Disc Deals and Steals of the Week: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Grown Ups, and More!!!

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Here at Inside Pulse Movies, we compile all the best deals on new DVD and Blu-ray releases, as well as report on some that are so good they’re criminal. Brick-and-mortar stores include Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Fry’s Electronics. Amazon deals are also in the mix.

The last few weeks, overgrown men have been allowed to relive their childhood with a number of new titles. You had the anniversary releases of Back to the Future and The Goonies. Of the two, only Future felt truly memorable. Universal went the extra mile to improve the picture and sound quality in addition to give it more extras. For Goonies, Warner Bros. gave it new packaging, but didn’t add any new supplemental material to the disc itself. Instead, we get a board game, collectible storyboard prints and a 1985 souvenir magazine. If only they could have included the TV cut so that there could be seamless branching between the two versions. That way we could have seen the deleted “Octopus” scene in better quality.

Besides these childhood classics from the ’80s, it was okay for men to be a Toys ‘R Us kid again with the release of Toy Story 3. No longer do they need to be afraid about the G.I. Joe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures they still keep hidden away inside a nook in the attic or a cranny in the closet.

However, a new title this week will usher with it memories when men spent less time with toys and more time reading comics and playing video games. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was a summer release that was an unfortunate box office casualty. The film is beloved by most of the Inside Pulse Movies staff and for good reason. It is pure, unadulterated fun. For Edgar Wright’s third feature as a director, after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, he embraced both old and new video game styles. When the Universal logo opens in 8-Bit fashion, you could almost feel a tear roll down the eye of anyone who ever played Nintendo.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a cornucopia of Nerddom or a great mix tape of pop culture oddities. Wright wrote Nintendo so that he could use a snippet from The Legend of Zelda soundtrack, because he considers it “the nursery rhyme of this generation.” And nothing says nighty-nighty like the announcer from Street Fighter Alpha 3 saying “K.O.!” after Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) defeats the first of seven evil ex-boyfriends of one Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a girl that he fancies. With Anna Kendrick playing Scott’s sister and Kieran Culkin as Scott’s gay roomate Wallace Wells, not to mention the evil exes themselves, this cast is stacked with talent. The fact that Scott has to face the men behind Superman, Captain America and the most dastardly of them all, Max Fischer, tells you something right there. If only he could have used a Game Genie, or better yet a Power Glove (too Wizard for you?) to outfit himself with extra power-ups. Then he could have saved himself from a world of hurt. However, even without extra help, Scott Pilgrim is a film experience where you don’t want to take a warp zone to the final showdown.

If you are familiar with Edgar Wright’s other DVD and BD releases, then you know the director loves to pack them with extras. But if you want everything the Blu-ray is a must. The DVD only features deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary from Edgar Wright, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The Bloopers” (outtakes), four commentary tracks, a trivia track, Edgar Wright’s Photo Blog and other photo galleries.

On second thought, that seems like a damn good DVD release.

But here are some notable BD Extras that you’ll miss: “Insider Documentaries,” “Alternative Footage” (Different Edits Made to the Film), Featurettes about pre-production, the music, visual effects, and sound work of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Promotions (Trailers and TV Spots), Edgar Wright’s behind-the-scenes production blog, plus the Adult Swim presentation “Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation,” and the four-minute TV safe version of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. And there’s also Universal’s U-CONTROL and BD-Live interactive features (for a limited time, if you purchase the Blu-ray Combo Pack you’ll have instant access to stream either Tremors or Pitch Black).

Tremors and Pitch Black sound like odd Universal titles to stream, but I love me some grabboid action!

Target – $17.99
Best Buy – $17.99
Fry’s – N/A
Amazon – $17.99

Target – $24.99
Best Buy – $26.99
Fry’s – N/A
Amazon – $25.99

Other noteworthy DVD (and Blu-ray) releases this week…

Grown Ups – [DVD / BD / BD+DVD]
Charlie St. Cloud – [DVD/ BD]
Sherlock: Season One – [DVD / BD]
Ramona & Beezus – [DVD / BD]
Antichrist: Criterion Collection – [DVD / BD]
Love Ranch – [DVD / BD]
Hunt to Kill – [DVD / BD]
MST3K 3000: Vol. XIX – [DVD]
Zombie Girl: The Movie – [DVD]
Lie to Me: Season Two – [DVD]
The Elia Kazan Collection – [DVD]
Californication: The Third Season – [DVD]
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics – [DVD]
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale – [DVD]
The Boondocks: The Complete Third Season – [DVD]
Men of a Certain Age: The Complete First Season – [DVD]

Noteworthy Blu-ray-specific releases this week…

Ocean’s 11
(50th Anniversary)
A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)

Retailer Specials

The Ultimate Matrix Collection – (BD, $44.99)
Avatar 3-Disc Extended Cut – (BD, $24.99)
District B13/District 13: Ultimatum (Two-Pack) – (BD, $16.99)
The Good, The Bad and the Weird – (BD, $13.99)
Kick-Ass – (BD, $12.99)
Bronson – (BD, $12.99)
Universal Soldier: Regeneration – (BD, $12.49)
Requiem for a Dream: Director’s Cut – (BD, $10.99)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day / Total Recall (Two-Pack) – (BD, $10.99)
Rambo: First Blood / Rambo: The Fight Continues (Two-Pack) – (BD, $10.99)
Rambo: First Blood II / Rambo III (Two-Pack) – (BD, $10.99)
Black Mask / Forbidden Kingdom (Two-Pack) – (BD, $10.99)
Angel Heart / Johnny Handsome (Two-Pack) – (BD, $10.99)
The Running Man / Red Heat (Two-Pack) – (BD, $10.99)
Chaos / The Bank Job (Two-Pack) – (BD, $10.99)
Crank / Crank 2 (Two-Pack) – (BD, $10.99)
Office Space – (BD, $9.99)
Friday: Director’s Cut – (BD, $9.99)
Signs – (BD, $9.99)
3:10 to Yuma – (BD, $8.99)
28 Days Later – (BD, $8.49)
Speed – (BD, $8.49)
Gamera Double Feature – (BD, $5.49)

Mr. Deeds
and Big Daddy on BD – $14.99 ea.

