After a couple weeks of DVD release randomness, we finally get a bona fide blockbuster rolling on to silver disc as Zombieland invades homes in all its gory glory.
It’s joined by the usual motley crew of releases, including a Hilary Swank movie that you absolutely forgot was released this year. Plus there’s tons of TV and true classic (see: old) hitting shelves this week.
Check it all out…
Has there ever been a more perfect premise for a movie than Zombieland?
Deep down, we all want a movie that is just non-stop killing. This feeds the delightful bloodlust in us all, that we would only dare carry out through another medium like a video game or the movies. But when the victims of the screen-shown bloodshed are actual humans, we feel inherent guilt. That’s why killing zombies is so brilliant.
We don’t feel any guilt when we slay those who have risen from the grave. They’re no longer humans! But they’re humanoid enough to let us live out our cops-and-robbers fantasies right on the big screen.
So if you feel a need to satiate your blodlust, it’s hard to better than with this DVD.
I think we need a term for movies like Amelia because they come along every year.
They come along in movies like Australia and The Human Stain, films that are made with one goal in mind – to win Oscars – and fail miserably in that task.
Because the commercial appeal of these films is so dependent on those awards, they always tank and nobody remembers they exist about two years later.
So what do we call this type of movie? I’d call it a Garbage Can Film. That’s because these movies undoubtedly have a lot of pre-release paper made for them. Things like layouts for FYC ads, invitations to screenings, and posters touting the rave reviews. All of this ends up in the garbage can about two weeks after the film’s release.
Plus, Oscar the Grouch lived in a garbage can. So it’s fiitting.
That means, the only way you can prevent Amelia from becoming a Garbage Can Film is to buy the DVD.
TV ON DVD
Game Show DVDs
That’s right. The DVD gods have finally saw it fit to give us episodes of old game shows on DVD!
And these aren’t just any old game shows. We’re talking about “The Price is Right”, “Match Game” and “Family Feud” coming to disc with dozens of episodes for your viewing pleasure. That’s Gene, Bob and Richard all available to own.
Most of these episodes come from the 70s (the best time for half-drunk contestants and hosts) allowing you to run your own GSN channel right from your DVD player. Really, this game show on DVD development could be the most exciting wrinkle to the DVD behemoth yet. Here’s hoping “Press Your Luck” is next.
- Buy “Price is Right” – 26 Best Episodes
- Buy “Match Game” – 30 Best Episodes
- Buy “Family Feud” – 43 Best Episodes
- “Beverly Hills 90210”: Season 9 – Buy Now
- “Dynasty”: Season 4, Vol. 2 – Buy Now
- “Head Case”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”: Season 6 – Buy Now
- “Murder She Wrote”: Season 11 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
This DVD was supposed to come out on September 15th of last year, then it mysteriously was pushed back to the second of February.
Hmm. . .why would that be? Could it be that a certain movie starring Benecio Del Toro as Anthony Hopkins’ son (apparently I don’t understand genetics) is about to roll into theaters after it was supposed to come out last November?
No. There’s no way something like that could happen, right? DVD synergy isn’t that shameless.
Anyway, here is the feature set for this new Special Edition DVD.
- Commentary by film historian Tom Weaver
- The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth,
- Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr,
- He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce,
- Monsters by Moonlight
- The Wolf Man Archives
- Universal Horror documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh
What DVDs are you looking forward to buying this week?