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

  • 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

    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

    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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