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Cloverfield by Matt Reeves (dir), Drew Goddard (wr), J.J. Abrams (prod) (Paramount 21 January 2008 / ) - When a giant monster attacks Manhattan, a handful of friends chronicle their fight to survive with a simple camcorder. It's powerful filmmaking and marks a dynamic new spin on a genre that many might see as cliché. (see review)

Family Guy - Blue Harvest Special Edition (w/ limited-edition collectibles) by Dominic Polcino (Director) (20th Century Fox 31 January 2008 / $34.98) - Amazon.com:

What better way to launch Family Guy's sixth season and commemorate Star Wars' 30th anniversary than with this double-length Very Special Episode, a full-scale, awesomely animated spoof that recasts George Lucas' saga with Family Guy's galaxy of characters: Chris (Seth Green) is Luke; Lois (Alex Borstein) is Princess Leia; Peter (Seth McFarlane) is Han Solo, but not, as expected, Jabba the Hut; Brian (Seth, again) is Chewbacca; Quagmire (and again, Seth) is C3PO; Cleveland is R2D2; Herbert, the creepy senior pedophile, is Obi-Wan (both voiced by Mike Henry); and, of course, Stewie (Seth, already) is Darth Vader ("My diapers have gone over to the dark side"). Poor Meg is reduced to a cameo as the hideous reptilian creature that haunts the garbage compactor. Blue Harvest is reverently faithful to A New Hope, while engaging in typical Family Guy pop-culture references (everything from those old Grey Poupon commercials to Doctor Who, Airplane, Dirty Dancing, and Deal or No Deal) and bizarre digressions (the iconic opening crawl detours into an appreciation of a "way naked" Angelina Jolie in Gia). Along for the wild ride are Judd Nelson, who contributes a voice cameo as John Bender for a Breakfast Club gag, Rush Limbaugh railing against futuristic affirmative action on Tatooine talk radio, and Beverly D'Angelo and Chevy Chase as the vacationing Griswolds observing the rebellion from their orbiting station wagon. A Star Wars spoof in 2007 isn't exactly uncharted territory. As Chris Griffin notes in this episode's final moments, Robot Chicken brilliantly did it months earlier (and let us not forget Mel Brooks' Spaceballs from 1987; or, on second thought...). But the Force is strong with Family Guy, and who could resist the opportunity to hear the Muzak playing in a Death Star elevator? --Donald Liebenson


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(see review)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) by Gore Verbinski (Dir.) (Walt Disney Pictures 03 January 2008 / $34.99) - Product Description: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END (DVD MOVIE)

Actors: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport.

Disc 1: Feature Disc
Disc 2: Bonus Features

Bonus Features:

    Keith & the Captain: On Set with Johnny Depp and the Rock Legend
    Anatomy of a Scene: The Maelstrom
    The Tale of the Many Jacks
    Deleted Scenes
    The World of Chow Yun-Fat
    The Pirate Maestro: The Music of Hans Zimmer
    More:
      Masters of Design
      Hoist The Colours
      Inside The Brethren Court
      (And Some Easter Eggs for the Finding)
Masters of Design:
    James Byrkit: Sao Feng's Map
    Crash McCreery: The Cursed Crew
    Rick Heinrichs: Singapore
    Penny Rose: Teague's Costume
    Kris Peck: The Code Book
(see review)

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