Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the best bets at your local video store this week (for nerds, you know). It’s not a very busy week, but after Star Wars Blu-Ray week, you really can’t ask for too much. There are a few bright spots, including something so bad it’s good.
Casino Royale (1967) Blu-Ray
Welcome to Casino Royale, 1967’s ultimate psychedelic secret agent satire! Packed with girls, guns and gags galore, this “very funny picture” (The New Yorker) delivers “laughs all the way”(Cue)! Starring Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, David Niven, Joanna Pettet, Orson Welles, Daliah Lavi, Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, William Holden and others, and with an original score from Oscar winner Burt Bacharach, this groovy spy movie is “even farther out” (LA Herald-Examiner) than all other spoofs combined!
Yeah, this is definitely not the Daniel Craig version. It is a hysterical send-up of the James Bond franchise at a time when it was most profitable, and it’s got an incredible cast of comedic talent headed by the legendary Peter Sellers. It’s definitely meant to be in your collection.
Castle: The Complete Third Season
Famous mystery novelist Richard Castle and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett return for the suspenseful Third Season of ABC’s brilliantly funny series, CASTLE. Enjoy every inspired idea and flirtatious moment as this fiery duo solve the strangest homicides New York has to offer. It’s the most entertaining season yet as Castle’s wildly funny storytelling skills work their way into every case. Between his mixed-up partnership with Beckett and his relationships with his diva mother and his clever daughter, Alexis, Castle is always on his toes. Crime fighting has never been this much fun! Get on the beat and relive every wild and witty moment in this 5-disc DVD set.
So, he might not be captaining a spaceship anymore, but Nathan Fillion’s current ABC series is just plain fun. It’s usually annoying when someone runs around spouting off puns and getting in over their heads on cop shows, but this is Fillion, so you can’t help but love it. Support your captain and check it out.
Captain America (1990)
Yes, it’s here, the rarely seen, low budget Captain America produced in 1990 starring Matt Salinger as Cap. Marvel is finally re-releasing it in the wake of the other, expensive Captain America flick that did pretty damn well at the box office. Why is it listed in the BUY category? Because you can’t resist owning it. You know it. Go buy it. Then get really drunk and watch it and tell everyone the next day that it was the best movie you ever saw.
The Others Blu-Ray
Academy Award © winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Moulin Rouge!) delivers an utterly unforgettable performance in this chilling and stylish suspense thriller! While awaiting her husband’s return from war, Grace (Kidman) and her two young children live an unusually isolated existence behind the locked doors and drawn curtains of a secluded island mansion. Then, when three mysterious servants arrive it becomes frighteningly clear that there is far more to this house than meets the eye. Acclaimed by critics everywhere, the unpredictable twists and turns of this compelling hit will keep you guessing!
It’s always had its share of detractors, but I’ve found The Others to be a damn effective horror picture, and it’s visually dynamic enough that it merits a high definition viewing. Probably not worth buying unless you’re a super fan, but definitely worth a screening or two if you’re feeling up for a creeper.
Mountaintop Motel Massacre
Welcome to the Mountaintop Motel. Remote, secluded and private. All the fresh air you can breathe. And the best views that money can buy. You can check in any time you want. But you can NEVER leave. Little do the guests here know that the Mountaintop Motel is run by a deeply troubled middle-aged woman in the grip of a stifling madness. And she attends to the guests in her own wicked ways. Poisonous snakes, roaches, butcher knives, or any other available kitchen utensil will do. She is on a bloody rampage from which there is no escape!
Why did I include this? Because of the cover, that’s why. Look at that. You’re welcome.