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 Shyamalan shenanigans, an elaborate hoax and some family affairs.
For you gluttons for punishment that still think that M. Night Shyamalan has another good film in him despite the fact that The Sixth Sense was 11 years ago and every movie of his since then has stunk (two words: killer trees), cross your fingers and load The Last Airbender on DVD or Blu-ray on November 16. The director's live-action spin on Nickelodeon’s animated series contains "Origins of the Avatar," deleted scenes and outtakes.
Even though director Casey Affleck has admitted that, yes, his documentary on Joaquin Phoenix's derailment titled I'm Still Here is a farce, it's still fascinating to watch the supposedly retired actor try to make a go of an ill-advised hip-hop career. Both the DVD and Blu-ray are coming on November 23 and contain hopefully illuminating commentary by Phoenix and Affleck as well as deleted scenes.
The acclaimed Sundance sensation The Kids Are All Right starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson comes home on DVD and Blu-ray on November 16. Director Lisa Cholodenko's comedy-drama about two teenage girls born via artificial insemination who track down their biological father to introduce him to their two mothers is anything but your run-of-the-mill family affair. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain feature commentary by Cholodenko, a feature on the film's five-year journey to the screen, a making-of featurette and "The Writers' Process." The Blu-ray adds a unique feature for our ADHD society that, when activated, instantly skips the film back a few seconds and turns on subtitles in case you missed something.
If you can't get enough of family comedies featuring precocious little girls, Fox has you covered on November 9 with the release of Ramona and Beezus on DVD and Blu-ray. The G-rated film based on the beloved Beverly Cleary books stars Hannah Montana regular Selena Gomez as older sister Beezus and newcomer Joey King as the rambunctious Ramona. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "Show & Tell Film School—Tips and Tricks on How Kids Can Make Their Own Movie," five deleted scenes, a gag reel and "My Ramony" with author Cleary. The BD adds two more deleted scenes, "A Day in the Life of Joey King," audition footage, and a Fox Movie Channel special on the flick.