On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Oct 11, 2011

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

Dark Night of the Scarecrow
Dark Night of the Scarecrow – Cult horror fans rejoice! This TV movie from 1981 finally hits High Def. This movie has a huge cult following, but I’ve never seen it. I’ll have to take advantage of this release and finally check it out.

Maniac Cop
Maniac Cop – Here’s another cult horror movie. It stars the beloved Bruce Campbell (who’s a tad overrated in my book) as a young cop who is framed for a series of murders being committed by the “maniac cop” of the movie title.

Green Lantern
Green Lantern – Oh, what a missed opportunity this was. Parts of this worked, parts of this didn’t. Ryan was fine, and what little we saw of Oa and the GL Corps was great too. Blake Lively was terrible. Most everything on Earth was not good.  This was okay, but it could have been so much better.

Horrible Bosses
Horrible Bosses – I really want to see this. It looks hilarious. There are so many good people in it and the trailer is amazing.  Of course, that usually  means everything funny in the movie was in the trailer.

Jem and the Holograms The Truly Outrageous Complete Series – I have to mention this. Because while the show wasn’t as bad as everyone remembers it being, it’s place in 80s cartoon pop culture is undeniable. And, I love the theme song. It’s a sickness, I know, but I love the damn theme song.

Life Story of Santa Claus
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus – This is based on the awesome L Frank Baum book. However, it’s not the 1985 Rankin-Bass version, it’s a new one from 2000.  But the source material is awesome so it can’t be that bad, right?

Arena – This looks like it’ll either be awesomely bad, or just bad. It’s another riff on the Death Race story. A soccer player (who used to be a Marine…oookay) loses his wife and child in an auto accident. After turning to the bottle, he becomes suicidal. He is then tricked into competing in a series of live gladiatorial matches for an internet pay per view site owned by Samuel L Jackson. Honestly, now that I read the synopsis, it sounds terrible.

Jet Li collection
Dragon Dynasty Jet Li Collection – This collection is pretty bad ass. It contains the Jet Li movies The Legend, Fist of Legend and Tai Chi Master. I can fully endorse the second two movies as they contain several levels of awesomeness. However, I haven’t seen The Legend. But all three of these movies on High Def for around $20? I’ll bite.  By comparison, you can buy Arena above, on DVD only, for $18.  Can you tell where I’ll be dropping my Hamiltons?

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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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  • LaDracul

    “Dark Night of the Scarecrow”-That had probably one of the best/disturbing segues in a horror film involving jelly.

    “Green Lantern”-An okay film, but that part with Hector sniffing Carol’s hair when she gives him a friendly hug… -shudders-

    “Horrible Bosses”-I really liked Charlie Day in that film. Maybe because he was a relataable character, or the part where he thinks “Throw Momma From the Train” is the same film as “Strangers on a Train”. (“That Alfred Hitchcock movie with Danny Devito!”)

    “Arena”-After the “Formula 51” debacle (Although the tub sex scene ranks as one of my favorite sex scenes of all time), I’m not sure if I want to see another movie involving Mace Windu and someone from one of my favorite fandoms….