On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Mar 29, 2011

Here are some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for this week.

Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf – For me, this is the big release of the week.  Within 5 months we’ve received a Back to the Future Blu-Ray (which is fantastically AWESOME) and now a Teen Wolf Blu-Ray. I love this movie. I reviewed it this past Halloween on The Cavalcade. It’s cheesy and goofy, but it is so much fun.  I swear to Cthulhu there better be a Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf Blu-Ray release in the works or I’m going to set fire to something.

Black Swan
Black Swan – I’m so torn on this movie. On the one hand, hot, angry lesbian sex with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. On the other, you have director Darren Aronofsky. The guy who actually made sex scenes with Jennifer Connelly nearly unwatchable. Lesbian sex may win out.

Mad Men S4
Mad Men Season 4 – Dude, I LOVED the first two and a half seasons of this show. However,  by the end of season three and the first half of season four, I was pretty much done. Don Draper’s antics get old after a while and when he went on that weird trip to California in season 3 I checked out. And Betty Draper is just irritating as all hell.  I still love the scenes with the advertising agency and all the workers, but when they split off into Don and Betty’s personal life I hate every moment.  HATE it.

Scream – One of the first modern horror classics finally hits Blu-Ray. This movie was so good and so ground breaking at the time it was released, it’s single-handedly nearly killed off the horror genre. So many imitators using the snarky “self aware” style this movie made popular. This is still a good movie, though. The sequels, not so much, but this one is good.

Soylent Green
Soylent Green – Another horror classic on Blu-Ray. This is one of Heston’s most famous. Soylent Green is PEEEEE-OPLE! IT’S PEEEEEEE-OPLE!

Mother Lode
Mother Lode – Another classic Heston horror movie. Well, maybe not classic, per say. Heston stars as a crazy Scottish miner (actually, identical twins) who has isolated himself in the Canadian woods looking for hidden gold. A young couple get lost looking for a colleague and become trapped by the now insane prospector who thinks the couple are out to steal his gold.  The young female is played by Kim Basinger in her second feature role.

Secret of Nimh
The Secret of NIMH – This is such a good movie. Don Bluth’s animation is gorgeous  and atmospheric and I bet it looks unbelievable on Blu-Ray. This is one creepy-ass kid’s movie. The scene where Mrs Frisby talks to the giant owl. Sooooooo damn creepy.  They really just designed and animated the sh*t out of this film.

Complete Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection – If you’ve never seen Son of Frankenstein do yourself a favor and rent it. It’s amazing.  Basil Rathbone tears it up as the awesomely named Baron Wolf von Frankenstein.  Rathbone, however, is more famous for his portrayal of Mr Holmes in this collection of movies.  And he’s equally enjoyable to watch here, too.  Nigel Bruce is a fantastic Watson to Rathbone’s Holmes.  Seriously, if you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, check them out.  Want a similarly awesome Sherlock?  Check out the recent BBC Sherlock series.  Rathbone is also great as Sir Guy of Gisborne in The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

Star Trek 2 pack
Star Trek II/Star Trek IV combo pack – What the what?!  I realize that these are the two most popular Star Trek movies, however, they exist as a trilogy with Star Trek III.  You are missing a third of the story here.  Spock seemingly dies in II and then is miraculously back in IV?!  Don’t buy this combo pack.  Respect the franchise.  Get this triple pack instead.  It’s what I bought and I love it.  If you shop around you can find it cheap.  I got it for $21, which is only $3 more than this 2 pack.

Written by Paxton Holley

A funny, ridiculously awesome guy who sometimes likes to wear pants, Paxton can regularly be found at his pop culture/humor blog Cavalcade of Awesome or co-hosting the Nerd Lunch and Cult Film Club podcasts.

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