View From the Rental Counter

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View From the Rental Counter 2/20/05

Mainstream I Heart Huckabees DVD: Single Disc, 2-Disk Special Edition MPAA: R (language and sexual scene) Budget/Gross: $20M/$12.8M Market: Enjoy the world of Charlie Kaufmann and Spike Jonze? Then this one is for you. This movie billed itself as an “existential comedy” which probably scared most people away from it. That and the inability of … Continue reading

View from the Rental Counter: 2/1/05

Mainstream Mr. 3000 MPAA: PG-13 (sexual content and language) Budget: N/A Gross: $21.8M DVD: Widescreen, Fullscreen (Commentary by director Charles Stone III, deleted scenes with optional director commentary, extended scenes, and 3 featurettes: The Making of Mr. 3000, Everybody Love Stan (about Bernie Mac’s character), and Spring Training: The Extras Journey.) Market: Those who enjoy … Continue reading

View from the Rental Counter: 1/21/05

Mainstream Alien Vs. Predator MPAA: PG-13 (violence and language) Budget: $65M Gross: $80M Market: Fans of the two movies apparently ate this one up but it’s about five years late to really capitalize this one. It seems more like the result of someone attempting cash in on the success of Freddy Vs. Jason. Anyway it … Continue reading

View from the Rental Counter: 1/18/05

Didn’t do one of these last week. My bad. Mainstream Catwoman MPAA: PG-13 (action/violence and sensuality) Budget: $85M Gross: $40M Market: Surf on over to FilmThreat for my full column on this one. This is the type of movie that will likely find a bigger audience on DVD than it did in theaters as its … Continue reading

View from the Rental Counter 1/4/05

Mainstream Troy MPAA: R (violence and some sexuality) Budget: $185M Gross: $133M Market: Did you enjoy the other 17 sword and sandal epics that included thousands of CGI arrows flying through the sky? Are you a woman (or a man) who enjoys seeing guys like Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana all sandy and … Continue reading

View from the Rental Counter: 12/11/04

Pick of the Week Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Extended Edition) Market: Folks, this is as close as we’re going to get to a full-scale epic in the digital age. There’s a reason for all the CGI in these movies: The story couldn’t be told any other way. Peter Jackson has strewn … Continue reading

View from the Rental Counter: 11/30/04

Mainstream Daredevil: SE MPAA: PG-13 (action & violence and some sexual material) Budget: $75M Gross: $102.5M DVD Formats: Widescreen Market: This director’s cut is sure to appeal to the segment of the audience who were, let’s just say, under whelmed by the big-screen adaptation of ol’ hornhead. This one features 30 additional minutes of movie … Continue reading

View from the Rental Counter: 11/22/04

Mainstream Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) MPAA: PG Budget: $130M Gross: $250M (just shy) DVD Formats: 2 Disc set (Widescreen or Full Screen formats) Market: The same friggin’ mix of preteens and baby boomers who feel reading the books and seeing the subsequent movies helps them hold on to their youth. This … Continue reading

View From the Rental Counter: 7/16/04

DVD Releases for 7/20: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)  PG13 Synopsis: Spoiled city brat finds out she’s actually not that important when her family moves from the city to the suburbs. Box Office: $29.3 million Market: Anyone above the age of 13 is likely to have their intelligence insulted by this movie, so expect it to do … Continue reading

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