Lisbeth Salander is cinema's latest tough girl, Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis reluctantly take a road trip, Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell get animated and more.
Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: You know a foreign film is great if some American director is already on the fast track to making an English-language version, as David Fincher is with the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The three sensational Swedish films in the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy based on author Stieg Larsson's books about Goth-girl heroine Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) include The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)
Due Date: This odd-couple road trip romp features Robert Downey Jr. as Peter, a man with rage issues who is flying home for the birth of his baby, and Zach Galifianakis as Ethan, a bumbling moron who wants to go to Hollywood to star on Two and a Half Men. Ethan pisses off Peter so much that the two get kicked off the plane and are cornered into renting a car to get across the country together. If you're a hardcore fan of director Todd Phillips then you might chuckle as Ethan works Peter's last nerve, but this is no The Hangover—although sitting through this protracted showcase of Galifianakis chomping at the chance to act annoying is almost as painful. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a gag reel; the BD adds the complete Two and a Half Men scene, additional scenes, an action mash-up and a mash-up that asks a question with the most obvious answer: What makes Ethan the most annoying guy with whom you could ever be stuck in a car? Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me
Megamind: Here we go again with the latest animated adventure featuring bug-eyed characters that shout every line, arch their eyebrows and make young children giggle with every exaggerated expression. Ah, to be young and undemanding. This time it's the Superman origin story that is ripped off as we have two babies sent to earth from distant planets that are about to be destroyed. Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell) has a large blue head filled with plans of world domination, while his arch enemy, Metro Man (Brad Pitt), thwarts him at every turn. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a new animated short with Megamind and Metro Man, "AnimatorMan," "You Can Draw Megamind," a video comic book, "Spot the Difference," "Mega Rap," a deleted scene, commentary and a couple behind-the-scenes featurettes; the BD adds a trivia track and more making-of featurettes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me (unless you have the mind of a child).
Memento (Blu-ray): This 10th anniversary edition—and Blu-ray double dip—of direct Christopher Nolan's unique mind-bender is a movie in which there is something new to discover upon each viewing. Guy Pearce plays Leonard, a man unable to form new memories who is trying to track down the man who is the cause of his disorder and his wife's murderer. Since Leonard has no short-term memory, he relies on his hastily scribbled notes and tattoos to try to leave clues for himself about who his friends and enemies are. The main story is shown to the audience backwards and is intercut with black-and-white flashback footage of Leonard trying to piece together his past. Carrie-Anne Moss plays a seemingly sympathetic woman who might not be what she seems, and Joe Pantoliano keeps you guessing as the cop entangled with Leonard's revenge quest. It's easy to see how Nolan evolved from a complex psychological thriller like this to one on a more grand scale like Inception, and both demand repeated viewings. Best extras: Commentary by Nolan, "Remembering Memento," "Anatomy of a Scene," IFC interview with Nolan, "Memento Mori," Short Story by Jonathan Nolan, tattoo sketches and "Leonard's Journal." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Weeds: Season Six: This season of the hit Showtime series smokes the past couple away in terms of laughs as Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) and her family hit the road with blood on their hands and the Mexican Mafia hot on their trail. Nancy gets the Botwins new identities as "the Newmans" and hatches a plan to get them all out of the country, but getting there will be a trip. Watch as the Queen of Green drives a giant motor home through a bizarre trailer-park community and gets a temporary job as a maid in a hotel to sell bud to guests. It all comes to a climax at an airport where Nancy's plan—and life—are in danger of going up in smoke. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentaries, a gag reel, "Kevin Nealon & Justin Kirk: What Do We Have Left to Say?," Fandamonium: Weeds Creators Tell All" and "Bye-Bye Botwins." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
Also New This Week: Les Miserables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, Nurse Jackie: Season Two, Get Low, The Last Unicorn (BD), 48 Hrs. (BD), Killshot (BD) and Psych: 9