This week, The Film That Would Be King comes out against The Film That Actually Got To Be King.
It will be sad if this film is only remembered as "that flick that lost to Crash." It will be even more sad if it is only remembered as "that gay cowboy flick." What would be nice is if it is remembered for the passionate, tragic, beautiful love story that it is. Full review here.
That said, I would have actually given Best Picture to Munich, but that's another kettle of fish.
The DVD includes several featurettes, including one discussing the journey of the film from short story to the screen with Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, who won an Oscar for their adaptation of Anne Proulx's short story.
The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Special Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Andrew Adamson's (Shrek franchise) faithful adaptation of the popular fantasy series arrives on DVD with plenty of extras, including two director's commentaries (one with the kids, one with the crew), and if you splurge for the second disc, plenty of production diaries and a 3-D map of Narnia. But, if you're like me, you'll just skip to the kick-ass final battle. Sadly, Lazy Sunday is not among the special features.
Crash (2-Disc Director's Cut Edition)
As if to rub in the fact that they won, Lionsgate releases this special edition the same day as the film they upset for Best Picture. There are actually quite a few new extras here, including four additional minutes of footage, deleted scenes, new featurettes, and a video for "In the Deep," which can't help but be better than the Oscar performance.
Just in time to be compared to Akeelah and the Bee (also about a little girl and a spelling bee) coming out later this month, we have this indie with Richard Gere as the father of the prodigy in question. Blasted critically for laying on the Kaballah maybe a little too thick, it still boasts two directors, which should make for interesting commentary. Extras also include numerous featurettes and a separate commentary track with one of the producers and the screenwriter, Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, mother of Maggie and Jake.
The President's Last Bang
This festival fave from Korea delivers a somewhat fictionalized take on the real-life assassination of Park Chun-hee. I guess you have to fudge a little if it's going to be a dark comedy. Extras include an interview with the director.