This week’s highlights include Johnny Depp’s impressive turn as bank robber John Dillinger in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies
and Lost: The Complete Fifth Season.
Public Enemies: Infamous bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) is always one step ahead of the lawman (Christian Bale) until a beautiful woman (Marion Cotillard) proves to be his fatal distraction in Michael Mann’s best film in years. Both the DVD and BD include informative features for history buffs like “On Dillinger’s Trail: The Real Locations,” while the BD has picture-in-picture commentary and a “Gangster Movie Challenge.”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Ultimate Editions: If you’re a fan of what is now the most successful franchise in film history, you’ll be in Hogwarts heaven as Warner Bros. starts to release Ultimate Editions of the Harry Potter films on DVD and BD. What’s new? They feature both the theatrical and extended versions of the movies, plus each of the Potter Ultimate Editions will contain a new and unique one-hour featurette highlighting some aspect of filmmaking wizardry.
Julie & Julia: Watch Meryl Streep gun for another Oscar nom as culinary legend Julia Child takes a fledgling writer (Amy Adams) under her wing in Nora Ephron’s tasty comedy. Both the DVD and BD contain lots of instructional cooking videos from famous chefs.
World’s Greatest Dad: Robin Williams is hilarious in this pitch-black comedy directed by Bobcat Goldthwait about a failed writer-cum-poetry teacher who uses the freakish death of his obnoxious teenage son to his great advantage. Available on both DVD and BD, this surprising adult comedy gem features deleted scenes, outtakes, a music video and the insightful “HDNet: A Look at World’s Greatest Dad.”
Lost: The Complete Fifth Season: Now you can catch up with your favorite castaways just before the sixth and final season airs in February. In season five, the Oceanic 6 return to the island (and do a bit of time traveling) to get to the heart of the Dharma Initiative. Both the DVD and BD versions are packed with exhaustive behind-the-scenes featurettes, including a “recently unearthed and complete exposé questioning the truth of the Dharma Initiative.” With the BD-Live feature “Lost University,” you can enroll, take classes and immerse yourself in an interactive collegiate experience while exploring the themes, stories and secrets of Lost. If all this isn’t enough for you to get lost in, there is also a Dharma Initiation Kit sold separately on BD and DVD that comes in special packaging with collectible swag.
Also new this week: The Cove, The First Saturday in May.