The Best DVDs of 2009 – The MSN List

My annual “Best of DVD” (and Blu-ray) is currently running on MSN Entertainment: 10 movie discs/sets, 5 TV releases and 3 Blu-ray selections. And yes, I do bundle a few releases into a single pick, but hey, that’s the prerogative of the listmaker always trying to cram in that extra kudo.

10. ‘Pineapple Express: 2-Disc Unrated Special Edition’ (Sony)

The best outtakes come from Judd Apatow comedies, hands down, and this is the best DVD from the Apatow factory this year (released in the first week of 2009), a hilarious and unexpectedly visceral collision of road movie, action thriller, accidental buddy comedy and stoner goof. This edition is slightly longer than the theatrical cut, but it’s the hilarious collection of deleted and alternate scenes (including some apparently imported from an alternate universe) and generous helpings of behind-the-scenes footage that makes supplements so much more fun. “I Love You, Man” (Paramount) and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” (Genius) are runners-up in the realm of great unused improvisations and cutting-room-floor scenes.

What’s number one? You’ll have to check it out to find out. And it’s right here.

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website ( I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly,, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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