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Notable New Releases

Chuck: The Complete Second Season
I thought the first season of Chuck was good but I really enjoyed the second season. The main characters have really developed and the Buy More employees get a lot more screen time. The show does have its problems, the humor is hit or miss and it doesn't get geek culture as well as other shows (like The Big Bang Theory or The IT Crowd), but the drama is always solid and it's a fun show. Plus you can always count on 'Browncoat' favorite Adam Baldwin and a pack of geek-friendly guest stars (including Tony Hale, Chevy Chase, and Scott Bakula!) to entertain.

Extras include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Truth, Spies, and Regular Guys: Exploring the Mythology of Chuck
  • Dude in Distress: Explore This Season's Best Action Sequences
  • Chuck Versus the Webisodes
  • Chuck: A Real-Life Captain Awesome's Tips for Being Awesome
  • John Casey Presents: So You Want to be a Deadly Spy?

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
The trailers looked terrible, but it got great reviews (85% fresh) and I really wanna check it out. One of my favorite books as a kid, the film version is an original story that cleverly parodies disaster movies. It was made by the guys behind Clone High and How I Met Your Mother and has a stellar voice cast led by SNL member Bill Hader. There is no 3-D option here, so no flying food but a lot of good stuff for both adults and kids.

Extras include:
  • Commentary
  • Interactive 'Splat Mode!' (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Extended Scenes
  • Early Development Scenes
  • A Recipe For Success: The Making of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Key Ingredients: The Voices of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Progression Reels with Introductions by Visual FX Supervisor Rob Bredow
  • Make It Rain Food PSA
  • Flint's Food Fight Game (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • 'Raining Sunshine' Music Video by Miranda Cosgrove
  • Behind the Scenes of the Music Video

10 Things I Hate About You: 10th Anniversary Edition
This modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew has always been one of my favorites. Its funny, sweet, and features early performances by actors who all went on to do great things. The alt-rock soundtrack is awesome, featuring songs like Letters to Cleo's cover of 'I Want You to Want Me'. It is finally getting a decent release which includes the late Heath Ledger's screen test. So skip the crappy TV show version and grab this disc.

Extras include:
  • Commentary
  • '10 Things I Love About 10 Things I Hate About You 10 Years Later' featurette
  • I Want You To Want Me: The 10 Things I Hate About You Screen Tests

Dogtown and Z-Boys Blu-ray
One of my favorite documentaries, chronicling the rise of the pioneering Zephyr skateboard team in the 70s and directed by original Z-boy Stacy Peralta. It's a great view into the birth of a culture. It was later adapted into the dramatic feature Lords of Dogtown, which is also quite good. The Blu-ray has everything from the DVD and a couple new features.

Extras include:
  • Commentary
  • Deleted Scene
  • Alternate Ending
  • Extended "Raw" Skate Footage
  • Webisodes
  • Multi-Angle Footage
  • The State of Pool Skating (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Tony Alva Art Show (Blu-ray Exclusive)

Riding Giants Blu-ray
Peralta followed up Dogtown with this great surfing doc, which details the origin and history of surf culture. It features big name surfers talking about what the sport means to them and shows all the major locales that have defined surfing. The surfing footage is sure to amaze in HD.

Extras include:
  • Director and Editor Commentary
  • Surfer Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making of Riding Giants
  • Fuel TV's Blue Carpet Special

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