Wow. I know that home video windows are shrinking, but I am not sure that I have ever seen a 17-day window, before. I mean, except for day-and-date releases, of course. At any rate, this would make a perfect Christmas gift for your favorite Whovian. I have to say, I loved the special and am sure to watch it over and over again, as I am wont to do with Dr. Who episodes (and The West Wing, Babylon 5, Buffy….but that’s for another post).
The disc has quite a few extras but not, alas, the wonderful and hysterical The Five(ish) Doctors, which you can see here. Either way, this was a fantastic entry to the Doctor Who franchise and a must have for any Whovian on your holiday gift list (including me…hint hint!) Buy it here!
• Doctor Who Explained – The entire 50-year history in one 50-minute special
• Two mini-episodes – “The Night of The Doctor” and “The Last Day”
• Behind-the-scenes featurette – Go behind the scenes at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special – on set and on location – featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, David Tennant, Billie Piper and John Hurt.
• San Diego Comic-Con trailer of Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor
• Doctor Who 50th Anniversary tribute teaser trailer
Tomas Alfredson’s exceptional theatrical adaptation of the classic John le Carré spy novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [my CNN.com review] is coming to DVD and BD on March 20th and while the DVD screener I got last year is nice, I can’t wait to see how the wonderfully muted color palette used by director Tomas Alfredson and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema looks in high definition. If done right, it should make you feel even more like you’re being swaddled in slightly damp corduroy. In a good way of course, because you’ll have a bottle of scotch or a pitcher of martinis, too.
With a superlative cast of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch (don’t get me started on how brilliant Sherlock is…), David Dencik, Tom Hardy, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, and Mark Strong, TTSS easily made my top ten of 2011 [CNN.com and indieWIRE.com] and while I love (Oscar winner) The Descendants, I wouldn’t have complained if writers Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan had picked up an little gold man last month.
Remember remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why the gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot…
-poem taught to British schoolchildren to help them remember their history
By way of introduction, those of you expecting a full-out action film better readjust your expectations. While not as demanding of your synapses and gray matter as say, Syriana, James McTeigue‘s V For Vendetta contains equal measures of political thriller and crime drama along with its action sequences and the political, moral and social issues raised in the film are ideas with which everyone on this planet should concern themselves.
By the way, it’s outstanding.
The (anti) hero of this piece, V (Hugo Weaving) is a violent, vindictive, unforgiving assassin bent on revenge for a wrong done him (and possibly many others) in years past. He will stop at almost nothing to accomplish his goals, personal and national in scope, and is the epitome of “the ends justify the means.” That said, he is also sentimental, erudite, emotionally vulnerable and a patriot of the highest order. Oh, did I mention that he wears a Guy Fawkes mask for the entire picture? Not your every day movie hero, V styles himself after Fawkes, the 17th century English Catholic who, with 12 others plotted to blow up the English Parliament building to protest Protestant rule. Fawkes and his fellow plotters were captured and executed (hung, drawn and quartered, no less) and Fawkes is still burned in effigy each November 5th.