RT on DVD: New South Park, The Wire, and an Exclusive Look at Smart People,

Plus a tantalizingly icky David Duchovny-Olivia Thirlby romance.

by | August 11, 2008 | Comments

This week we bring you an exclusive look from the DVD release of Smart People, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Page as a father and daughter whose intellect outweighs their social graces; imagine a higher-strung Juno obsessed with high test scores instead of hamburger phones. Also check out what’s new on DVD: Stephen Chow‘s CJ7, new seasons of South Park, The Wire, and Prison Break, and the ickiest father-daughter romance of the week, starring David Duchovny and Juno sidekick Olivia Thirlby.

Smart People

Tomatometer: 49%

A high IQ does not a happy person make, as the smarty pants in Noam Murro’s directorial debut prove. Father and daughter Lawrence (Dennis Quaid) and Vanessa (Ellen Page) are an intellectually superior but socially self destructive pair in this textbook Sundance flick. Critics were split, which means checking it out on DVD could be a smart move (pun intended).

Bonus Features:

Smart People assembles a fine cast, who all appear in bloopers, outtakes, interviews and features on the DVD. Exclusive footage from the film’s Sundance Film Festival premiere adds a nice touch. Director Murro and writer Mark Jude Poirier also contribute a commentary.

Watch an exclusive clip from the Smart People DVD below, in which Quaid and the filmmakers reveal why and how they developed his grumpy character, Lawrence. Smart People is out this week on DVD.

South Park, The Wire, Prison Break, and more! Click for this week’s new releases!


Tomatometer: 49%

Actor-director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) switches gears to bring us his oddly sweet take on the family film, with a nod to ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, Lilo & Stitch, and a sprinkling of CGI kung fu action. Chow stars as Ti, a father who brings home a glowing green toy that turns out to be a doglike alien with magical powers.

Bonus Features:

Chow contributes a brisk full-length commentary track, and a handful of featurettes provide insight into the making of the film. Plus, learn “How to Bully a Bully” from Stephen Chow himself.

Irina Palm

Tomatometer: 72%

Rock icon Marianne Faithfull stars in this drama as Maggie, a 50-something grandmother who desperately takes a job as a hostess in a London sex club in order to pay for her grandson’s operation. Why they call her “Irina Palm”…well, let’s just say the name fits the service. Ahem.

Bonus Features:

Besides trailers and cast and director interviews, there’s not much in the way of bonus material. Critical praise and sheer curiosity value considered, however, Irina Palm should be one of the week’s more interesting releases.

South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season


If the kids of South Park aged in real time, Cartman would be elephant-walking his way through freshman orientation and hazing Kyle, Stan, and Kenny in college. But by Season 11, the boys are still where they belong: elementary school. Check out South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season in all of its uncensored, foul-mouthed glory for episodes like “Guitar Queer-O” and the three-part, Emmy-nominated “Imaginationland” saga.

Bonus Features:

Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker offer mini commentary tracks on all 14 episodes.

The Wire – The Complete Fifth Season

Tomatometer: N/A

Complete your collection of one of HBO’s most celebrated original series when the fifth and final season of The Wire hits DVD this week. The Peabody Award-winning show — a gritty, sprawling portrait of urban Baltimore that centers on a different crumbling Baltimore institution each season — ends with a focus on the city’s news media. Pick up Season 5 and finish the series some television critics called better than The Sopranos.

Bonus Features:

Ex-cop and creator David Simon joins cast and crew members on six commentary tracks. A documentary on the role of the media augments Season 5’s theme, while a show retrospective revisits the milestones of the previous four seasons.

Prison Break – Season Three

Tomatometer: N/A

Who ever thought a primetime drama about a guy breaking out of jail would turn into a hit show, let alone run for four seasons? In Season 3, we find Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and his prison buddies on the lam in Panama — but more importantly, fans get a shocking surprise appearance, a la Se7en, by Michael’s sweetheart, Dr. Sara Tancredi.

Bonus Features:

The 13 hour-length episodes come with featurettes, “director’s takes” on characters and life on set, spotlights on cast members, and a bonus episode of The Unit.

The Secret

Tomatometer: N/A

Each week plenty of direct-to-DVD films flood the market, and if you’re like us, you ignore most of them. But sometimes a title catches your eye, and you wonder, what were they thinking? Enter The Secret. (Enthusiasts of the best-selling self-help book, beware; this is not an adaptation.) David Duchovny stars as a man whose wife (Lili Taylor) and 16-year-old daughter (Olivia Thirlby) are involved in a fatal accident, leading the mother’s spirit to inhabit her daughter’s body. Still in love, Duchovny and Thirlby (as the mom) struggle to help their daughter’s spirit survive — and, you know, avoid technically committing incest. Ick.

Bonus Features:

The disc includes interviews and behind-the-scenes features, but did we mention that parent-child sexual tension? Initial revolt aside, the French production (helmed by actor-director Vincent Perez) has skyrocketed to the top of our Netflix queue.

‘Til next week, happy renting!

