It’s the first Tuesday of June and folks, todays release will have you see a lot of Clint Eastwood at your stores. Yesterday was Eastwood’s 80th birthday and the Blu-Ray/DVD market decided to (re-)release pretty much all the films he either star or directed (sometimes both) on either Blu-Ray/DVD singles, combo packs, and collection packs. There are few new movies and like always, we list whether if it’s a BUY, RENT, or PASS on them. We got the Old Stuff is New Again section which will be filled with Eastwood and few other titles not Eastwood related. There is also the TV Show DVD Worth Checking Out section with two releases. No Anime Pick this week so check out what came out after the jump.
Alice in Wonderland
Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Mia Wasikowska, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, and Christopher Lee.
Directed by: Tim Burton
It’s Burton’s latest film and like always, it is an experience that some people will say is worth checking out. However, there are some folks saying that they either wanted more or that the movie didn’t live up to expectations. Either way, it has an all star cast of folks and of course, Johnny Depp. With all that said, this movie is worth the rent as it will be some sort of experience and an interesting twist to the Alice in Wonderland story. A quick heads up for folks that are going to buy this, Amazon has an exclusive where you can get the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack of the film and a 11″ by 13″ frame that has cell photos from the film. They only have 3500 of these so get ’em while you can.
Pro wrestling legend Stone Cold Steve Austin stars as The Stranger. A man with no name, no memory and absolutely nothing left to lose. But when he finds himself hunted by both the FBI and the Russian mob, this amnesiac decides to fight back. Pursuit cannot stop him. Torture will not break him. And with every beating, bullet and betrayal, he’ll remember another piece of the horror that took away his career, his family and his identity. Now the puzzle is nearly complete, and one man is about to take back his past…By ending a whole lot of futures.
Starring: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Erica Cerra, Ron Lea, Adam Beach, and John Tench.
Directed by: Robert Lieberman (Jake 2.0, The Dead Zone, D3: The Mighty Ducks)
Its been awhile since we had this kind of film. You know, the kind where you and your buddies get together and get drunk. This film has a decent story but it has the action/fighting scenes that will entertain your drunk asses for ninety minutes thus why it gets the rent label.
Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Lawrence Talbot is a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father, Talbot sets out to find his brother… and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, and Art Malik.
Directed by: Joe Johnston (October Sky, Jurassic Park III, the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger)
While it may have a great cast, the movie doesn’t really do anything new or much of the werewolf legend. Although the home release has a longer running time while the Blu-ray also has two alternative ending that may make this worth a rental, other wise, passing this wouldn’t hurt.
Old Movies Are New Again: This is a list of old films being re-released as Blu-Ray that were worth a mention.
The Enforcer/Sudden Impact Double Feature
The Man With No Name Trilogy (A Fistfull of Dollars/ For a Few Dollars More/ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
Clint Eastwood Collection (Absolute Power/ Dirty Harry/ Gran Torino/ Kelly’s Heroes/ Letters from Iwo Jima/ Million Dollar Baby/ Mystic River/ The Rookie/ Unforgiven/ Where Eagles Dare)
War of the Worlds
*There are a lot more Clint Eastwood Blu-ray/DVDs than what is listed above, those were just the ones that we believe were noteworthy.
TV Show DVD Worth Checking Out
Burn Notice: Season 3
Season three consists of sixteen episodes, split between a nine-episode summer season and a seven-episode winter season. Ben Shenkman appeared in four episodes as Tom Strickler, a “a smooth-talking, gregarious freelance spy broker”, who offers to unburn Michael in exchange for his help with a potentially lethal job. Moon Bloodgood appeared on a recurring basis as Michelle Paxson, a police detective who investigates Michael, and becomes obsessed with finding out the truth about him and his past. Jennifer Esposito was previously cast in the role of Paxson, but had to drop out due to health reasons. Actor Michael Weston appeared in one episode as a schizophrenic MIT graduate who needs Michael to protect him from what he thinks are aliens selling the names of undercover spies.
Available: 4 Disk DVD Set
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 7
Aqua Teen Hunger Force returns to the air for its 7th season on Adult Swim. Fans of the surreal animated comedy series will find Frylock, Meatwad, and Master Shake are still grappling with the bizarre and absurd down by the Jersey Shore.
Available: 2 Disk DVD Set
Fans of Burn Notice can check out season 3 before the season 4 premiere that is set to air this Thursday. Check the show out on USA as it is entertaining and hey, it has Bruce Campbell. The second set listed is one of Adult Swims awesome show, Aqua Team Hunger Force. The set comes with 11 episodes from season 7 & 8. There are some extras that comes with set, such as some behind the scenes on the live action episode.