Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From True Blood to Dear John

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From True Blood to Dear John

May 25, 2010

This week: Life sucks for the denizens of Bon Temps, Louisiana while young lovers separated by distance keep the post office plenty busy. True Blood: The Complete Second Season: The opening song of this Southern Gothic vampire saga says “I want to do bad things with you,” and by all means let it. If you’re not a teenage girl and Twilight comes across as defanged fluff, sink your teeth into this bloody, sexy and action-packed HBO series about telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her friends in Bon Temps, Louisiana as they deal with a world where vampires have come out of the coffin thanks to the invention of a drinkable blood substitute. In this season, Sookie and her vampire lover, Bill (Stephen Moyer), travel to Texas to rescue Sookie’s misguided brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), from the anti-vampire religious cult Fellowship of the Sun. Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, maenad Maryann (Michelle Forbes)—a supernatural being who feeds off others’ sexual energy—has turned the small town into an orgy for her own personal pleasure. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain “The Vampire Report: Special Edition,” commentaries and “Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light.” True True Blood fans will want the Blu-ray edition, which adds enhanced viewing on all 12 episodes, character perspectives, a “Flashback/Flash Forward” feature, “Pro/Anti-Vampire Feeds” and lots of trivia. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me The Road: In what is surely one of the most depressing movies ever made, Viggo Mortensen plays a dying father who wanders south with his young son in a post-apocalyptic world where there is little food, animals, plants or friendly faces. The few scavenger people they do encounter are met with mistrust and standoffishness, which doesn’t bode well for humanity as a species. Based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road features a heartbreaking performance by the always excellent Mortensen, but watching this slow-moving descent into hopelessness will have even the bubbliest person reaching for the Prozac. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain an audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, “The Making of The Road” and trailers. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me Dear John: In this latest gooey Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Channing Tatum (the male Megan Fox) stars as a Special Forces operative (insert laughter here) who corresponds with his beautiful girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) via letters while he is stationed in Iraq. This overly sentimental and simplistic romance features lots of shots of people with puzzled faces looking at letters during narration and women who are either Ivory soap pure or tramps. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, an alternate ending, outtakes, “Military in Movies: Dear John’s Military Advisors” and several behind-the-scenes featurettes. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Forget Me Spartacus: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray): In this seminal sword-and-sandal epic by Stanley Kubrick, Kirk Douglas plays the rebellious slave Spartacus who leads a revolt against the corrupt Roman Empire. Featuring a cast of screen legends such as Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Jean Simmons, John Gavin and Tony Curtis, this uncut and restored classic has never looked or sounded better. Extras: Deleted scenes, theatrical trailer, production stills, concept art, production designs, storyboards, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and vintage newsreels. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me or Buy Me (if you like old gladiator movies) Also New This Week: Babysitter Wanted, Possession (2009), The Shortcut, Royal Pains: Season One, Hoarders: The Complete Season One and Tell Tale

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