On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Sep 13, 2011

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

Star Wars Blu-Ray
Star Wars on Blu-Ray – STAR WARS IN HIGH DEFINITION!!!!! There may as well be nothing else coming out this week. And, as usual, there are three different flavors of this set you can buy. The above is the complete saga with tons of bonus stuff. But you can also buy the original trilogy and the prequels (why?) separately.  However there are a bunch of bonus features on the saga collection you won’t get on the individual releases.  Amazon has the saga for $79.99, which, for 6 movies and a ton of bonus stuff, isn’t really that bad.  Plus, you know, IT’S STAR WARS.  Not really loving the cover art, though.

Thor – Thor on Blu-Ray; Prepare to get HAMMERED! That should be the slogan of this movie.  This was actually better than I was expecting it to be.  I totally thought this movie would be the weak link in the Avengers chain and while it’s not as good as Iron Man or Capt America, it’s thoroughly entertaining on its own.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane 70th Anniversary Edition – I have the huge 2 disc DVD release of this from several years ago.  All the critical praise and “greatest movie ever” trappings aside, this movie is really good.  And the story around it is even better.  The awesome documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane is included in this release and it’s awesome. It tells the real life battle of wills between William Randolph Hearst and Orson Welles. Amazing story. Plus, also included in this Blu-Ray release, you get the 1999 movie RKO 281 starring Liev Shreiber, John Malkovich and James Cromwell. It’s a pretty good movie that tells the story of Orson Welles making Citizen Kane (RKO 281 was the name given to Citizen Kane during production).  This is a truly solid release and I can’t wait to see it all in High Def.

Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo – Wow, this is such a good movie. Action and suspense. It stars Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris in one of his final roles and a very young Henry Cavill who will be the new Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel next year.  If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.

The Frighteners 15th Anniversary Edition – Imagine if Walter Peck had been right about the Ghostbusters and they were conning people into seeing ghosts. That’s the basis of this movie. And it’s great. Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Michael J Fox, this is a surprisingly dark ride. But fun. I really enjoy this movie.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Wow. The original 1992 movie that started the entire Whedon Buffy-verse franchise has finally hit high def. This movie was written by Joss Whedon, but the studio re-wrote a lot of the plot which forced Whedon to completely disown the movie. The Buffy TV series was written as a sequel to Whedon’s original script, not this movie. I’ve actually reviewed this movie and the book novelization on my blog. SPOILER ALERT: It’s terrible. I saw it in the theater and have watched it a few times since.  Nothing’s changed.  It’s awful.  Starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, Rutger Hauer and Paul Reubens with small appearances by Hilary Swank and David Arquette.  Oh, and during the basketball game at the end, if you look closely, one of the ball players is Ben Affleck.

True Legend
True Legend – This movie looks bad ass. Directed by legendary martial arts coreographer/director Woo-ping Yuen who has been involved in scores of martial arts films like Drunken Master, Tai Chi Master, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Iron Monkey, Game of Death, The Matrix and Kill Bill.  Yuen is also slated to direct The Hands of Shang-Chi movie in a few years which is based on a Marvel Universe character.  So yes, Marvel will be releasing a super hero martial arts movie and I’m so excited.  Hopefully they can get Iron Fist in there as well, maybe even Ray Park as he’s been trying to portray Iron Fist for like 10 years.

The Basement
The Basement: Retro 80s Horror Collection – How great is that DVD cover art? This is supposedly some lost horror movie from the 80s. However true that is, it’s looks terrible yet fantastic at the same time.  But I still can’t get over how great this cover art is.

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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  • Dex

    I’ve heard some places may be selling early, but Star Wars doesn’t officially street in the US until Friday. I don’t know anyone who is picking up only one trilogy or the other. Let’s face it, what is selling this (aside from Blu) is the bonus material. If people could pick that up on its own and avoid getting more changes to the original movies, I think they would.

    The original Buffy may be bad now that we’re used to the show but I remember really liking this movie when it came out.

    • You’re right, Dex, it doesn’t street until Friday, and I meant to mention that but forgot. Thanks for reminding me and letting everyone else know.

      However, I’ve already seen several places here in Jax with it on the shelves today.

      I agree, I would totally buy all the extra stuff by itself. Plus maybe the original trilogy in Blu. I don’t need or want the prequels in Blu.

  • LaDracul

    Oh, I dunno, the original “Buffy” has its moments…like Stephen Root as the principal describing the time one of his friends got high…

    I just wish I had enough money for the SW saga….-sigh-

    • Yes, LaDracul, Root was funny, but it doesn’t change the fact that the rest of the movie is TERRIBLE. I saw it in the theater, didn’t really like it, then watched it again a few years ago and didn’t like it even more.

      And I’m a fan of the Whedon TV shows.

  • Star Wars on Blu-Ray! Full of MORE SHIT that Lucas added!

    All that aside, I still want to see them. The Citizen Kane release looks legit as well.

    • Yeah, it’s almost rather comical to find out what Lucas changes with each release. Honestly, except for two scenes, I don’t have a problem with any of these changes.

      The only two changes I hate by Lucas:
      1) Greedo shooting first. Not only is it dumb, it just looks terrible in the movie.

      2) Hayden as Anakin added to the ghosts at the end of Return of the Jedi. If Anakin’s ghost gets to be his younger self, why doesn’t Obi-Wan? However, if they added Ewan as Obi-Wan’s ghost to ROTJ’s end, then they have to reshoot the scene in Dagobah swamp with Ben and Luke earlier in the movie (don’t be surprised if Lucas does this at some point). And if you are going to do that, why not replace ghost puppet Yoda with CGI ghost Yoda (again, it may happen)? For this reason they should have just left all the ghosts as they are at the end of Ep 6.

      • Dex

        The “explanation” for young Anakin is that he stopped being a Jedi when he was young so that’s how he appears or that was when he last had all his original parts…or something BS like that. Seriously, if you know how to come back as a ghost, you should be able to control what you look like, amirite?

        He should never replace puppet Yoda in the original movies. Never!

  • Rondal

    I’d like to get my hands on True Legend, the trailer looked pretty awesome. The Basement was a bit a letdown, but that cover is killer and the menu/music was on par. The films themselves should’ve stayed lost.

    • Oh damn, seriously, Rondal? Crap. That DVD cover is the balls. That sucks that it’s better than the movie contained within.

  • I know the Buffy movie is pretty bad…..but damn if it isn’t one of my guilty pleasures.