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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New DVD Day!

I love Tuesday and the new DVDs it brings! Got lots of notable releases out today.

First up, the one most anticipated by the geeks in the house, is Justice League: The New Frontier. Based on the award-winning graphic novel of the same name by Darwyn Cooke, Justice League: The New Frontier re-imagines the origins of the Justice League by plopping them down into the real world of the politics and the policies of 1950s America. I went down to the library and read the book when this project was first announced, and it's a pretty good read.

This one stars the voices of Kyle McLaughlin as Superman, Lucy Lawless as Wonder Woman, Neil Patrick Harris as the Flash, Jeremy Sisto as Batman, and David Boreanaz as Green Lantern.

For bonus features, you get a documentary about the history of the Justice League, a running commentary by diretor Bruce Timm and writer Darwyn Cooke, and a preview of the next straight-to-DVD DC comics animated film, Batman: Gothan Knight. If you spring for the 2-disc special edition, the on disc 2 you get a documentary about the history and evolution of super-villains, an interview with Cooke about the creation of the original graphic novel, and Timm presents his 3 favourite episodes of Justice League Unlimited.

For people who like bloody historical epics and performance-capture films, we've got Beowulf out today. It's available in both a regular version and an "unrated director's cut."

And for the Wes Anderson junkies in the house, Anderson's latest The Darjeeling Limited hits DVD today. The latest film from the director of The Royal Tennenbaums and The Life Aquatic follows three brothers, played by Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, and Jason Schwartzman, as they travel across India, re-connecting with each other and finding themselves. For bonus materials, you get a behind-the-scenes featurette, and the prequel short film Hotel Chevalier, which was released through iTunes and stars Natalie Portman. You true Wes Anderson fans may want to save your money for the fully-loaded Criterion edition, which is due out in the fall.

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