On the Shelves: Home Video Releases for Feb 11, 2014

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

Ender’s Game (2013) – Based on Orson Scott Card’s amazing book.  I have really wanted to watch this because I love the book and I’ve been watching the development of this movie since 2000 when Haley Joel Osment was going to be Ender.  I was excited about the cast they finally put together to make this and it looked like they put some dollars behind the effects, so I was pretty psyched to see the final result.  However, not one person has said it’s good.  NOT. ONE.  So now I’m reluctant to watch it.

Sherlock: Season Three – Fans of Doyle’s famous detective are giddy with excitement right now. Not only is the third season of BBC’s excellent take on the Sherlock character now out, but America has their own very popular version in the TV series Elementary.  I love and recommend both shows.

The Americans: Season One – This is actually a pretty good show. My wife and I watched most of season 1 but had to stop due to time conficts with other shows and the simple fact that it was just too dark for us. The show is about a couple living as a regular American couple in the 1980s who are, in fact, deeply undercover Russian spies.  And they want to defect.  It’s a fascinating show, but it does get rather dark.  However, it’s well made and well written.  I say give it a shot.

Diana – I have to admit, I’m intrigued with the idea of Naomi Watts as Princess Diana. This movie is somewhat  a fictionalized biography of the last few years in the life of Princess Diana of Wales.  I’ll give it a watch.

Force: Five (1981) – I’ve never seen this but it looks stupidly bad ass like a classic 80s martial arts action flick should. Check out the wacky trailer.  A group of 5 martial arts masters (played by actual champion tournament fighters) band together to rescue a Senator’s daughter from a cult leader’s island fortress.  And that cult leader is awesomely played by Bong Soo Han from A Fistful of Yen who I didn’t realize is himself an 8th degree black belt.

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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