DVD Tuesday


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.

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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.

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Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the best bets at the video store for all your nerd needs. We’re going to take a slightly different approach this week, because Friday is the day that the much-debated Star Wars: The Complete Saga finally hits Blu-Ray. With that in mind, before we give a verdict, there’s going to be a brief weighing of options.

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA – TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY

For weeks now, we’ve been hearing terrible tales of how George Lucas has once again taken a hot digital knife to his masterpieces to revise them for a new release. It’s nothing new to us, but every time it happens we bubble up with nerd rage all over again. And then we go buy Star Wars stuff anyway, because even though we hate Lucas, we still love the franchise (for the most part). So now we have, for the first time, the whole saga in high definition with a boatload of special features and a hefty price tag. What’s a nerd to do?

Honestly, if it were me? If I had the extra cash to drop on this massive box set right now, I would, for the special features alone. But I don’t, so it’s a pass for me at the moment. That’s a purely financial decision that I’m sure many of the rest of you are struggling with as well. Many of you are also no doubt struggling with nerd built over whether or not you give George Lucas any more money. The point is this really is quite a toss-up situation, so if you’ll forgive a slight cop-out, here’s the verdict:

BUY IT IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT. PASS IF YOU DON’T THINK IT’S WORTH IT.

There. Moving on.

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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:

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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.

Hellraiser Blu-Ray

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.

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Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down your best bets at the video store this week. We’re still in a bit of a dry spell, but it’s getting better. Soon (nearer to the holidays) we’ll be rolling in nerdy goodies (also we get the Star Wars box set), but for now the pickings are slightly slim. Still, there are a few cool things worth checking out this week, starting with a new box set from two of the finest filmmakers at work today.

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The Coen Brothers Collection: Blood Simple, Fargo, Barton Fink and Miller’s Crossing

The films of Academy Award® Winners Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are breathtakingly bold, stunningly original and marvelously entertaining. This must-own collection from these visionary filmmakers includes four iconic movies, presented in breathtaking Blu-ray high definition.

The Coen Brothers are best known as the minds who delivered flicks like No Country for Old Men and True Grit these days, but their early low budget work is just as vibrant and daring as their major films. This box set collects their first four films, including the neo-noir classic Blood Simple, the gangster epic Miller’s Crossing and the slapstick Fargo. It’s truly a showcase of their versatility and unique perspective.

The Twilight Zone: Season 5 Blu-Ray

All 36 episodes of the fifth and final season of Rod Serling’s classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high-definition for the first time ever, along with hours of new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else!

Picture if you will…owning another volume for your classic TV collection. In high def, no less.

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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:

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Troll Hunter

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?

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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!

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Paul

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.

Super

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.

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Welcome to another edition of DVD Tuesday, NerdBastards, where we give you the best bets at your local video store this week. We begin, as always, with the best of the best, and this time it’s a doozy.

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MST3K vs. Gamera: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 21

Mystery Science Theater 3000’s verbal brawls with the much-maligned Japanese monster Gamera–you know, the flying turtle–are included in this limited-edition boxed set, which buffets the riffing with some impressive and informative extras. The Gamera films were a staple of MST3K from its humble beginnings as Minneapolis UHF programming, and when the Satellite of Love moved to Comedy Central in the early ’90s, the American re-edits released by distributor Sandy Frank were among the show’s most popular episodes. All five of theMST3K Gamera episodes, culled from the show’s third season in 1991 and featuring series creator Joel Hodgson alongside robots Tom Servo and Crow, are included in the set, as are some of the show’s most memorable skits: in Gamera, Tom croons a heartfelt tribute to the film’s lost pet, Tibby the Turtle, and head writer/future host Mike Nelson turns up as the giant monster himself to reveal the true nature of his relationship with boy hero Kenny, while Gamera vs. Gaos features the cast’s aborted presentation of their opera “Gameradammerung,” and Gamera vs. Guiron and Gamera vs. Zigra offer the SOL’s rousing “Gamera Song” and several berserk variations. None of the MST3K Gamera experiments have been available on home video prior to this release, so longtime fans can finally retire their worn pre-records and enjoy the episodes in glorious, uncut form.

When you find another kindred spirit who has discovered the wonder of Mystery Science Theater 3000, it’s often a moment where a friendship is born. This collection of episodes from the third season brings together the series’ first host, Joel Hodgson, and the legendary robots Tom Servo and Crow as they toss verbal harpoons at giant Japanese monsters. If you still have a friend who isn’t aware of how awesome this show is, now’s the time to introduce them.

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Welcome to another edition of DVD Tuesday, where we break down the latest and greatest (and not-so-greatest) in geek DVD release for your viewing pleasure. What’s that you say? It’s Wednesday? Well, in the NerdBastards universe, it’s whatever day we want it to be, so you’ll read DVD Tuesday and like it! (But seriously, I had a cold and I didn’t feel like doing this yesterday; deal with it.)

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