Out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week: The latest big story arc from Eureka (make sure to bone up before the new season starts!), plus Chipmunk Idol, a classic and heartwarming (if you'll pardon the expression) dragon movie, and another batch of MST3K gems from the vault.
The Astreaus mission seemed at first to be kind of contrived and tangential, but it turned out to be a great opportunity to explore some of the characters and relationships that were thrown into disarray in the first half of the season -- and, in retrospect, to set up the awesome opening episodes of season 5. 3 disc set.
The story: Our heroes continue to adjust to the cataclysmic changes in their personal lives following their trip through time back to 1947 when the resident geniuses are presented with a new challenge: mounting a multi-billion dollar space mission to Titan. As scientists vie to be chosen for the 20-member crew, Carter (Colin Ferguson) has his hands full with security breaches, super acid and gravity issues, Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) can’t get someone—or something—out of her head, and Zane and Jo (Niall Matter and Erica Cerra) come to terms with their fractured relationship.
Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Greg Germann, Niall Matter.
Features: "The Mythology Of Eureka"; Feature Commentary - "Lift Off:" Featuring co-creator/writer/executive producer Jaime Paglia and executive producer Bruce Miller; Gag Reel; Deleted Scenes; Extended Version - "Of Mites And Men"; "Warehouse 13" Crossover Episode - "Don't Hate The Player"; Sneak Peek At "Eureka" Season 5".
Considering it's all about the songs the title characters are covering, and only secondarily about embarrassing Jason Lee and Justin Long, it comes across more as Glee with chipmunks, only aimed at three-year-olds, than anything else.
The story: Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
Starring: Jason Lee (Dave), David Cross (Ian), Jenny Slate (Zoe), Justin Long (Alvin), Matthew Gray Gubler (Simon), Jesse McCartney (Theodore), Amy Poehler (Eleanor), Anna Faris (Jeanette), Christina Applegate (Brittany), Alan Tudyk (Simone), Michael Northey (Hawaiian Shirt Guy).
Directed by: Mike Mitchell.
Features: Munk Music & Dance Machine segments; Four behind-the-scenes featurettes: Going Overboard with The Chipmunks, Munking Movies in Paradise, Everybody Munk Now!, Alan Tudyk Chipmunk Appearance; Music videos & sing-a-longs; Two Fox Music Channel featurettes: Growing up Alvin, In Character with Jason Lee; Extended scenes; Promotional featurettes: Survival Tips, Rules; Theatrical trailers; Blu-ray exclusive: Chipwrecked -- Coloring with Chipmunks app.
Out on Blu-Ray this week is the classic, if slightly dated, story of a man and his dragon. It's a fun story well told, and the dragon is very convincing -- partly because every time he speaks you're paying attention to Sean Connery's wonderful shcottish delivery. For me it's second only to How to Train Your Dragon as the best dragon movie ever, and I know a lot of people would rank it first.
The story: The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying knight must cooperate to stop an evil king who was given partial immortality.
Starring: Dennis Quaid (Bowen), David Thewlis (King Einon), Pete Postlethwaite (Gilbert of Glockenspur), Dina Meyer (Kara), Jason Isaacs (Lord Felton), Brian Thompson (Brok), Lee Oakes (Young Einon), Wolf Christian (Hewe), Terry O'Neill (Redbeard), Eva Vejmelkova (Felton's Minx), Milan Bahul (Swamp Village Chief), Peter Hric (King Freyne).
Directed by: Rob Cohen.
Features: 'The Making of Dragonheart' featurette.
W00t! More MST3k from Shout! factory. After the Gamera tetrafecta opened up the intriguing possibility of themed packages, we're back to the norm of very random selections from the 10 seasons of the show -- none of these are among the most anticipated entries (at least for me), but they're from the most fertile periods of the series, with two episodes each from Joel and Mike. Titles Include: 'King Dinosaur' (with short 'X Marks the Spot', 210), 'The Castle Of Fu Manchu' (323), 'Code Name: Diamond Head' (with short 'A Day at the Fair', 608), and 'Last Of The Wild Horses' (611). Starring Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson.
Directed by: Kevin Murphy.
Features: 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance; New Introduction By Frank Conniff; The Incredible Mr. Lippert (a Ballyhoo Production); Vintage MST3K Promos; Life After MST3K: Kevin Murphy (this is the first installment of a new series); Code Name: Quinn Martin; DARKSTAR: Robots Don't Need SAG Cards; Original Trailers.