Sunday, December 19, 2010

"The A-Team," "Despicable Me," "The Town" DVD Reviews

It was a big week on DVD and Blu-Ray. Three movies I really enjoyed in theater, all available this week to own. Let's start with The A-Team. For my theater review, click here. As far as the Blu-Ray goes, there's some cool stuff. You get an extended cut for starters. One of things I touched on in my review was that there were 5 significant action scenes in the film, rather than the standard 3. The Blu-Ray offers up one more, just for good measure!

There's also some cool behind-the-scenes material, along with deleted scenes and a gag reel. Here's all the details from Amazon.com:



  • The Devil's in the Details: Inside the Action with Joe Carnahan





  • Deleted Scenes





  • Gag Reel





  • A-Team Theme Mash-Up Montage





  • Plan of Attack





  • Character Chronicles





  • Visual Effects Before and After with Commentary by Visual Effects Supervisor James E. Price





  • Theatrical Trailer




  • The next big movie to hit video shelves this week was Despicable Me. The movie was sooo good. I was really looking forward to getting the Blu-Ray on this one. In my original review, I mentioned how visually stunning the movie is, the Blu-Ray is out-stand-ing. A ton of goodies, including 3 mini movies featuring the adorable Minions. There are a lot of extras that are a bit different from what you're used to. There's games and recipes, as well as the standard making of footage. Below is the full detail from Amazon.com:

    Disc 1 (Blu-ray)



  • Exclusive on Blu-ray and Double-Pack DVD: 3 All-New Mini-Movies Featuring the Minions





  • The World of Despicable Me





  • Despicable Beats





  • Gru's Rocket Builder





  • A Global Effort





  • Despicable Me Game Previews





  • Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin Featuring the Minions





  • The Voices of Despicable Me





  • Super Silly Fun Land



  • Blu-ray Exclusive Features


  • Gru-Control - see the making of the film with behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews with a PIP window





  • Miss Hattie's Top Secret Cookie Recipe





  • pocket BLU - featuring the 'Minion Me' and 'Minion Dominion' apps for iPhone & iPad





  • uHear - Never miss another line of dialogue when you're watching Despicable Me with this feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray disc and turns on the subtitles



  • Disc 2 (DVD)


  • DVD of Despicable Me



  • Disc 3 (DVD)


  • Digital Copy of Despicable Me (expires 12/31/11)




  • Finally we have The Town. From the first time I saw the trailer, I was hooked. Then I watched it and reviewed it, and then I sat and waited for the Blu-Ray. The extras here are nice, but I really wanted more to be honest. There is an extended cut of the film, which is great. But I don't know if this happens to you, but I usually can't remember the original cut frame by frame to notice the extras. But there is SOME behind the scenes stuff. One cool feature is "Ben's Boston" where there's a lot of talk about the various locations in the film.

    I wish there was a bit more detail and discussion about the characters and what their various motivations were. Especially Jon Hamm and Chris Cooper's characters! Here is the rest of the goodies from Amazon.com:

    Includes theatrical version
    Extended cut not seen in theaters
    Commentary on both versions by Ben Affleck
    Ben's Boston
    Segments include: The Cathedral of Boston; Nuns with Guns: Filming in the North End; Pulling Off the Perfect Heist; The Town and more.


    Three great movies, three great Blu-Ray discs. I spent some serious money this week and next week should be no different. That's when Salt comes out on Blu-Ray and the third chapter in the Family Guy Star Wars parody. Til then, keep your DVD players on and watch some behind the scenes awesomeness.

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