Tag Cloud

quibi Biopics Superheroe FOX Avengers IFC Films HBO worst movies DC Comics DirecTV toronto dragons slashers A24 rt archives FX on Hulu cars Christmas Tumblr NYCC YouTube Ghostbusters screen actors guild halloween adventure tv talk hist VICE cults Comedy Central Peacock space Valentine's Day X-Men comedies Best and Worst CNN TV renewals zombie cinemax casting Pixar WGN richard e. Grant TV 007 rotten classics American Society of Cinematographers singing competition CBS All Access anthology cartoon Turner Classic Movies science fiction scary movies Freeform Lifetime Christmas movies TCA Awards psychological thriller dceu Toys child's play fresh BBC One Fall TV Mindy Kaling Martial Arts japanese facebook historical drama Awards Tour Amazon nature Disney streaming service rotten movies we love Starz YouTube Premium Anna Paquin Action crime Reality Competition comic nbcuniversal 21st Century Fox 4/20 natural history Musical comiccon Sundance TV boxoffice dc cancelled television canceled Apple TV+ news sequels hispanic twilight The Academy animated 72 Emmy Awards blaxploitation GLAAD cats Holidays Infographic Crackle Television Critics Association Disney Channel documentaries finale docudrama french First Look satire screenings Character Guide name the review Mary Tyler Moore politics versus Fantasy Spring TV movie Cannes Hear Us Out Esquire VOD Box Office Lionsgate composers LGBT thriller Brie Larson Sundance TCM Black Mirror Shudder YA political drama BBC America Ovation stand-up comedy Writers Guild of America cancelled TV shows TCA Epix Syfy christmas movies video on demand spanish language cops nfl golden globes Grammys war Family remakes criterion Endgame stop motion Reality Hulu video Pirates television indiana jones Year in Review FXX Holiday worst Emmys Sundance Now WarnerMedia CMT social media Spectrum Originals 45 Marvel Studios stoner Video Games Western breaking bad latino sitcom E! Amazon Studios Film Ellie Kemper james bond Trailer venice hollywood green book Star Trek BET Awards El Rey TIFF Rocketman The Walking Dead USA Hallmark ESPN Oscars APB mockumentary Cosplay Britbox scorecard Chilling Adventures of Sabrina streaming based on movie Nickelodeon Acorn TV YouTube Red ID San Diego Comic-Con Netflix Christmas movies obituary mutant Warner Bros. FX boxing Pride Month A&E anime kids VH1 Binge Guide Sneak Peek critics aliens Amazon Prime Video best CW Seed zero dark thirty Comedy Summer Fox News Interview disaster Polls and Games Watching Series what to watch foreign children's TV true crime Premiere Dates Sony Pictures mission: impossible jamie lee curtis crime drama spy thriller blockbuster TCA Winter 2020 Arrowverse Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt spinoff technology Mudbound reviews police drama Turner diversity dark Adult Swim Hallmark Christmas movies First Reviews period drama elevated horror directors a nightmare on elm street strong female leads 2015 Opinion Walt Disney Pictures Paramount Network batman Election E3 SDCC MSNBC Calendar biography fast and furious werewolf Mystery talk show all-time Alien football Captain marvel Apple Marvel TruTV sag awards Rocky black Television Academy joker Superheroes Schedule Funimation The Arrangement ghosts book theme song PaleyFest Women's History Month Masterpiece Thanksgiving sequel crossover Showtime History cancelled Columbia Pictures festival Chernobyl SundanceTV New York Comic Con Nominations Podcast concert Certified Fresh crime thriller The Witch PBS free movies vampires Disney Plus President USA Network Film Festival PlayStation Disney festivals Teen serial killer dramedy Kids & Family Quiz spanish GoT teaser justice league RT History Mary Poppins Returns Animation 20th Century Fox DC Universe TLC films medical drama renewed TV shows deadpool discovery australia south america BBC MTV independent spain OWN HBO Max comic books Lifetime reboot Travel Channel Logo Musicals 2017 laika Universal Lucasfilm sports MCU Drama witnail DGA Rock supernatural doctor who TNT die hard Marathons asian-american RT21 TBS Extras SXSW Awards Nat Geo franchise Sci-Fi Super Bowl cooking Set visit Amazon Prime Trivia CBS Vudu documentary Tubi Academy Awards Emmy Nominations Tomatazos Food Network LGBTQ Comics on TV comics transformers movies spider-man Countdown National Geographic psycho series Netflix Trophy Talk dogs The Purge ratings game of thrones Music 2019 archives Country Paramount Classic Film Apple TV Plus chucky Baby Yoda Mary poppins Crunchyroll award winner Rom-Com unscripted Heroines Photos binge BAFTA OneApp TV Land IFC halloween tv HBO Go ABC 71st Emmy Awards The CW Pop 24 frames Pop TV 2016 Cartoon Network Disney+ Disney Plus Spike romance universal monsters Shondaland Song of Ice and Fire DC streaming service GIFs Horror 2018 italian NBC adaptation ABC Family miniseries TCA 2017 Marvel Television 2020 Discovery Channel Winners Winter TV Stephen King emmy awards Fox Searchlight parents romantic comedy Red Carpet Creative Arts Emmys harry potter Bravo Elton John cancelled TV series Star Wars indie zombies Black History Month game show revenge toy story Tarantino Comic Book BET travel Pet Sematary 99% canceled TV shows superhero See It Skip It ITV AMC Dark Horse Comics robots