Every Monday Blu-ray Bob gazes into his crystal ball and predicts what discs will be spinning in your DVD player in the upcoming months. This week’s forecast calls for heavy tough-guy action, a downpour of laughs and a sprinkle of family fun.
The Expendables is necessary for your disc collection if you have a thing for '80s-style action movies. Sylvester Stallone directed, wrote and stars in this explosive blockbuster that features a cast of tough-guy royalty: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and even a cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Give thanks to Lionsgate for bringing this muscle-and-machine gun banquet home on November 23—just a few days before Thanksgiving—on both DVD and Blu-ray. Both versions include a commentary by Stallone, a post-production documentary, one deleted scene, a gag reel and a marketing archive. Exclusive to the Blu-ray is "The Expendables: Ultimate Recon Mode," a multi-layered picture-in-picture commentary, as well as ComicCon 2010 panel footage and the feature-length making-of documentary "Inferno."
The hit buddy cop comedy The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg has the right stuff on DVD and Blu-ray on December 14. New York's wannabe finest will be decorated with over 100 minutes of honorable extras such as deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, "Line-O-Rama" and a "Mom-mentary" featuring Ferrell, writer Chris Henchy and director Adam McKay's mom.
Real-life couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long play lovers living on opposite coasts who are trying to make their relationship work in Going the Distance. The R-rated romantic comedy—which is a lot raunchier than the fluffy-looking billboards and posters would lead you to believe—jets home on October 26 on DVD and Blu-ray.
Even making fun of vampires turns out to have some bite at the box office in our fang-frenzied culture. Fox will release the Twilight-skewering Vampires Suck: Extended Bite Me Edtion on DVD and Blu-ray on November 30. Supplements have yet to be revealed, but since this lowbrow spoof is from the same cinematic geniuses that brought us Meet the Spartans, expect them to, for lack of a better word, suck.
Emma Thompson is back in Nanny McPhee Returns to help a frazzled young mother (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who is trying to run the family farm and raise her children while her husband is off to war. The family comedy comes home in time for Christmas on December 5 on both DVD and Blu-ray, so just imagine the beauteous clarity of those warts on Nanny's face in high definition. On second thought, don't.