On the Shelves: DVD Releases for May 21, 2013

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

The Last Stand – It seems like the title of this movie is appropriate.  If this movie didn’t do well, it may well have been Arnie’s own real life “last stand”.  I haven’t seen this, but it doesn’t bode well that whenever I ask anyone about it they have never seen it, never heard of it or they’ve heard of it but can’t remember the movie title (“Oh yeah! That movie with Arnold and the Gatling gun!”).  It must have done okay, but I don’t think it did as well as they’d hoped.  Arnold of course is now talking about doing another Terminator and even a remake of The Toxic Avenger (wha-?!).

Parker – Don’t get me wrong, I love Statham, but his recent solo non-Expendables movies are all starting to look alike. Transporter, Safe, The Mechanic, Parker. He does have some promising upcoming movies like Fast and Furious 7 and a movie called Heat.  But the “Statham Formula” is starting to show.

Stand Up Guys – This looks like it could be really good, or really just sad. It reminds me of the movie The Crew from 2000.  And that’s not a good thing.  A bunch of old mafia guys out for one final job.  To be fair, the cast for this movie is much better than that other sh***y movie.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown – From 1976 starring Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island (Dawn Wells).  It’s about a masked serial killer that terrorizes a small Arkansas town in 1946.  It’s loosely based on a true story.  I keep getting this movie confused with Dark Night Of The Scarecrow.

Five Card Stud – From 1968 starring Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum.  Imagine Agatha Christie’s classic story And Then There Were None but done as a western.  It’s moody and filled with mystery and suspense.  The plot involves the members of an ongoing poker game being mysteriously killed one by one.

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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  • Tommy

    Arnold needs to stay away from The Toxic Avenger. He’s trying too hard to stay relevant, don’t butcher a classic just to get a paycheck…please

    • Agreed. The Expendables films have been entertaining thus far, but outside of that many of those action heroes just don’t have the magic anymore. :/