New Releases (available 11/09/10):
Grown Ups (BD, $19.99 DVD, $16.99 BD+DVD, $25.99)
Charlie St. Cloud (BD, $26.99 – DVD, $17.99)
Ramona and Beezus (BD, $26.99 – DVD, $19.99)
Tremors (BD, $14.99)
The Boondocks (S3 DVD, $34.99)
Californication (S3 DVD, $27.99)
Lie to Me (S2 DVD, $39.99)
Metalocalypse (S3 DVD, $22.99)
Doctor Who (S5 DVD, $54.99 – BD, $64.99)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (BD+Digital Copy, $19.99 – DVD, $12.99)

$19.99 TV on DVD: The Unit (S4), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (S4), How I Met Your Mother (S2), 24 (S7)

$19.99 BDs: Predators, Get Him to the Greek, Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue, The Last of the Mohicans, Sex and the City 2

$14.99 DVDs: Sex and the City 2, Futurama (V4)

$12.99  BDs: Precious, From Paris wih Love, Brothers

$9.99 BDs: The Spirit, Stargate, Transporter 3

$7.99 BDs: 3:10 to Yuma, Crank, Planet Hulk

$3.49 DVDs: Rush Hour 3, A Time to Kill, Risky Business, Friday After Next, The Pelican Brief

The Pacific (BD, $69.99 – DVD, $54.99)
Toy Story 3 (BD+DVD+Digital Copy, $34.99 – DVD, $19.99)
Iron Man 2 (BD, $27.99 – DVD, $19.99)

New Releases (available 11/09/10):
Ramona and Beezus (BD+DVD, $22.99 – DVD, $13)*
Charlie St. Cloud (BD, $24.99 – DVD, $17.99)
Grown Ups (BD, $19.99 – BD+DVD, $24.99 – DVD, $16.99)**

*Free $5 Target Giftcard when you buy Ramona and Beezus on DVD or Blu-ray and one selected Ramona and Beezus book.

$9 DVDs**: 50 First Dates/Mr. Deeds (Double Feature), Air Force OneIn the Line of Fire (Double Feature), A Few Good Men/Jerry Maguire (Double Feature), Underworld: Evolution, Spider-Man 3, Facing the Giants, Easy Rider

**Save $5 on Grown Ups DVD or Blu-ray when you buy one of the select $9 DVDs above.

$22.99 BDs: Beauty and the Beast, Get Him to the Greek

$19.99 BDs: Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Marmaduke (or $13 for DVD), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (or $13 for DVD)

$14.99 BDs:
Quantum of Solace, 9, The Wolfman, Couples Retreat, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, Sherlock Holmes, Green Zone, District 9

Holiday Titles:
Christmas Classics (DVD, $16.99)
It’s a Wonderful Life (DVD, $14.99)
White Christmas (DVD, $14.99)
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (DVD, $12.99)
A Christmas Story (DVD, $9.99)
Elf (DVD, $9.99)
SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas (DVD, $7.99)

Note: Prices good until 11/09/10

Toy Story 3 (BD+DVD+Digital Copy, $24.99)*
Toy Story 2 (BD+DVD+ Digital Copy, $24.99)*
Toy Story (BD+DVD+ Digital Copy, $24.99)*
Prince of Persia (BD+DVD+ Digital Copy, $28.99)*
Beauty and the Beast (BD+DVD, $26.99)*
Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue (BD+DVD, $26.99)*
Alice in Wonderland (BD+DVD+ Digital Copy, $28.99)*
Bolt (BD+DVD+Digital Copy, $29.99)*
James and the Giant Peach (BD+DVD, $25.99)*

*Save $10 on Select Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs with the Purchase of Toy Story 3.

$18.99 BD+DVDs: The Karate Kid (2010), Robin Hood

$9.99 DVDs: Lilo & Stitch: Big Wave Edition, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, School House Rock, Halloween Town, Adventure of Ichabod & Mr. Toad, Disney Princess Stories V. 2, Disney Princess Sing Along Songs, Life is Beautiful

$8.99 BDs: National Security, The Grudge, The Devil’s Own, The Quick and the Dead, Vertical Limit, No Way Back

Breaking Bad
(S1, S2 DVD – $14.99 ea.)
Breaking Bad (S1, S2 BD – $24.99 ea.)
Glee (S1, V2 DVD – $19.99)
The Sound of Music (BD+DVD, $19.99)
Highlander: Director’s Cut (BD, $14.99)
The Karate Kid (BD, $9.99)

Travis Leamons is one of the Inside Pulse Originals and currently holds the position of Managing Editor at Inside Pulse Movies. He's told that the position is his until he's dead or if "The Boss" can find somebody better. I expect the best and I give the best. Here's the beer. Here's the entertainment. Now have fun. That's an order!