DVD Court


Hey all,

Is it just me, or am I actually regretting my preemptive purchases of Zero Dark Thirty and Les Misérables (both of which came out last week), despite the fact that both are sitting in my basement?

Maybe. And that’s because Lincoln is on DVD and Blu-Ray, as of this very day. And that was my favorite of last year, topped only by Moonrise Kingdom. Plus I’m very partial to Steven Spielberg, and the story strikes me as an immensely captivating one.

But I don’t want to lead you away from buying the other two major home video releases of the week. None of you are cattle who would be blind to move toward the shelves holding Killing Them Softly and/or Parental Guidance.

But I may want to warn you that Killing Them Softly was–similar to Cloud Atlas and The Master–a film that you either love or hate. I won’t say anything specific, but I’d bet that I’ve seen several better movies starring Brad Pitt. If you want to happen to be at a store that has Killing Them Softly as well as Thelma and Louise, I’d go with the latter. But, of course, if Lincoln‘s there, that’s your gleaming beacon of light.

And I also must warn you that Parental Guidance has a 19% on the Tomatometer. You wouldn’t want your kids getting that kind of score on a test would you? Don’t let an awful movie influence their grades. Okay, I shouldn’t overdo it. I haven’t even seen the movie yet. And I do like Billy Crystal. I know, he’s old because he plays the granddaddy, yadda, yadda, yadda, but my parents once told me ever-so-nostalgically these words of wisdom: “Back in my day, Billy Crystal was Harry in When Harry Met Sally, not that green guy in Monsters, Inc.” Okay, I guess that doesn’t help my case. Let’s see…Marisa Tomei is also in Parental Guidance! Bingo! She won an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny, didn’t she? Oh wait…I haven’t seen that movie either. So that helps my case just as little.

Note to self: stop rambling.

Note to self: make a point.

Note to self: check and see if you have enough money to preorder Lincoln.

Note to self: wrap up this post first.

Note to self: stop beating around the bush.

Note to all of you: Buy Lincoln!

Okay, so…here is where you can find our decisions on this week’s releases. I’ve scheduled this post a few days in advance, so I don’t know what the popular vote is yet, but it’d better say–yeah, you get the picture.

Previous Judgments at DVD Court

Alex Cross = burn it
Anna Karenina = rent it
Argo = buy it
Chasing Mavericks = rent it
Flight = rent it
Here Comes the Boom = burn it
Hitchcock = rent it
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey = rent it
Les Misérables = rent it
Life of Pi = buy it
The Man with the Iron Fists = skip it
The Master = rent it
The Perks of Being a Wallflower = buy it
Playing for Keeps = burn it
Red Dawn = skip it
Rise of the Guardians = rent it
The Sessions = rent it
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D = skip it
Sinister = rent it
Skyfall = buy it
This Is 40 = rent it
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 = burn it
Wreck-It Ralph = buy it
Zero Dark Thirty = rent it