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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 1, 2009

State of PlayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Braveheart: Blu-ray
  • Bring It On: Fight to the Finish: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Girl Next Door: Blu-ray
  • Gladiator: Blu-ray
  • High Crimes: Blu-ray
  • M*A*S*H: Blu-ray
  • Monster: Blu-ray
  • Sin Nombre: DVD
  • State of Play: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sugar: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tennessee: DVD

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Yann Samuel Directs My Sassy Girl Remake

Posted by Shannon Bennett Categories: Adaptation, Romance, Comedy,

My Sassy Girl Remake

We’re a bundle of mixed emotions about this one. If you’re not familiar with him, is the one-time directing wonder that was responsible for Love me if you Dare, or Jeux d’Enfants as it was released in its native France.  He just wrapped up the production on a new American film called My Sassy Girl. Now, the part of us that fell head-first for Love me if you Dare and it’s dark, dysfunctional brand of romance wants to get incredibly revved up for Samuel’s second film, doubly because it’ll be in English, but My Sassy Girl isn’t an original script, it’s a remake of a Korean gem that does not beg remaking.

The remake, along with the adaptation and the sequel are pet peeves of mine, and they seem to be all that are coming out of Hollywood right now.  My Sassy Girl is an autobiographical Korean romantic comedy about a boy who falls for an abusive, alcoholic bombshell and the hilarity that ensues. Somehow, we have a feeling they didn’t just translate it into English and cast love m as the jolly drunk.  No, no, American audiences would never go for that.  My fear is that they’ve turned the character into a sorority-type party girl whose obsessive behavior has been toned way down into maybe some clumsy injuries to her beau.

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Box Office Breakdown:  Competition Schooled By Hogwarts

Harry Potter

Apparently Daniel Radcliffe can bring in the audiences without having to strip…unless that’s what the female theatergoers were secretly hoping for.

Whatever the reason, a record number of voyeurs helped the Hogwarts clan whip up the biggest 5-day total for a non-holiday release.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’s $140 million beat out Shrek 2’s record set in 2004 ($128 million).  The film is now on track to be the largest Potter installment to date.

As for why the producers of Captivity chose to open amongst all the recent family-fare is beyond me.  And yes, I know that’s why they call it counter-programming.  Ironically, while I would have loved to watch Elisha Cuthbert’s character from 24 (the oh-so annoying Kim) be subjected to torture-porn, I really no desire to see her do anything these days.  Apparently I’m not alone….which is why the only other film widely-released this week opened in 12th place.  Now that’s torture.

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