On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Aug 30, 2011

Some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for this week.

Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D – A super deluxe release Blu-Ray including 3D. I bet this movie looks gorgeous on Blu-Ray in 3D.  Great movie, fantastic soundtrack.  This is a no-brainer.

The Herculoids
The Herculoids – The Complete Series – This was such a great and weird show.  I love that all of these Hanna-Barbera shows like Thundarr the Barbarian and Mr T are getting DVD releases.  The Herculoids were part of a show called Space Stars that included Space Ghost, The Herculoids and Teen Force.  I want Teen Force to hit DVD next.

Nikita – The Complete First Season – Shouldn’t this be The Complete Series? Wasn’t this canceled? Well, I never saw it, but I wanted to. It’ll either be completely awesome or absolutely terrible. I keep hearing it’s terrible but I like Maggie Q and I like the idea of this show. I just don’t know.

Top Gun
Top Gun – One of the most ridiculously awesome movies EVER on Blu-Ray. I think it’s been on Blu-Ray before (with a horrible cover) but this is an upgraded release. I love this movie. Everything about it is awesome. From the half naked volleyball game, to singing the Righteous Brothers in the bar to Iceman telling Maverick he’s dangerous, Maverick agreeing then Iceman clicking/biting his teeth at Mav. What the hell?  AWESOME.  Highway to the Danger Zone, baby.

Perfect Host
The Perfect Host – I’ve not really heard anything about this but it sounds pretty good. It’s a psychological thriller about a criminal escaping the scene of a crime and arriving at David Hyde Pierce’s apartment posing as a friend of a friend to hide out for a while.  During dinner, the criminal realizes his host is not all that he seems. I really like David Hyde Pierce and I like the idea of him as some creepy, aristocratic madman. I’ll definitely give this a shot.

Bereavement – This looks like it may be a tough movie to watch. A serial killer thriller starring Michael Biehn about a killer that kidnaps a small boy to make him his apprentice.  Again, I like the premise, but this may be a bit hard to watch.

Dead Girl
Dead Girl – I think this is the first time this movie has been on Blu-Ray. I watched it last year on Netflix Streaming. It’s not great, and some things are tough to watch, but it’s morbidly fascinating.  I didn’t really like the ending either.  But I appreciate that the filmmakers were trying to make a movie that’s darkly humorous and somewhat hard to watch.  It was just a little much for me.  But if you like darkly comic, intense, sometimes uncomfortable to watch horror, then this is for you.

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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