DVD Review: Due Date and The Tillman Story

by Eric Melin on February 27, 2011

in Blu-ray/DVD Reviews,Reviews

Here’s my review of the new DVD/Blu-ray releases “Due Date” and “The Tillman Story” from KTKA-49.

Out on DVD and Blu-ray this week is “Due Date,” a pretty terrible road trip comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. It’s supposed to fall in the classic ‘odd couple’ mode with an uptight businessman and a loony out-of-work actor trying to get across the country together, but it’s too derivative and it tries way too hard.

On the other hand, a little-seen documentary called “The Tillman Story” is also new out on DVD and is definitely worth checking out. You might have heard about Pat Tillman, the defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals who died a hero in combat in Afghanistan in 2004.

The movie explores the real story behind his death and the government cover-up that was put into place to spin it into pro-war propaganda.

What makes “The Tillman Story” so fascinating is that Tillman and his family are way more complicated than anybody in the Bush administration gave them credit for, and if they thought the family would accept the lie out of convenience, they were dead wrong.

The only extra feature is an audio commentary by the director, but the movie itself is surprisingly thoughtful and well put together.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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