Some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases this week. Things are still a little slow here at the beginning of the year. Taken 2 – Was this slightly disappointing? Yes. It essentially remade the first movie. I like the initial setup with the father of the kidnappers in the first movie coming for revenge, but there were a few other ways they could’ve gone. My preference would have been for Neeson’s character (and maybe his family) to get captured and he contacts his old crew and they have to suit up and rescue them. Then, when the crew rescues Neeson, he and the crew go after the big bad. That sounds like a much more interesting movie to me. But, honestly, I still enjoyed this movie and watching Neeson kick more butt.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Collection) – The original 1934 Hitchcock classic starring Peter Lorre. It was remade in the 50s with James Stewart and Doris Day. Excellent work by Hitchcock as well as Lorre as the villain. But I’m a big fan of his anyway.
Jackson Five: The Completed Animated Series – This cartoon aired from 1971 – 1973 and was produced by animation giant Rankin-Bass. Based on the Jackson 5 music group. Check out an episode here. I used to watch reruns of this in the 80s. It’s fun and very similar to other musical cartoon shows from the same time like The Beatles or The Osmonds.
I Am Bruce Lee – Documentary about the life and times of Bruce Lee featuring interview footage with the man himself as well as close friends, former students and current martial arts stars. You’ll also see commentary from Bruce Lee’s wife, Linda Lee, his daughter Shannon and a bunch of other random celebrities like Mickey Rourke, Taboo (DJ from Black Eyed Peas) and Kobe Bryant (the hell?). Very comprehensive and very entertaining. I believe it was produced for and aired on Spike TV.