DVDs I Bought This Week!

A wise man once said “It’s not just about seeing Star Wars two weeks before everyone else. You’ve gotta plow through crap like Marie Antoinette and Catwoman as well.” I have the fortune of being able to see all of the films that I want, and find out that they are only worth one viewing (or less) before I would willingly pay for the DVD…and subsequently end up hating myself later. But for every The Whoopee Boys there has to be an Indiana Jones, and because of the great films I am able to put myself further in debt every week.

Street Fighter – Extreme Edition

The Pitch: One of the very first video game adaptation films.

Why Buy It?: No joke, I saw this in the theater. I loved every minute of this crap. I just told Neil Miller at dinner last night that a couple years ago, I was wanting to see this movie again so badly…that I ordered it from Amazon with expedited shipping. All I could think, was that there was an Amazon warehouse worker wondering “who in the hell would pay for rush shipping on Street Fighter: The Movie?”. Sorry readers, but for this film…I am totally “that guy.” It is just a shame that this was Raul Julia’s last film.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Tales From The Darkside – Season 1

The Pitch: A disc full of scary childhood memories.

Why Buy It?: Do you remember ‘Tales From The Darkside’? A fistful of awesome, is what this is. I remember staying up fairly late, and then subsequently not being able to sleep soundly, to see this show. I was too young to realize that George Romero and Stephen King had their hands in the show, but this is one I really can’t wait to get my hands on.

Blu-ray Available: No

My Name Is Bruce

The Pitch: Bruce Campbell, playing Bruce Campbell…playing Bruce Campbell?

Why Buy It?: I was able to catch this gem a bit ago, and I loved it. I think you really have to be a Bruce fan, or just a fan or cheeky horror to really understand how to laugh at this one. It was great. Classic Bruce Campbell, and Ted Raimi really steals the show.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Blindness

The Pitch: An epidemic sweeps a city, causing victims to go blind.

Why Rent It?: This one is tough. It is like two-thirds of a great film. The beginning is intriguing, and the middle is fantastically disturbing but the end is just a giant let down. You really find yourself rooting for the film to be great, and it just never comes through. I can really appreciate what they tried to do, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Blu-ray Available: No

W.

The Pitch: Dub…ya.

Why Rent It?: This is kind of the same situation as Blindness. It was a good movie, entertaining and funny. However, will I ever really want to see it again? What is the point? I mean, we all know how little Bush stands in the eyes of every American. Oliver stone almost seems apathetic towards the man we all thought to be his next cinematic victim. What we got? A little bit of a pat on the back to a misunderstood Texan.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Miracle at St. Anna

The Pitch: Another Spike Lee joint, in fatigues.

Why Rent It?: Did anyone see this? I know I didn’t, so I have to check it out. Spike Lee isn’t getting added on many people’s Christmas lists lately, especially Oscar voters. I won’t judge the film without seeing it though. But based on moderate-at-best reviews, I will have to submit this one into the rent category.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Nights in Rodanthe

Synopsis: RIchard Gere’s attempt at staying at the middle.

Why Avoid It?: Nicholas Sparks really won me over with The Notebook. Seriously. I am man enough to admit it. I won’t submit to his wizardry, especially with the garbage like this. I never understood why women swoon over Richard Gere. He is a horrible actor, and he looks like a rodent. I think it is because of An Officer and a Gentleman, but the hack even admitted that he just took the role strictly for the money.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Against The Dark

The Pitch: Steven Seagal vs. Vampires.

Why Rent It?: I wasn’t kidding, I wouldn’t tease anyone for their love for the pony tailed warrior. Steven Seagal’s career has really hit a new level…of awesome. Could he really be in a position to say “Fuck yes, I will fight vampires. Why not? I’m a kung-fu master.” I am waiting for his vulnerable performance, a JVCD-esque outreach to fans and critics. Maybe I am asking too much from a guy who wears bathrobes around, and woke speak above a whisper.

Blu-ray Available: No

Soul Men

The Pitch: Another script that Sam Jackson never read.

Why Rent It?: I never saw this one, and really don’t care to. It was dedicated to Bernie Mac, which is really kind of a shame. It’s just like the Raul Julia thing with Street Fighter: The Movie. Do you really want this to be your last film? Your last legacy? That’s like being average joe, and dying with a pair of dirty or embarrassing undies on.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

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