Monday, 3 September 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

This week's selection offers a variety of delectable meals, depending on whether you're hungry for classic re-releases, big bouncy 3D boobs, music documentaries, or even The Hunger Games.

Released on high-definition format for the first time this week is Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic, Jaws. As well as getting to see the film in crystal clear condition, this re-issue comes with a wealth of new extras included on the disc, and the film also comes in a nice, shiny steelbook; and as we all know, things are always better when they come in a steelbook.

If you like your man eating fish movies with a little more nudity, then Piranha 3DD is also out this week. Following on from 2010's schlocky remake/sequel, this installment sees Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames return; but it may have pushed the concept too ridiculously far. Still, fair play to them for knowing how to attract their target audience of teenage boys.

When 9 passengers get trapped inside an elevator, it's a race against time to work out which one of them is a terrorist. Yes, this does look like a horrendously derivative Devil rip-off, but Elevator does have me intrigued, in no small part (pun intended) due to one particular member of its cast.

Largely unknown this side of the pond, Tim and Eric (stars of the TV show Tim and Eric's Awesome Show! Great Job!) are alt-comedy icons with a huge cult following in the US. I'm intrigued to see how this film plays with the idea of stars of a TV show making a big Hollywood movie, as I'm pretty sure that Keith Lemon: The Film this ain't.

Directed by life long A Tribe Called Quest fan, Michael Rapaport, I originally saw this documentary at last year's Sheffield Doc/Fest and was quite impressed with it. Although I was aware of them, I would never have considered myself a fan; but after seeing this documentary which charts the ups and downs of a dangerously explosive reunion tour, I was keen to know more about the group. If you are a fan of the band or even hip-hop music in general, this is a must see.

Audiences and critics made a big deal about The Hunger Games when it was released in cinemas earlier this year, and despite seeing it at the time and enjoying it, I can't remember much about it now. Hopefully then a re-watch will jog my memory, as apart from a surprisingly good turn by Lenny Kravitz and Liam Hemsworth appearing as a superfluous second love interest for Jennifer Lawrence, a lot of its content has been overshadowed by better films released since.

One for people who wonder what the cast of Twin Peaks are up to nowadays, The Aggression Scale stars not one but two former cast members. Sure, Ray 'Leland Palmer' Wise has had a fairly successful career in recent years, but who can honestly say they've seen Dana 'Bobby Briggs' Ashbrook on their screens in anything other than a Twin Peaks re-run? The Aggression Scale sees both men face off in this home invasion heist thriller.

Arriving on DVD after a theatrical run earlier in the year, The Island President documents the journey of Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed as he tries to implement international environmental changes that will stop his islands from disappearing due to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. A very informative documentary, Nasheed is impressively dedicated to fighting for his cause.

Although the trailer for Rec: Genesis makes it look like absolute zombie mayhem, it doesn't make it look much like the previous Rec films; both high water marks in the found footage zombie sub-sub-genre. After a brief run in cinemas, here it is on DVD and Blu-ray, making the bold step of moving away from the found footage idea that defined the first two films, and into a more traditionally shot film. It looks to deliver on the gore, and although a blood soaked bride is a nice bit of imagery, I can't help but think they could have kept this sequel/prequel set in the secluded apartment block.





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