Some of the new DVD/Blu-Ray releases for this week.
There’s a lot of interesting stuff coming out this week, so let’s get started.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – I did not get a chance to see this in the theater, which sucks because I really wanted to. I was a bit disappointed in the third movie, At World’s End, but this one looked a lot of fun. Plus, Ian McShane as Blackbeard. That’s badass. I would watch Depp do Capt Jack Sparrow in a Twilight movie.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – This set looks AMAZING. I love the quirkyness of this movie. Gene Wilder is much better in this than Depp was in Burton’s adaptation. Wilder played Wonka as an insane genius. You never knew what he might do from one moment to the next. I honestly thought when I was a kid that the movie was going to end with Wonka making candy OUT OF THE CHILDREN. Seriously. Depp’s Wonka felt more like a pedophile.
Red State – This is that Kevin Smith horror movie. The one he wrote, directed, marketed and produced independently. I’m honestly curious to check it out. I enjoy Kevin Smith’s movies, however the last 10 years or so he’s become somewhat of a media whore with his 11 podcasts, his Twitter feed, his “too fat to fly” schtick and all of his damn speaking tours and constantly trying to promote all the crap he has going on. And did you see Cop Out? Yikes. But this definitely looks intriguing. Smith is also releasing another “Q&A” video called Too Fat for 40. I believe it’s the third or fourth in a series of live speaking engagements that he’s filmed.
Batman Year One – DC just can’t seem to get their sh*t together when it comes to live action movies (I blame parent company Warner Bros). However their direct-to-DVD animated movies sell like gangbusters. This is the adaptation of one of the best Batman stories ever told; Frank Miller’s Year One. I’m very interested to see if this is any good. I’d say this may lead into animated versions of Dark Knight Returns or Killing Joke, but those may be a bit too adult for translation into cartoons.
V: The Complete Second Season – I literally just watched the first V mini-series from 1983 a few months ago and loved it. I’m looking forward to watching the second mini-series from 1984 soon and then maybe watching some episodes of this recent remake. I don’t know why I never watched V until recently, but it’s cheesy good 80s alien fun. I haven’t heard anything great about this new remake, though.
The Captains – This is William Shatner’s documentary about the actors who have portrayed Starship Captains for the Star Trek franchise. See interviews with Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and Chris Pine. I’m very much looking forward to this release. I wonder if there are other interviews besides the actors listed on the front because Bill could also include George Takai (Capt Sulu – ST: Undiscovered Country), Alan Ruck (Capt Harriman – ST: Generations) and Bruce Greenwood (Capt Pike – Star Trek 2009).
Zombie – The classic horror movie from 1979. This was advertised in Italy as the “unofficial” sequel to Dawn of the Dead even though it was written before that movie. The producers tacked on some scenes in New York to cash in on that film’s success.
Captain America/Captain America II: Death Too Soon – The two 70s Capt America movies starring Reb Brown are finally making it to DVD. Much like the Matt Salinger 1990 Captain America from a few weeks ago, this is purely to cash in on the hype of the Chris Evans Capt America movie that will be released next Tuesday.
The Howling Reborn – Speaking of “cashing in”. I had no idea they rebooted The Howling last year. The movie stars the angsty kid from Terra Nova and sounds like a mash up of the MTV Teen Wolf, Twilight and Underworld. So, yeah, not good.
The Crow – This movie is “Citizen Kane for EMO kids”. And yes, Miramax, you have my permission to use that quote. Regardless, I love this movie. I really wish Brandon Lee had survived to continue making movies.
More Brains!: A Return to the Living Dead – From the people that brought you Never Sleep Again, the definitive documentary on the Elm Street films, comes this 2 hour documentary on the making of The Return of the Living Dead. Such a great movie and I look forward to seeing this documentary.
The Bradys Go Bowling – This was what reality television was like in the ’70s and ’80s. Awesome little shows like Battle of the Network Stars and Celebrity Bowling. This DVD collects episodes of Celebrity Bowling that pitted the Brady Kids against each other and against two of the kids from The Waltons. Suck it, Survivor.
Dino Wolf – Starring Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers) and Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2). Scientists combine human DNA with dinosaur wolf DNA (that existed?). And they are surprised when it goes on a killing spree. This movie sounds so horribly awesome.