Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the best bets for nerds at your local video store. It’s time to be honest…pickings are a little slim this week. It’s nobody’s fault. It’s just that we’re nearing the end of summer and all the summer movies will start releasing a bit closer to Christmas, so that everyone can buy them and watch them in front of the fire (or the glow of the Bat-Signal, if that’s your thing). But fear not, because there are still a few things worth checking out, all of them rentals, but worth checking out nonetheless. And here they are:
The government says there’s nothing to worry about it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail a mysterious poacher, who wants nothing to do with them. However, their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero the troll hunter, risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales.
An acclaimed Scandinavian horror-comedy about hunting for monsters, with a killer title to boot. How can you resist checking this one out?
Tough, uncompromising and totally un-PC cop Brant (Jason Statham) joins forces with Officer DC Porter Nash (Paddy Considine) to hunt down a serial killer (Aiden Gillen) who has been targeting police officers. This fast-paced action-thriller is a raw, gritty tale of moral ambiguity, outsiders and the sacrifices the police make to keep crime off the streets.
It’s Statham, on the edge and playing by no one’s rules. There’s no argument. It’s Statham. You’re going to watch it at least once.
The Angry Beavers: Seasons One & Two
When twin beavers Norbert and Daggett leave their home behind to begin living the lifestyle of wild and crazy bachelors, hilarity is bound to ensue. Featuring all 26 episodes from the zany show’s first two seasons, this sidesplitting four-disc set of Nickelodeon’s hit The Angry Beavers is guaranteed to have you rolling with laughter!
Remember when Nickelodeon animation was just plain weird? Rugrats made some sense, but even it was odd, and then you had Ahhh! Real Monsters! and Doug and Invader Zim and all those super fun shows, and then they got rid of them in favor of a talking sponge (OK..so maybe it’s still weird). The Angry Beavers was an insane show about brothers who got up to crazy shenanigans in the woods. It’s also good for dirty jokes.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (Remastered)
It’s back! The classic TV MOW that continues to cast a spell almost 40 years after it was first broadcast; in a new remastered and enhanced edition. Sally (Kim Darby) and Alex Farnham’s (Jim Hutton) marriage has a sinister wedge driven through it; when her occult “imaginings” threaten to derail his career after they inherit Sally’s grandmother’s house. Also starring William Demarest. Enhanced Content: Superfan commentary track from horror fans and pros Jeffrey Riddick; Steve Barton (“Uncle Creepy”) and Sean Ably.
Just ahead of Guillermo del Toro’s remake, we get a new edition of the classic made for TV film about a spooky house filled with shadows. Fans of classic horror, or anyone hoping to compare this version to del Toro’s, should definitely check it out.
The Event: The Complete Series
Suspenseful, mysterious and action-packed, The Event is “a Lost meets 24 thrill-ride” (OK! Magazine). When everyman Sean Walker goes looking for his missing girlfriend he stumbles upon a massive government conspiracy that is bigger than the President himself. Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Blair Underwood (The New Adventures of Old Christine) and Laura Innes (ER) star in this epic series from the executive producer of 24. With “great effects and stunning twists” (The Oakland Tribune), The Event is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! This five-disc set includes all 22 thrilling episodes presented in 5.1 surround sound plus hours of explosive bonus features you won’t see anywhere else.
Viewers are still divided over whether or not this show was headed anywhere interesting, or if it was trying too hard to be Lost. We may never know, but we can at least analyze and re analyze the first season’s worth of episodes and wonder what might have been.