On the Shelves: DVD Releases for June 26, 2012

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

21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street – I’m going to put my hat in the ring for this movie. I actually really enjoyed it. In fact, it’s made me like Channing Tatum (well, this and The Vow, but don’t judge me for that please) who I’ve previously hated.  And I wasn’t really even a fan of the show this was based on.  If you haven’t, see this movie.

Wrath of the Titans
Wrath of the Titans – Much better than the first one, mainly because more of the focus is on the Gods (Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes) than on Sam BOR-ington. That guy is like drinking from a giant keg of indifference.  Despite that, this movie isn’t too bad.  It’s not great like it could have been, but it’s not bad.

The 39 Steps: CC
The 39 Steps: Criterion Collection – Alfred Hitchcock is awesome. And anytime he can get a Criterion Collection, I want to fully support it. I haven’t seen this movie yet, but it’s high on my list. It sounds like an awesome, breezy, spy thriller in the same vein as North by Northwest.

Samurai Trilogy: CC
The Samurai Trilogy: Criterion Collection – Another strong selection by Criterion. This is a trilogy of Japanese movies from the mid-50s about folk hero Musashi Miyamoto. Based on a novel that is considered Japan’s Gone with the Wind. Equal parts love story and gripping, bloody action.

Casablanca: The Complete Series – I have to mention this. The 1983 TV series based on the 1942 movie, Casablanca. It lasted only 5 episodes and starred Starsky and Hutch’s David Soul, Hector Elizondo and Scatman Crothers. I may have to watch this just to say I’ve seen it.

Father's Day
Father’s Day – Troma’s latest exploit-a-gorefest. This sounds so Troma. Completely ridiculous and crazy.  It revolves around some “myth” about father’s getting raped by some maniac.  I don’t know, it’s tough to understand the synopsis, but Troma is usually good for some tasteless laughs.

Ator The Fighting Eagle – Miles O’Keefe stars in the first of a series of Ator movies. These movies are sort of notorious for being cheap knockoffs of the Conan movies, especially the first two as they came out almost immediately after them. But check out this awful trailer. This is the perfect movie to watch with 5 of your buddies and a truckload of beer.

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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