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Fresh Fodder: New DVD Releases - 1/9/2007

This Tuesday's releases are some pretty dense ones, depending on how you define the word. The funny thing is that we're not really chomping at the bit to see any of these based on their previews, but they've made our radar solely on the basis of their stars or directors.

We've added all of these to our Netflix queue on the following criteria: "The Illusionist" stars Edward Norton, "Crank" has an interesting premise and stars "Snatch" actor Jason Statham, "Idiocracy" got dumped on by Fox and is directed by cult favorite Mike Judge, and "The Night Listener" made it primarily because we're keen on seeing Robin Williams in a serious role again.

If you saw these in the theatre, post your review in the comments at the bottom.

The Stuff We Care About

The IllusionistThe Illusionist

Synopsis: "Director Neil Burger's screen adaptation of Steven Millhauser's short story 'Eisenheim the Illusionist'. Eisenheim (Edward Norton) is a magician in early 1900's Vienna, who falls in love with a woman well above his social standing. When she becomes engaged to a Crown Prince, Eisenheim uses his powers to free her and undermine the stability of the royal house of Vienna."

Features

  • Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence
  • Runtime: 110 Minutes
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Format: Widescreen , 1.78:1, Closed Captioned, Color
  • DVD Features: Subtitles: English, Spanish, Audio Track 1: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Region: 1 (USA, Canada and US territories)
Special Features
  • Commentary by writer/directed Neil Burger
  • "Making of The Illusionist" featurette
  • Jessica Biel on The Illusionist" featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Preview:


CrankCrank

Amazon Synopsis:  "Professional assassin Chev Chelios (Statham) learns his rival (Cantillo) has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops."

Features

  • Rating: Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use
  • Runtime: 87 Minutes
  • Label: Lionsgate
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Format: Widescreen Anamorphic, 2.35:1, Color
  • DVD Features: Subtitles: English, Spanish, Audio Track 1: English, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Audio Track 2: English, Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Region: 1 (USA, Canada and US territories)
Special Features
  • Behind-the-scenes footage and making-of insights
  • Interviews
  • Commentary
  • Family-friendly audio option

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Preview:


IdiocracyIdiocracy

Amazon Synopsis:  "Private Joe Bowers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive."

Features

  • Rating: Rated R for language and sex-related humor
  • Runtime: 84 Minutes
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Format: Keep Case, Widescreen Anamorphic, 1.85:1, Closed Captioned, Color
  • DVD Features: Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Audio Track 1: English, Dolby Digital 5.1, Audio Track 2: Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround
  • Region: 1 (USA, Canada and US territories)
Special Features
  • Deleted Scenes

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Clip (NSFW):


The Night ListenerThe Night Listener

Amazon Synopsis:  "In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos."

Features

  • Rating: Rated R for language and some disquieting sexual content
  • Runtime: 91 Minutes
  • Label: Miramax
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Format: Keep Case, Widescreen Anamorphic, 1.85:1, Closed Captioned, Color
  • DVD Features: Subtitles: Spanish, French, Audio Track 1: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Region: 1 (USA, Canada and US territories)
Special Features
  • Deleted scene
  • "The Night Listener Revealed" featurette

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Preview:



The Best of the Rest

Extras - The Complete First Season   4.5/5 stars
Broken Bridges   5/5 stars
MI-5, Volume 4   4.5/5 stars
Bandidas   4/5 stars
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid - Tactical Ops 02



Posted by on January 8, 2007 11:38 AM
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