In a rather slow week filled mostly with television box sets, Miley’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie” is one of two new wide release films dropping on Blu-ray and DVD (the other being the horror remake of “The Last House On The Left,” but what’s left said about that?). In the pic, Miley’s father drags her back home to give the teen superstar some much-needed Southern-style perspective. While it didn’t quite match the hype of her 3-D excursion, the first full-fledged “Hannah Montana” theatrical outing managed to please fans of the Disney series, which I guess is all that counts. The film gets a Deluxe Edition with modest extras including behind-the-scenes footage, cast bloopers, a music video and audio commentary from the director (they couldn’t wrangle Miley?).
On the other end of the spectrum, about as far away from the pop princess as you could get, Oscar-nominated director James Toback’s “Tyson” also arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. A documentary profile of former boxing champ Mike Tyson, the festival-fave film comes highly acclaimed for its in-depth autobiographical look at one of sporting’s most tragic figures. The DVD/Blu-ray comes equipped with audio commentary from Toback, and an assortment of featurettes following Toback and gathering his anecdotes on Tyson.
On the retro side, a few personal favorites of mine make their way to Blu-ray. “Go,” Doug Liman’s twisted high-adrenaline tale of one-night-in-Vegas, makes its way to the high-def format, as does early-80s cult flick “The Last Starfighter.” The women out there may also want to note that the deluxe edition of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” also drops.
The remainder of the week belongs to the boob tube. The third season of Showtime’s amazing “Dexter” arrives, as does the second season of “Gossip Girl” (click here to watch an exclusive clip from the release), the second season of “Eli Stone,” and the and the twelfth season of the neverending “The Simpsons.” Also coming out is the first season of FX’s gritty “Sons of Anarchy,” Ron Perlman’s ode to motorcycle gangs which has quickly become one of the more buzzworthy new series on television.
A series of new dates now attached to upcoming releases. Michael Cera and Jack Black’s “Year One” hits October 6,” Will Ferrell’s big-budget summer blockbuster “Land of the Lost” will find itself in stores on October 13, Kevin Costner’s post-apocalyptic “Waterworld” (which — come on — isn’t that bad) arrives October 20, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman’s “Love Actually” will drop November 3, and on the comedy front, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas” raises the tree on November 17, the same day that the 70th anniversary edition of “Gone With the Wind” and a new edition of “Fight Club” battle their way onto Blu-ray.