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.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.