Welcome to another edition of DVD Tuesday, where we break down the nerdiest things at the video store this week to feed your sick, sick additions (no, we’re not talking about the porn parodies; settle down). It’s a good week to be a geek, boys and girls. We get to see some recent flicks make their DVD debuts, some new Doctor Who fun, and even an ’80s cartoon box set. Here we go!
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite as sci-fi geeks taking a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland. There they meet a smart-ass alien Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) who takes them on an insane road trip. As they struggle to return Paul home the little green man might just take the outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. From the director of Superbad Greg Mottola and with a stellar supporting cast including Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jane Lynch and Sigourney Weaver, Paul is a must-own comedy adventure not to be missed!
There was a lot of hate floating around for this flick when it came out, and I never understood any of it. For fans of alien movies, raunchy comedies and just plain amusing things, this is a flick to watch. Yeah, it’s not as good as Shaun of the Dead, but what ever is? That doesn’t mean it’s not worth picking up and adding to your collection.
When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson, The Office), a short-order cook, sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler, The Lord of the Rings) willingly snatched away by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and unable to cope. But he decides to fight back under the guise of a do-it-yourself superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a red hand-made suit, a wrench, a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page, Juno) and absolutely nothing in the way of superpowers Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife.
This is likely going to end up being the most acclaimed, outrageous and excellent superhero movie of 2011. How did we not think of putting Rainn Wilson in a role like this until now? Pick it up and revel in the mean streets of crime and the fury of the Crimson Bolt.
M.A.S.K.: The Complete Series
Led by multimillionaire Matt Trakker, the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, better known simply as M.A.S.K., defends the world against Miles Mayhem and his nefarious international criminal organization V.E.N.O.M., the very same group responsible for the death of Trakker’s teenage brother. With his own son, Scott, and a secret strike force including his friends (engineer Bruce Sato, courageous historian Hondo MacLean, mechanic Buddy Hawks, rocker Brad Turner, computer expert Alex Sector, stunt driver Dusty Hayes and beautiful martial artist Gloria Baker) it’s up to Trakker, equipped with special power-granting masks and a garage of custom militarized vehicles, to keep the world safe from Mayhem and the villainy of V.E.N.O.M. Includes all 65 original series episodes on 12 action-packed discs!
Who doesn’t love 80s animation, especially when it involves vehicles that turn into robots? M.A.S.K. is a poor man’s Transformers. Or is it a poor man’s Voltron? Whatever, just go get it.
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
Tom Baker’s fourth season of Doctor Who marked a change from the exploration of Gothic horror. The unusually satirical “The Sun Makers” finds the Doctor, Leela (Louise Jameson), and robot dog K9 involved in a struggle against capitalism-gone-mad at the outer limits of the solar system. With Earth exhausted, mankind has colonized Pluto and lives in six vast “megropoli” lit by artificial suns. These colonies are run by the Company, with drugged human “work units” slaving simply to pay their funeral expenses. There are plenty of potshots at overzealous taxation and bureaucracy–Robert Holmes wrote the story as revenge after a frustrating audit–and splendidly theatrical performances from Richard Leech and Henry Woolf as the ultra-capitalist villains. With no monsters and little conventional horror, Baker is in fine form in a briskly directed four-part comedy-thriller distinguished by its political edge.
Who doesn’t love a good Tom Baker serial from the 1970s? Continue your quest toward the scarved Doctor’s complete collection with this volume, and keep trying to replicate his magical hair.
Mars Needs Moms
From Disney and Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis (best director, Forrest Gump, 1994) comes the craziest adventure this side of the galaxy, Mars Needs Moms. Take out the trash, eat your broccoli, who needs moms anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out how much he needs his (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. In a race against time and oxygen, his quest to save her knows no bounds. And with some unexpected help, Milo just might find his way back to her in more ways than one. Complete with intergalactic bonus features, it’s a thrilling journey that’s pure, out-of-this-world crazy fun.
Yeah, it might be a little corny, but a nifty little animated sci-fi update is always worth taking a look at once. And this one really has sci-fi street cred, as it was directed by Simon Wells, the great grandson of H.G. Wells, who apparently wrote some pretty popular books in his time.
Doctor Who: Paradise Towers
According to the sales brochure, Paradise Towers is a utopian blueprint for community living, with its fabulous architecture and state-of-the-art facilities. The perfect place for Mel to take a leisurely swim, in fact. But when the TARDIS arrives, the Doctor and his companion discover that the futuristic tower block has fallen into ruin, and a series of unexplained disappearances have the tenants living in fear. As gangs of teenage girls run wild in the hallways, a squad of bureaucratic Caretakers struggle to regain control. To keep the citizens of Paradise Towers safe, the Doctor must confront the resident evil lurking in the basement.
He’s no Tom Baker, but Sylvester McCoy is still among the more delightfully demented Doctors in the Doctor Who canon. Any episode he helmed is worth checking out. Plus, Doctor Who in the 80s. Who doesn’t want a piece of that?
A training exercise for the LAPD SWAT Team goes terribly wrong when they find themselves pitted against two rival gangs while trapped in an abandoned Hangar.
Let’s be honest. I’m only writing about this because Stone Cold Steve Austin is in it, and you’re only reading about it because Stone Cold Steve Austin is in it. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go rent it and see if it’s fun anyway. And that’s the bottom line, cuz…yeah, you know.
Get high and mighty with Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman in Your Highness, the epic and hilarious action-comedy from the director of Pineapple Express. Two royal princes—slacker Thadeous (McBride) and the noble Fabious (Franco)—join with an elusive warrior (Portman) on a quest to free a princess from an evil wizard. Along the way they’ll have to vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights in this raunchy trip loaded with footage too outrageous for theaters.
I wanted this movie to be so much fun. Really I did. I’m sorry, it just wasn’t. It’s not raunchy; it’s gross. It’s not adult; it’s profane. It’s not a spoof; it’s an abomination. Yes, there are a few of you who will no doubt enjoy it anyway, but I’ll just keep wishing I’d never seen it.