Inception, Chris Nolan’s second geek opus in less than five years (following The Dark Knight) hits DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack this week. Is it the best picture of the year? Well, for a lot of people it’s the thing to beat (everyone else, of course, is voting for The Social Network, but that doesn’t have nearly as much genre cred). And while it’s unlikely that a sci-fi movie that came out several months ago will actually win, hopefully for Nolan he’ll at least get his (deserved) nomination this time around.
The Blu-Ray combo pack is one of those great packages that reminds me why I don’t miss videocassettes. Getting insight from a talented auteur like Nolan is an incredible treat, and so the various documentaries on the making of the film are worth the cost of admission by themselves. While that might not be important for the rental market, or the very casual fans (who, let’s face it, are still buying most of their stuff on DVD anyway)? No, but it’s absolutely essential in moving units come three months from now when Netflix has the feature film (but nothing else) available on Watch Instantly.