DVDs for November 16, 2010

Avatar Collector’s Edition

Though it was released as a bare-bones DVD last April, this is the edition that Avatar fans (and also me) have been waiting for. It’s got the theatrical and re-released versions with the sixteen extra minutes (including the character-establishing beginning part). It’s also got 45 minutes of deleted scenes, plus documentaries and production footage. The only thing it doesn’t have is 3D, but that’s ok because my TV can’t show it anyway. Buy the Blu-Ray, because it’s got more on it. If you’re not familiar with Avatar, it’s a space movie by James Cameron about blue aliens and it stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana. You can read more about it in my review here.

Buy Avatar on Blu-Ray or on DVD


The Last Airbender

Adapted from a Japanese animated series also ironically called Avatar, The Last Airbender is about how a young boy who can control all the elements gets embroiled in a war. It’s pretty much universally hated, so I can’t really recommend it. Fans of the show complain about how much it changes from the TV series, and people coming to it fresh complain about how boring it is that everything is in slo-mo ballet-o-vision when it’s supposed to be a fantasy action movie. If you’re a fanboy or fangirl, however, you might be interested to know that Jackson Rathbone (Jasper from Twilight) and Dev Patel (Jamal from Slumdog Millionaire) are in it and that it was directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Buy The Last Airbender on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

This is a sequel to the popular 2001 film Cats & Dogs, which I thought was hilarious, even if it was pretty goony and the special effects sometimes looked fake. The sequel solves the effects problem and is still as goony as ever, but it managed to attract people like James Marsden, Bette Midler, and Roger Moore to do voices, so it’s got that going for it. Plot wise, it’s like X2: X-Men United because the cats and dogs who have traditionally been at odds (the cats are evil, of course) have to team up. Rent it for the kids, but don’t expect too much. The Blu-Ray version even comes in 3D.

Buy Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

The Kids Are Alright

Ah ha! And here you were thinking there weren’t going to be any really original and intelligent movies this week! But you were wrong, because The Kids Are Alright is coming to DVD. No it has nothing to do with The Who. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a very funny and engaging dramedy about a pair of kids with two moms who go looking for their sperm donor dad and the merry havoc his presence wreaks on their carefully ordered lives. It’s not just entertaining but relevant, considering there’s a woman in BC trying to force sperm clinics to hand over their records to kids born of artificial insemination. It stars Julianne Moore, Annette Benning, and Mark Ruffalo.

Buy The Kids Are Alright on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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