Full Metal Jackets: Alliance June SteelBook Wave

Summer is almost here and Alliance Canada is getting the party started with four new Blu-ray SteelBooks that will be available in June.

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‘Piranha (2010)’

It seems that ‘Jaws‘ isn’t the only man-eating fish to get the SteelBook treatment this year. Alexandre Aja’s remake of the Joe Dante/Roger Corman cult classic is packed full of boobs, blood, and the chitter-chatter of thousands of sharp pointy teeth. Jerry O’Connell also loses a lot more than his comb in this movie. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the 3D Blu-ray will be included in this release.

The artwork on the outer casing is quite nice, with some unwanted guests about to crash a beachside party:

Things get a lot more gooey on the inside:

‘Piranha’ will run about $22 (excluding shipping), and can be ordered from Amazon Canada. Note that Amazon Canada will ship to the U.S.

‘Kick-Ass’

Based on the comic books of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., ‘Kick-Ass‘ is the story of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a geeky high school teenager who one day decides to don a wetsuit and become a lean, green, vigilante machine. It’s one of the most outrageous, violent, and hilarious superhero adventures ever told.

If I had to pick a favorite in this wave, this would probably be the one. The front cover features a battered and bruised Dave, unmasked:

The back has a striking pose with the Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse):

Finally, the interior features a group shot with Kick-Ass, Red Mist, Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and Nicolas Cage as Big Daddy:

‘Kick-Ass’ is currently $21.49 at Amazon Canada.

‘Limitless’

Up next is the first of two drug-related movies getting a SteelBook release this go-round. In ‘Limitless‘, Bradley Cooper stars as Eddie Morra, a struggling writer who’s introduced to a mysterious miracle pill called NZT that basically turns him into a genius in a matter of minutes. The pill almost immediately opens doors to wealth and success, but soon Eddie begins to experience the downsides that come with self-medicating. Eventually, he finds himself in a fight for his life. For me, this was one of those films I really wanted to like, but it just felt like it was missing something.

The exterior of this particular case isn’t very striking, but I’ve seen a lot worse. I also can’t say that I approve of the French on the spine either:

However, the interior has a kind of humorous mock ad for NZT:

‘Limitless’ is also currently $21.49 at Amazon Canada.

‘Blow’

The bio-pic ‘Blow‘ follows the rise and fall of George Jung (played by Johnny Depp), one of the most notorious real-life cocaine smugglers in the world. The movie also stars the always-sexy Penelope Cruz, and I believe Pee-Wee Herman was in there somewhere too. Sorry for the ambiguity; it’s been a while since I’ve seen this one.

The front cover has a simple design with some powdered cocaine, while the back features Penelope Cruz next to Johnny Depp in a tuxedo. Too bad it’s another unfortunate victim of having French added to the spine:

I like the inside, though. It features mug shots of Depp and Cruz in black and white:

‘Blow’ can be pre-ordered here for $21.49.

All four of these SteelBook editions will be available at Canadian retailers on June 5th, 2012.

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