New DVD Releases, 7/31/07: Spartans, Vikings, and Dogs

Every Tuesday is like Christmas morning for us movie nerds. There

are new

DVDs to unwrap, and that glorious, greedy feeling of acquisition: I own

a

movie and I can watch it whenever I feel like it! And then they go onto

the

pile of to-be-watched DVDs that never seems to get any smaller. At

least,

that's how it is at my house. Not that that ever stops me from wanting

more...

You Know You Want It:

300

It's still my

target="_new">No. 2 movie of the year so far for its sense of

ancient

wonder and grandeur. There's about a bazillion different DVD versions

of

this one: low-def, HD, Blu-Ray, etc. Each features different bonus

material,

so buy carefully.

Hot

Fuzz

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are my new filmmaking heroes because they

manage

to combine a deeply geeky love of really bad movies with a ridiculous

amount

of talent for turning cheese into gold.

target="_blank">Their smackdown of valentine to Hollywood action cop

buddy

flicks is brilliant.

You Didn't Know You Wanted It:

Pathfinder

Yes, it's the Vikings-versus-Indians thing. But seriously, check

it out. This is the action movie boiled down to its

target="_blank">pure, visceral, cinematic core.

Roving

Mars

The IMAX aspects of this NASA documentary will be lost at home, of

course,

but if you're a Mars geek,

target="_blank">this is the closest you're ever gonna get to walking

on the

Red Planet.

You Don't Want It:

Firehouse

Dog

Trust me on this one. Yup, it's a dog.

I Didn't Know I Wanted It:

I haven't seen any of these flicks ... yet. Now that they're on DVD,

I can

catch up.

Starter

for

10

I don't know anything about it except that yummy Scotsman James McAvoy

stars. So I'm totally there.

Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

A documentary about precisely how screwed we're gonna be when the oil

runs

about.

The

Darwin Awards

This was at Sundance last year. I'm hoping it'll be in the same vein as

Idiocracy. I'll probably see my hopes dashed, but it's nice to

dream.

Everything's

Gone Green

This one was written by uber Xer Douglas Coupland (the guy who

popularized

the idea of Generation Xers as microserfs slaving away at McJobs), so

I'm

keeping my fingers crossed for a new Office Space.

Played

It's one of those gangster thingies with an English accent, so of

course

Vinnie Jones is in it, and really, people should stop giving acting

jobs to

athletes. If the reviews at the IMDB are anything to go by, this should

be

hilariously awful.

Remember: Friends don't let friends buy bootleg DVDs from

Chinese

people on the subway. Buy American!

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MaryAnn Johanson (email

me)

reviews, reviews, reviews! at

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