Monday 6 August 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

With no huge releases this week, it's good to focus our attention on some classic back catalogue titles, among them a couple of repackaged Troma titles ready for their re-introduction to the world.

Sure, there's arguably more high profile films out this week, but there's not one of them I want to see more than Troma's Surf Nazis Must Die. Getting the re-release treatment by Arrow Video (including an amazing cover, I might add), this 1987 shockorama is so batshit insane I can't quite put it into words, so I'll let the trailer do the work for me.

The Hangover meets Leaving Las Vegas, this story of a group of middle-aged friends reconnecting at a birthday gathering appears to have a lot more going on under the surface than you would originally suspect. I'm intrigued by what the cast are able to deliver as an ensemble, in particular Christian McKay, so good as the titular character in Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles.

Another found footage horror, but this time set in a tunnel. There's not really a lot else to say, but hopefully some suspense can be extracted from such a confined place. I'm hoping for Paranormal Activity meets The Descent, but we'll see.

Kudos to whoever put this DVD cover together, as they've gone and spelt the name of the lead actress wrong. Lara LYNN Boyle? Good work. Not a film version of the long running Channel 4 factual entertainment programme, this 1992 thriller doesn't look especially good, but there's something comfortingly reassuring about a film with Matthew Modine as its leading man.

As immortal, unforgettable taglines go "A TAGLINE TO GO HERE" has to be up there with the best. Still, I'll forgive them for not updating their DVD cover with Amazon as from the look of the trailer, Red Nights looks like quite an interesting and sexually charged thriller, if not a tad too fetishistic for my liking. Still, don't knock it til you've tried it, eh?

In what must be the most well timed DVD release of the century, also out this week is Usain Bolt: The Movie. A bit of a showman on the track, after his success in the 100m final at the Olympics this documentary is sure to find a wider audience. Hopefully it last a bit longer than 9.63 seconds, though.

Using the completely original premise that maybe Nazis are now zombies who like to hang out in the snow, Bloodstorm bares absolutely no resemblance to Dead Snow in any way shape or form. Starring Jake Busey in a role that can only be played by a member of his family, it's faux German at best, the stray umlaut in the title rendering it completely nonsensical in translation.

The second Troma release of the week (once again courtesy of Arrow), this one even more shlockier than the last. Featuring more of the body-horror gore you'd readily associate with a Troma film, The Class of Nuke 'Em High is another film best described by its trailer, including the moment where a man PUNCHES HIS FIST DOWN ANOTHER MAN'S THROAT. Lloyd Kaufman, we salute you.

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