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Doogan’s Queue for July 1, 2014

July 01, 2014 - 10:54 am   |   By 

Well, that’s one more birthday week down. How many more do I have, you think? 5, 12, 40? Kind of a suck-ass question really, so never mind. Don’t send your predictions. Because this is a big travel holiday here in the states, it’s pretty dead in terms of disc media. Pretty much nothing really coming out of note. But if you dig through mucus, you might find some pearls. Here are some bright and shinys for you to entertain yourselves with. [Read on here…]

Helix: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Disc)

Afflicted – This look damn fun, and I’m not at all interested in “found footage” films. Two friends who run a travel video-blog go on a European adventure and one of them has a one-night stand that effs his life up. The backstory of the film’s production is just as interesting as the film itself. I’ll definitely be checking this one out.

Cannibal Holocaust – Ruggero Deodato’s supremely disturbing mondo film gets a Blu-ray special edition complete with a remastered soundtrack CD featuring Riz Ortolani’s score. Includes a slew of new special features across two Blu-ray discs.

Once Upon a Time in Vietnam – Original 21 Jump Street-er Dustin Nguyen makes his directorial debut with this martial arts epic that I hear is “fun” but I haven’t seen it, so ...

Helix: Season One, The Killing: Season Three and A Young Doctor’s Notebook (TV DVDs) – TV releases this week include the Thing-esque biological monster in a frozen lab Syfy thriller, Seattle serial killer in Seattle yarn and Jon Hamm as a future version of Daniel Radcliffe Brit-comedy adaptation of a Russian novel. Frankly, all of them are good, so if any are your genre, you can’t go wrong binge watching on any of these.

Bring It On, Cry-Baby and Kindergarten Cop (BD upgrades) – Finally, I usually don’t trumpet re-dos, but there seriously isn’t anything else this week. So if you haven’t seen upcoming Ant-Man director Peyton Reed’s well-made and funny comedy, John Water’s modern classic or Ar-nuld saying “It’s not a tomb-ah” – well, these are your best ways to see ‘em.

Next week should be much better. We’ll get Von Trier’s new double feature, a great doc in Jodorowsky’s Dune, Bad Words spoken by Jason Bateman, more of Bad Grandpa, more Raid and two young, pretty, unrelated Slater’s. Have a great holiday my fellow Americans. Everyone else, have a great week. Until next time, keep spinnin’ those discs.

– Todd Doogan

 

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