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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sean Kelly

Holiday DVD Picks

You might have noticed a lack of DVD columns during the last month or so.  That's because I usually slow down on DVD purchases right before the holidays.  Now, with the holidays right upon us, I will post this summary of my top DVD picks for the season.

My #1 pick is undoubtedly Christopher Nolan's Inception and its one film I definitely want to receive as a gift on Saturday morning. On to the picks.

Inception
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo - $27.43 (CAN), $17.99 (US)
Standard - $17.43 (CAN), $14.99 (US)
My Thoughts: A cerebral film that will benefit from multiple viewings, but still enjoyable.

 The Disappearance of Alice Creed [Blu-ray]
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Blu-Ray - $27.97 (CAN), $13.99 (US)
Standard - $28.76 (CAN), $18.49 (US)
My Thoughts: A captivating film, with many twists that makes it more interesting as it goes along.

Devil [Blu-ray]
Devil
Blu-Ray - $32.89 (CAN), $23.99 (US)
Standard - $33.49 (CAN), $17.99 (US)
My Thoughts: One of the better films to come out with M Night Shyamalan's name on it and it could probably be ranked among the better films that he directed.

The A-Team (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
The A-Team
Blu-Ray - $32.99 (CAN), $19.99 (US)
Standard - $17.83 (CAN), $16.99 (US)
My Thoughts: Entertaining film, which can be described as one of the more successful TV adaptations.

The Expendables (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
The Expendables
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo - $26.99 (CAN), $19.99 (US)
Standard - $24.99 (CAN), $13.99 (US)
My Thoughts: An alright enough film, but it was a far cry from "the action film to end all action films."

Disney's A Christmas Carol (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
Disney's A Christmas Carol
Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD Combo - $27.99 (CAN), $24.99 (US)
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo - $23.99 (CAN), $20.49 (US)
Standard - $16.99 (CAN), $13.49 (US)
My Thoughts: A decent adaptation of the classic story.

The Other Guys (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
The Other Guys
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo - $27.37 (CAN), 24.99 (US)
Standard - $19.99 (CAN), $16.99 (US)
My Thoughts: There are funny bits throughout the film, but it doesn't hold a candle to Will Ferrel's previous films with Adam McKay.

Knight and Day (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo+ Digital Copy)
Knight and Day
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo - $19.99 (CAN), $18.99 (US)
Standard - $14.99 (CAN), $14.99 (US)
My Thoughts: A very entertaining film that allows Tom Cruise to poke fun at his star persona.

Iron Man 2 (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Iron Man 2
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo - $28.90 (CAN), $23.99 (US)
Standard - $30.23 (CAN), $23.99 (US)
My Thoughts: Despite a slow middle act, I was happy with how this film turned out.

The Town (Extended Cut Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
The Town
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo - $27.99 (CAN), $19.99 (US)
Standard - $24.99 (CAN), $17.99 (US)

And those are my Holiday DVD Picks!

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).