October 24, 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.
Want to keep the kids quiet for more than two minutes? If Monster House doesn’t entertain them, it could scare them speechless. Three nerds try to save the day—and their neighborhood—when they discover that a house on their block is eating people. Get all crazy and buy the Blu-ray version (if you’ve got the hardware), which is also out today.
Terry Gilliam’s smorgasbord for the eyes, 12 Monkeys, makes its HD debut! This favorite of the home theater demo finds Bruce Willis volunteering to go back in time to stop a virus—only he gets sent a back a bit too far.
Tom Cruise accepts another mission (and major back-end bucks) for Mission: Impossible III. This is Cruise’s last assignment as Ethan Hunt (because of his recent separation with Paramount Studios). Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman also makes for a nice bad guy. Also available in HD DVD.
The guy that gave life to Napoleon Dynamite follows up with Nacho Libre. Jack Black stars as a spandex-clad would-be wrestler. Watch if you dare!
Although many anniversary editions offer little more than the opportunity to blow an extra 15 bucks, the 15th Anniversary Edition of Reservoir Dogs does add some extra tidbits including a Pulp Factoids Viewers, deleted scenes, interviews and featurettes, and something intriguing titled “K-Billy Sounds of the ‘70s.”
Other new, notable HD releases:
- Slither (HD DVD)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (HD DVD)
- Out of Sight (HD DVD)
- The Italian Job (Blu-ray)
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.