TREK VS. TREK
Casting a vote for the classic Star Trek crew or The Next Generation has always been the sci-fi equivalent of Sophie’s choice. Now you can choose between two dueling DVD boxed sets — Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (featuring six Shatner films) and Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection (four Patrick Stewart movies). Our Pick Next Gen. (Or you could just buy both…if you want to risk being called ”coward” in Klingon.)
BEST EXTRA: UP
Ten movies into their miracle run and Pixar still hasn’t cranked out a clunker. The studio’s latest, 2009’s Up, is a gloriously touching tale about a crotchety old widower who defiantly takes flight (along with a chubby, chatty little castaway) by tethering balloons to his rickety old house. The whole movie soars, as do the DVD extras. Our favorite: Dug’s Special Mission, an animated short that shows us how the film’s lovably dumb mutt met his human pals. In four short minutes, Pixar proves the old saying that good things come in small packages.
WORTH THE UPGRADE?
Mamma Mia! The Movie — The Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More Gift Set
Personally, we don’t know anyone who’s rabid about the movie version of Mamma Mia! Like it? Sure. But enough to cough up $25.99 for The Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More Gift Set? Even if you know every last lyric to ”Dancing Queen” and ”SOS,” we’re guessing you already own the movie and the CD that are included here. So what’s left? A 32-page collectible book, that’s what. Do your groaning shelves a favor and give this one a pass.
You didn’t purchase that Blu-ray player to enjoy the sharper, clearer picture on Paul Blart, did you? Here are a few titles that will best showcase what your new toy can do.
The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Experiencing Oz‘s lush detail in HD will make you feel like Dorothy first walking into a Technicolor fantasy.
The Bourne Trilogy
You’ll absorb the impact of every violent blow from Matt Damon’s quick-cut action thrillers. Use the car chase from Supremacy to test-drive your new system.
The BBC’s breathtaking wildlife doc brings the frozen tundras and misting waterfalls of seven continents into your living room — so you never have to go outside.
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration
Not unlike Michael Corleone himself, the epic viewing canvas will keep pulling you back into the darkly lit Shakespearean crime drama.
Blade Runner: Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Ridley Scott reedited several versions of his sci-fi classic, and this sparkling edition includes five cuts — including Scott’s definitive print.