Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell step in to help Heath Ledger finish his last film while Meryl Streep feels frisky.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Heath Ledger died while filming Terry Gilliam’s surreal drama about a thousand-year-old former monk (Christopher Plummer) who made a deal with the Devil (Tom Waits as Mr. Nick) for love and immortality but may lose his daughter in the exchange. It’s a good thing the movie is so bizarre that somehow it makes sense that Ledger’s character Tony ends up being played by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain many behind-the-scenes and making-of extras, including a wardrobe test with Ledger and an interview with the Oscar-winning actor; the Blu-ray adds “Heath Ledger and Friends” where his co-stars reflect on their lost colleague. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me
It’s Complicated: Director Nancy Meyers has got a lock on movies about middle-aged romantic conundrums. This time we have Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) as an amicably divorced couple who begin a torrid affair when they get that lovin’ feeling at their son’s graduation. Now Jake is cheating on his new, younger wife with his former wife in this mature rom-com your mom will be all over. Extras: Both the Blu-ray and DVD have a commentary track and making-of featurette. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me (if you’re a middle-aged divorcee), Forget Me (if you’re anyone else).
The Descent: Part 2: The original The Descent, which follows a group of female spelunkers into an unexplored cave filled with nasty carnivorous creatures called Crawlers, is one of the scariest movies Blu-ray Bob has ever seen. It’s a shame that this competently made sequel by Jon Harris, which keeps the tone and claustrophobic feeling of the original, didn’t get a theatrical release stateside. Fans will enjoy watching the original’s Sarah (Shauna MacDonald) emerge from her subterranean hell with amnesia only to be coaxed back in by authorities to try to find her missing friends. Extras: A commentary track, making-of featurette and deleted scenes. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
Dune (Blu-ray): Although David Lynch’s sci-fi epic was met with almost universal contempt when it was released in 1984, the mystical film about an interplanetary struggle for control of a life-giving spice starring Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Brad Dourif and Sting has found a devoted cult following that continues to grow each year. This Blu-ray version is the best Lynch’s abused baby has ever looked, but it doesn’t contain the dubious extended cut of the film like the DVD does. The choppy extended cut contained extra footage and a talky intro that attempted to explain the complicated back story for a TV audience, but Lynch removed his name from that version and replaced it with “Alan Smithee.” That aborted version is unworthy of the high-definition do-over, which is probably why it’s not included here where the real "spice must flow." Extras: Deleted scenes and several behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me
Also New This Week: Disgrace, District 13: Ultimatum, Five Minutes of Heaven and Dark Nature