Sure, the DVD of "Duplicity" came out a little while ago, but The Dude on the Right finally got to it on his Netflix queue and decided he should have put something else on that list. It’s not that he didn’t like the story concept because sure, who doesn’t like some corporate espionage and Julia Roberts almost getting naked, but the dude thinks the movies just tried to hard to be "surprising" instead of buttoning up the story. The Blu-ray doesn’t even have anything that cool on it, so go ahead, rent the movie, and see if your honey will give you some loving after spending two hours watching this one.
"Clerks" and "Chasing Amy" have now made it to Blu-ray, but during his review of "The Kevin Smith Collection: Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back," The Dude on the Right is still wondering why there is a documentary about the making of "Jay and Silent Bob" on the "Clerks" disc. Yes, he listened to Kevin Smith explain why, but The Dude has his own thoughts on the box set, and thinks maybe it is time for a full-blown Kevin Smith set. In the end The Dude thought the "Chasing Amy" disc is the best value for your money, but hey, you have a Blu-ray player so you might as well watch something in black and white on it and "Clerks" is hilarious no matter on what screen.
"Bruno" is out on DVD (and Blu-ray), and The Dude on the Right decides to give his review. Hell, he liked the movie when it was in the theaters, sort of, but the DVD version puts him over the top in terms of funny. Actually, The Dude doesn’t really like the "movie" part of the story at all, thinks it is a waste of times, but for another great look at buffoonery, scary parents, homophobic ultimate fighting fans, and LaToya Jackosn being even more out there than Paula Abdul, he suggests you get the DVD if only for the extras and to be able to fast-forward throught the plot.
As The Dude on the Right was watching "Monsters, Inc." for his Blu-ray review, he wondered if the movie would still be as enjoyable as when he saw it in the theater. Well, The Dude loved the movie all over again, and for his perusing of the 4-Disc Combo Pack, he found it well worth the money, even if you already bought the movie when it came out on DVD before. Sure, there are a few extras, and a game for your "Monsters" fan, but for the picture quality alone it is a great combo for your Blu-ray/big-screen combination, and if you ever wanted to learn how movies like this go from a brief idea to the final product, there are tons of extras that give some explanations. Needless to say, The Dude on the Right loved it all.
The Dude on the Right admits that seeing "Up" on the theater big-screen, in 3D, is cooler than on the big-screen in his living room, but for his review of the movie "Up," and the 4-disc Blu-ray combo pack, you sure get a whole lot of stuff for your Blu-ray dollar. Sure you will get a movie that he loved, in all its Blu-ray splendor, but the extras included are too numerous to mention in this synopsis so you should read the revie, but here is a sample: There are explanations of character development, artistic development, how the story changed, an extra copy of the movie on standard DVD, a Digital Copy for your portable player, and if that weren’t enough there are a couple of "Movie Shorts" in Pixar story-telling glory. All The Dude really knows is that the movie was great, and the extras make this one Blu-ray purchase that is definitely worth it. And hey, you might actually learn some geography if you play the included game called "Global Guardian Badge Game."
The Dude on the Right and Stu Gotz wanted to both be in bed, only not together, and for different reasons, and they explain why during their “Weekend Wrap-Up!” podcast. Neither reason had drinking to excess involved, just klutziness and flu-ness, but they both had some movieness with “Management” and the 3-D versions of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2.” The boys also discuss Balloon Boy and the hoax that is ensuing, a topic that somehow shifts into the musical styling’s of The 5th Dimension and Monty Python. All of that, plus some Chicago Bears’ talk, some Sweetest Day talk, and chocolaty goodness of Count Chocula.
Stu Gotz wonders why there aren’t any science explanations at the "Harry Potter" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, but during this podcast episode of "Stu & The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up!", the boys at least have something in common – their laughing during "The Goods," a movie most nobody went to see. The Dude tells Stu about "The Rocker" and "The Soloist," Stu can’t figure out when "Monk" ends on TV, and Stu is sort of amazed that The Dude didn’t burn the Dude-Pad down while doing some home improvements. All of that and more for your listening pleasure.
Crappy traffic couldn’t keep The Dude on the Right and Stu Gotz apart this morning, especially since they had a "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast to record! Stu had quite the adventure because he took The Gotz family to see The Chicago Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals, and little did he know but Wrigley Field would be invaded by seagulls. The Dude tells Stu that "17 Again" isn’t that horrible and Matthew Perry might actually be a really good actor, and Netflix queuing abounded with Stu seeing "Slumdog Millionaire" and The Dude seeing "The Secret Life of Bees." Stu missed out, though, because The Dude saw Donald Trump make fun of Jesse James on "Celebrity Apprentice," but the both of them got to see some large breasts during The Miss USA Pageant. Such are their weekends, sometimes.
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Finally I am getting back into the swing of things after my vacation to Dreams Villamagna last weekend (more on that in the coming weeks), and thanks to the inaugural Blu-ray reviews from The W.G.N. of "Pinocchio" and "Quantum of Solace," all I had to do was write about seeing "Adventureland." As far as those Blu-ray movies, The W.G.N. liked "Pinocchio" (and who doesn’t?), although he does get a little conflicted with the Blu-ray version because even though it does look good, he still can’t stand the black bars on the sides because it just seems like such a waste. He liked "Quantum of Solace" on Blu-ray a lot more than I did in the theater, but hey, to each their own, and I was as snookered as many of you might have been, thinking "Adventureland" was some kind of "Superbad" remake, but it’s really not, in fact it’s a really good movie but more in an adult/artsy kind of way.
I’ve got my new calendar/todo application for my iPhone to keep me organized now, I’ve got my new "what the hell am I eating and how little am I exercising" tracker was well, and in a matter of weeks the dude-pad renovations will be complete, so "Back to normal!" is now the rallying cry for the 2nd quarter of 2009. Oh, who the hell am I kidding, 2009 is looking like nothing like normal, I guess I should just keep writing, keep posting, and enjoy the ride!
That’s it for this one!
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The Dude on the Left has been absent for a while, but there’s nothing to bring him out of hiding like a request to review "South Park: The Complete 12th Season," and since he’s got a Blu-ray player, he busts his butt to give a complete review of all aspects of the 3 DVD set. And since he figures most "South Park" fans have already seen the episodes, he begins his review immediately commenting about the special features of the set, and then delves into the various episodes (like "Britney’s New Look," "Major Boobage," "The China Problem," and "About Last Night"). The boys of "South Park," Cartman, Kenny, Kyle, and Stan, looked better on Blu-ray, but The Dude on the Left is bummed a little because other than really looking good, there really isn’t that much extra in terms of special features on the Blu-ray version.