitt and Freeman), additional/extended scenes, alternate endings, and several behind-the-scenes production featurettes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King) Blu-rays: There is one Ring to rule them all in Middle Earth, but these aren't the Blu-rays to bind them. Sure, it's nice to have all three The Lord of the Rings movies available separately on high definition (they were packaged together as a trilogy and released in April on Blu-ray), but these are also the theatrical versions—the coveted extended versions, which are available on DVD, won't be coming to Blu-ray for some time. Until then, Frodo's (Elijah Wood) quest to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom has never looked or sounded better. Best extras: The Fellowship of the Ring contains three documentaries, a featurette gallery, Enya's "May It Be" video and TV spots. The Two Towers has two documentaries, Sean Astin's short film "The Long and the Short of It" plus a making-of, a featurette gallery, Emiliana Torrini's "Gollum's Song" music video and TV spots. The Return of the King features three documentaries, a featurette gallery and TV spots. Each movie disc also has a peak at the game "The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest" in high definition. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me (if you just can't wait for the extended versions)
Also New This Week: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (read the full review in Disc-y Business tomorrow), Boogie Woogie, Fringe: The Complete Second Season, Glee: The Complete First Season, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season Five, Paper Man and Raging Phoenix