DVD/Blu-ray Releases – 2/22/2011

New options for your home-viewing this week:

Megamind, the other animated super-villain movie from last year (that was actually better than the more popular Despicable Me), is a particularly funny play on comic-book conventions about a guy who fights the Man only to become the Man.  He has no clue what to do after the fact.  Available on DVD and Blu-rayMy review is here.

Robert Duvall plays a hermit who plans to hold his own funeral while he’s still alive so he can hear what the gossipy townsfolk think of him.  Duvall is the highlight (Bill Murray is amusing as the town undertaker) in a movie that can’t quite find its tone.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Both of the road-trip partners in Due Date are obnoxious, although the intended comic relief is more tolerable than the manic-depressive, occasionally violent, supposed straight-man.  Even though Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. elevate some of the awkward dynamic, it’s still too much for them to overcome.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD/Blu-ray Combo.  My review is here.

I meant to get around to reviewing all the entries of the adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s popular “Millennium” trilogy, but, if you read my review of the second installment, you might have an inkling as to why I never did.  The first installment, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is the best, though that’s really not saying much.  If you are a fan, though (and I know a few), all three are available in a new box set on DVD or Blu-ray.

Finally, a re-release worth mentioning is a new Blu-ray of Memento, Christopher Nolan’s twisting exploration of the unending, fruitless cycle revenge.  I loved it when it was released and look forward to revisiting it, especially given this review of the new transfer at DVDBeaver.

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About Mark Dujsik

Film critic since 2001. Writer/editor/publisher of Mark Reviews Movies, and contributor for RogerEbert.com and Magill's Cinema Annual. Member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society.
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