DVD’s I Bought This Week: January 20th

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.

Repo! The Genetic Opera

The Pitch: A goth rock opera that will steal your heart. Not figuratively, literally.

Why Buy It?: This was one of the most original films that I saw all year. It was too bad that it was only given a small release, I was lucky to even see it hit my neighborhood. However, the story lives on with DVD. Now the film can find its audience and become the cult classic that it is destined to be. This is a hard one to describe without making it seem really dark, but that’s kind of the point.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

El Norte: Criterion Collection

The Pitch: South American immigrants head north for the American dream.

Why Buy It?: The film was groundbreaking in many ways. It was one of the first examples of truly independent film making. It was also one of the first examples of a story told from the perspective of an illegal immigrant. Ebert hailed the film, and launched it into the mainstream. The film was nominated for an Oscar, which in the early 80’s was unheard of from an independent film. The film is beautiful to begin with, and Criterion has perfected yet another transfer. Check it out.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

MGM: When The Lion Roars

The Pitch: The story of MGM studios.

Why Buy It?: Originally a six hour miniseries, this documentary follows the history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. Call me a movie buff, but I’m all over this one. Hey, it’s narrated by Professor Xavier himself…Patrick Stewart. I have heard things already about all of the different lions that MGM has used for their famous opening. Ever notice that there were different lions?

Blu-ray Available: No

Saw V

The Pitch: Saw 4, the sequel.

Why Rent It?: I have been a fan of all of the Saw films. However, this one I wasn’t too excited for. This is the first Saw since the first in the series that wasn’t directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. If his name sounds familiar, he directed one of the other films coming out this week – Repo! The Genetic Opera. Bousman kept audiences interested in a series that was pumping out a film every year. So I guess the real question is, can David Hackl keep anyone in Jigsaw’s game?

Blu-ray Available: Yes


The Pitch: A humpback assistant aspires to become an evil scientist.

Why Rent It?: What can I say, I really am a sucker for animated films. I wasn’t particularly interested in this one, but hey, it looks fun. Can you really go wrong with Steve Buscemi? Maybe when you throw in some John Cusack…I have never understood the audience’s infatuation with him. Maybe I need to get a boombox.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Henry Poole Is Here

The Pitch: A religious film starring Luke Wilson?

Why Rent It?: I will always give Luke Wilson a chance, I think he is the more talented actor of the family. This one never really caught my interest though. I heard it was centered heavily around the theme of faith, and not very entertaining if you aren’t completely comfortable with the subject. I’ll take a chance and rent it, but that’s about it.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Max Payne

Synopsis: Emo-Cop. At least he doesn’t cut himself.

Why Avoid It?: I had high hopes for this one when I saw the footage at Comic-Con. It looked cool, and John Moore looked to be a competent director. So much for high hopes. Marky Mark just came off as an emo-cop, embarrassing himself and the funky bunch. I might see this again on cable.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

City of Ember

Synopsis: I still have no idea what this is about.

Why Avoid It?: This one didn’t pique my interest at all, ever. I love Bill Murray, but don’t really care to check this out. I may be wrong, and all of you might tell me to just suck it up and give it a chance. Director Gil Kenan did direct Monster House. Maybe I should check this out. So what is it about?

Blu-ray Available: Yes

The Express

Synopsis: Another “based on a true story” sports story.

Why Avoid It?: To be fair, there are only so many ways to tell a formulaic sports story. I am taking a stand though, I refuse to watch another one until it really does change the script. I feel like I have seen this movie already and I haven’t. I know that’s not fair to this film and what it may have to offer but whatever. Ernie Davis is awesome though, and Jim Brown is the greatest running-back in NFL history. Boom.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

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