DVDs for Sept 27, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon isn’t the worst movie in the world. That honor goes to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Instead, it’s something worse: blah. This story, about a nerdy twenty-something loser with giant robots for friends rescuing his inexplicably beautiful girlfriend from other giant robots who want to turn the Earth into a robot resort, is not bad enough to laugh at and not good enough to enjoy unless all you care about are special effects. Avoid! Avoid! Read my full review for more reasons why.

Buy Transformers: Dark of the Moon on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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Trigun: Badlands Rumble

You know it’s a slow week for movie releases when I resort to talking about Japanese anime. Based on the Trigun TV series, the film follows the preposterously named Vash the Stampede as he wanders around the Japanese interpretation of the American West trying not to get killed by all the bounty hunters who want to take him out because of the reward on his head from some bank robbery from 20 years ago. It fits in to the side of the plotline of the series. If you like anime, maybe you’d want to watch it, but I don’t so I won’t.

Buy Trigun: Badlands Rumble on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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Ben Hur: 50th Anniversary Edition

Yes, I realize that Ben Hur actually came out in 1959, but they’re releasing a special Blu-Ray edition for its 50th anniversary, so that’s enough to include it on a week like this, where there’s almost nothing coming out. For those of you who haven’t seen it, Ben Hur is the story of a vengeful Jewish prince who becomes a slave to the Romans. This edition is loaded with special features, including a feature length documentary, Charlton Heston’s diary, and the academy awards telecast where the movie won 11 Oscars. If you’re going to get it, this is the version you want.

Buy Ben Hur on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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Without Men

And to round out the set, we’ve got a straight to DVD romantic comedy starring Christian Slater! (I told you it was a slow week). At least, it’s supposed to be funny, but the setup they chose to get rid of the men isn’t exactly funny – they were all kidnapped and forced to be communist guerillas! This movie is also likely to anger even the least virulent feminist, because apparently after all the men leave all the women are completely hopeless. “Who will look after me?” they cry. Add in the fact that it stars Eva Longoria, and you’ve got a recipe for horrid. No matter how bored think you are, you are not bored enough to enjoy this film.

Buy Without Men on DVD.
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