Some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for this week.
Contraband – I’m not the biggest “Mark Wahlberg fan”. I really made fun of him in my 2011 Oscar Nominations article because the Academy nominated pretty much EVERYONE in the movie The Fighter except for Mr Wahlberg. I said it was the Academy telling Mark that he needs to retire and reunite with the Funky Bunch. However, then this movie comes along and I love it. If Wahlberg keeps making movies like this and Shooter, he can stick around.
The Innkeepers – Ti West’s followup to his niche horror film The House of the Devil. This is another slow building niche throwback to 70s horror. Strange Kids’ Club currently has an interview with one of the stars of this movie, Pat Healy.
Marvel Animated Features Collections – On the right you have Planet Hulk/Invincible Iron Man/Doctor Strange and on the left you have Ultimate Avengers 1 and 2 plus Next Avengers. These are some of Marvel’s best animated outings. Also good are the already released Hulk Vs movies. These are perfect to hold you over until May.
Shogun Asssassin – This is a Blu-Ray collection of the Lone Wolf and Cub series of movies that began in 1980. It features a samurai assassin and his son “traveling the Earth” hiring out their deadly skills to people in need. The series is awesome. To prove it you need look no further than some of the ridiculous titles of this series; Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades, Shogun Assassin 3: Slashing Blades of Carnage . It doesn’t get much more awesome and bloody and martial art-y than this series of films. Check them out.
Killer Nun – It’s in the bylaws of Strange Kids’ Club that I include any nunsploitation movies that are to be released during the week. Check out the Valentine’s Day edition of On the Shelves for Nude Nuns With Big Guns. While NNBG was a current movie, this one is straight up vintage 1978.
Hit! – From 1973. Billy Dee Williams gathers a group of mercenaries to track down the members of a French drug ring who supplied drugs that killed his daughter. Also stars Richard Pryor as one of the mercenaries. AMAZING.
The Story of Rock N Roll Comics – For those that don’t remember, Rock N Roll Comics launched in 1989 and featured illustrated (and unauthorized) biographies of popular bands. I remember when these were released and I collected many of the issues. The highly controversial issue #1 featured Guns N Roses. Other issues of the title featured Metallica, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Motley Crue as well as rap acts like NWA, Public Enemy and Vanilla Ice. Many of the issues resulted in lawsuits for Revolutionary Comics. This documentary is the story of publisher Todd Loren and Revolutionary Comics.