Prepare to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women, for some great goofy ’80s cheese arrives on Blu-ray this week.
Such be the complete list of discs that shall receive release on this day:
- ‘Adrenaline Rush – The Science of Risk‘ (Image)
- ‘Better Off Dead‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Black Sheep / Tommy Boy‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Braveheart / Gladiator‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Casshern Sins: Complete Collection‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – 3D‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Coming to America / Trading Places‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Conan the Barbarian (1982)‘ (Universal)
- ‘Conan the Destroyer‘ (Universal)
- ‘Copycat‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Defiance / Enemy at the Gates‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Eastbound & Down: The Complete First Season‘ (HBO)
- ‘Eastbound & Down: The Complete Second Season‘ (HBO)
- ‘Eden of the East: Paradise Lost‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Exporting Raymond‘ (Sony)
- ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: 25th Anniversary Commemorative Packaging‘ (Paramount)
- ‘The Final Destination – 3D‘ (New Line Cinema)
- ‘A Fistful of Dollars‘ (MGM)
- ‘For a Few Dollars More‘ (MGM/UA)
- ‘The Godfather / The Godfather Part II‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Heart: Live‘ (Image)
- ‘Hell’s Kitchen: Season 5 – Raw and Uncensored‘ (First Look)
- ‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – 3D‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Jewel: The Essential Live Songbook‘ (Image)
- ‘Last Night‘ (Echo Bridge)
- ‘Last Night (Combo Pack)‘ (Echo Bridge)
- ‘The Magnificent Seven‘ (MGM/UA)
- ‘The Name of the Rose‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Outside the Law‘ (Palisades Tartan)
- ‘The Perfect Game‘ (Image)
- ‘Quarantine 2: Terminal‘ (Sony)
- ‘Return of the Magnificent Seven‘ (MGM/UA)
- ‘Rio‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Rio – 3D‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Sands of the Kalahari‘ (Olive Films)
- ‘Sheryl Crow: Live‘ (Image)
- ‘Shooter / The Italian Job‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Shutter Island / Primal Fear‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Sleepers‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Soul Surfer‘ (Sony)
- ‘Spice and Wolf: Season One‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Spice and Wolf: Season Two (Combo Pack)‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Spy Kids‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Spy Kids 3: Game Over‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Stake Land‘ (MPI)
- ‘Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Season Two (S.A.V.E. Edition)‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Wayne’s World / Wayne’s World 2‘ (Paramount)
- ‘Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking‘ (BBC)
If nothing else good comes of the new remake, it has at least convinced Universal to release the original ‘Conan the Barbarian‘ (along with its inferior sequel ‘Conan the Destroyer‘) on Blu-ray. Perhaps you’ll remember this one as the breakout starring role for a young Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger? It’s a silly movie, but still a lot of fun.
Speaking of ’80s classics, in my book, ‘Better Off Dead‘ is one of those rare comedies that gets funnier the more times you see it. The anticipation for each familiar joke is even more entertaining than the punchline. (John Cusack, however, may not agree.) Our reviewer E. says that the Blu-ray isn’t half bad in the technical departments either. Dancing hamburger in high def FTW!
On a slightly more serious note, the 1986 adaptation of ‘The Name of the Rose‘ greatly simplifies Umberto Eco’s densely-plotted novel, and was not all that well received upon release. However, this murder mystery set in a medieval monastery has a lot of atmosphere and some intriguing ideas. I haven’t seen it in years, so now may be time for a revisit.
I suppose that the big day-and-date title of the week would be ‘Rio‘, that animated talking bird movie from earlier this year. Ugh. Didn’t see it. Don’t ever intend to.
The trailer for the indie vampire thriller ‘Stake Land‘ looks like a cross between ‘Daybreakers‘ and ‘30 Days of Night‘. Hey, I guess we should be grateful that some filmmakers out there are trying to make vampires scary again. That’s got to count for something.
The infidelity drama ‘Last Night‘ stars Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes. Yet I had never even heard of it until now. Had you? That’s probably not a good sign.
On the TV front, HBO offers up both the first and second seasons of ‘Eastbound & Down‘, the alleged comedy in which Danny McBride stars as a loser asshole who does remarkably unfunny things while incessantly belching in the general direction of the camera. Apparently, the show is pretty popular. I barely made it through the first episode without a single laugh. I just do not find anything remotely appealing or entertaining about McBride. I feel like I need a vaccination just from looking at him on TV. Your mileage may vary on that.
Other notable titles include breakout editions of the famous Westerns ‘The Magnificent Seven‘, ‘A Fistful of Dollars‘ and ‘For a Few Dollars More‘ – all of which were previously only available in box sets paired with other titles.
Do you see anything else worth mentioning?