Some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for this week.
The Fighter – I think it’s interesting to note, and I did note this in my Oscar nominations article over on Cavalcade of Awesome, that EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THIS MOVIE EXCEPT MARK WAHLBERG was nominated for an Oscar. Supporting Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, Director, Best Picture. It’s like the Academy is telling Mark Wahlberg that he may want to do something else besides act. And that something else should be a Funky Bunch reunion.
The Hereafter – I actually thought Clint’s Gran Torino was an excellent film. So, I should totally want to see a Clint Eastwood directed movie about the supernatural starring Matt Damon. I mean, it has to be awesome, right? Somehow, though, I’m really having to dig down deep to find any part of me that cares. I don’t know why, but the whole thing gets a kneejerk…MEH. Plus, I hear they are pulling this DVD anyway due to the whole tsunami plot in the movie.
Sharktopus – The gov’t engineers a giant shark/octopus killing machine to use in combat situations. It escapes and attacks civilians. It stars Eric Roberts. What else do you need to know? I mean, look at that cover. There’s no way this movie isn’t ridiculous and awesome at the same time. I mean, off the top of my head, don’t both sharks and octopi breathe underwater? Did they genetically engineer this thing to have lungs? How crazy and awesome is that?!
WWE: The True Story of WrestleMania – I was a huge pro wrestling/WWF fan in the early 90s. So, of course, I loved the first three or four Wrestlemanias. They were awesome. Especially the third one. The one where Hulk Hogan battled Andre the Giant. We are talking EPIC AWESOMENESS. Plus, Vince McMahon is such an iconic figure and saavy business marketing guy. So yes, I totally want to see a behind the scenes look at the creation of one of the cornerstones of modern professional wrestling and pay per view.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy – One of the most quotable movies of all time. Also, one of the very few movies that went from me hating it after I saw it in the theater to me loving it after watching it on DVD and cable for the last nearly 10 years. It took multiple viewings for me to “get it”. Now, I’m pissed that the studio said “No” to the entire cast staging a sequel on Broadway and then filming it as the next Ron Burgundy movie. That would have been AWESOME.
BMX Bandits – Nicole Kidman’s feature film debut at the ripe old age of 16. Synopsis: Some kids discover a cache of stolen police band radios that a group of thieves were going to use in a robbery. Now the kids must keep the radios away from the thieves as they are pursued throughout downtown Sydney. That cover artwork looks very similar to the G1 Transformers boxes with the red/black/white grid pattern and metallic blue/red logo.
Gamera Double Feature: Gamera vs Zigra/Gamera: Super Monster! – Giant, ridiculous looking Japanese monsters fighting each other and destroying scale model replicas of Japanese cities. Of course you want to see that. It’s movies like this and the original Godzilla movies that show you how horribly bad that 1998 Godzilla remake was.
Battle of Los Angeles – I actually had to do a double take on this one. I was like, “Wait, did they decide to release that Aaron Eckhart alien invasion movie to DVD first?” Then I noticed it stars the guy that’s not Keenan Thompson from Good Burger and that hot chick from Fame and Walker Texas Ranger. Obviously this is one of those “knockoff” versions of Hollywood hits by the movie studio Asylum. See also Transmorphers, The Terminators, Snakes on a Train and Paranormal Entity.