RT on DVD: Fantastic Four 2, 1408, and The Jungle Book!

Plus, a must-have for every Trekkie out there...

by | October 2, 2007 | Comments

A delightfully mixed bag awaits us this week at the video store — a little
superhero hype (Fantastic
Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
), some Stephen King suspense (1408),
plenty of TV on DVD (I
Love New York Season One

), and an Enterprise-sized treat for

Star Trek


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Tomatometer: 36%

Unless you were living under a rock over the summer, you’ve probably heard of
a little film called

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
. It’s a sequel. About a
quartet of superheroes. No? Well, the majority of critics passed on it
(although the film’s user Tomatometer is at a considerably higher 58 percent)
but if you care little about such things, you’re in luck: it hits DVD shelves
today! The two-disc release is Marvel-ously packed with commentary tracks by
filmmakers, including director
Tim Story and
producer Avi Arad,
deleted scenes, five behind-the-scenes featurettes, and an interactive look at
the Fantasticar. A documentary entitled "Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book
Origins of the Silver Surfer" explores the history of the character in
interviews with originator
Stan Lee and
other comic book notables and is the icing on the special features cake.



Tomatometer: 77%

Modern horror films are rarely critic-approved these days, so take it as a
good sign that this adaptation of the
Stephen King
short story not only was critically praised, but is Certified Fresh to boot.
The tale of a writer (John
) who checks into a haunted hotel room is light on gore, relying on
good, old-fashioned suspense to scare viewers; check out the bonus disc for
‘s original director’s cut (with an ending that was deemed too
depressing by test audiences). A handful of featurettes, deleted scenes, and
commentaries round out the release.



Tomatometer: 65%

In this moral drama from Aussie director
Ray Lawrence,
four buddies discover a dead girl’s body floating in a river but spend a whole
day fishing before reporting the discovery. When they return home, their
misdeed rips a divide in their community and in their personal relationships,
particularly that between Stewart (Gabriel
) and his wife Claire (Laura
). Check out this intriguing Australian film, now out on DVD.


The War: A Ken Burns Film

Tomatometer: N/A

Ken Burns
turns his scrupulous eye towards World War II in this 14-hour PBS documentary,
which aired in September. In addition to the seven-part film by Burns and
co-director Lynn Novick, this DVD release includes deleted scenes,
commentaries, and a companion book. Look for cameo voice appearances by actors
including Adam
Sam Jackson
Tom Hanks
, and narrator
Keith David.


The Jungle Book Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Edition

Tomatometer: 89%

Feral children raised by wolves never had a better champion than in the 1967
animated classic — until now! Mowgli and Co. have been given a shiny new
restoration job, four decades after kids first learned about jungle slacker
life in "The Bare Necessities." Accordingly, Disney has pulled out all the
stops to bring you two discs loaded with fascinating extras: A commentary
track by songwriter Richard Sherman, animator Andreas Deja, and grown-up
Mowgli voice actor Bruce Reitherman; Jungle Book karaoke; a 46-minute
making-of documentary; and a comparison between the original
story and the Disney adaptation. Even cooler are the seven deleted
songs by original composer Terry Gilkyson (whose score was replaced with the
Sherman Brothers’ more upbeat final songs) and a look at Rocky the Rhino, an
original character excised from the film by
Walt Disney


More New Offerings

Night Day Night

Tomatometer: 70%

‘s austere thriller about a young suicide bomber’s final hours in
New York City earned the director lots of notice on the festival circuit. If
that doesn’t pique your interest, consider the cinephile cred of Loktev
drawing comparisons to
Th. Dreyer
in her second directorial effort, ever.

Love New York: The Complete First Season

Tomatometer: N/A

Everyone here at RT was hoping that

Flavor of Love
‘s resident H.B.I.C. (Google that if you don’t know what
it means) New York (real, less glamorous name: Tiffany Pollard) would finally
find happiness after bitterly losing the heart of reality TV hunk
Flavor Flav


seasons of VH1’s Flavor of Love. Did she find her dream
man? Do you need to (re-)watch a house full of arguably desirable men with
names like Tango, Real, and Whiteboy vie for her heart all over again? Is
Sister Patterson as crazy as New York’s make-up is overdone? The answer to all
of those questions, of course, is yes. After all, you’ll need a primer for
this month’s premiere of
I Love New
York: Season Two

Metalocalypse: Season One

Tomatometer: N/A

Adult Swim’s most popular American-Scandinavian death metal band hits home
theaters this week! The frequently drunk, probably sociopathic metal
superstars of the band Dethlok star in the first season’s 20 11-minute
episodes, with guest appearances by members of bands like Metallica,
Nevermore, and other scary offshoots of the metal genre.

