December 12, 2006 by Rachel Cericola
Our Product Geek heads to the video store! Editor Rachel Cericola highlights this week’s releases that are worthy of your DVD collection.
IMDB.com says that “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” was pitched as: “Six words: Will Ferrell as a Nascar driver.” Apparently, audiences liked the idea—a lot. The funnyman re-teams with “Anchorman” co-writer/director Adam McKay, and it doesn’t hurt that “Borat” creator Sacha Baron Cohen and John C. Reilly round out the comedic cast. [$14.99 to $19.99]
The fashions might look great in Blu-ray, but it’s Meryl Streep’s performance that makes “The Devil Wears Prada.” She is downright scary, making me glad that I am (basically) my own boss. Anne Hathaway also makes a nice transition from minor teen queen to lead role. [$16.98 to $27.95]
Cartoons usually look nice in a home theater setting, but blowing up “Barnyard” on the big screen only shows its animated imperfections—and the storyline isn’t exactly going to take your mind off the visuals either. [$17.99 to $20.49]
Oliver Stone’s critically acclaimed “World Trade Center” is out in both standard, Blu-ray and HD DVD versions. Despite hearing that it’s a heartfelt, well-acted, thought-provoking movie, I can’t quite bring myself to watch it. I’m just not ready to be that sad. Now that it’s on video, I will finally have to check it out—in small doses. [$17.99 to $23.49]
New notable HD releases:
- Kung-Fu Hustle (Blu-ray)
- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Blu-ray)
- Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at the Greek (HD DVD)
- Field of Dreams (HD DVD)
- The Hulk (HD DVD)
- Manilow Live (HD DVD)
All prices quoted are from Amazon.com.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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