The Dark Knight Rises
I enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises as a summer blockbuster, less so as a Batman movie (read my review here). Christopher Nolan wraps up his trilogy well enough, even if I didn’t like some of the things he did in the film, like making Bruce Wayne a mopey recluse for eight years. Aside from some gaping plot holes, Nolan made a propulsive and mostly entertaining film. Pictured above are some of the store exclusives you’ll get to choose from besides the standard release of the movie. Walmart has an exclusive special edition DVD (NOTE: not Blu-ray, but included here in case you prefer the cover art) that is pictured above on the left (Walmart has the standard Blu-ray as well). Target has two Digibook Blu-ray releases that give you the option of having Batman or Bane grace the cover (features are the same). Best Buy has a Steelbook case (above right) that also comes with a bonus disc that contains The Dark Knight Reborn documentary that is exclusive to their release.
The Dark Knight Trilogy
If you are like me, you may have gone with this option for your Batman new release needs. Currently on Amazon, this box set is on sale for $27.96. For nearly the same price as some of the exclusives mentioned above for The Dark Knight Rises, you can own all three films in one nice box set. Even if you own the first two already, this is still a perfectly viable option as you can sell your current Batman blu-rays to offset the extra few bucks and it comes with a 68-page excerpt from The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy. The addition of the excerpt is essentially of little consequence to me but I do like the art for the box more than anything else I’ve seen thus far.
This horror anthology was a featured title in my annual horror marathon this year for Halloween. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was a fun and dark horror ride. Each story works pretty well and I don’t think there is a stinker in the bunch. Granted, there are some stories that are better than others but they are all enjoyable to watch. I’m really happy that they are moving forward on the sequel, S-VHS. This definitely comes highly recommended for horror fans.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
I didn’t watch any of this live-action Halo webseries when it premiered online. I tried to watch it on my Xbox through the YouTube app but then got frustrated with the image quality and decided to wait for this release since I prefer to watch content on my TV rather than on my computer. I can’t attest to the quality of it but it feels like it could be a nice hold-over until a Halo live-action movie gets off the ground one of these days. I was so bummed when the movie with Neil Blomkamp directing and Peter Jackson producing fell through. Everything I’ve seen in terms of live-action promotional materials for the Halo games has been pretty damn cool and I cannot wait to watch this.
It’s easy to assume that this direct to DVD/Blu-ray title may be skip-worthy but I’ve heard some rumblings about the film that point to it being a fun time. This is the remake of the 80’s cult classic Silent Night, Deadly Night and stars Malcolm McDowell and the lovely Jaime King. It also features Ellen Wong, who I really enjoyed as Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, so it has enough cast members I like to intrigue me. I’ll definitely being checking this one out at some point.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 2
After the success of releasing Season 1 in remastered high-definition, CBS Studios is back with Season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’m hearing that fans need to temper their expectations on this release though as the remastering isn’t as up to par as the first season. I’ve heard the live-action elements look great but some of the visual effects could have been better. This is undoubtedly the result of farming out visual effects remastering duties to another company to meet a planned release schedule. That being said, the majority of the image quality should still satisfy fans.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
I’ve never seen this, nor have I seen the Mystery Science Theater episode featuring this movie, and I feel like it’s something I should absolutely watch. I love bad cinema and this film has been touted as a classic example of so-bad-it’s-good cinema. I hope the film’s ludicrous plot lives up its reputation.
Brazil (Criterion Collection)
It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. It’s been such a long time that I can’t honestly remember that much from the film. I also feel like I wasn’t old enough to truly appreciate the film. Regardless, I really want to see it again and am happy to be able to see it as a Criterion release. I like Gilliam as a filmmaker a lot, even if I don’t always like everything he does, and consider this to be a pre-emptive highly recommended title.
More titles released today:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season
The Simpsons: The Fifteenth Season
Comic Book Confidential
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Purple Noon (Criterion Collection)
Power Rangers Super Samurai: The Complete Season
The Blue Angel
Godzilla vs. Biollante
The Adventures of Mark Twain (Collector’s Edition)
Titanic: Blood & Steel
Ken Follet’s World Without End
by Ben McBride