Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Obligatory DVD Release Post 8/3/2010

Plan to save the world:

Step 1: Acquire massive amounts of chicken wings.
Step 2: Realize the word "Phase" is much cooler than "Step."
Phase 1: Find cure to deadly outbreak/social anxiety-problem/whatever is ailing world
Phase 2: Place cure into chicken wings.
Phase 3: Realize "Step" makes more sense, return to original phrasing.
Step 3: Start fast food chain, begin distributing cure to world.
Step 4: Realize there could be other stuff that chicken wings can't prevent.
Step 5: Figure if the world is going to end, nobody cares about Step vs. Phase.
Alt. Phase 1: If Meteor, create massive chicken wing pile under assumed crash location.
Alt. Phase 2: Say hell with it, slap a zebra, and move to Oprah's private Island.

Things tend to get complicated in my mind......

New Releases

Kick-Ass: I suppose it would be unfair to request a renaming for this movie? It's not that I find it offensive, it's just that I think it needs to be more descriptive. For example: Kick whose "ass?" Everyone's? Seems a bit harsh, I dare say. Then if everyone's kicking everyone's ass, what do we accomplish? Not a whole lot I say (though C-SPAN will finally become interesting). I propose new title: Kick People Who Are Rather Bad, and Those Whom are Especially Bad, Right in the Ass. Too long? My Review

The Ghost Writer: Nickelodeon, you know what to do. Now's the time for you to rise up! Put Polanski in his place, and show him what it's all about! Or, you could just do something slime related, and ignore this entirely. Somehow I believe you'll opt to ignore this matter. Well, I say to you, shame. You have a chance. A once in a corporate lifetime opportunity, and you're going to pass it up. Tsk tsk tsk.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: You know, I have to be honest I'm a rather wimpy adult (though I use the word adult loosely). And I was most definitely a wimpy kid. Yet I never kept a diary. That's not to say I didn't try. No, instead I just decided my time would be better spent with Doritos, watching Toonami. Hardly worthy of a cinematic translation. Of course I could try and spice it up a bit. How about the time I lost the remote control and was stuck watching a Sailor Moon marathon because I couldn't be bothered to look for it? Ah, troubled times my dear readers. Oh well, on we go I say!

Other Releases: After.Life (Long, Ricci, Neeson), A Prophet (took long enough!), To Save a Life (you play the song, I kill you), Open House (just close the door?)

Other Goodies

Escape from New York (Blu-Ray/DVD Combo): Oh Snake Plissken, how does the world ever survive without you?

Road to Perdition (Blu-Ray): If you've yet to see this movie, just go and do it now. It's an all time favorite of mine. The cinematography and score are worth the efforts alone. Not to mention Hanks, Craig, Newman, and Law owning the screen.

Bull Durham (Blu-Ray): Classic. Enough Said.

Eclipse Series 23: First Films of Akira Kurosawa: As much as I love Kurosawa, $54 is a high price to pay for the films you're getting here. If it included stuff from Drunken Angel onward I'd be screaming "Go Go Go!" Yet, Kurosawa's early work is quite different. While good, not rock the bank good.


Alrighty, there's also TCM's Errol Flynn films collection pack coming out. So, if you're into it, take a look there. Have a good one everybody!

9 better thoughts:

The Mad Hatter said...

Re-watched KICK ASS on the weekend and loved it every bit as much as I did back in the spring. This would easily be my pick of the week!

Castor said...

Wow Kick Ass is already on DVD. Time is flying by! Looking forward to watching it again. Not really all that interested in seeing the others (I saw A Prophet already, highly recommended)

Will said...

I haven't seen those First Films of Kurosawa yet, so I can't comment on their worth... but I just picked up the Yojimbo/Sanjuro blu-ray box that came out a few months abck. Looking forward to some Kurosawa in HD.

Heather said...

I'm with Hatter. I still thoroughly enjoyed Kick Ass a second time around. Maybe even more-so than I originally did.

Ghost Writer the Nick show! Ha! I had forgotten all about that program. The movie does look quite good though, something I'll get around to seeing.

I probably SHOULD see Diary Of A Whimpy kid. My seven year old might like it, but I can't marry myself to the idea of spending 2 hours watching it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Boys who keep diaries worry me...

Univarn said...

@Mad I should rewatch it, but I'll wait for the time being. Plenty of other films I wish to see soon.

@Castor I need to see A Prophet I just don't have 2 and a half hours handy lately.

@Will They're fine in and of themselves, but in the context of his entire work they're fairly studio defined (and weighed down by war-time propaganda).

@Heather One should never forget Ghost Writer. It was awesome.

@Alex Even more so in the case of boys who keep diaries that aren't theirs.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Well I guess it means it DOES kick everyone's ass. Not in a bad way, but in a I'm so kick-ass that I kick everyone's ass.

It's wrong that your crazy ranting (we both know it's crazy ranting) piqued my interest so. :)

Simon said...

Didn't Wimpy Kid just come out?

Danny King said...

Wasn't a fan of either "Kick-Ass" or "The Ghost Writer." Wasn't too big on "A Prophet" either, but I guess that would be my pick of the week, mostly because of Rahim's performance.

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