Some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for this week.
The Kennedys – My wife and I watched this when it was broadcast earlier this year on the cable channel Reelz (honestly, I had no idea I had this channel until I saw it was showing The Kennedys). It is good. Really good. Not too sensationalistic. If focused mostly on the Kennedy family and John’s Presidency and the major political events in Kennedy’s life. It somewhat glossed over the stuff like Marilyn Monroe and the assassination in Dallas. Which was nice to see. With all the furor over this mini-series, I’m surprised and glad it really didn’t investigate the gossipy stuff like JFK’s infidelities or Joe Kennedy’s mob ties.
Captain America – The infamous 1990 Captain America movie is finally released on DVD (no Blu-Ray?) but with the same transfer used for the VHS and Laserdisc editions from 1992. Marvel released the following press release about this movie: To customers: We hate this movie. We also hate that like 10 of you are asking for us to release it again. We are not going to bother spending another dime on it so we’ll release this bare bones monstrosity with no extras in the hopes that you will pay for it. But if you don’t, we honestly don’t care. Please stop the ridiculous internet petitions. We hope you guys die in a fire. –Marvel Entertainment
Vamp – I hate this ridiculous movie. It’s terrible. But I feel I have to mention it because it has some small cult following. I’m surprised it wasn’t released before now and that they didn’t give it one of those “moon and fog” covers that all the vampire movies are getting nowadays thanks to Twilight (I’m looking at you Near Dark).
Flowers in the Attic – Starring the smoking hot original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kristy Swanson. This was one year after her appearance in 1986’s Deadly Friend but 5 years before the aforementioned Buffy. This movie was based on the scandalous 1979 novel of the same name featuring trapped kids, an abusive grandparent and incest. Seriously, check out the Wikipedia page, there’s a lot of crazy shit that goes on in this book that probably isn’t in the movie. I’m going to have to check it out.
Hey, everyone, it’s my son’s first birthday today. Please say a Happy Birthday to PJ.