Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Pirate Radio to...Dumb-Ass? Plus A Nightmare on Elm Street in High Definition

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Pirate Radio to...Dumb-Ass? Plus A Nightmare on Elm Street in High Definition

Apr 13, 2010

This week: Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a rogue deejay in 1960s England and the original Freddy Krueger gets an upgrade on disc before getting remade for theaters.

Pirate Radio: This fact-based comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis is about a troop of outlaw deejays who broadcast their rock and roll from an old tanker anchored in the North Sea to a captivated British audience in the 1960s. The outrageous and irreverent film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the risk-taking American deejay known as The Count, Bill Nighy as the station’s owner and ship’s captain, and Kenneth Branagh as the government minister hell-bent on silencing the station forever. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a commentary track and deleted scenes, while the BD adds some additional featurettes. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me

A Nightmare on Elm Street (Blu-ray): One, two, Freddy’s come to Blu. Wes Craven’s seminal 1984 slasher film about the horribly burned dream stalker with the razor claw named Freddy Krueger spawned seven sequels (including Freddy Vs. Jason) and a remake that is about to open in theaters. Nothing beats this scary, surreal horror classic about a tough teenage heroine named Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) who is terrified to go to sleep because her friends keep getting murdered by Krueger in their dreams. Robert Englund stars as Freddy and Johnny Depp makes his film debut as Nancy’s loyal and lusty boyfriend. Extras: The BD imports most of the bonus features from the previous DVD release, including retrospective featurettes, commentary tracks, Ready Freddy Focus Points and a trivia track. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me

The Slammin’ Salmon: Lock your doors—it’s the latest idiotic offering from the Broken Lizard Comedy Troupe (Super Troopers, Beerfest). Here we have Michael Clarke Duncan as former heavyweight boxing champion Cleon Salmon who sets up a contest for the waiters of his upscale Miami restaurant to raise money to pay off his gambling debts. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have commentaries and the “Hellish Kitchens: Art Imitates Restaurant Life” featurette. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Forget Me

Crazy on the Outside: The only notable thing about Tim Allen’s directorial debut about his character’s adjustment to life out of prison is that it reunites him with past co-stars like Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, Kelsey Grammer and Julie Bowen. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have “Inside Crazy on the Outside” and a gag reel. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Forget Me

Defendor: Woody Harrelson stars as Arthur Poppington—a childlike, somewhat mentally retarded vigilante who calls himself Defendor and is armed with an arsenal of cheap, homemade weapons—who tries to take down the city’s most fearsome crime boss. He finds an unexpected ally in a sympathetic local prostitute (Kat Dennings) in this quirky dark comedy that offsets the innocence of Harrelson’s character with cruel violence and the most casual and random crack smoking ever committed to film. Think of this sometimes funny/sometimes uneasy experiment as Dumb-Ass instead of Kick-Ass. Extras: The DVD has deleted scenes, outtakes, five featurettes and a commentary track. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me

Also New This Week: Tenderness, Haunted, The Best Man, The Glory Guys, Fitzwilly, Tenure, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, The Whisperers and Storm Seekers

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