Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the latest in nerd movies and TV at your local video store. It’s not the biggest of ways for geek DVD releases, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Here’s what to check out:
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for…Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.
The most acclaimed superhero film of 2011 is finally available for home viewing this week. After the mediocrity of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this flick takes it back to the beginning to restart the franchise with a fresh cast and a fresh take on one of the most successful superhero teams of all time. It’s definitely worth adding to your collection.
From horror master Clive Barker comes this chilling nightmare featuring the first appearance of the hideous zombie Pinhead, who terrifies his brother and his estranged wife now inhabiting his former home. When a drop of blood partially resurrects him, all hell breaks loose as Pinhead forces his sister-in-law, formerly his lover, to kill and kill again so he can become whole. A creepy, thrillingly perverse tale straddling the thin line between heaven and hell, extreme pleasure and unbearable pain, Hellraiser will haunt your dreams.
A classic of modern horror is now available in a high definition format, and if you’re a serious fan of the genre it’s something definitely worth owning. Few horror films of the 1980s were as influential and as striking as Clive Barker’s directorial debut, and despite a number of truly terrible sequels, the original film still lives on as a visually stunning masterpiece. The first of the sequels (not great, but still good), Hellbound: Hellraiser II, also comes to Blu-Ray this week.
Raised by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA agent, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna’s upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe, eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence.
This stirring indie thriller is one of the most acclaimed flicks of the year so far. It’s got a stellar cast, a Chemical Brothers score and cements Saoirse Ronan as one of the finest young actors around.
Fringe Season Three
Immersive. Compelling. Hypnotic. Brilliantly imaginative. Endlessly thrilling. Pick your term. The mystery of the universes deepens in the critically acclaimed 22-episode third season of television’s most exciting sci-fi. The Fringe team escapes from the parallel universe – except for Olivia, trapped in the other world and replaced in ours by her double, who turns Peter and Olivia’s tentative relationship into a love affair. Then Olivia returns, bonds of trust fray, ever more bizarre and terrifying phenomena occur and secrets that stretch back to 1985 threaten to destroy our universe. Or theirs.
TV’s successor to The X-Files might be declining in ratings, but that doesn’t mean nerds still don’t have love for it. Grab the complete third season and catch up on the Fringe team’s latest sci-fi exploits.
No Ordinary Family: The Complete First Season
The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim (Michael Chiklis) feels disconnected from his workaholic wife, Stephanie (Julie Benz), and two teenage children, Daphne (Kay Panabaker) and JJ (Jimmy Bennett). To encourage family bonding time, Jim decides the family will join Stephanie on her business trip to South America. When their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they barely enjoy a moment to celebrate their survival before returning to the grind of everyday life. But they will soon realize that their lives have been forever changed. Each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super powers. Will their newfound abilities finally bring them together or push them further apart?
It only lasted one season, but some fans considered this comedy-drama one of the best nerd shows to come along in a while. Pick it up and judge for yourself.