It’s the last day of November. There are officially only 25 shopping days left until Christmas. The studios know this. You’d think they’d release a more interesting batch of movies to buy on Blu-ray today.
Here’s the week’s slate:
- ‘Avatar – 3D‘ (20th Century Fox – December 1st)
- ‘Bee Movie (Combo Pack)‘ (DreamWorks)
- ‘Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 (2-Movie Collection)‘ (Walt Disney)
- ‘Going the Distance‘ (New Line Cinema)
- ‘Kill Zone‘ (Vivendi)
- ‘Knight and Day (Blu-ray/DVD Holiday Combo Pack)‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Knight and Day (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy)‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Madagascar (Combo Pack)‘ (DreamWorks)
- ‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Combo Pack)‘ (DreamWorks)
- ‘Meet the Fockers‘ (Universal)
- ‘Meet the Parents‘ (Universal)
- ‘Monsters vs. Aliens (Combo Pack)‘ (DreamWorks)
- ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Combo Pack)‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Space 1999: The Complete Season One‘ (A&E)
- ‘Vampires Suck‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘The Wiz‘ (Universal)
I guess Mrs. Z and I were among the few people who actually went to see ‘Knight and Day‘ in theaters this past summer. The movie was savaged by critics and disappointed at the box office. I think that has a lot more to do with the public’s impatience with Tom Cruise as a pompous celebrity jackass than with the movie itself. Honestly, while it’s not a great movie by any means, it’s a reasonably diverting action-comedy. And Cruise does a really good job poking fun at his usual action hero persona. (Drew liked it well enough too.) I don’t know that I need to own this one, but I don’t regret seeing it. It’ll make decent rental fodder, if nothing else.
Jason Friedberg and Adam Seltzer have a deal with the devil. That’s the only way to explain how they continue to churn out such dreadfully unfunny “comedies” such as ‘Epic Movie’, ‘Disaster Movie‘, and ‘Meet the Spartans‘. Their latest is an alleged spoof of the ‘Twilight’ franchise called ‘Vampires Suck‘. Do you get it? That’s like what they call double entrée or something like that. ‘Cuz vampire suck blood, and also they’re saying that vampires are sucky and stuff. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!! Do you get that yet? “Suck”? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!! If you think that’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard in your life, you might just be in this movie’s target audience. I would hope that everyone else is smart enough to skip this dreck.
Another of this summer’s box office duds was ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice‘. Nicolas Cage needs to stop making movies like this. That’s all there is to it. You couldn’t pay me to sit through this. Drew found it pretty middling.
If the live action ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ serves no other purpose (and it doesn’t), at least Disney is using it as an excuse to release the psychedelic animated classic ‘Fantasia‘ on Blu-ray as a tie-in. Yes, it will undoubtedly still be the censored version that removes some un-PC imagery. Regardless, this is definitely worth owning. The studio is bundling it in a double-bill with the inferior sequel ‘Fantasia 2000’, which is still worth a watch even if it’s not nearly as good.
What else do we have? Well, there’s the first season of the cheesetastic ’70s sci-fi series ‘Space: 1999‘. Those models and miniatures might be fun to see in high definition, especially if you grew up with the show. It was a little before my time, personally.
There’s also ‘The Wiz‘, that “urban” spin on ‘The Wizard of Oz‘, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. I can’t say that I expected to ever see this one hit Blu-ray.
‘Kill Zone‘ is the generic English retitling for the Hong Kong action flick ‘SPL’. It’s a pretty fantastic little movie in which Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung get to beat the living hell out of one another. Unfortunately, I don’t trust the quality of The Weinstein Company’s Blu-ray releases (via current distributor Vivendi). I’m sure that this disc will be stuck with only standard Dolby Digital audio, like many of the studio’s others. I had a chance to chat up a couple of Vivendi reps recently, and I asked them about the lack of lossless audio on discs like ‘The Killer‘ and ‘Grindhouse‘. They placed the blame squarely back on the Weinsteins, claiming that Vivendi only distributes whatever Weinstein gives to them. Whatever the case, I’d advise skipping this disc and purchasing the Hong Kong import of ‘SPL’ instead.
Finally, if you see a listing there for ‘Avatar 3-D‘, don’t get your hopes up too high. The disc is an exclusive bundle pack-in with Panasonic 3-D TVs or Blu-ray players. If you already own any other brand of 3-D Blu-ray equipment, you’re out of luck until the disc hits general retail sometime next year.