Sarah Silverman Program: Season One

Tomatometer: N/A

Shocking or hilarious?

The Sarah Silverman Program
is sometimes one, sometimes the other, and
frequently both. Written as intentionally offensive fictionalized versions of
life, the six episode collection includes bonus materials like a karaoke
sing-along and additional musical numbers.

Where My Nerds At?

Star Trek: The Next Generation — Complete Series

Tomatometer: N/A

According to Ferengi lore, the five Stages of Acquisition are infatuation,
justification, appropriation, obsession, and resale. Think on that as you part
with $400 (that’s like 40 slips of Latinum) to own the 49-disc set of the

series, which includes an entire disc of all-new featurettes and
an exclusive poster. (Although

was way better. We’re just saying.)

Stoker’s Dracula

Tomatometer: 84%

Francis Ford Coppola
‘s Certified Fresh take on the classic bloodsucker
tale is given a respectable DVD treatment here, 15 years after its theatrical
debut. In addition to a newly-recorded commentary track by Coppola, you’ll get
a second disc with extras like deleted scenes and an extended ending,
trailers, and four separate behind-the-scenes documentaries; look in
particular for the
Roman Coppola-hosted
"In Camera" featurette highlighting the lo-fi special effects used throughout
the film.

Until next week, happy renting!

Tag Cloud

game of thrones worst Avengers video archives name the review festival green book independent Musical Disney Plus VOD women psychological thriller toronto Winter TV docudrama History Video Games cats BBC America foreign RT21 golden globe awards Trivia sequel PBS Rock USA Network vs. X-Men indiana jones See It Skip It heist movie Mystery what to watch Emmy Nominations Amazon blockbuster screenings diversity Country justice league Crunchyroll Exclusive Video football 72 Emmy Awards king kong stoner game show NBA Set visit TV Land canceled TV shows BBC children's TV Fall TV aliens razzies international Opinion Pride Month Extras Syfy E3 zero dark thirty IMDb TV Awards Tour comic books hist sequels TCA 2017 art house spy thriller blaxploitation Heroines A24 ABC LGBTQ psycho 99% cancelled television Netflix Christmas 71st Emmy Awards discovery spain slashers MSNBC Adult Swim criterion VH1 romantic comedy book Trophy Talk science fiction italian monster movies social media Podcast 2020 young adult biopic disaster Tumblr Film Film Festival Horror 2018 documentary concert black Spectrum Originals BET Awards Comedy Central technology unscripted Disney Channel SDCC Academy Awards Fargo obituary PlayStation animated olympics critics aapi supernatural jurassic park TCM Winners The Academy 79th Golden Globes Awards action-comedy AMC Plus dogs posters venice Prime Video Hear Us Out dreamworks Amazon Studios President streaming golden globes reviews marvel cinematic universe prank directors VICE Alien witnail Biopics toy story live action romance Polls and Games universal monsters kong Mary poppins rt labs critics edition Comic Book Certified Fresh films Toys dexter sag awards superhero politics thriller Travel Channel Character Guide YouTube Premium 1990s Mudbound godzilla dark television Cannes saw australia YouTube live event TNT dragons reboot Writers Guild of America ITV facebook medical drama leaderboard Acorn TV Infographic Star Trek Classic Film First Reviews Lifetime IFC TruTV Superheroes Rocky Stephen King Ovation marvel comics robots Arrowverse elevated horror teaser Star Wars halloween tv Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Columbia Pictures APB dceu Sony Pictures crime ratings adventure TV renewals Pet Sematary space cars CW Seed rotten movies we love Crackle adenture Peacock Disney Comedy slasher RT History Television Critics Association USA New York Comic Con Paramount hollywood Schedule Starz ViacomCBS WarnerMedia doctor who BET San Diego Comic-Con Song of Ice and Fire chucky Bravo Mary Tyler Moore Red Carpet historical drama