DVD/Blu-ray Releases for Week of August 23rd

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 11:00 am

Though lacking a high profile release this week there are a number of intriguing options coming to DVD and Blu-ray. The Beaver was well received but the controversy around Mel Gibson led to the film never getting a wide theatrical release. The highest rated cable movie of the year (Phineas & Ferb) arrives on DVD and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is another interesting documentary from Morgan Spurlock – this time taking on the movie industry and product placement. There are also two classics in Rounders and Swingers that get new Blu-rays.

•Phineas & Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (Buy DVD at Amazon)
Perry’s worst fear comes true when Phineas and Ferb finds out that he is in fact Secret Agent P, but that soon pales in comparison during a trip to the 2nd dimension where Perry finds out that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is truly evil and successful.

•Win Win (Buy at Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray)
A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach’s chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he’s double-crossed comes into his life. Stars Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan.

•Blitz (Buy at Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray)
A tough cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers. Stars Jason Statham.

•The Beaver (Buy at Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray)
A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating. Stars Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster.

•The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Buy at Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray)
A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. From Morgan Spurlock.

•Henry’s Crime (Buy at Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray)
Released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing. Stars Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga.

•The Event -Season One (Buy DVD at Amazon)
When a man goes looking for his missing girlfriend, he stumbles upon a government conspiracy that is bigger than the president himself.

•Swingers (Buy Blu-ray at Amazon)
Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene. Stars Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. (1996)

Rounders (Buy Blu-ray at Amazon)
A young man and reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks. Stars Matt Damon and Edward Norton. (1998)