Most people see that a film is out on DVD and immediately goes to the store to buy said DVD if they previously enjoyed the film at Movies 278 or Regal Cinemas Stadium 22 in Austell. Granted the theaters were not around at the time these films were released, but something tells me the remake of Footloose will play at both theaters when released on October 14th. They also do this with new special editions that have been released. Sometimes this is a great idea and other times there really is not much that the DVD is offering you as a consumer one already has with a previous version. Before spending your hard earned cash, read these reviews and make sure you want to purchase the DVDs you have in mind. And remember if you’re a person who buys DVDs on the whim that just because a specific actor happens to be in said film does not always equate to the film being a brilliant feature. Sadly this is something this writer understands more than she cares to admit. Enjoy your purchases this week movie lovers! Links will be provided below of where one can purchase these various DVDs and Blu-ray editions.
Footloose (1984) (Blu-ray)
Footloose has always been one of my favorite films. Maybe that is why this writer is having such a hard time dealing with the fact it has been remade. Part of this is because as the Blu-ray states on the cover, Footloose is a film that defined a generation. In my opinion, those type of films are ones that should not be remade. This is not the article for that opinion though. For now I will explain state the synopsis of the original feature. When Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) arrives in a small Western town, he attempts to fit in instead of stand out. Soon he realizes that he cannot because he soon finds out that rock music and dancing are illegal in this small town. Soon rather than later, Ren discovers Ariel (Lori Singer), Reverend Shaw Moore’s (John Lithgow) daughter. She is a troubled young lady who is all about breaking the rules of the town and rebelling in her own way. Most would consider the most troubled teenager in the town and this can especially be shown in a scene toward the beginning of the film where she is standing between two cars with an eighteen wheeler heading her way. Ren realizes his new goal is to get dancing allowed within the town once more so he and his friends can have their senior prom. The film consists of trails and tribulations of the various characters and features a very young Sarah Jessica Parker as Ariel’s best friend Rusty. There is also the late great Chris Penn as one of my favorite on-screen characters in Willard Hewitt. If one plans on seeing the remake and has not seen the original, one owes it to himself or herself to view the original. Take the time to do so and do so in style!
Heathers (1988) (Blu-ray & DVD)
I’m so excited that Heathers is on Blu-ray! Heathers is one of those films I feel should get some special recognition at the end of the day. That is why in part I included the film at number nineteen on My top 30 favorite school related films list this past August. In short, Heathers is a dark teen comedy about trying to fit in with the in-crowd. At Westerburg High School in Sherwood, Ohio Veronica (Winona Ryder) desperately ants to be a part of the cool crowd. She wants to be a part of the Heathers. The group of girls are referred to as this because all three of them are named Heather. There is Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty), Heather McNamara (Lisanne Falk), and Heather Chandler (Kim Walker). The catch is that Veronica cannot stand any of them. She wishes them ill, but would never do anything to cause of the young woman harm. Upon dating J.D. (Christian Slater), she finds herself sliding down a slippery slope. Veronica becomes entangled in the murders of her enemies, covered up by the fact the whole town feels they have committed suicide. The film touches on many strong themes as one can tell by the brief rundown of the feature. In many ways, the film Jawbreaker (1999) attempts to rip off this plot line. While Jawbreaker is a unique spin, Heathers is by far the superior film and a joy to watch. For a darker road, but with a few laughs sprinkled throughout, make sure to pick this one up in a five dollar bin somewhere for oneself. For more of my review on the film Heathers please click here.
Films released as part of the Criterion Collection on both Blu-ray & DVD this week are the following: Carlos
Other films released this week on Blu-ray are the following: Basket Case, Battling Butler/Go West, The Blood Trilogy, Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen, Dragon Crusaders, Extract, Fever Pitch, A Fish Called Wanda, Gamera – Triple Feature Collector’s Edition, Gamera 3 – Revenge of Iris, Hour, John Tucker Must Die, Just My Luck, Legally Blonde, The Man in The Iron mask, Matrix Reloaded/Matrix Revolutions, Mimic, Never Been Kissed, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 & 3, Oceans Twelve/Oceans Thirteen, Viva Riva, & Without Men
Other films being released on both Blu-ray and DVD today are the following: Ben-Hur, Dead Cert, Good Neighbors, Heathers, The Ledge, Mother’s Day, The Phantom Carriage, Stool Pigeon, & Torso.
Other films being released DVD today are the following: 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, All She Can, American Loser, Angel of Evil, Baby Janes?, Blue Eyes, Boxer & The Bombshell, The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman, C.H.U.D., Cloud-Capped Star, The Cost of Love, Dum Maaro Dum, Dybbuk, The Echo Game, Forged, Gallant Bess, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Go for It, Help Me Help You, Hide, The Hideaways, It’s A Dog’s Life, L’Amour Fou, Lost Empires, Lost Future, Man for All Seasons, Grizzly Rage/Hybrid/Hellhounds, Maria’s B-Movie Mayhem (Scream/Barn of Naked Dead), Maria’s B-Movie Mayhem: Mardi Gras Massacre, Me And You And Everyone We Know, Miss Nobody, My Brother Talks to Horses, The Puck Hogs, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, Terror Trap, Tom Thumb, Treasure Island, Vampires, Mummies And Monsters Collection: Roger Corman Cult Classics (Lady Frankenstein, Time Walker, The Velvet Vampire & Grotesque), Women on Margins: Cinema of Jean-Claude Brisseau, & World of Sholom Aleichem.
Children’s films released this week on DVD are the following: A Flintstone Christmas Collection, Scared Shrekless & Monsters Vs Pumpkins Halloween DVD Set, & ZhuZhu Pets: Quest for Zhu.
Comedic ventures released this week on Blu-ray are the following: Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos
Comedic ventures released this week on DVD are the following: Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos & Ma & Pa Kettle Complete Comedy Collection.
Documentaries released on Blu-ray this week are the following: Mysteries fo the Deep: The Best of Undersea Explorer – Deep Habitats and Great Oceans, Mysteries of the Deep: The Best of Undersea Explorer – Coral Reefs & Undersea Adventures, Mysteries of the Deep: The Best of Undersea Explorer – Unique Ocean Creatures, Mysteries of the Deep: The Best of Undersea Explorer- Lost Ships, Red Sox: A Decade of Campions, & Sounds and Silence: Travels With Manfred Eicher.
Documentaries released on DVD this week are the following: Animals are Beautiful People, Art of the Western World, Godfather of Gore: The Herschell Gordon Lewis Documentary, Kidnap and Rescue, Punkin Chunkin, &, Wonderful World of Albert Kahn: Archives of Planet.
And don’t forget that this Friday there is a special release date for Transformers: Dark of the Moon on both Blu-ray & DVD!
If you are interested in renting any of these films, make sure to check out this title through Netflix, your local Austell Blockbuster, Redbox, Videodrome, Movies Worth Seeing, or movie channels based upon your cable or satellite provider. To purchase any Blu-rays or DVDs mentioned in this review please check out your local Austell Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or Kmart.