Tuesday, December 15, 2009

DVD Buyer's Guide


There are only two standard definition titles of the week that I recognize. MUM & DAD is a British import that got some modest appreciation on the fest circuit. The other is a flick called THE 8TH PLAGUE, which has found its way in this DVD guide well over a year ago. I’ve seen neither. The best bet may beTHE 8TH PLAGUE, seeing as it now has a special edition.

Rounding out the straight to DVD titles of the week are ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES, SCARCE,HOUSE OF THE DEMON, UNCONCIOUS.

The real winners of the week are the hi-def titles. I’m not the biggest fan, but DOG SOLDIERS on Blu is definitely going to warrant a watch, if not a purchase at a cheaper price point. I can’t say the same forTWILIGHT, though. Vampires that sparkle like diamonds are only going to look sillier in 1080p, but the teen vamp phenom certainly has its fans. Why else would Amazon think they could get away with charging $80 for a collectors edition?

This leaves Season 2 of “DEXTER” as the winner for the week. Season 2 has been available on DVD for a while and if you already own that set, other than the bump in looks there isn’t much incentive to pick it up in Blu. If, however, you are looking to save the economy by needlessly spending money, at $39 the price is right for a great show in the best available format.

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