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Rob Hunter loves movies.  He also loves training friends and strangers alike in the deadly and mystical way of Jewish martial arts. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs.  So join us each week as he takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs.

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dvd-kapapKapap Combat Concepts: Martial Arts of the Israeli Special Forces

Pitch: They will look for you. They will find you. And they will kill you. Or for a small fee they’ll teach you how to kill instead.

Why Buy? If you’re interested in learning about self defense why not go with a team that’s proven their abilities time and again? Sure a few bystanders may get bruised up a bit in one of their kerfuffles, but when these guys go in no bad guys come out.

Blu-ray? No

Extra Features? An “I kick ass for the Lord!” bumpersticker. (That’s not true, but it sure would have been cool).

dvd-sinnombreSin Nombre

Pitch: A young, Honduran girl travels north for a better life… a young, Mexican gangbanger runs north to save his life… together they put a very human face on illegal immigration and tell a fascinating story at the same time.

Why Buy? “Sweet, severe and haunting, Sin Nombre is a story about hope for people that shouldn’t even know the word.” FSR’s Cole Abaius said that (review here), and while I usually just laugh and then immediately rinse my eyes after reading his awkward and flowery words, this time he’s not actually not too far from the truth.  Director Cary Fukunaga’s debut feature is filled with drama, heart, and suspense, and if you walk away feeling anything less than impressed you’re probably a heartless, racist illiterate. (I kid of course, you’re entitled to your own incorrect opinion. Welcome to America!)

Blu-ray? No

Extra Features? Deleted scenes, commentary

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dvd-earthEarth

Pitch: Disney’s Nature division tries to out-discover The Discovery Channel with this doc about animal families and flesh-eating.

Why Rent? Fantastic visuals and images are hampered by a terrible script so this is a great film to watch on mute with your own symphonic score accompanying it from a cd/mp3 player. Or better yet, just check out Planet Earth instead… it’s a much longer BBC series that this film was culled from.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Featurette

dvd-gooddickGood Dick

Pitch: Giving hope to stalkers everywhere…

Why Rent? The story about an oddball videostore clerk who becomes obsessed with an equally odd, porn-loving customer could have gone terribly wrong. Luckily, first-time writer/director/star Marianna Palka turns the premise into something a little bit sweet and a little bit smart.

Blu-ray? No

Extra Features? None

dvd-stateofplayState of Play

Pitch: Deadlines, corruption, and murder… just an average week at Reject HQ.

Why Rent? FSR’s Cole Abaius hated it (review here) because it reminded him of a childhood spent potty-training on spread-out newspapers (to be fair, he has a few other reasons too), but the movie’s actually a pretty good little thriller about mid-level political corruption and journalism. Russell Crowe carries his paunch well and there’s at least one unexpected twist, so it’s worth a rental on a slow night.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Deleted scenes, featurette

dvd-sugarSugar

Pitch: Minor league dreams meet immigrant ambitions by way of small-town America.

Why Rent? I’m no fan of baseball, but this little movie is about much more than the sport. It gives insight into the minor leagues as well as the importation of foreign (Dominican Republic) players into the game. It’s less of a “big game climax” kind of movie and more about the characters, the struggles, and the challenges of this lifestyle. Not a great movie, but still a hell of a lot better than the directors’ wildly overrated Half Nelson.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Deleted scenes, featurettes

dvd-supernaturalfourthseasonSupernatural: The Complete Fourth Season

Pitch: It’s The Hardy Boys for a new millennium but with horror instead of greedy land-developers (same amount of hair spray/gel though).

Why Rent? This is basically a nice little monster-of-the-week show that’s developed a solid mythology along through its four season run so far. The pretty-boy actors can actually act, the effects are often impressive for TV, and the stories are fairly interesting. You’ll want to start with the first season to get the ongoing back story straight, and you’ll also have the pleasure of watching a show actually get better with age.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Deleted scenes, commentaries, gag reel, featurette

dvd-takeoutTake Out

Pitch: Will give you something to think about next time you order Chinese food for delivery. Of course, you’ll be wanting to think of something else thirty minutes later.

Why Rent? Very indie (in the truest sense of the word, not the soundtrack sense), very dark, and pretty good, the movie looks at the slightly exaggerated daily grind of a modern day illegal immigrant living and working in NYC. It’s not fun, and only parts are truly entertaining, but worth a watch for fans of low-budget cinema.

Blu-ray? No

Extra Features? Commentary, deleted scenes, featurette

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dvd-americaAmerica

Pitch: Rosie O’Donnell saves America one child at a time. Or she just saves one child named America. Either way… Rosie O’Donnell.

Why Avoid? It’s a Lifetime movie, so you really shouldn’t expect much. Add in O’Donnell, an incredibly bleak storyline, and a not so subtle indictment of the foster care system, and you have a movie that just may drive you to suicide. Of course then you run the risk of O’Donnell being assigned to be your therapist…

Blu-ray? No

Extra Features? None

dvd-bringitonfighttothefinishBring It On: Fight To The Finish

Pitch: Cheerleaders belong in R-rated movies, not PG-13 ones. This same rule applies to Asian girls, lesbians, nurses, ninjas, teachers, and piano teachers.

Why Avoid? There are those among us (Fure and Abaius I think) who dig this series, and then there are those of us with taste. Maybe it’d be better if they didn’t completely recycle the same storyline each installment. Maybe it’d be better if the cheerleaders took more showers together. I don’t know, but as it stands not even master thespian Christina Milian can save this.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Deleted scenes, featurettes

dvd-drifterhenryleelucasDrifter: Henry Lee Lucas

Pitch: The Bold and the Beautiful and the Transient and the Deadly

Why Avoid? If you feel compelled to watch a movie about this particular real-life serial killer, just rent Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer instead. It’s still done on the cheap, but it’s also done a lot better. And it probably goes without saying, but Michael Rooker is a far more convincing actor than Antonio Sabato Jr.

Blu-ray? No

Extra Features? None

dvd-heroesseasonthreeHeroes: Season Three

Pitch: Mix too many characters, too many storylines, and too little writing talent, and what do you have? Heroes: Season Three.

Why Avoid? I was on the Heroes freight train all through the first season until the piss-poor finale and the ridiculous season two premiere. It all went downhill from there, and this season continues the trend. Plotlines that start and disappear, characters that seemingly change personalities every episode or so based on a writer’s whim, and an overall sense of deja vu as the same stories and decisions are repeated again and again.

Blu-ray? Yes

Extra Features? Commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes

dvd-tennesseeTennessee

Pitch: Mariah Carey is an abused waitress who takes flight with two brothers on a road trip looking for bone marrow. Yeah.

Why Avoid? Carey is an easy enough target here, but she’s only part of the movie. And not really the worst part either. That’d be the script. (Carey comes second).

Blu-ray? No

Extra Features? None

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