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DVD/Blu-ray Releases for 12/22/2009

Buying movies is almost a dangerous obession with me. I love it, and probably have spent more money on movies in my lifetime than any sane person. At least I’m not spending money on heroine.

New Movie Tuesday is my favorite day of the week. Here are this week’s releases as well as my recommendations.

Being the film snob I am, I will recommend the Blu Ray versions of these flicks if available.

MUST BUY

District 9

This is the best original Sci-Fi movie in the past 10 years.  Exciting, full of ideas and wholly original.  Read my review HERE.  If you’re a fan of good Sci-Fi or good movies in general, you should buy this movie! (Buy on Amazon, Rent on Netflix)

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Movie Review: G. I. Joe

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G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Directed By: Stephen Sommers

Starring: Channing Tatum, Rachel Nichols, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Eccleston, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park

Plot Synopsis:

Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) adapts the beloved Hasbro G.I. Joe toy line with this Paramount Pictures production that pits the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity against the evil forces of the organization known as Cobra. [Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide]

Review:

No movie this summer has been made fun of pre-release like Stephen Sommers‘ take on G. I. Joe.  The marketing was horrible.  The scenes we saw early were unimpressive.  And the characters looked stupid, uninspired and goofy.  Meanwhile, the Transformers 2 marketing seemed to showcase a better take on cartoons and toys from the 80s, and we all know how Transformers 2 failed on all levels as a film (yet raked in tons of brainless cash).  So, is G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra better than this summers earlier disappointments? Yes!

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45 Seconds of Pure Crap: G. I. Joe Movie Clip

Well, over the years Stephen Sommers ‘ grasp of CGI still hasn’t improved. Check out 45 seconds of crappiness from G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.  Really.  This looks bad.  The Master Chief Halo suites are ridiculous.

Character Poster for G. I. Joe Reveals Cobra Commander Bastardization

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Here’s confirmation that Cobra Commander looks like a doofus in Stephen Sommers potential crap-fest G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.  Really, though, I don’t know why I keep complaining.  Stephen Sommers has directed total crap before.  Have you seen The Jungle Book, Deep Rising, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and Van Helsing? ALL CRAP.

The new International Poster for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra reveals most the main characters, including a look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander.  Yikes.

I do notice that the marketing is relying heavily on Sienna Miller‘s breasts (see trailer) and ass (see poster) to get pre-pubescent boys into the theaters.  We’ll see how it all pans out on August 7th.

See the full poster after the jump.

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