Monday, 12 July 2010

This Week's DVD/Blu-ray Choice, 12th July

A multitude of choices this week, all of which vary rather extravagantly. From critically-hated chick flicks, to publically-misunderstood comedies.

My joint three are:
-Youth in Revolt
-Green Zone
-Valentine's Day

Miguel Arteta directs Youth in Revolt, the outlandish comedy starring teen favourite Michael Cera. Nick Twisp lives with his trailer trash mother and her bum of a boyfriend, but life becomes bliss once Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) comes on the scene. However, once thrown into the 'friend zone', Nick finds he must create an alternate personality to vicariously live through to wreck havoc in hope that Sheeni finds said personality attractive. While the film may be limited to those with a hardened sense of humour, the film never ceases to amuse with it's fantastically written script and near perfect cast of hilariously inept characters.

War film fans should eat Green Zone up, the latest product of the pairing between Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy) and Matt Damon. Once Chief Warrant Officer Miller (Damon) discovers faulty intelligence, it forces him to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region. Doing so, his actions force even his own side to turn on him. A clear professional, Greengrass successfully captures the ferocious, often terrifying, trials involved when involved in the war, with Damon once again flexing his acting chops.

Lastly, whilst Valentine's Day was pretty much spat upon by critics, fans of chick flicks are bound to have a blast watching their favourite actors team up for two hours. An extraordinarily good looking ensemble cast consisting of Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel and Patrick Dempsey all grace the screen for Gary Marshall's latest heartwarmer, as a cast of hopefuls trek through one of the most romantic days of the year, Valentine's Day. Some stories are touching; some are bleak; some are just downright silly. But, as i've said, its target audience will have a field day.

DVD purchases for all will be perfectly fine. I, however, have succumbed to the special 'Pink-ray' edition of Valentine's Day which contains the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy.

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