THE INFORMANT! and more in this week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
February 22nd, 2010

WHAT'S NEW & COOL THIS WEEK:
This week brings the release of Steven Soderbergh's THE INFORMANT!, starring Fat Damon, a sweet stache, and a lot of dark comedy about dirty corporate deeds and shady dealings. Also out this week is the John C. Reilly starring VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT, based upon the popular youth novel series. Reilly channels Willy Wonka here as Larten Crepsley, both in hair style and smart assery. The film is a dark,yet fun tale for the whole family so I'd definitely pick this one up.

Also out this week is THE BOX from writer/director Richard Kelly (DONNIE DARKO). I'm excited for this one to hit DVD shelves...not because I liked it but because I have never been more lost and confused by a film to the point I feel the need for multiple and repeat viewings so I can move on with my life.

THE TITLE-O-THE WEEK I'LL BE RUSHING OUT TO BUY:
This is a tough choice. Do I go with Casper Van Dien as iconic rebel James Dean in 1997's biopic JAMES DEAN: RACE WITH DESTINY? Or do I go for THE DAMNED UNITED, a fantastic sports-centered drama starring Michael Sheen (FROST/NIXON) as Brian Clough, the one-time coach for the Leeds United Football Club whose stint lasted a mere 44 days? While I do love James Dean, I imagine that Mr. Van Dien's performance is more akin to Johnny Rico plus the 1950s minus the huge alien bugs.

Guess that means I'll be chanting "We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!"

Check out all the key releases for this week after the jump!

New on Blu-ray and DVD
THE BOX
THE DAMNED UNITED
DEAD SNOW (2-Disc Special Edition)
THE INFORMANT!
SORORITY ROW
THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT

Standard Definition
EVERYBODY'S FINE
JAMES DEAN: RACE WITH DESTINY
THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

Blu-ray
THE CRAZIES (1973)
ICHI THE KILLER

Please note that, while these are the most popular releases for today, they are not all of them. Check out Amazon HERE for a complete listing of the new releases for February 23rd, 2010.

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