Here are some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for the first week of May 2012!
And They’re Off
Starring: Sean Astin and Cheri Oteri
A “comedy” about a horse trainer who wants to get back into horse racing and I’m sure it’s filled with tons of larfs and enjoyment. Poor Sean Astin. You’d think his career was going to take off again after The Lord of the Rings, but unfortunately the tagline for this movie sums up Astin’s career at this point.
‘He was so far behind he thought he was in front’
One of the better triple features released on Blu-Ray this week. Now, ‘European Vacation’ is the weakest of the three but still a funny movie.
But you also get Caddyshack, which if you haven’t seen, who are you? A great comedy less about golf than it is about Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray being hilarious. A classic and must see.
Then there is Blazing Saddles which is (besides Young Frankenstein) my favorite Mel Brooks comedy. It’s delightful, subversive, and fall down funny, ‘Saddles’ is one of the greats of comedy. This movie was groundbreaking for it’s time and still as hilarious today as it was when it was first released.
Clueless today looks more like a time capsule than it feels fresh. However, it still stands out with some great moments. This is a movie that was much better than it should have been, and one of the last of the teen nineties comedies to actually prove to have a decent script.
Steven Soderbergh has had a very interesting career. He makes large blockbuster films like the ‘Oceans’ series down to small strange independent films like ‘Bubble’. With a very odd cast, this film looks like it may be worth a rental, but having not seen it I can’t speak to the quality. And with Soderbergh, you never know what you’re going to get.
This movie stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in a story about competing church choirs. Hopefully this gives you some sort of idea if you should see this or not.
New Year’s Eve
Another of the celebrity compilation films like Valentine’s Day (by the same director) these movies seem more like a long running cameo-fest more than actual films. Just look at the cast list on the poster that takes up more of the poster than the actual artwork. I really can’t stand films like this, they replace emotion, script, dialogue, for the ability to throw a bunch of celebs at the screen and hope that people will forget how poor the film is.
From IMDB.com ‘The affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson, and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.’
Oh yeah, and it’s directed by Madonna. Pass.
Wizard of Gore/Gore Gore Girls
Herschell Gordon Lewis really was the Grandfather of the Gore Film. This double-feature would be a good initiation to the uneducated horror fan if they are just getting into this subgenre. Now, that said, HGL films really aren’t ‘good’ in any sense of the word. These are ‘geek-show’ films. The gore is the point and nothing more. So, if you are interested in the roots of the blood and guts show, this is where to start. If you are looking for a scary film or a film that you will really remember, I’d start somewhere else.