"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" (NR, 2008, New Video): It's not easy being a burgeoning supervillain in any context. But it's especially tricky when - as is the case with Billy, aka Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris) - you're too shy to even talk to the cute girl (Felicia Day) at the laundromat, much less assert yourself as a proper archnemesis to hunky Captain Hammer (Nathon Fillion). But that is Billy's mission. At 42 minutes, it's less than half as long as a feature film, but it also isn't a pilot episode or the beginnings of a miniseries, nor is it even affiliated with anything beyond the production company that made it happen.
Extras: An amazing musical commentary track, cast/crew commentary, three behind-the-scenes features, 30-minute Evil League of Evil audition reel compilation.
"He's Just Not That Into You" (PG-13, 2009, New Line): Not all chick flicks are created equal. Some, including "He's Just Not That Into You," arguably don't even deserve the tag at all. Yes, "HJNTIY" centers its collection of loosely-connected stories around the not-so-romantic adventures of one girl (Ginnifer Goodwin as Gigi) who overtly wants someone to love but can't quite keep her foot out of her own mouth during some lively attempts to make it happen. But just as the book that inspired the film wasn't afraid to tell women that sometimes the problem is them, so too does the movie, which manages to build Gigi into both a genuinely lovable lead and a potent object of amusing, face-palming ineptitude. Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Justin Long and Kevin Connolly also star.
Extra: Deleted scenes (with commentary).
"Spring Breakdown" (R, 2008, Warner Bros.): With a scandalized vice president bounced from the White House and deranged but clean-living Sen. Kay Bee Hartmann (Jane Lynch) in the running to take his place, it has fallen on Hartmann's youthful but lame aide Becky (Parker Posey) to secretly keep her daughter (Amber Tamblyn) out of trouble during spring break week. The assignment also doubles as a chance for Becky and friends Gayle (Amy Poehler) and Judi (Rachel Dratch) to experience the spring break they missed as nerds in college. All that and more contributes to a stupidly outlandish plot that lends hope that "Spring Breakdown" exists as a smart send-up of all those dumb spring break films that continue, somehow, to propagate.
Extras: Dratch/director commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers.
- McClatchy Tribune News Service