What a big week for DVD! Green beans acting out Peter Jackson films, Duran Duran in 3-D? What could be better? There's easily a hundred new DVDs vying for a spot on the New Release wall each week, and only the verybest make it on to this list. Read on!
- VeggieTales: Lord of the Beans -- A rollicking adventure featuring a rag-tag bunch (ha) of greenbeans in a Lord of the Rings-inspired adventure. VeggieTales has a long-established reputation for good-times family film – remember Duke and the Great Pie War? No? Anyhoo, as one Amazon.com reviewer puts it: "This is a must buy movie if you love watching a bunch of vegetables being crazy!" Who doesn't?
- Office Space: Special Edition with Flair -- aka The Film that Made Us Love to Hate Our Jobs. This new release of the DVD offers deleted scenes and a "retrospective" with Mike Judge – plus, the DVD cover looks like a file drawer! Jennifer Aniston as a worker-bee at a TGI Friday's knockoff? Priceless.
- 21 Jump Street: The Complete Fourth Season -- Undercover cop Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) has been stuck in prison all summer and wants out! Will fellow cop Booker lend a hand? Karina Longworth was looking at Johnny Depp's filmography on IMDB the other day and declared, "I don't think this guy's ever been in a really bad film." A Nightmare on Elm Street excepted, of course.
- Duran Duran: Live from London -- They got back together in 2001 (whew!), and then did a sold-out run at London's Wembley Arena. Captured on a series of high-def cameras, it's like being in the front row! Look, I really dig Duran Duran – but a 3-D version of "I Don't Want Your Love" (3-D glasses included)? The last thing I saw in 3-D was a 1970s porn. Enough said.
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith -- Arrgh. This latest/last installment of Star Wars was so achingly bad. Let's see...Anakin gets his Dark Side on, is chopped up by Obi-Wan until he very closely resembles a quadriplegic, and poor Princess Amidala weeps for her lost love. If you don't grimace at least once, you've likely already lost all ability to judge good from bad, and should be revoked your Netflix-ing privileges. At least the DVD release includes massive extra features--commentary by George Lucas, a featurette on Darth Vader, a music video, and myriad other tidbits.