One of the biggest films of the year hits shelves this weeks as Fast & Furious roars onto DVD and Blu-Ray. There’s also some SciFi TV on DVD to check out and three worst DVDs of the week.
Check it all out below…
What hath this film wrought? In a copycat Hollyworld, the prospects for similar reboots are frightening. It seems that you can make some awful sequels, find the original cast in whatever part of obscurity they are residing, and all is forgiven. So what’s next? Do we get a digitally-inserted Christopher Reeve battling the elderly Gene Hackman in the next ‘Superman’ film? Does Johnny Depp’s character come back from the dead to battle Robert Englund in a ‘Return to Elm Street’-type film? Do we get a ‘Batman’ film where the actor Christian Bale replaces the growling Christian Bale doppleganger? All of these seem in play.
So is this a good or bad thing? It’s more sequels, but at least they seem more original.
Either way, this rebooted sequel is available in a two-disc special edition with eight featurettes and a director’s commentary.
- Bart Got a Room – Learn More – Buy Now
- Dragon Ball Evolution – Learn More – Buy Now
- Miss March – Learn More – Buy Now
TV ON DVD
“The Middleman” – Complete Series
Right now it seems like everything ABC family puts on the air becomes an instant it. Be it tripey swill about teenage pregnancy, poorly acted dreck about gymnasts or bad remakes of good movies, this channel is a hit machine. Why is it then that the best show it ever produced crashed and burned so quickly? Could it be that its zip-smart dialogue was too much for the facet youth of ABC Family’s audience to handle? Could it be that the sci-fi weirdness literally alienated teens? Could it be that the overwhelming hotness of Natalie Morales melted Nielsen boxes causing the mis-reporting of viewership data?
Whatever the reason, this show was cancelled well before its time. Luckily it will live on through this 4-Disc DVD.
- “Battlestar Galactica”: Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Dollhouse”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Early Edition”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Life on Mars”: Season 1 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
Repulsion – Criterion Collection
The scariest movie ever made? Many people think so. Repulsion was Roman Polanski’s English-language debut that tells the story of a lonely young urbaninte slowly drawn into the clutches of a coven.
It’s spare, stark and really weird –but it’s also incredibly creepy and eerie without relying on the excessive violence and torture porn required for successful horror these days. This Criterion Collection DVD features two documentaries and a commentary recorded by Roman Polanski and Catherine Deneuve, probably not in America.
- Bad Lieutenant: Special Edition – Buy Now
Horrible Straight-To-DVD Release of the Week
Three terrible movies, three new DVDs. Which is the worst? Cast your vote and tell the world!
The nominees are:
The Case to Vote for It: There’s been countless movies made about people who’ve climbed Everest, want to climb Everest, have thought about climbing Everest and just know where Everest is. But none of those movies co-star Jason Priestley and William Shatner. Until now.
The Case to Vote for It: It seems mean to rip this film when it has essentially the same plot as mega-anticipated Shutter Island with somebody investigating the horrifying truth at a mental hospital. The difference, of course, is that the upcoming blockbuster is directed by Martin Scoresese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, while this flick is directed by somebody named Peter J. Eaton and Danny Trejo is its biggest star.
The Case to Vote for It: It seems the 50 Cent movie star train has been massively derailed as he is starring alongside Val Kilmer, Sharon Stone, Dylan McDermott and Michael Biehn about cops in post-Katrina New Orleans trying to clean up the streets. This sounds like the premise and cast list for at least a September release but instead it went directly to DVD. It must be AWFUL.