Robert Pattison, Kristen Stewart
By DNA Smith
PICKS OF THE WEEK
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (PG-13) — Part three of Stephenie Meyer’s sparkly vampire porn for tweens amps up the love triangle drama between poker-faced Bella (Kristen Stewart), dour vampire Edward (Robert Pattison) and constantly shirtless werewolf with a creepily shaped nose Jacob (Taylor Lautner). When the boys aren’t catfighting over who’s the better asexual freak for Bella, they join forces to battle the evil Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her band of newborn vampires who are hellbent on destroying Bella. So, yes. I’m Team Vicki.
The two-disc Special Edition contains audio commentary tracks from Pattison and Stewart, a photo gallery, music videos, a six-part making-of documentary, and a Edward or Jacob Fast-Forward feature that allows you to jump to all your favorite Edward or Jacob scenes.
“Fantasia/Fantasia 2000” (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (PG) — Disney’s 1940 masterpiece combining classical music with animation and its 2000 sequel are finally getting a high-def release, promising the sharpest-ever visuals and sound. The bonus features are few, but noteworthy, particularly the inclusion of the 2003 short film “Destino,” the 50-years-in-the-making collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali.
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (PG) — It’s no coincidence that Disney re-released “Fantasia” on the same week as the home video release of the “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Tenuously based on the most famous segment of the 1940 film featuring Mickey Mouse and the endless procession of animated brooms. In this live-action modern-day fantasy tale, Jay Baruchel takes Mickey’s place as the titular apprentice, “Dave,” who must learn to find the magic within himself before an evil sorcerer (Alfred Molina) wreaks havoc upon our world. I didn’t have high expectations going in to this film, but for a children’s movie it’s actually pretty good. Not “Toy Story 3” good, but good enough.
“Meet John Doe” — 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition (NR) — Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck star in Frank Capra’s 1940 classic about an injured former baseball player who sells out his integrity to pay for medical treatment by impersonating the fictional creation of a plucky newspaper columnist. In addition to the standard special features like audio commentary and making-of featurettes, is a rare radio dramatization of Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” starring Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.
TV SERIES OUT THIS WEEK
“Parks and Recreation” Season Two
“Space: 1999” The Complete Season One
“Lucy Show” Official Third Season
“Sid and Marty Krofft’s Saturday Morning Hits”
“Have Gun Will Travel” Season Five, Volume One
“Touch of Frost” Season 15
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