DVD Releases for October 5, 2010

The Karate Kid

I was really disappointed that I didn’t get to see this one in theaters, because unlike a lot of remakes it actually looked good. The five million credited producers (which include star Jaden Smith’s parents) recognized that the people who like martial arts movies these days are either 25+ or 10, and wisely downgraded the hero’s age (he was a teen in the 1984 version). Okay, so it’s not so much Karate as Kung Fu, because they’re in China, not Japan, but Jaden Smith is cute, Jackie Chan is funny, and it’s a decent “new kid on the continent” story that kids will like and adults can actually stomach. So try it.

Buy The Karate Kid on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


What a ridiculous movie. Let’s break the law and genetically engineer a part human monster! And then be surprised when it escapes! And is vicious! And wants to go to the prom like a real girl…(WHAT??) It’s like Resident Evil crossed with Pinocchio. Adrian Brody’s in it, but I think that’s more like evidence that he needs money to pay off his back taxes rather than evidence that the movie is actually good. Not goot sci-fi, not good horror, this is a movie I wouldn’t even watch on TV if I was trapped in a blank room for days unless somebody was paying me to make fun of it (I’ll accept Visa, Mastercard, or candy).

Buy Splice on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

If you’ve ever seen one of the Elm St. movies, you know the drill. Scary man, burned face, scratchy fingernails, haunts your dreams, and then you die. Solution: don’t go to sleep. Horror movie fans will want to see this (if they haven’t already), as will people who like Jackie Earle Haley in The Watchmen and anyone who’s obsessed with Twilight, because the kid who plays Emmett is in it. Less psychological and more slasher, this is an even more ADD version than the original series from the 1980s. Don’t expect anything Earth shaking, obviously, but it’s good for a few scares.

Buy A Nightmare on Elm Street on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

Beauty and the Beast

I know it’s not exactly a new movie, but I thought I’d mention that Beauty and the Beast is out of the Disney vault. The Disney vault is a stupid gimmick but you can’t deny that Disney makes good cartoons. Beauty and the Beast has great music, cute characters (the little teacup!), a heartwarming love story, and a great message (real beauty is on the inside, etc.) So if, like me, you still have your scratchy VHS copy but no VCR, you can now pick up a shiny new 3-disc copy on DVD or Blu-Ray and pretend it’s for your kid when really it’s for you.

Buy Beauty and the Beast on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo.

TV seasons out this week:

Bones: Season 5 (Bones is probably my favorite show on television. Booth and Brennan are crime fighters with great chemistry… which they actually succumb to [briefly] in Season 5.)
Caprica: Season 1.0 (I’m a HUGE Battlestar Galactica fan but I never got past the pilot of this prequel series. It’s just not as good.)
Medium: Season 6 (I like the premise – psychic medium gets messages from the dead and helps cops – but my plate is already full of cop + random profession shows.)
Stargate Universe – Season 1 (Stargate was an amazing movie, but none of the spinoff series ever did anything for me, least of all this one. I don’t know anyone who watches it.)

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