Couldn't resist, Columbo the complete series (including later TV movies) at a particularly low price, it had to be mine. Other DVDs that have come to live with me this week include Homeland Season 2, The Guild Season 6, The Town, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing (see below), and two Doctor Who releases, The Green Death Special Edition and Terror of the Zygons.
my review of Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. What I liked in theaters, I still like. What put me off, still does. I was enthusiastic about the DVD extras however. There are two commentary tracks, one by Whedon himself which illuminates his various choices both in terms of direction and screenwriting, and I do appreciate the way he's brought out the darkness of the play, focusing on how it's really about people lying to each other and themselves. A second commentary track sounds like a big cast and crew party, with several playing a drinking game and sometimes talking over each other. It's fun and full of jokes, though not necessarily always easy to follow. The DVD also has a good making of in which cast and crew get a chance to talk about the film, their relationship to Shakespeare, and how much this was a "home movie". A featurette on their bus trip to a film festival is also fun, publishing various Vine videos they made on the voyage. And the jazzy rendition of Sigh No More gets a music video. The extras did what good extras do - make me enjoy the film (and the play!) even more.
Hyperion to a Satyr posts this week:
IV.v. Laertes' Return - Classics Illustrated
Your Daily Splash Page this week features a splash from every DC title, alphabetically, from Shazam! to Smallville.