Shanghai Calling

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Day of the Dead The zombie apocalypse continues to ravage the Earth, and one of the last pockets of survivors makes their home in an abandoned missile silo. The group is divided unevenly between civilians and soldiers, but as the days pass and the undead keep coming, the tension among the living rises to dangerous levels. George Romero‘s Dead films currently number six, and while his most recent three are mostly forgettable, the original trilogy remains a classic both collectively and individually. And this is where I admit that I find Day to be the best of the bunch. Tom Savini‘s effects are the most gorily effective of the series, and while it lacks the previous films’ allegory and metaphor, it manages a self-contained story complete with good guys, bad guys, and entertaining set pieces. And hell, even John Harrison‘s score is fantastic. Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray gives the film the treatment it deserves complete with original artwork, a new HD transfer, and a load of extras including a documentary almost as long as the movie itself. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Documentary, commentaries, featurettes, galleries, trailer]


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China is a pretty big country, but for many Westerners their exposure to it is limited to martial arts movies and stories about child labor in the service of iPhone manufacturing. And while factory kids do in fact use tai-chi against unscrupulous gangsters on a near daily basis there’s so much more to modern day China than hand-to-hand combat and questionable labor practices. This is especially true in China’s most populous and advanced city, Shanghai. Sam (Daniel Henney) is a corporate lawyer dispatched by his bosses to handle business in Shanghai for a few months, but while he’s of Chinese descent he’s never stepped foot out of NYC. He accepts the assignment in his bid for an upcoming partner position, but he’s going to be counting the days. He’s met at the airport by Amanda (Eliza Coupe), a relocation specialist and single mom who introduces him to the city’s ex-pat community in Americatown (the Chinese version of Chinatown). Despite the help Sam manages to quickly find himself in dire straits as his failure to accept local customs leads to both professional and personal troubles.

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