Introducing DVDerby, Your Weekly Guide to the What's New (and Good) on Video
If it's Tuesday, it's DVD/Blu-ray release day! Which new releases should you spend your hard earned disposable income on? Find out after the jump in DVDerby, Movieline's new, compact guide to the hyper-competitive home-video field.
Win: An Education
Considering you probably didn't see Lone Scherfig's An Education in theaters (see: the paltry $12 million in ticket sales), the chances are good you won't go out and buy the film on DVD or Blu-ray. Still, one of the better releases of 2009 is well worth your time and will allow you the chance to fall in love with Carey Mulligan in ways that would surely make Shia LaBeouf jealous. Or at least Jeffrey Wells.
Place: Sports Night, Season 1
That Sports Night has already been released on DVD as a complete series twice before shouldn't sway you from embracing the rat-tat-tat charms of its first season. Plus, where else are you going to get new interviews with creator Aaron Sorkin, director Thomas Schlamme and a point-by-point comparison between SN and Sportscenter? Fun fact: Sports Night came before The West Wing, so you can think of it as a trial run for Sorkin's preachy television aesthetic.
Show: Sherlock Holmes
Further proof that Robert Downey Jr. can make anything fun. Sherlock Holmes is entirely too long (like legitimately 30 minutes) and features some of the worst special effects work this side of Birdemic, but thanks to RDJ most of that doesn't matter. Also, Jude Law: Kinda funny!
And coming up last as Glue: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
There is probably a ring in hell reserved for the people who spend money on The Squeakquel. Think of the children!
Also arriving: Season one of Steven Seagal: Lawman; Foreign-Language Oscar nominee The Baader Meinhof Complex; the underseen documentary Afghan Star; the indie horror effort I Sell the Dead; and a new collector's edition of John Woo's classic The Killer.