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 a hailstorm of toys and basketballs.
The unstoppable Pixar machine cranked out another blockbuster with Toy Story 3, the supposed conclusion to the weighty sentimental tale about a boy who outgrows his toys voiced by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and others. Disney/Buena Vista is bringing the animated family flick home on DVD with a two-disc Blu-ray set and a DVD/BD/digital copy combo pack on November 2 in case you want Toy Story 3 playing on every device in your home "to infinity and beyond." The highest grossing movie so far this year (over $403 million) comes packed with extras, including "Epilogue: The Toys' Hilarious Send-Off," "Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs," several making-of featurettes and "Paths to Pixar," in which the editors share stories of their illustrious careers that are fed by moviegoers who line up for anything the studio releases. The Blu-ray adds several more interactive behind-the-scenes featurettes and the "Toy Story Trivia Dash" game that challenges your memory about all three films in the franchise, the first two of which are also available on BD.
Grown Ups, the Adam Sandler comedy about five former basketball teammates who reunite over one Fourth of July weekend after the death of their childhood coach, comes home on DVD and Blu-ray on November 9. The slam-dunk hit also stars Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Salma Hayek and comes to disc with a commentary by director Dennis Dugan, "Behind the Back Basket," a gag reel, "Riff-o-Rama," "The Lost Tapes of Norm Macdonald," "The Cast of Grown Ups" and much more.
Lars von Trier's disturbing psychodrama Antichrist stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg as a couple whose infant son accidentally falls to his death from a window while they are making love and chronicles the unbearable guilt they endure afterwards. The Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray, which is arriving from hell on November 9, is loaded with extras, including commentary by von Trier and professor Murray Smith, interviews with the two lead actors, behind-the-scenes video pieces, "Chaos Reigns at the Canne Film Festival 2009," a documentary on the film's world premiere and a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie.
The Sundance Film Festival indie Please Give starring Catherine Keener comes to DVD and Blu-ray on October 19 after a limited theatrical release in April. The low-budget drama about two married antiques dealers who wait for the elderly woman next door to die so they can expand their store only to feel guilty about it afterwards includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, outtakes and four Q&A clips.
Viggo Mortensen plays one of the many otherwise decent people sucked into the chaos of Nazi Germany during WWII in Good, which comes to DVD and Blu-ray on September 28. The only extras are select interviews with the cast and crew.