John Dies at the End
Don Coscarelli’s latest horror/comedy/fantasy film hits high-def and I absolutely cannot wait to watch it. It looks like a blast and the word of mouth on the movie is really positive. It kind of sucks that the cover art doesn’t really do much to sell the actual film. I’ve not seen the movie but just from watching the trailer I can tell the movie is being misrepresented in the artwork. Since the cover art isn’t going to give you a good idea of what the movie is about, here’s the synopsis: “It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.”
Special features on this release include commentary from Coscarelli, deleted scenes, casting sessions, Fangoria interview with Paul Giamatti and two behind-the-scenes looks: Getting Sauced – The Making of John Dies at the End and Creature Corps: The Effects of Soy Sauce.
I swear I saw a theater listing for this movie about a month ago and now it’s on Blu-ray. That was fast. This British crime thriller, based on the 1970s British TV police drama of the same name, stars Ray Winstone (The Departed), Hayley Atwell (Captain America), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Ben Drew (Harry Brown) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey). The trailer for the movie looked pretty good and I’ll be adding it to my Netflix queue for sure. The Blu-ray disc features some bonus features including some behind-the-scenes materials and an audio commentary from writer/director Nick Love as well as some of the producers.
While I haven’t seen this horror comedy yet, it sounds like it’s a fun time. Ryan Turek, from ShockTillYouDrop.com, recently tweeted about the movie, “Stitches is pretty goddamn fun. Lots of tricks up its sleeve. One part ’80s slasher throwback, another an American Pie-esque comedy.” That is enough for me to want to check it out. Here’s the synopsis for those unfamiliar with the movie: “Jaded Richard Grindle is the sleaziest clown working the children’s party circuit in Ireland. Arriving late to one birthday, his timing is off, the bratty kids a nightmare and a prank goes horribly wrong – he falls on a kitchen knife and goes to that Big Top in the sky. Years later the same nasty kids attend another more grown up bash. Little do they know, thanks to a black magic clown cult, Stitches will be the uninvited guest of honour seeking revenge on those responsible for his untimely death.”
You can find Stitches on Blu-ray (and DVD) online as well as in stores (I just confirmed that Best Buy has copies in stores in my area) as well as on VOD. If you check it out, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One
This limited edition 10-disc set was delayed from its original September 25, 2012 street date and is now available for purchase. The set comes with a glowing Tesseract and Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray presentations of Marvel’s The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor as well as Blu-ray versions of Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk, all inside exclusive collectible packaging. Fans will also be treated to access to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most confidential archives, including a top-secret Bonus Disc with never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, featurettes and more. The set also features exclusive memorabilia (prop reproductions and artifacts) from the movies and an exclusive inside look at Iron Man 3 and other films from Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can pick up this collection for $149.99 on Amazon as of this post.
More titles released this week:
That Thing You Do!
Hemingway & Gellhorn
The Baytown Outlaws
The Bible: The Epic Miniseries
Earth’s Final Hours
World’s Nature 3D: Europe’s Most Beautiful Places
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0: Complete Collection
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Set 1
by Ben McBride