The Small Screen

Posted March 19, 2009 in The Small Screen

Rachel Getting Married

Directed by Jonathan Demme, and featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married is hard to watch at times because it’s so damn real. We’ve all sat through awkward rehearsal dinners and been party to odd familial moments such as a dishwasher loading competition between the father of the bride and his prospective son-in-law. Most of us, thankfully, don’t have the family baggage that Kym (Hathaway) brings to her sister Rachel’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding.  


Specials Highlights: deleted scenes (including even more excruciatingly realistic rehearsal dinner speeches), featurette The Wedding Band about the eclectic group gathered to play music at Rachel’s wedding including Robyn Hitchcock and Demme’s son Brooklyn.


Quantum of Solace

You’ll need a refresher course on what happened in Casino Royale, the first installment in the Daniel Craig era of Bond, to follow what’s happening in Quantum of Solace, which is a direct continuation. Sort of reminded me of The Search for Spock, in which the Star Trek franchise spent a whole movie undoing the dramatic ending of the prior (and better) Wrath of Khan. So where Casino Royale found Bond “in love,” Quantum is about his anger at having fallen in love in the first place . . . and the usual overblown ridiculous take-over-the-world scheme, perpetuated in this case by a Mr. Green (played by The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’s Mathieu Amalric).    


Specials Highlights: “Bond on Location” documentary


Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five

Previously only available packaged with the feature film Kung Fu Panda, this short sequel (only 24 minutes!) gives backstories for the Furious Five (with Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman reprising their voice roles) but the real treasure is in the special features with loads of games and activities for kids.  


Specials Highlights: Po’s Power Play (games and a drawing tool), and Land of the Panda (find your Chinese Zodiac sign, learn the Panda dance and more.)


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