Blu-ray Invasion – Week of December 27th
Black Christmas (Collector’s Edition)
It’s time for Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls are beginning to put them on edge. When Clare disappears, they contact the police, who don’t express much concern. Meanwhile Jess is planning to get an abortion, but boyfriend Peter is very much against it. The police finally begin to get concerned when a 13-year-old girl is found dead in the park. They set up a wiretap to the sorority house, but will they be in time to prevent a sorority girl attrition problem?
Another fine Scream Factory release worthy of all the praise that is constantly levied upon this company that continues to bless my shelves with the presence of their amazing feature-packed discs. Loaded with a couple of different behind the scenes documentaries, interviews with the cast, some of them new for this release. Scream Factory knows how to end the year with a bang with this release. It might only be rivaled by The Thing as their best release this year. Buy It
Dreamscape (Collector’s Edition)
A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president.
There are times when Scream Factory puts out films that aren’t exactly classics, but do still hold a special place in the hearts of some cinephiles. This disk includes an hour long retrospective documentary as well as new interviews with some of the stars. This movie is mostly cool, and if you hadn’t been a fan of it since childhood, there might be a bit of a hill to climb to get to where you truly enjoy this movie, but all of the special features should at least give you an idea of why people love it so much. Buy It
Dog Eat Dog
Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they’re going to do it, and they’re going to do it their way. Troy, an aloof mastermind, seeks an uncomplicated, clean life but cannot get away from his hatred for the system. Diesel is on the mob’s payroll and his interest in his suburban home and his nagging wife is waning. The loose cannon of the trio, Mad Dog, is possessed by true demons within, which lead him from one situation to the next. One more hit, one more jackpot, and they’ll all be satisfied. Troy constructs the perfect crime and they pull it off, but in the aftermath, they keep finding the law surrounding them wherever they go.
There aren’t a ton of features on this disk, and it’s not the most original movie so if there’s a reason to seek this movie out, it would be because you’re a fan of either of the two leads, and you can’t be blamed for that. There are plenty of moments here to satisfy Cage-a-holics, or Dafoe-natics (that’s terrible, I’m sorry) to make this worth roughly 83 minutes of your time, but you’ll probably never feel compelled to revisit it. Queue It
Ethan Hawke stars as Paul, a lone drifter who wanders into the forgotten town of Denton, Texas – dubbed by locals as the “valley of violence.” There, he picks a fight with the wrong man, Gilly (James Ransone), the troublemaking son of the town’s unforgiving marshal (John Travolta, Pulp Fiction). As tensions arise between Paul and Gilly, an inevitable act of violence starts a disastrous chain reaction that quickly drags the whole town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. Only the world-weary marshal struggles to stop the violent hysteria, but after a gruesome discovery about Paul’s past… there’s no stopping the escalation.
This is a western version of…well to tell you would spoil what happens in the middle of the movie, although what does happen is terribly telegraphed all throughout. If you can get past the unoriginal concept of this specific revenge story, you’ll be treated to a fantastic action movie. Everyone delivers some pretty great performances here in this very fun trip to the old west. Buy It
SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena
As far as biopics go, Snowden benefits from being about an atypical story that is able to differ from the tired cliche of the music biopics we’ve grown accustomed to the past few years. This one is a little too long, but there is still compelling aspects to a story we might not all know about completely. Joseph Gordon Levitt turns in a good performance and this disk includes an interview with the real Edward Snowden so you can see how close the performance was to being as accurate as possible. Queue It
From Oscar-Nominated producer Ridley Scott and director Luke Scott comes this visceral, edge-of-your-seat thriller with an all-star cast starring Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rose Leslie. Inside a remote, top-secret lab, a group of scientists are working on an experiment that is leading the way for the next steps in human evolution. But when the experiment’s subject – a genetically designed “human” (Anya Taylor-Joy) – triggers a terrifying event, those involved must decide if the promise of infinite potential outweighs the incalculable danger.
Fresh off a star-making performance in The Witch, Anya Taylor-Joy was given a lead role pretty early on in her career and she was asked to do quite a bit here. Morgan provides tons of creepy moments and this makes for a good double feature with a movie like Ex-Machina. This is mostly going to be enjoyable for fans of the cast as each member does have some pretty cool moments to shine. Some more in-depth features would have been nice on this disk, but this is still worth a look. Queue It