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