Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What's New on DVD and Blu, Episode 1

Here's something new I'm going to try to put together each week and see how it goes: I'm going to take a look at the releases for the week and what's upcoming and hopefully give some of you something new to try.  For those of you are big movie fans and collectors and are NOT currently purchasing copies that come with a VUDU or UV download you are missing the boat.  Get ahead of the game and get yourself into a VUDU account.  You'll love the convenience and you'll become a part of where the future of home entertainment is headed.

 August 13
  Olympus Has Fallen (Rotten Tomatoes 47%/Metacritic 41)
 

Some big names came together for this one (Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhardt and the voice of God himself, Morgan Freeman) but that doesn't always mean you're going to great movie.  Similar in concept to the current theatrical release, White House Down, Olympus Has Fallen plays on people's residual 9/11 fears and places a terrorist mastermind in the White House.  Directed by Antoine Fuqua, White House Down isn't a great movie, but if you like intense action and you like Gerard Butler then you'll enjoy this one.

Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season

I first started watching Once Upon a Time midway through Season One and though it's a little quirky and cheesy, I've really taken to the show.  Some of the characters really grind me, both the young and old versions of Snow, but others are intriguing (Mr. Gold and Hook really are well-acted).  The tales depart quite a bit from what we are familiar with and even though Season Two took a weird turn toward the end, I still enjoyed it on the whole.

Hatchet III (Rotten Tomatoes 58%/Metacritic 25)

Gotta tell you: I haven't seen Hatchet III yet but I absolutely will watch it ASAP because I LOVE director Adam Green's over the top take on horror.  There's absolutely nothing terrifying or scary about the first two Hatchet movies but there is a ton of overdone gore and overdone satire and that combo makes them enjoyable.  The first two films are not good films by any stretch of the imagination, but they are fun films and Adam Green loves to have fun (do a quick You Tube search for Jack Chop if you've never seen it).  I'll get back to you on the review but I'll guarantee you I'll laugh and shake my head at how ridiculous Hatchet III is just like I did with the prior two films of the series.

Looking Ahead at August

The Walking Dead: The Complete 3rd Season (August 27, Available for Pre-Order Below)

This is a must have.  A lot of fans complained about the pacing of Season 2 but I haven't heard those complaints echoed in Season 3 discussions.  We saw classic comic bad buy, The Governor, come fully into conflict with Rick's group and the comings and goings of some well-known characters.  The show seems to really be departing from what we've seen in the books and I like the idea that as we enter Season 4 we can't really be sure just what to expect.

Pain and Gain (August 27, Available for Pre-Order Below)

Mark Whalberg.  The Rock.  I'm sold, DESPITE it being directed by Michael Bay.

Iron Man 3 (Available for Pre-Order for September 24, Available on Digital Download September 3)