If you’re looking to revamp your DVD collection you’re in luck this week because two (kinda) new releases are available for purchase. The biggest titles are remakes (surprise!), one that features kid-friendly action and another that’s filled with gruesome horror. Get ready for The Karate Kid and A Nightmare on Elm Street. There are also a couple of smaller horror films hitting DVD such as the love it/hate it spectacle that is Splice and the vomit/vomit profusely oddity that is The Human Centipede set to scare.

Read on to check them all out…

Feature Films

A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Karate Kid

Last week I bemoaned how Hollywood continues to repeat itself with sequels. They’re always bigger, have more unnecessary stuff and do the same thing as every other sequels.

Now, with these two films, we get an example of a runaway success with a remake against one that fell flat.

And why did Elm Street come up short? Because it, like Iron Man 2, repeated the mistakes of other films that didn’t measure up. This time with remakes. Mostly that it didn’t really add anything new to the story – instead it optioned to tell an update, rebooted, or “edgier” version of that old tale. Sure, Jackie Earle Haley is a great actor, but that’s not enough when you give us little in the way of a fresh look.

Compare that to The Karate Kid which, while it kept nearly an identical plot, gave us a totally fresh perspective. It relocated the film to China, gave us some remarkable martial arts scenes, and most remarkably, took a small story and set it against a grand scope.

This was not a simple re-hash, not a simple money grab at the old title, the creators of this film expanded the story nicely to give us a brand new way to enjoy The Karate Kid. And if those remaking beloved movies would follow that formula (rather than the easy way out we saw with Elm Street and thousands of other remakes) they’ll enjoy more success.

So take the good with the bad and buy The Karate Kid on DVD or buy A Nightmare on Elm Street on DVD.

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TV On DVD

“Fred: The Movie”

This is something I have to know. I just have know. Because I don’t get it.

I don’t understand how somebody talking with a high-pitched voice became a phenomenon. I don’t understand how the jiggly camera in inane situations gets tens of millions of hits on YouTube. I can’t comprehend how those ludicrous clips launched a TV movie. And that the movie debuted to over 7 million viewers in the first airing.

So, please. Tell me I’m not crazy. Tell me I’m not alone in my disdain of this pop culture oddity:

Do you like "Fred"?

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So if you can’t get enough of Fred on YouTube, you can buy “Fred: The Movie” on DVD.

 

Also:

  • “All in the Family”: Season 7 – Buy Now
  • “Blue Mountain State”: Season 1 – Buy Now
  • “Bones”: Season 5 – Buy Now
  • “Caprica”: Season 1.0 – Buy Now
  • “Gunsmoke”: Season 4 – Buy Now
  • “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”: Season 7 – Buy Now
  • “Medium”: Season 6 – Buy Now

And Just So You Know, This DVD Exists…

That’s right – October 5th and we already have our first straight-to-DVD Christmas movie.

What DVDs will you be picking up this week?