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This Week in Blu-ray / DVD Releases: Silver Linings Playbook, The Guilt Trip, Not Fade Away ...

Apr. 30, 2013by: John Law

This week: Silver Linings Playbook is one wily rom-com, Seth Rogan co-stars with up-and-comer Barbra Streisand, and David Chase hits all the right notes with Not Fade Away.

► Even with David O. Russell behind the lens, everything about SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK looked cutesy and cliche. We should have known better … ask Lily Tomlin how cutesy Russell is. A never-better Bradley Cooper plays a bipolar mental patient grudgingly taken in by his parents (Robert DeNiro & Jacki Weaver), and starts a weird but charming relationship with a mentally unstable neighbor, played by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, who corrals him into a ballroom dance competition. There’s plenty going on here beneath the sharp dialogue and pretty faces, and Russell, of all people, has made a modern rom-com classic. Some real pain and heartbreak here, but it rarely feels manipulative.

► There’s a distinct old school-meets-new school vibe to THE GUILT TRIP, in which Seth Rogan plays an organic chemist who goes on a road trip with his mom (Barbra Streisand) to try and reconcile her with a former boyfriend. Some of the familiar beats from old Streisand flicks are here, blended with a PG-version of Rogan’s frat boy comedy. This is Streisand’s first leading role since ‘The Mirror Has Two Faces’ back in 1996.

► No, David Chase’s first movie will not be ‘The Sopranos.’ It's the authentic love letter to ‘60s rock NOT FADE AWAY, in which three friends from the Jersey suburbs see the Stones and decide to form a band. Chase’s attention to detail makes this one of the more thorough and realistic musicals in recent years (think ‘That Thing You Do!’ with more edge), and the tunes compiled by Steve Van Zandt are flat-out perfect.

► Lots of prestige to be found in BROKEN CITY, but it’s squandered in a formulaic drama about a private eye (Mark Whalberg) hired by the Mayor of New York (Russell Crowe) to find out who his wife (Catherine Zeta Jones) is cheating with. The first solo flick for director Allen Hughes of The Hughes Brothers.

► After working out the kinks its first two season, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION really hit its stride in Season 3. Michael Piller took over as head writer, veering away from the ‘alien of the week’ rut to focus on the characters and, more importantly, the returning villains. It ends just as things get great with THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, the season finale where the Enterprise take on The Borg, who have assimilated Picard. Production values are also better and the title sequence gets spiffed up. Remastered Blu-ray includes an inside look at the season’s key episodes and a tribute to Piller, who may have saved the show from an early demise. That two-part Borg episode is so great it gets its own Blu-ray, comprised of the Season 3 finale and Season 4 premiere. If a whole season of TNG is too much, you owe it to yourself to at least watch this classic.

► In THE DETAILS, Tobey Maguire takes out the frustration of a sour marriage on the raccoons destroying his lawn. But this declaration of war eventually leads to extortion, infidelity, organ donation and murder. Also stars Elizabeth Banks, Ray Liotta and Laura Linney. First movie for director Jacob Aaron Estes since the awesome ‘Mean Creek’ in 2004.

► British series THE SYNDICATE looks at five grocery store clerks who win the lottery just as their store is about to close. What seems like a godsend presents all new problems … and one of them doesn’t make it to the end. The second season, currently airing on BBC 1, picks up with a different set of winners. ABC has optioned a pilot for a U.S. version called ‘Lucky 7.’

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SO WHAT DVD/BLU-RAYS ARE YOU GUYS STOKED ABOUT THIS WEEK?!

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12:54PM on 05/01/2013
I definitely want to check out "Not Fade Away" and "The Details." Star Trek TNG is my favourite franchise of the series, and my favourite episode is one called "The Inner Light," in which the Enterprise encounters a satellite which implants Picard with the memories of a man who lived on a planet slowly dying of drought.
I definitely want to check out "Not Fade Away" and "The Details." Star Trek TNG is my favourite franchise of the series, and my favourite episode is one called "The Inner Light," in which the Enterprise encounters a satellite which implants Picard with the memories of a man who lived on a planet slowly dying of drought.
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3:45PM on 04/30/2013
GREAT WEEK for movies! Silver Linnings Playbook of course. Might get The Guilt Trip for my mother since we saw it and she loved it. Good Mother's Day present. Didn't care for Not Fade Away....love David Chase and the greatest show ever, The Sopranos, but it just wasn't all there.
GREAT WEEK for movies! Silver Linnings Playbook of course. Might get The Guilt Trip for my mother since we saw it and she loved it. Good Mother's Day present. Didn't care for Not Fade Away....love David Chase and the greatest show ever, The Sopranos, but it just wasn't all there.
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1:46PM on 04/30/2013
Just Silver Linings Playbook this week, only thing worth owning, nice and cheap.
Just Silver Linings Playbook this week, only thing worth owning, nice and cheap.
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1:36AM on 04/30/2013

ANGRY.

I loved Silver Linings! But my only dilemma is the TERRIBLE and ATROCIOUS blu ray cover art for the Canadian release. I love the poster for it and the U.S release is exactly what I hoped the cover art would look like. It'll cost a bundle to order a U.S copy from Amazon. Looks like I'll have to stick with the Canadian release. Oh well it's the movie that counts I guess...
I loved Silver Linings! But my only dilemma is the TERRIBLE and ATROCIOUS blu ray cover art for the Canadian release. I love the poster for it and the U.S release is exactly what I hoped the cover art would look like. It'll cost a bundle to order a U.S copy from Amazon. Looks like I'll have to stick with the Canadian release. Oh well it's the movie that counts I guess...
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1:32AM on 04/30/2013

Silver Linings

Just dreadful. I dislike O'Russell more and more with every project he releases, but this one takes the cake. Cartoonish, uneven, overwritten, poorly staged, overlong, just unbearable.
Just dreadful. I dislike O'Russell more and more with every project he releases, but this one takes the cake. Cartoonish, uneven, overwritten, poorly staged, overlong, just unbearable.
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12:38AM on 04/30/2013

Silver Linings Playbook

Will be getting Silver Linings Playbook on blu ray. So excited to watch this again. It was my favorite film of 2012.
Will be getting Silver Linings Playbook on blu ray. So excited to watch this again. It was my favorite film of 2012.
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