Category: DVD Buyers’ Guide


Today brings us the release of Oz the Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Rami of Evil Dead fame, from Disney. It is a prequel to the classic film The Wizard of Oz, a film I and many others grew up watching year after year. The original film told a timeless tale of self-discover that delivered a strong message of looking inside ourselves for the strengths we feel we lack, be they brains, a heart, or courage. So it was with quite a few expectations that I sat down to watch this film with the kids and decide if it would be a buy, rent, or skip movie. Continue reading

These days films and television shows are overpopulated by movies in which a normal human and a supernatural being fall in love. There are so many of these in fact that simply using this plot device causes the film or show to lose points with me. So when I started watching Warm Bodies for the purpose of this review it already had some work to do. And hour and a half later, the film was over and I had my opinion on whether you should buy, rent, or skip this movie. Continue reading

This coming week brings us the science fiction thriller Dark Skies to DVD and Blu-Ray. I managed to take a look at the film and bring you my review of it for this week’s DVD Buyers’ Guide. I am a huge fan of alien invasion movies and enjoy seeing the various methods filmmakers believe the event will go down (the same goes for zombie pandemic movies). That said, this has been the subject of so many movies that it is hard for filmmakers to actually bring something new to the table. However, this is mostly an abduction movie and there are quite a few of these out as well. The problem with abduction movies is that there is really only one of two ways the main event can go down: 1) someone gets abducted in the beginning of the movie and the rest of the movie is spent trying to convince others it actually happened, or, 2) the characters spend the most part of the movie trying to prevent someone from being abducted and ultimately succeed or fail in the end. Dark Skies, being an abduction movie, opts for door number two. Can this film escape the confines of its plot limitation? Should you buy, rent, or skip this on the new release rack? Read on. Continue reading

Coming this week to DVD and Blu-Ray is Beautiful Creatures, the film adaption of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s young adult novel by the same name. It falls into the realm of supernatural romance, not really my kind of thing, but I enjoy all movie types as long as they are good. However, films such as this have irked me since Twilight first came out for their complete and total lack of originality. Yet I am bound by duty to bring you a fair review of this film and give you you opinion: buy, rent, or pass. Continue reading

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Among the titles coming out this week to DVD and blu-ray is yet another Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. The original from director Tobe Hooper gained cult status decades ago and Hollywood can’t seem to let cult status movies exist without a ridiculous number of sequels and remakes. This current incarnation follows the storyline set forth by the original movie as opposed to those of the remakes and even recreates the kill scenes for the opening of the film. So where do I stand on the release of the home video? Should you buy, rent, or skip this movie on Tuesday? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Mama

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Also coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on the seventh is the gothic horror story Mama starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Game of Thrones fame (he plays Jamie Lannister) and Jessica Chastain from Zero Dark Thirty. The film also stars two child actors, Isabelle Nélisse and Megan Charpentier (she plays The Red Queen in Resident Evil: Retribution). This is a hard genre in any medium to work in because there are so many stories spanning from great to horrible that there is almost literally no way to make a story seem original in it. How did Mama stack up and should you buy, rent, or pass? SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT! Continue reading

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This coming week we will see the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise and based on
the character created by novelist Lee Child. Admittedly, I have never read any of the novels and cannot compare the literary experience to the film. But luckily, we know good movies. So in this article we will look at whether you should buy the Blu-Ray or DVD, rent the title, or leave this film alone all together. Where does Jack Reacher weigh in? Continue reading