What’s up bastards! Once again it’s a Tuesday and like always, NerdBastards got y’all covered with the DVD Tuesday feature. Every week we tell you what movie was released and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS. We got the full listing today as we have the Old Movies Are New, TV Show DVD (one show has violence, and boobs), Anime Pick (about ghosts), and the LOL/WTF Release (in which the DVD comes with a shirt). So what are y’all waiting for, check after the jump to see what came out and see if there is anything you want!
The Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion, a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Matthew MacFadyen, Russell Crowe
Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien and Blade Runner)
Now if go on to read Zach’s review of the film, it pretty much say not to watch this film. So why does this have a RENT label then? Well, if your looking for a decent origin story that could kill more than two hours of your life, this film could be for you. It has its fill of extras, such as the Director’s Notebook, which let you watch behind the scenes extra while watching the theatrical version of the film (which would probably make the film a bit more interesting).
ONDINE is the story of Syracuse, a simple fisherman who catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his trawler nets. The woman seems to be dead, but then she comes alive before Syracuse s eyes, and he thinks he may be seeing things. However, with the help of his irrepressible daughter, Annie, he comes to believe that the fantastical might be possible and that the woman (Ondine) might be a myth come true. Ondine and Syracuse fall passionately in love, but just as we think the fairytale might go on forever, the real world intercedes.
Starring: Alicja Bachleda, Colin Farrell
Directed by Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles)
Thanks to the title of this movie, I learned what an Ondine is (sorry folks, I’m a dumb bastard). Upon learning what Ondine (HINT: One of the words that is on the title of this article says what an Ondine cane be) is, it pretty much told me what the film is. The reason this get’s the RENT label is for you folks looking for a date movie as this is what they call a “fantasy romance.” Sure it’s lame to probably give this a rent title for that reason but movies like this has helped this bastard on dates.
Oscar® winners Adrien Brody (Best Actor, The Piano, 2002) and Forest Whitaker (Best Actor, The Last King of Scotland, 2006) star in this mind-shattering psychological thriller from the creator of TV’s Prison Break. Selected to participate in a two-week research project, a group of men agree to play inmates and guards in a simulation of life within a state prison. But as the 24 volunteers slip deeper into their roles, power corrupts, fears escalate and the experiment spins horribly out of control. Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Clifton Collins Jr. (Crank: High Voltage) and Maggie Grace (TV’s Lost) co-star in this intensely shocking film.
Starring: Adrien Brody, Cam Gigandet, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Clifton Collins Jr.
Directed by Paul Scheuring (Prison Break)
What’s this? The creator of Prison Break made a movie that takes place in a prison. Not only that, it’s a remake of a German film. While there was no real reason why Sony decided to do a straight-to-DVD route with this one is a mystery as movie that stars Brody and Whitaker could sell at theaters. The film is just 90 or so minutes of good intense, mental drama. So if your looking for something that will help y’all kill time, check this film out.
Old Movies Are New Again: This is a list of old films being re-released as Blu-Ray that were worth mentioning.
TV Show DVD Worth Checking Out:
Spartacus: Blood and Sand – The Complete First Season
Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.
Blood, violence, and boobs, Spartacus: Blood and Sand has created a big fan base as soon as started airing. While a second season with Andy Whitfield seems impossible (due to his cancer coming back), enjoy all the glory with this season 1 box set. The episodes have been enhanced with more better digital effects and the Blu-Ray set has extended episodes of the director’s choosing.
Castle: The Complete Second Season
TV’s most engaging and unlikely crime-solving duo is back in the spectacular second season of ABC’s Castle. The banter flies faster than the bullets in this unique series, loaded with drama, romance, and laughs. Best-selling mystery novelist Rick Castle’s unique approach to crime solving may have won over Detective Kate Beckett, but after crossing her, Castle is going to have to do his best work to get her back on his side. Relive all your cases in this 5-disc set. Packed with never-before-seen bonus features, including inside secrets from the set, this collection is a must-have for every Castle fan.
Hey look, it’s Nathan Fillion. Shouldn’t that be good enough to watch this? Okay, he plays as an author who has join on a murder case due to the murderer coping murders from Fillion’s character book. The series has been getting good reviews about the story and the characters. The DVD set is filled with many extras with behind the scene stuff, bloopers, commentaries, and more.
Available: 5 Disk DVD Set
Human Target: The Complete First Season
This is the thinking of Christopher Chance, a mysterious security agent for hire who assumes different identities, at times literally becoming a human target on behalf of his clients. Using the popular DC Comics title as a springboard for riveting and intelligent action and adventure, Human Target provides a thrill ride with no clear boundaries. Resourceful, driven and compelled by a force known only to him, this take-charge antihero will barter his services for an aged bottle of scotch, much to the chagrin of his shadowy associates. If someone is threatened or a life is in danger…leave it to Chance.
Want an enjoyable TV series that is “loosely” based on a DC Comic? Want a show filled with explosions? The Human Torch has been praised for just how fun the show is and how Christopher Chance is a likable character. With season 2 set to air on Oct. 1st, check the series out as the DVD set has a few basic extras (making of, commentary).
Other Notable TV Show DVD Releases:
How I Met Your Mother: Season 5 (DVD)
Modern Family: Complete First Season (Blu-Ray, DVD)
30 Rock: Season Four (DVD)
Community: The Complete First Season (DVD)
The Mentalist: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
Being Human: Season 2 (DVD)
Bored to Death: The Complete First Season (Blu-Ray, DVD)
Anime Pick of the Week:
Ghost Hunt: The Complete Series (S.A.V.E. Edition)
Mai’s fascination with the unknown – and burgeoning psychic powers – lead her to join the Shibuya Psychic Research team, led by enigmatic Kazuya “Naru” Shibuya. Mai will work alongside a spirit medium, a shrine maiden, an exorcist, and a monk to uncover the darkest mysteries of the unseen.
While the show may not do any thing special, it’s not a bad show either. The series has the characters deal with phenomenons such as poltergeist to creepy evil dolls (which I HATE). Hell, near the end of the series that really got me excited since it was Dragon Ball-esque. Getting all 20 episodes for about $21 is not a bad deal and thus why is the Anime Pick of this week.
Available: 4 Disk DVD Set
LOL/WTF Release of the Week
Indestructible Man DVD Tee
This DVDTee includes both a DVD of the 1956 film, The Indestructible Man, and a tee shirt featuring the original poster art. In this cult sci-fi classic, Lon Chaney stars as Butcher Benton, a death row convict sent to the execution chamber after being double-crossed by his cohorts and betrayed by his girlfriend. But when the prison hands his corpse over to a scientist for research purposes, he is bizarrely brought back to life like a 300,000-volt Frankenstein! Now there s hell to pay when this angry, and indestructible, man-monster sets out to settle the score! The film gained even greater prominence after becoming a favorite on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
So if you haven’t guess why this DVD got picked as the LOL/WTF Release, it’s because of the shirt. The movie is more for you and your buddies getting drunk and make fun of, and hey, for it being 70 minutes long, you might enjoy doing that with your friends.
Available: DVD w/ Tee
*NerdBastards’ DVD Tuesday feature only list certain releases that may have some interest for our audience and thus why it doesn’t list all releases as we are sure that you wouldn’t care for those.*