January is heating up with director Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker
and Rob Zombie’s sequel to his Halloween
The Hurt Locker: Kathryn Bigelow is a female director that makes movies a meat-eating, action-loving male can enjoy. With The Hurt Locker, which follows a bomb-diffusion Army unit during the Iraq War, she has also made a graceful meditation on war that has Oscar written all over it. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary with Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary, and an image gallery that plays audio from a London screening Q&A.
Moon: What is it about space that brings the crazies? Director Duncan Jones's Moon is the latest film to explore the crippling effects of isolation as a Lunar Industries employee (Sam Rockwell) nears the end of his three-year mining mission on the dark side of the moon. His only companion, Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey), the base's computer, is little help when a terrible accident fuels Rockwell's growing sense of paranoia in this sophisticated sci-fi thriller. The DVD and BD include behind-the-scenes featurettes, two Q&As and Jones's short film Whistle.
Fame (2009):Fans who want this reinvention about the performers at the New York City High School of Performing Arts to live forever will appreciate the 15 extra minutes of dance footage added to the DVD and Blu-ray that wasn’t shown in theaters. Bonus features include 15 deleted scenes, a music video and the Fame National Talent Search Contest winner.
Halloween II (2009): This unrated director’s cut of Rob Zombie’s brutal sequel picks up exactly where the original left off as Laurie Strode (Scout-Taylor Compton) is taken to the hospital after shooting Michael Myers. Unlike the Laurie Strode played by Jamie Lee Curtis in the original series, this Laurie has degenerated into a psychological mess who lashes out at her shrink (Margot Kidder) and her best friend Annie (Danielle Harris). When Michael comes back to Haddonfield two years later and Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) reveals that Laurie is Michael’s sister, all hell breaks loose. Extras on the DVD and BD include deleted and alternate scenes, commentary by Zombie, and a blooper reel that shows the fun behind the screams.
Also new this week: 8 ½ (BD), The Brothers Bloom, The Burning Plain, Cliffhanger (BD), Last Action Hero (BD) and The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season.