This week’s highlights include the latest from that crazy Basterd Quentin Tarantino, and one hell of a Vegas hangover.
Inglourious Basterds: Writer-director-auteur Quentin Tarantino spent over a decade writing the script for this savory WWII revenge epic, and it was worth waiting every second for it. Still the best movie of the year (yes, we saw Avatar), Basterds stars Brad Pitt as the leader of a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers plotting to blow up a theater full of high-ranking German officers alongside some other resistance fighters, including a popular German actress played by Diane Kruger. Both the Blu-ray and DVD come with a roundtable discussion with Pitt, Tarantino and film historian Elvis Mitchell as well as a making-of featurette on Nation’s Pride, the fictitious Nazi propaganda film within a film.
Boogie Nights: It’s groovy that writer-director P.T. Anderson’s gem about an extended family of porn-industry players in the ‘70s starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and Heather Graham is rollergirling its way onto Blu-ray for the first time. For now, though, the only way to get it on Blu-ray is at the big blue store: Best Buy.
The Mel Brooks Collection: This almost Monopoly-sized Blu-ray set has nine of Brooks’s funniest films: Blazing Saddles, History of the World Part I, High Anxiety, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Silent Movie, Spaceballs, To Be or Not to Be, Twelve Chairs and Young Frankenstein.
Star Trek: The Original Series—Season 3: The Blu-ray debut of the third season of the classic series boldly goes where no disc has gone before by including the restored, unaired, William Shatner-free pilot among its many extras.
The Hangover: They planned a bachelor party their buddy would never forget—too bad they all blacked out after a toast on a hotel roof and forgot the whole night. When they wake up, Mike Tyson’s tiger is in their room along with someone’s baby, one guy is missing a tooth and got married, and the bachelor of honor is nowhere to be found. Stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha try to piece together their lost evening in one of the funniest—and most profitable—comedies of the year. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, The Hangover’s extras include more pictures from the missing camera.
Also new this week: G-FORCE, The Other Man, La Boheme and Taking Woodstock