On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Sept 20, 2011

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.

Capt America (1990)
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).

The Stuff
The Stuff – From 1985, this movie was sort of a riff on The Blob with a dash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  I remember it being enjoyable as a B horror movie.

Dead Heat
Dead Heat – Speaking of ridiculous, we have this movie. A Joe Piscopo-Treat Williams buddy cop movie in which one of them becomes a zombie.  Yeah. That happened.

Flowers in the Attic
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.

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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  • Hey…..Dead Heat’ AWESOME! C’mon (yeah Piscopo sucks….like always) But Treat was great….and so was that butcher shop scene!

  • Looks like we’re gearing up for Halloween now… in the home stretch at least. Never seen Dead Heat, but The Stuff is pretty good. Cheesy good some really cool effects.