On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Dec 20, 2011

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

Warrior – I keep hearing this movie is bad ass. Like Rocky, but with MMA instead of boxing. That’s high praise and I can’t wait to see it.

Burke & Hare
Burke & Hare – This actually looks pretty good. Lots of good people; Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Isla Fisher. Plus it’s directed by John Landis. I’m really excited to see this. It’s hopefully a much better version of I Sell The Dead.

Dolphin Tale
Dolphin Tale – I originally thought this was a remake of the batshit crazy awesome 1973 movie The Day of the Dolphin starring George C Scott. It’s not. I read the synopsis. It sounds like something on ABC Family or Lifetime.  Pass.

St Nick
Saint Nick – A Santa slasher movie.  I don’t see how this could be better than Silent Night, Deadly Night (I or II).  I guess, though, this is more along the lines of Rare Exports.  Not someone dressed as Santa killing people, but actually the spirit of St Nick.

Catch .44
Catch .44 – It’s interesting yet oddly concerning when a movie comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray starring big name actors like Bruce Willis and Forrest Whitaker and I’ve never heard of it.  EVER.

Underworld trilogy
The Underworld Trilogy: The Essential Collection – I have to disagree with the “essential” moniker of this set. I love the idea of these movies, but the execution is less than stellar.  Mostly I was disappointed with Speedman’s vampire/werewolf hybrid monster in the first two movies.  He was blue?  Really?  And he got his ass kicked.  A LOT.  Like I said, disappointing.

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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  • Call my kooky but I just couldn’t get into “Burke & Hare.” I actually liked “I Sell the Dead” a bit more… though neither film are as great as they should have been.

    • I actually just watched I Sell The Dead over the weekend and dug it quiet a bit. Yet to see Burke & Hare though, was looking forward to it.

  • LaDracul

    My problem with “Underworld” is how the producers think the moviegoers are dumb enough to believe that Sonja looks exactly like Selene in the present in the third one, when we saw her in the first one and she looked NOTHING LIKE THAT. I liked the first one, but I just couldn’t get into the others. (Of course, I’m the type that liked “Van Helsing” better and wish Universal would give us more of that and not sentence it to cheapquel hell…or just get going on that “Monster High” film…)

    • Rondal

      I agree. The first one was a bit like watching The Matrix with monsters, which was really cool, but the others fell apart pretty quick.

      As for Helsing, I’m 50/50 on that one. I liked it, but there was just something missing… I don’t know if it needed to be longer or, like you said, have some sequels behind it. Have you ever read the comic?

      • LaDracul

        Was that the one that was loosely based on “The Island of Doctor Moreau”? I have seen that one.