All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to my selections below you can also add Defiance, Army Wives: Season Two, Reaper: Season Two, and Prison Break: Season Four to your queue.
When I first read Richard Yates's 1961 novel, Revolutionary Road, I wasn't positive it would make a good movie. However, Sam Mendes does an artful job directing his wife, Kate Winslet, and her Titanic costar Leonardo DiCaprio in this story of domestic discontent set in the '50s. I also love the costuming in this movie, inspired by the era's amazing fashions.
If you didn't catch this one in theaters, it's well worth your time at home — just be prepared feel a little sad about life afterward. It's not exactly uplifting.
Special features include commentary with director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe, deleted scenes with commentary, and a featurette titled, "Lives of Quiet Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road."
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He's Just Not That Into You
The movie adaptation of the bestselling "self-help" book He's Just Not That Into You has a very large, very recognizable ensemble cast. Most of the screen time goes to the adorable Ginnifer Goodwin who plays a Baltimore woman desperately attempting to decode what she perceives to be mixed signals from men. Justin Long plays a bartender whose harsh words of advice ultimately spark a friendship between the two.
Special features include deleted scenes, audio commentary, and featurettes titled: "Birthday Party/Walk Home," "Anna Visits Her Mom," "Anna's Song," and "Gigi's Date With Bill."
I'm fairly certain Spring Breakdown went straight to DVD and it doesn't even qualify for a Rotten Tomatoes score. None of this bodes well, but I still want to see this comedy because I'm such a huge fan of the leading ladies: Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Parker Posey. Amber Tamblyn's even in it! I feel like it's hard to go that wrong with that cast. (Those may be famous last words.)
Here's the Netflix plot description: "Desperate to spice up their boring lives, three thirtysomething women set off for a vacation on a tropical island known for its raucous Spring Break parties. But instead of recapturing their youth, they wind up mothering a senator's shy daughter. As they help the awkward girl grow more comfortable in her own skin, they, too, learn to embrace aging with wit, joy and grace."
Special features include commentary by Director Ryan Shiraki and Rachel Dratch plus a gag reel.
Weeds: Season 4
June 8 is just around the corner, folks, so now is the time to catch up on Showtime's wickedly funny fourth season of Weeds before the new season premieres.
These 13 episodes include Albert Brooks as Mary-Louise Parker's crazy father-in-law. We also watch Parker's character Nancy take her kids and her business partner, Conrad, to set up "the business" down at a border town. As usual, questionable parenting decisions abound and it's totally awesome.
Special features include gags, cast and crew commentaries, and featurettes titled: "Little Titles by Jenji Kohan," "Moving Weight," "I'm a Big Kid Now," "The Real Hunter Parrish," "Tour of Bubbie's House," "One Stop Chop Shop," "The Weed Wranglers," and "Burbs to the Beach."