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NEW ON DVD, TUES., 11 JAN. 2011
“ALPHA AND OMEGA”
This is the excellent animated film starring Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Danny Glover, Christina Ricci and more. This general release should go between $14 and $18, especially at Best Buy and the chains. Kids of all ages can find something to like here but don’t overspend for it. Half Price Books will be selling a lot of copies of this within a month or so.
“DANCES WITH WOLVES” (1990) 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
This particular version appears to be the 3 hour theatrical release on one disc with an SRP of $20. However, reviews and discussions hinted that there is also a more expensive 2 disc version with the 4 hour expanded director’s cut with bonus features. Either way, one cannot go wrong picking up this film. Kevin Costner directed himself in this superbly written story about a soldier who is welcomed into an Indian tribe following the Civil War. Both versions are long but the character development and the storyline are so interesting that the film just flows along and it’s a bummer when it ends. Check Best Buy first but also check amazon.com for updated info and possibly better deals.
“GREEN HORNET: THE MOVIE EDITION” (1940)
This package contains a version of the original 13 part serial, edited into a movie format with individually chaptered sequences. It sells for about $15 and should be readily available at Best Buy. The bonus features include the original unedited first two chapters of the original serial. This is a unique presentation that is intended to highlight the impending release of the movie version.
“GREEN HORNET: 75TH ANNIVERSARY ORIGINAL SERIALS COLLECTOR’S SET”
This set contains all 13 of the original serial starring Gordon Jones spread over 4 discs. Its SRP is $30. This is the more intriguing package since this is how the story was intended to be viewed. Also an obvious attempt to draw attention to the impending release of the new film but that’s good. It never hurts to have access to a part of cinema history that should not be buried in the past or forgotten. Hardcore collectors will want both packages. Check Best Buy for this one.
“PIRANHA 3D” (REMAKE)
The original was one of Roger Corman’s better creature features (as a producer) and this version falls a bit short of the original. Richard Dreyfuss and Christopher Lloyd seem out of place in a creature feature given their catalogue of films although Dreyfuss did an excellent job in “Jaws”. However, that was a Spielberg venture and he shared screen-time with Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw, both fine character actors who helped carry the human side of that film. This one relies heavily on gore and gratuitous nudity to carry the film. Good or bad, it could have incorporated a bit more character development. 3D added nothing to the presentation (as usual) but it’ll be 3D forever. Don’t overspend for this because, again, Half Price Books will get a lot of copies pretty soon. Best Buy should have the lowest price although Target will compete.
“THERE’S NOTHING OUT THERE” (1990)
This low-budget production has been largely ignored since its release-undeservedly so. It’s a creature feature about a group of teens seeking a weekend of fun in the country who encounter a weird creepy-crawly creature who wants to kill the males and have it off with the girls. This was one of the first films to feature a character well-versed in the nature of horror film rules. His advice falls on deaf ears as the couples get down to the fun part. However, once the creature is inside the house, the survivors are more interested in his advice and they unite to try to survive. Obviously, some are unsuccessful. The film follows the horror film formula pretty close but it’s fun, funny and good escapist material. The girls are fine and get naked at the right times. The death scenes are convincing and the creature is not your usual fare. It may not have been the most important in its genre but it’s a solid effort by an unkown cast who gelled nicely.
This one received a bare bones treatment about ten years ago but this is a two-disc edition for $15. Bonus features include cast interviews, director commentary, a stills gallery, trailers, audition footage, a blooper reel and other behind-the-scenes stuff. Once this sells out, it may not be released again so don’t hesitate on this. Best Buy is your best bet but the chains might carry one or two copies, especially Target.
As always, seeya at the movies…