NYCC Hollywood Foreign Press Association child's play TV hispanic Pacific Islander Instagram Live die hard Family spanish YouTube Red Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt breaking bad Captain marvel Teen mutant mission: impossible screen actors guild TV One TBS Tomatazos vampires ABC Family GoT OneApp debate genre binge Walt Disney Pictures 2017 cancelled TV shows BAFTA remakes cancelled TV series cops police drama popular Grammys Ghostbusters Summer suspense finale NBC Binge Guide Drama Fox News jamie lee curtis twilight Marvel Television DGA Nominations serial killer mcc versus satire wonder woman free movies james bond harry potter Britbox MCU Super Bowl Mindy Kaling Martial Arts Holiday a nightmare on elm street The Purge Lifetime Christmas movies parents CMT The Arrangement Calendar Best and Worst TLC franchise Premiere Dates 73rd Emmy Awards nfl Funimation nbcuniversal spider-verse target richard e. Grant Creative Arts Emmys stand-up comedy hispanic heritage month Sundance TV king arthur hidden camera Comic-Con@Home 2021 HFPA Black History Month Hulu Legendary Sundance Nickelodeon Rom-Com composers Spring TV DC Comics Masterpiece 45 YA kids sports nature ghosts The Witch critic resources Kids & Family Tokyo Olympics The CW TCA Mary Poppins Returns Turner war singing competition ESPN halloween japan Music natural history video on demand rotten basketball BBC One quibi OWN Ellie Kemper Brie Larson legend El Rey theme song AMC sopranos 4/20 Marvel Studios comedies new star wars movies adaptation fast and furious Year in Review TV movies south america Universal Pictures miniseries laika spinoff First Look Anna Paquin Pop TV Western Hallmark Logo spider-man batman french scary movies dramedy 90s 20th Century Fox tv talk Comics on TV 24 frames Superheroe DirecTV Emmys Image Comics Broadway Nat Geo royal family book adaptation Food Network CBS talk show Marathons comics trophy 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Fantasy zombie Spike Shudder canceled Television Academy Election joker HBO Go sitcom Trailer black comedy Showtime TCA Awards SundanceTV Paramount Network Action Epix Box Office boxing Black Mirror high school FX Reality Apple TV Plus Vudu travel zombies Freeform documentaries Interview new zealand all-time FX on Hulu biography Tags: Comedy crime thriller Fox Searchlight Thanksgiving TCA Winter 2020 latino Cosplay 2015 Lionsgate Musicals Pirates comic book movie new york fresh know your critic rt labs superman ID Endgame LGBT comic Universal Wes Anderson Rocketman Turner Classic Movies TIFF movies emmy awards FXX true crime Sneak Peek FOX Oscars anime best series MTV CNN award winner Chernobyl Pixar classics Apple TV+ comic book movies Quiz gangster period drama casting Paramount Plus japanese Pop Neflix movie asian-american cancelled Elton John deadpool 93rd Oscars Amazon Prime E! Disney+ Disney Plus strong female leads Sci-Fi Baby Yoda 2019 crossover Warner Bros. 007 PaleyFest comiccon Tubi CBS All Access Animation cinemax DC Universe cults telelvision rom-coms 2016 Awards blockbusters worst movies pirates of the caribbean 21st Century Fox Discovery Channel Sundance Now GLAAD Dark Horse Comics Amazon Prime Video Hallmark Christmas movies WGN werewolf Lucasfilm Women's History Month scary festivals transformers crime drama Netflix Christmas movies mob American Society of Cinematographers cartoon Disney streaming service DC streaming service lord of the rings ABC Signature rt archives feel good based on movie National Geographic political drama HBO Max streaming movies The Walking Dead stop motion boxoffice Photos Marvel christmas movies The Walt Disney Company Countdown docuseries renewed TV shows IFC Films Holidays 2021 HBO Watching Series news Tarantino Apple Valentine's Day kaiju GIFs SXSW Esquire Shondaland dc Reality Competition A&E scorecard cooking Cartoon Network indie trailers anthology spanish language mockumentary revenge scene in color