DVD’s I Bought This Week – July 29th

DVDs I Bought This Week!

* I have to apologize to all of our readers. This entry is a day late, due to the carnage of Comic-Con and travel. But here…we…go.

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.

Dark City (Director’s Cut)

Director: Alex Proyas

Cast: Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt


Synopsis: Kind of like The Matrix, before The Matrix

Why Buy It?: I heard one of those “you have never seen Dark City?!?” rants this week, from somebody who’s opinion I respect. Anytime someone tears you down for not seeing a film, you kind of need to go run out and buy it. Unless it is Master of Disguise.

Formats: Standard DVD, Bluray

Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Cast: Kal Penn, John Cho

Rated: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use.

Synopsis: See title + marijuana

Why Buy It?: The newest Harold and Kumar film is funny stuff. There has really only been like five great comedies this year, and H&K is one of them. Besides, there is a “bottomless party” scene, that if you know when to look away, that makes this DVD worth a buy.

Formats: Standard DVD, Bluray

The Band’s Visit

Director: Eran Kolirin


Rated: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

Synopsis: A band set to perform in Israel, ends up in the wrong place.

Why Rent It?: Just like when people asked me why they should at least rent King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, I told them to check out Rotten Tomatoes. With a 98% fresh rating on RT, you seriously can’t go wrong with at least checking this one out.

Formats: Standard DVD

Shine a Light

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: The Rolling Stones

Rated: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, drug references and smoking. (edited for re-rating; originally rated R for some language).

Synopsis: The Rolling Stones in concert, captured by Martin Scorsese.

Why Rent It?: Don’t get me wrong, I love both The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese. However, I have seen enough Rolling Stones concert DVDs to know that I should just ignore them. On the other hand, this one is directed by Scorsese. Worth checking out.

Formats: Standard DVD, Blu-Ray


Director: Neil Marshall

Cast: Rhona Mitra

Rated: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content/nudity.

Synopsis: The inbred product of Mad Max, Escape From New York, 28 Days Later and Gladiator.

Why Rent It?: With a host of homages, this film will play to the heartstrings of any fan of post-apocalyptic sci-fi mayhem. Rhona Mitra is hot.

Formats: Standard DVD, Blu-Ray

Lost Boys: The Tribe

Director: P.J. Pesce

Cast: Corey Feldman, Cory Haim

Rated: Rated R for strong vampire violence and gore, language, sexuality and some drug use.

Synopsis: The hilarious culmination of the careers of 80’s stars.

Why Avoid It?: Without a doubt, this might be the most unnecessary sequel I have seen since Weekend at Bernie’s 2. Scratch that, I liked that sequel. But to follow up an already cheese-filled movie that only carries a mild cult following? If you do check it out, they did hire Kiefer’s half-brother to stir up some oldy timey memories.

Formats: Standard DVD, Bluray

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