Monday 15 April 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

You want comedy? I got it. You want horror? I got it. You want horror-comedy? You better believe that I got it.

Don't let the hot pinks of the blu-ray cover put you off; Pitch Perfect is one of the best comedies of the year. As alt chick Beca, Anna Kendrick leads this collegiate a-cappela comedy with a fantastic supporting cast around her, most notably Bridesmaids' Rebel Wilson in her biggest role yet. Teen girls will love it for all of its disorganised rebellion/catchy tunes, but Pitch Perfect is better than your average tween fare, sort of like Easy A with added harmonies.

Released this week to tie in with the release of the remake of the original, Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 makes a return to blu-ray. I hate to be a cover snob, but although it is a memorable image, it always bothered me that the skull with eyeballs has absolutely nothing to do with Evil Dead 2; merely a stock image used to promote it. Personally, I prefer the cover used for its last release (which is the one that I own), although I do like the efforts they've gone to on the DVD version (also re-released this week) to make it look related to the remake.

I don't know whether this exercise in repackaging will make more people buy Evil Dead 2 or not, but I like to think that if they do they're in for a nice surprise.

I'm yet to see this, but if it's anything approaching the level of comedy as In Bruges then I'll be happy, but methinks it won't quite reach the same level of profanity. Once again starring Colin Farrell, Seven Psychopaths sees Col travel to Hollywood to try and sell a script before falling in with a shady underworld. 

The trailer for What Richard Did is one of the most brooding pieces of marketing materials I've ever witnessed. There's an awful lot of hype about this film and the performance of Jack Raynor has led him to be cast in the upcoming Transformers sequel alongside Mark Wahlberg, so there must be something quite special about it. It appears to walk a similar line of melancholy as the excellent Boy A and is a film I will be seeking out soon.

The third in the Marine franchise and the third wrestler to take the lead role, this latest from WWE Studios sees Mike "The Miz" Mizanin play a marine returning home only to be called in to save his sisters when they get kidnapped by an evil college professor. Personally, if I was a fan of wrestling, I don't know why I would want to watch a film with a wrestler in the lead role (apart from The Rock and Rowdy Roddy Piper, obviously) as it's either going to back up the consensus that they're actors by trade or, back up the consensus that they're BAD actors by trade.

 Sigh. I honestly don't get why all Nazis are also zombies now. If they release a 20th anniversary edition of Schindler's List, I half expect it to now show Liam Neeson blowing the heads of goose stepping zombies. Actually, I'd watch that. Anyways, back to Devils of War which proudly states on its cover "A cult classic - Iron Sky meets Outpost", but as it's a quote not attributed to anyone its clearly just a bit of masturbatory marketing nonsense. Even more off putting is the trailer which doesn't even feature any zombies; just a slightly hefty black man taking down nazis with a samurai sword, which is a selling point if ever I heard one.

1 comment:

  1. I can assure that 7 PSYCHOPATHS is almost as good as IN BRUGES. I say almost because... Well, I'm sure you'll see why.