Tuesday 8 January 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

After a brief hiatus over Christmas when there was nothing released worth writing about, welcome to the first The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays of 2013. It's not a bad start, with one of 2012's finest films hitting shelves this week. 

Possibly the best documentary to be released last year, Bart Layton's riveting The Imposter makes its blu-ray and DVD bow this week. Telling the story of Nicolas Barclay, a 13 year old Texan boy who went missing only to apparently re-surface in Spain years later, this documentary takes the Man On Wire approach, mixing dramatic recreations with one on one interviews with all those involved, including Frederic Bourdain, a French con-man known as "The Chameleon". The Imposter really does have to be seen to be believed and will have you on the edge of your seat the entire running time.

I'll be honest, I haven't seen The Wedding Video; but the trailer doesn't only make it look bad, it makes it look shit. Basically an extended version of a Men Behaving Badly episode, maybe Robert Webb and Rufus Hound will be able to create some laughs from what seems to be a run of the mill Brit-com, but I'm not expecting miracles.

Starring True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, this Aussie indie dramedy is part 50/50, part Your Sister's Sister, part Joe Versus The Volcano. When Jonah discovers he only has one month before an operation to remove a testicle will render him infertile, he sets out to leave his legacy by sowing his seed as much as he can. Typical Australian, eh?

From the director of Short Circuit but not quite as fun, this 1980s techno-thriller stars Matthew Broderick as the teenager who unwittingly starts World War III by connecting his computer to something called "the internet" and taking on the militaries finest examples of modern warfare. It's dated but in a thoroughly charming way; this would fit nicely next to my copies of Short Circuit and Flight of the Navigator on my blu-ray shelf labelled "nostalgia".*

*I don't really have that.

Fair play to the Cockney gangsters in this particular cheap and cheerful effort, as I've never seen anyone take on a zombie apocalypse with such a blase attitude before. A pretty basic straight-to-DVD horror that at the very least delivers what the title offers; I'm guessing Danny Dyer was busy on the weekend they shot this.

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