Our Product Geek heads to the video store! Editor Rachel Cericola highlights this week’s releases that are worthy of your DVD collection.
If you wanted to avoid the controversy when it was in theaters, The Da Vinci Code can now be enjoyed in the privacy of your own home. It reteams Tom Hanks with Paul Bettany and Ron Howard, so how can you go wrong (well except for Tom’s hair)? If you’re willing to shell out twice the cash, you can get an uber-fan the Special Edition Gift Set for the holidays. It has featurettes aplenty and a demo of the PC game. [$14.87 to $80.95]
A monster is killing off the residents of the Forbidden Planet. Think this monster is related to the one on “Lost?” That question probably isn’t answered in the Ultimate Collector’s Edition, but it does come with lost footage, three documentaries, and more—including your very own replica of Robby the Robot. [$39.87]
If you missed “Arrested Development” when it was on Fox, well… shame on you. You can repent by purchasing this set of the entire series. It’s well worth the extremely reduced price, but if you already own each season, don’t bother. Sadly, there are no extras. [$54.99]
“Who Killed the Electric Car?” might make you think twice about that SUV you’re driving. This underrated documentary follows the death and resurgence of the electric car, as well as a look at renewable energy—and it’s got Phyllis Diller! [$18.89]
If you’ve never heard of the movie “49 Up,” you have six other DVDs to add to your Netflix first. This documentary first began in 1964 with 14 children from various backgrounds, hopes and dreams. Every seven years, we get an update. Here’s an interesting peek at what life is like for the 14 as they reach the half-century mark. [$20.99]
Although they might be going for the cult status of “Mean Girls,” most likely “John Tucker Must Die” isn’t at the top of your must-see list. Three cute but catty females recruit a new girl to bring down their ex-boyfriend (“Desperate Housewives’” Jesse Metcalfe). Call it a VERY guilty pleasure, but it’s really not as bad as the commercials make it out to be. [$17.87]
New notable HD releases:
- King Kong (HD DVD)
- Casablanca (HD DVD)
- Forbidden Planet (HD DVD)
- The Eagles: Farewell 1 Tour: Live From Melbourne (HD DVD)
- Waterworld (HD DVD)
- Behind Enemy Lines (Blu-ray)
- Black Hawk Down (Blu-ray)
- Fantastic Four (Blu-ray)
- The Last Samurai (Blu-ray)
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Blu-ray)
- Speed (Blu-ray)
- The Transporter (Blu-ray)
- X-Men 3: The Last Stand (Blu-ray)
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.