This Week On DVD/BD: Johnny Depp Lands On Stranger Tides

Plus Cameron Diaz is a Bad Teacher, The Crow, 70s Captain America and Shatner on Shatner

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Disney) - Johnny Depp staggers back into action as Captain Jack Sparrow, this time squaring off against Deadwood’s Ian McShane as Blackbeard and injecting a healthy dose of Penelope Cruz. Plenty of options for this one, including DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and a treasure chest box set including all four movies on Blu-ray.

Bad Teacher (Sony) - Cameron Diaz puts the moves on Justin Timberlake in this raunchy, R-rated comedy. The DVD and Blu-ray includes an unrated extended version, naturally.

Red State (Lionsgate) - Kevin Smith moves away from his chatty brand of comedy for a dark horror movie featuring Michael Parks and John Goodman. For those of you who prefer the chatty, funny side of Kevin Smith, Shout! Factory has got you covered with the release of SModimations: Season One and his latest speaking engagement video, Too Fat For 40.

Batman: Year One (Warner Home Video) - DC Comics hasn’t had much luck getting a new live action franchise off the ground lately but they’ve cornered the market in direct-to-video animation. Their latest release adapts the classic graphic novel by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

Monte Carlo (20th Century Fox) - Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, and Leighton Meester are swept into European hijinx in this rom-com from producer Nicole Kidman.

A Better Life (Summit) - About A Boy director Chris Weitz scales down for an intimate, indie drama about an East L.A. gardener’s efforts to keep himself and his son away from immigration officials and gang life.

Page One: Inside The New York Times (Magnolia) - Go behind the scenes of all the news that’s fit to print. The documentary follows the venerable newspaper’s attempts to navigate the changing media landscape over the course of a year.

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest (Sony) - Actor Michael Rapaport gets behind the camera to direct this documentary portrait of the influential hip-hop band.


The Crow (Miramax/Lionsgate) - The late Brandon Lee stars in Alex Proyas’ dark superhero movie. It remains one of the best, most visually exciting comic book movies ever made.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Warner Home Video) - The cult kids’ movie has been released on Blu-ray before, but this new box set comes with new extras, a lavishly illustrated book, and assorted collectibles.

The Guns Of Navarone (Sony) - Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn star in this Oscar-winning World War II epic directed by J. Lee Thompson, now available for the first time in high-def.

Kuroneko (Criterion) - An eerie, atmospheric Japanese ghost story directed by Kaneto Shindo is given Criterion’s usual A-plus treatment.

Cape Fear (Universal) - Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake arrives on Blu-ray just in time for Halloween.


Captain America (Shout! Factory) - If you grew up in the '70s, you might remember these TV-movie versions of the Marvel Comics character starring Reb Brown as the Star-Spangled Avenger.

Star Wars - The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Three (Warner Home Video) - The animated adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker continue.

V: The Complete Second Season (Warner Home Video) - The 21st Century version of the sci-fi series comes to an end with its second and final season.


The Captains (E1) - William Shatner directs the most Shatneriffic documentary of the year with a look at one of his favorite subjects: being in command of a starship. Shatner interviews all the actors who have sat in the Star Trek Captain’s chair, including Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, and Chris Pine. It’s Shatner’s world. We just live in it.

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Adam Jahnke has been writing about film since age 13, when he began foisting a self-published newsletter on friends and family (copies of which are now mercifully lost to the ages). In 2000, he joined the staff of the highly respected DVD website The Digital Bits, where he continues to serve as columnist…

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