Did the Easter Bunny bring you lots of yummy chocolate this weekend? It’s a shame that he doesn’t carry any Blu-rays around in that basket of his, because the home video studios seem to have forgotten to release much of interest this week. Pickings are pretty slim when the top title of the week is a TV miniseries that just aired for free on cable literally yesterday, and will no doubt be re-run annually for years to come.
‘Survivor’ producer Mark Burnett wants ‘The Bible: The Epic Miniseries‘ to be considered the most faithful and historically accurate adaptation of the holy text ever put to screen – which is why he’s added ninjas, cast a white guy to play Jesus (sorry, but he wasn’t), and depicts the great evil Satan as a lookalike for our current President of the United States. Just like God told him to.
On a separate note, why is it that HBO can make such great TV series, but most of the network’s original movies are pretty lousy? Admittedly, I didn’t watch much of ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn‘, but the few minutes I saw of Clive Owen in a ridiculous fake mustache doing some sort of cartoon caricature impersonation of Ernest Hemingway were almost howlingly awful. Most reviews seem to back up this impression. I don’t feel like I missed much.
I wrote up a blurb for the cult click ‘John Dies at the End‘ almost a month ago, but we apparently either had our release date wrong or the disc was pushed back. That’s sadly the only notable day-and-date title this week.
If you’re in a musical mood and love exclamation points, Fox offers up Barbra Streisand in the 1969 adapation of ‘Hello, Dolly!‘ or Tom Hanks’ 1996 directorial debut, ‘That Thing You Do!‘.
I think I’ll sit this week out. How about you?