Each week DVDs come out. Some of them are worth your time and money and some aren't. Some of them are movies I've seen, and some of them aren't. Regardless, I give you my opinion on the big releases of the week. If the releases sound like something you want to buy, just click the link to go to amazon.com and you'll support Cinema Blend with a few pennies. Take it or leave it, here's the DVD Blend.
Cinderella (Disney Special Platinum Edition)
Disney brings out the big guns with one of their most popular animated movies. Too bad it’s already been subjected to a crappy Disney brand sequel. We’ll try not to think too much about that though. There’s an easy way to know if you’re going to buy this movie. Go to your shelf and see if you have Snow White or Sleeping Beauty... have one of those? You’re buying this DVD. Have you been to Disney World in the last year? You’re buying this DVD. Do you have your hookers dress up in a blue dress with glass slippers so you can reenact the ball? You’re... probably buying this DVD along with other, less mentionable DVDs.
I was surprisingly impressed with this remake of the James Brolin cult horror flick. As a typically comedic actor, Ryan Reynolds brings an amazing humanity to the lead role, something the film desperately needs in order to work. If we don’t believe Reynolds’s character is falling apart at the seems, the movie doesn’t work. Thankfully he delivers on a level along the lines of Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Frankly, I think this is one of those rare instances where the remake is stronger then the original material. If it wasn’t for the classic, more family-friendly, historic credibility of Cinderella this movie would be at the top of my list this week.
Hey, look! Jeff Goldblum in a classic David Cronenburg film! Eric Stoltz in a not so great sequel! I think what disturbs me more than the idea that a non-Cronenburg sequel is that Jeff Goldblum was once considered a leading man. Granted, this is a film where he turns into a giant BrundleFly, but still, does he really strike you as a leading man? Then again, Geena Davis isn’t exactly my favorite idea of a leading woman.
Other titles released this week that might be worth your time:
Star Trek Nemesis: Special Collector’s Edition - The last of the Special Collector’s Editions of the Star Trek movies finally comes to DVD. Since the movie isn’t that great, I just thought I’d use this space to ponder what Paramount will do for the next versions of these films. Whatever they call them, can we get Shatner commentaries on every movie? That would be cool.
The Fog - I’m sure this DVD release is being put out purely to pay tribute to an excellent horror film by John Carpenter and has nothing to do with the remake that will hit theaters in a few weeks. I haven’t heard much buzz on the remake, but you can’t beat Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Janet Leigh in the same flick. Forget about the remake, remember this release at the end of the month for Halloween.
Other titles released this week that aren't worth your time: