We're in the midst of perfect movie watching season, and if all you want to do is make a you-sized dent in your couch with a new movie, you're in luck. Today is Tuesday, which means new DVDs and music, and there are some particularly entertaining releases this week. And in addition to my picks below, there are also Jeremy Piven's The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard and animated guinea pig flick G-Force available today as well.
This Summer's smash hit The Hangover won over audiences and critics for its raucous bachelor party story. The buddy pic lets Zach Galifianakis shine as the hilariously inept counterpart to the more straight-laced Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, as they try to find their buddy (Justin Bartha) after a crazy night in Vegas. I loved the unapologetic male-centric movie, and so did you, it seems — it's running away with my best comedic movie of 2009 poll.
If you've already seen the movie in theaters, the DVD extras may make you want to see it again: there's a montage of Ken Jeong's improv from the movie, some deleted extra scenes, and more photos from the notorious missing camera.
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On the more intense side of the spectrum, we've got Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Brad Pitt does his best southern accent as the leader of rebels on a mission to scalp Nazis. Christopher Waltz gives an outstandingly chilling performance as one of their targets, and Diane Kruger makes for solid eye candy in the midst of all the scalpings and gore.
It's certainly not for the faint of heart, but worth it for the engaging story lines, and believe it or not — it even has a few laughs. Plus, the film is already getting awards buzz so you might want to start your research early. DVD extras include the movie's film-within-a-film Nation's Pride, extended and deleted scenes, and the movie's trailers.
Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock features comedian Demetri Martin getting serious and introspective as a guy who urges his parents to put on the famous Woodstock music festival. I really enjoyed this nostalgic love letter to the hippie, rock-filled '60s, even if it was pretty rife with cliche. The cameos by Emile Hirsch and Liev Schreiber are pretty fun, but Martin is the one who gives a sweet, understated performance as a young gay man finding himself and a reinvigorated relationship with his parents. Extras on the DVD include commentary with the director, deleted scenes, and a Peace, Love and Cinema featurette.