DVD Reviews

Nearly thirteen years after The Blair Witch Project introduced the concept of “found footage” films to mainstream audiences while simultaneously harnessing the power of the burgeoning Internet to launch a massively successful viral campaign that hinged on audiences buying into the “truth” behind the film, the found fauxtage horror genre continues to chug almost unstoppably along. Unstoppably, that is, until The Devil Inside, the latest on-the-cheap pick-up from Paramount Insurge, the studio’s indie genre label formed after the massive success of the Paranormal Activity films. Like the PA films, The Devil Inside was made for little money by some scrappy filmmakers (writer Matthew Peterman and director and co-writer William Brent Bell), but unlike the PA films, The Devil Inside is almost totally void of originality, style, or even genuine scares, and we can only hope that it doesn’t spawn any of its own sequels. The film follows twentysomething Isabella Rossi (played with reasonable pluck by Fernanda Andrade), an American whose mother (Suzan Crowley) murdered three people when she was just a tot. After the murders, Maria Rossi was sent to an asylum in Italy indefinitely, a move by the government and the Catholic church that somehow never struck Isabella as questionable or weird. The Italian shuffle makes more sense, however, when Isabella’s father finally fesses up that Maria killed those three people (all clergy-people from her own church) in the middle of an exorcism. An exorcism being performed on her. Gasp. Unfortunately, within days of her pops breaking the news, […]

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves Maurissa Tancharoen. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs.

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This week sees one of the best vampire film in years (Daybreakers), the return of the Jew hunter (Edge of Darkness), brooding and gun-toting angels (Legion), undead frogs (Mutants), dead krauts (North Face), two average Thai flicks (Legend of the Tsunami Warrior and Phobia), and more!

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Import This: The Island

I know this one may be a hard-sell for most of you since the intro states this column is for “damn fine films and/or fantastic entertainment” but I honestly believe this movie belongs in that second category… it’s immensely entertaining, loads of fun, and a fantastic film to watch in high definition. But it’s yet to be released in the US on Blu-ray!

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Import This: Breathless

Great movies come from all around the world, and so do great DVDs and Blu-rays. Import This! is an irregular feature here at FSR that highlights discs worth importing for movie lovers and fans of fantastic cinema. Today’s entry is one of last year’s best movies… that has yet to see a US release date.

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The short film is an art form that never seems to get its due. Currently their only public forums are film festivals where they play to tens of people, win prestigious awards, and then disappear into the ether. Until now… welcome to Wholphin!

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves rescuing dolphins from culturally misguided Japanese fishermen. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs.

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Take a journey through our Universe in glorious high definition and get your nerd on with this awesome History Channel series.

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Robert Fure takes a 1,000-volt shot to the heart for breakfast but still thinks Chev Chelios should have stayed dead.

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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. This week we have Sin Nombre, Good Dick, and Israeli Martial Artists!

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What’s not quite as Big as Big and not nearly as Tall as Tall? Gigantor on DVD. But size and height issues aside, this is a cool set.

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Primeval is a fantastic British TV series filled with all manner of time-traveling creatures from the past and future as well as one extremely cute chick who loves snakes… Season three begins on BBC America this weekend!

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The Coroner takes a time out from dissecting terrible movies and copulating with the good ones (Ed. Note: Gross) to plan out his, and your, viewing schedule for the next few months.

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Ink is a fantastic indie.

With breathtaking visuals and a fantastic fairy tale story, Ink is an film that deserves to be celebrated.

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Ocean

Breckin Meyer, known to most of you as the lead in Road Trip and funny supporting roles in Clueless and Can’t Hardly Wait (and known to some of you for starring in Garfield) is writing a script called Superguys, described as “Ocean’s 11 with idiots set at Comic-Con.”

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Buckle up as the Coroner plays catchup and rampages through reviews of releases he’s recently missed. Also, alliteration!

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Against the Dark Goes Straight to the Trash Bin

How epically bad is Against the Dark? Or is it somehow, miraculously…good? Steven Seagal v. Vampires has us interested, but could it pull through?

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Jessica Simpson goes from “A-List to Enlist” in this light hearted girl power comedy that is oddly charming. Or maybe Jessica Simpson is just really, really hot.

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Why So Serious Again?

According to Nikki Finke, there is, but we have no idea where to sign up for it. Did we miss the memo on this or what?

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A ton of new photos from Confessions of a Shopaholic remind us of our own crippling debt.

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