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September 30, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | DVD Releases | September 30, 2008 |

Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Dan was quite a fan of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, writing that it “is funny, sweet, and almost predictably wonderful at walking the line between comedy and drama as it lays out a story broad enough to be relatable but special enough to raise the characters from emotional place-holders and make them fresh, empathetic, and completely enjoyable. Ultimately, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the kind of occasionally bawdy, mostly sensitive (-ish) kind of movie that you’d expect from Apatow’s name, and it hits all the right notes. It’s funny, but focused; lengthy enough to encapsulate significant character growth, but trim enough to feel like a compact story. Segel does a good job at blending comedy and drama and at taking stories and break-ups that have actually affected him and milking them for the kind of painful, knowing laughter that somehow makes life easier to take. He understands that to genuinely dwell on the pain would drive him crazy, so he skewers the whole process, including himself.”

Iron Man: This is the first and probably only must-own DVD of the year (The Dark Knight, I believe, comes out in January) so for the few of you who missed it in theaters, well, shame on you. Now that’s it’s on DVD, there’s no excuse. Robert Downey, Jr., people. Of the film, Dustin writes, “Iron Man has renewed my faith. It is the reales Abkommen, the real goddamn deal, y’all. Better than a film for cool kids, it’s a film that makes you feel cool for loving it. It is cinematic engorgia, a movie that will leave you gleefully priapistic. Or, for those of you who prefer unpretentious terminology: It will make your funny parts hard. Iron Man is the perfect storm of badassary, debilitating wit, tester-octane explosives, and tongue-in-cheek gnarliness. And Robert Downey, Jr. is in the eye of it, motherfuckers.”

There’s a two-disc collector’s edition, too, which is the perfect thing to own before the three-disc collector’s edition comes out.

Taxi to the Dark Side: Of this documentary exploring whether terrorism could destroy Democracy, Phillip writes, “Gibney’s power in crafting the film lies in the slow and steady climb toward Bush and Rumsfeld, and the seemingly trivial changes they introduce that have murderous consequences on the ground level, echoing the bureaucracy-as-nightmare vantage of No End in Sight without its bombast. The most devastating element, other than those chilling White House sound bites of Rumsfeld’s dissembling, is the testimony of the soldiers who had to carry out their brutal tasks, and the reflection that nine out of ten normal human beings would’ve done the same in their place. It wasn’t as if right and wrong didn’t factor into their actions, it was that it somehow didn’t apply in the situation they found themselves.
Does terrorism destroy democracy? Taxi to the Dark Side seems to answer yes, but not by the face value forces the question implies.”

Oh, and FYI: The Director’s cut of Daredevil also comes out today. I don’t see how it’s any better, unless Ben Affleck actually isn’t in it.

Forgetting Iron Man? Shut Your Tongue.

This Week's DVD Releases / The Pajiba Staff

DVD Releases | September 30, 2008 |

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