All you really need to know this week is that the best action/adventure in years is coming home this summer. But if you are a completist, then we have rock stars, comic book heroes and zombies. Not enough? How about documentaries and Oscar nominees of the foreign and animated variety? More you say? What about a giant ape with every stop-motion pore visible in Blu-ray? Let's not bury the lead though.
Anyone enraptured with Iron Man 2 or to a much-lesser extent Clash of the Titans or Prince of Persia this year might want to mark Aug. 17 on their calendar. While still available on certain On Demand services for a few more days, Ji-Woon Kim's The Good, The Bad, The Weird is going to be a must-own for anyone who wants to school Michael Bay apologists on how you shoot an action sequence. Put simply, this film is an about-face masterpiece that takes the best from Indiana Jones, Mad Max and Jack Sparrow and bundles them altogether in a tribute to Sergio Leone, Errol Flynn and you name it. And if you don't love it, just please never talk to me again. MPI Home Video will also release Don Argott's "heist" documentary, The Art of the Steal on July 27 about the control for Albert C.Barnes' famous collection. For more of the non-fiction variety, Monterey will release a special edition of Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer as well as The Ultimate Summer Bruce Brown Surf Collection on Aug. 17. You remember that date, right? When The Good, The Bad, The Weird comes out.