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Okay, so we are very light on new releases today, but we do have some interesting stuff on DVD and Blu-Ray. Lets take a look at what we have…

Predators
Based on a story by and produced by Robert Rodriguez, this film directed by Nimród Antal was looking to relaunch and revitalize the Predator horror franchise. With a cast that includes Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne and Danny Trejo, the film followed a group of convicts and army types who are transported to an alien world and hunted for sport. The film is coming out on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

Agora
A historical drama from Alejandro Amenábar with Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, and Oscar Isaac. Weisz portrays Hypatia of Alexandria. The film came out in a very limited release. I honestly haven’t even heard of it until now.

That is it in terms of new releases, but we have a couple cool reissues.

Seven Samurai
The classic action flick from Akira Kurosawa is coming out in Blu-Ray as part of the Criterion Collection. In the film, a poor village is under attack by bandits when they turn to seven out of work samurai to protect them. If you haven’t seen the film, it is worth checking out.

The Bionic Woman – Season 1
The hit action series from the seventies is finally on DVD. The series was a spinoff from The Six Million Dollar Man. In it, Lindsay Wagner is Jaime Sommers, a young woman and tennis professional who is nearly killed in a skydiving accident and is rebuilt with bionic parts that give her superhuman powers.

Other notable Blu-Ray releases:

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (35th Anniversary Edition)
  • Apocalypse Now (Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition)
  • Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition)

What will you be taking home this week?

Last week saw the releases of Iron Man 2, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, and Get Him to the Greek, but this week we don’t have many “new” movies. Regardless, we have a lot of new Blu-Rays to sink our teeth in.

The Karate Kid

I just finally saw this remake starring the little Smith and Jackie Chan. I gotta say, I actually really dug it. Very well done, and while keeping the spirit of the original, it wasn’t a direct rip off. They made it feel fresh. My only gripe was the bizarre and unneeded “dark side” of Chan’s character. It came out of nowhere and was forgotten just as fast.

Baseball: The Tenth Inning
Also new this week is the PBS documentary from directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that takes a look at baseball between 1992 and 2009. “As the tumultuous twentieth century is drawing to a close, and a new millennium begins, baseball continues to reflect the complicated country that created it.” I haven’t seen this one, but the reviews have been pretty positive. If you are a fan of baseball, you’ll likely dig it.

Bones: The Complete Fifth Season
I’ve been a big fan of David Boreanaz since his Buffy/Angel days, but I just haven’t been able to get into this series. Boreanaz is a special agent, who teams up with Dr. Temperance Brennan, portrayed by Emily Deschanel, to solve murders based on bones that are discovered. With over 100 episodes under their belt, there are fans of this series, but I doubt you’ll be getting this unless you are already a fan.

In addition to our new movies and TV, we have some firsts to Blu-Ray, including:

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Last of the Mohicans: Director’s Definitive Cut
  • The Maltese Falcon

And new to DVD:

  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Seventh Season

What will you be picking up?

This week is a pretty crappy week in terms of home video releases. We have the awful romantic/action comedy Killers, the SNL spawned spoof MacGruber, and the Michael Douglas flick Solitary Man.

Killers
I’m not sure who is more annoying, Katherine Heigl or Ashton Kutcher, but if you buy this flick they each get 93 minutes to pledge their case. It is the ageless story of girl meets boy, girl marries boy and girl finds out boy is a hitman (but don’t worry kids, he is a good hitman). At least not everything is bad about the film, I mean Tom Selleck is part of the cast. That has to count for something.

MacGruber
Jumping from the small scene to theaters and now to your small screen is… MacGruber! The action/comedy was directed by Jorma Taccone, who helmed the awful 2009 Will Farrell update of Land of the Lost, so going in you should have low expectations. Will Forte reprises the role from SNL and goes head to head with a villain portrayed by the scene stealing Val Kilmer (when did he get so awesome?). The flick co-stars Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe, and Maya Rudolph.

Solitary Man
Co-starring with Douglas is an all-star cast including Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Mary-Louise Parker, Jenna Fischer, Jesse Eisenberg, and Imogen Poots. Douglas is an ethically challenged New York Business man whose life completely falls apart by a series of mistakes and bad decisions. If you are looking for a dialogue heavy flick, than this might be for you.

What will you be getting? Or would you rather pick up a DVD that came out last week?

Yesterday we had a couple new DVD/Blu-Ray releases. Included in the mix was the family comedy Marmaduke, the comedy Made for Each Other, OSS 177: Lost in Rio, and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too.

Marmaduke
Stars Lee Pace and Judy Greer with he voices of Owen Wilson, Emma Stone, George Lopez, Kiefer Sutherland, Sam Elliott and countless others. Based on the comic strip of the same name, the movie features the beloved Great Dane as he moves into a new neighborhood with his family and accidentally wrecks havoc with his misadventures.

Made for Each Other
I’ve never even heard of this one, but it stars Patrick Warburton, Danny and Christopher Masterson, Bijou Phillips, and George Segal. After 3 months of a sexless marriage, Dan (Christopher Masterson) cheats on his wife. Racked with guilt, he becomes determined to even the odds by getting her to cheat on him, so he sets out to find the perfect man for the job. Sounds like it could be fun.

OSS 177: Lost in Rio
In this adventure comedy, Jean Dujardin stars as French superspy OSS 117 as he tracks down a former high-ranking Nazi in 1967 Rio de Janeiro. This is the 9th movie to feature the character of OSS 117.

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too
The sequel to Tyler Perry’s 2007 romantic comedy, the flick stars Janet Jackson, Michael Jai White, Jill Scott, Richard T. Jones, Louis Gossett Jr and of course Tyler Perry himself.

Last Tuesday we also got a bunch of new releases, including George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead, City Island, The Back-Up Plan, and The Square. What will you be buying?

It is “New DVD Tuesday” and we have an assortment of new and classic movies hitting DVD and Blu-Ray today.

Included in the mix of new movies are; The Runaways, Cop Out, and The Losers. All three are previewed above. One of our contributors, Quantum, saw The Losers while it was in theaters and gave it 3 (out of 5) stars, saying that the flick was a “fun, flashy ride. The story was lacking, and if it weren’t for Chris Evans and Jason Patric, this film wouldn’t have been as fun as it was, the others played it too seriously. A guilty pleasure of a movie, for those who don’t take it too seriously.”

Also out today is Mother, Roger Corman’s Forbidden World, along with two additions to the Criterion Collection, Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes. What will you be buying?

Posted on July 20th, 2010 by admin | Leave a Comment
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