This week we have two new release days since the normal Tuesday release next week falls on Christmas. Some titles will be released on Friday, Dec. 21, and will be noted as such.
Before seeing this remake, I had watched the original Total Recall and found myself enjoying it despite not being a fan of Verhoeven’s film back when I originally saw it as a much younger version of myself. Schwarzenegger’s persona and the awesome special make-up effects of Rob Bottin really helped solidify my enjoyment of a pretty solid sci-fi actioneer. Len Wiseman’s Total Recall claimed to be closer to the original story (by Philip K. Dick) and jettisoned the Mars setting of the older film. Ultimately, I found Wiseman’s remake to be moderately entertaining but mostly forgettable, other than the fact that there is a lens flare every few seconds in the movie (someone should count those and report back in the comments section). This disc set contains both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film, with the extended providing an additional twelve minutes of footage. I’m not sure if those extra twelve minutes are enough to entice me to watch Wiseman’s film once again or not but I do know that if I’m in the mood to watch Total Recall, I’m going to watch the version with Kuato.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
While this isn’t the first time that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has appeared on Blu-ray, this is the first time it’s been made available in high-def as a single disc. Both TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze and TMNT III: Turtles in Time are premiering as single disc titles this week as well. While one can argue the quality/necessity of the sequels, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a legitimately fun movie and should be a great stocking stuffer for any fan (cough cough, me). It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen the Turtles movies and I’m rather eager to revisit (some of) them.
I really dislike the TV show Glee. So when I saw the trailer for Pitch Perfect, I wrote the film off completely, despite having the talented Anna Kendrick and some funny moments in it. I just couldn’t bring myself to sit through a movie that seem inspired by the popular(?) FOX television show. Then I started hearing a lot of positive word of mouth from very respectable sources and my utter disinterest started turning into mild interest. Fast forward to now and I have to admit that I’m kind of anxious to see the film. It sounds like Pitch Perfect is really entertaining and will satisfy both fans and non-fans of Glee. I missed my chance to see it in theaters so I’m hopefully going to check it out on Blu-ray during some of my off-time over Christmas and New Year’s.
Premium Rush (out 12/21)
This film kind of got unfairly looked over at the box office, despite being a pretty fun thriller (read my review here). The bike action has a great kinetic energy to it and the cast are all really solid. If you skipped out on Premium Rush at the theater, definitely give it a shot on home video. It probably won’t blow your socks off but it is entertaining and worth a watch.
Killer Joe: Unrated Director’s Cut (out 12/21)
William Friedkin’s latest film took me about halfway through the first act to get into it but once I was in I rather enjoyed myself. The movie is dark and weird and most likely not for everyone. Matthew McConaughey gives an amazing performance as the titular character, playing him with a calm but sinister edge. Definitely recommended for fans of Friedkin and those looking for something off-kilter.
Resident Evil: Retribution 3D (out 12/21)
My memory of the latest Resident Evil movie has faded since I saw it at the Drive-In months ago. I remember that it felt like a big hot mess and how it was weird that the titles were essentially playing footage from the movie backwards, especially since it would play that same footage in the film itself and seemed a tad redundant. Retribution is pretty terrible but I’ve always thought the Resident Evil movies were bad. That doesn’t mean they don’t have their entertainment value mind you, it’s just they are entertainingly bad films that don’t exactly rely on much coherence or character. Fans of the series will probably want to pick this up and all others should probably just settle on a rental if this one has peaked your interest some.
This new release from Drafthouse Films is a collection of 46 trailers of some of the world’s strangest and most amazing films that you’ve probably never seen or even heard of. Watching the trailers on this collection has definitely made me want to seek out some of the titles presented like Star Crash, The Tongfather, Voyage of the Rock Aliens, Black Samurai and Mr. No Legs, to name just a few. All trailers are presented in high-definition for the first time (all of varying image quality due to different source elements) and are supplemented with special features that include legendary director Joe Dante talking about the art of trailer cutting. Fans of grindhouse/exploitation cinema will definitely be interested in this release as it is chock full of movie trailers of some pretty fantastic looking B-movies. Trailer War is available exclusively from drafthousefilms.com.
More titles released today:
Arbitrage (out 12/21)
Futurama: Volume 7
Shameless: The Complete Second Season
Tosh.0: Deep V’s (out 12/21)
Red Hook Summer (out 12/21)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time
Trouble with the Curve
Sleepwalk with Me
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Hans Christian Andersen
Sometimes a Great Notion
Forced to Fight
The Good Doctor