If you are wondering why DVD announcements have been light as of late, it is because just about everything has been announced. Aside from a surprising number of arthouse fare awaiting their home dates, only How To Train Your Dragon and A Nightmare On Elm Street lie amongst the in-between through the April releases. Between the former and soon enough announcements for Iron Man 2 and Shrek Forever After, Paramount is going to have one heck of a holiday threesome. Meanwhile, the Elm St. redux will likely be released in the currently barren September and ruefully forgotten about by Halloween.
Sony helped thin the herd of the unannounced this week by proclaiming J.Lo's The Back-Up Plan on the schedule for Aug. 24, just four months and a day from its theatrical release. If only there was someone out there willing to stand up and say "ENOUGH" like Michael Caine as Harry Brown. But he arrives a week late on Aug. 31. If he's not around then try ringing up another H.B. with Jean Dujardin as superspy Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath in OSS 117: Lost in Rio. Music Box will release the sequel on the same day as Harry Brown, but only on DVD. Damn French!