Hello! Welcome to the first of my weekly looks at what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray. The format might evolve as we go along, but for this time round at least, I’ll simply take a look at some of the biggest discs out this week and try to help you decide if they’re worth picking up.
I haven’t seen this one yet and, judging by its box office takings, neither has most of the world. It’s your standard disfigured hero seeks revenge in a Western-type setting, with the likes of Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich and the supremely talented Michael Fassbender on board. By most accounts, this was mauled by the studio in the edit with loads of footage left on the floor. Might be best to wait a while and see if a director’s cut emerges.
Lost Boys: The Thirst
If you managed to read my column on 5 Terrible Horror Sequels from earlier this week, you’ll have seen that I was no fan of the previous film. There’s nothing to suggest that this one will be any better, so do yourself a favour and rent the original film instead.
Red Dragon (Blu-ray)
Here’s one with a little more value to it. Even though it’s directed by fanboy enemy Brett Ratner, this isn’t bad at all — it’s definitely one of his better films. While it’s not a patch on The Silence Of The Lambs, it’s certainly entertaining and better than Hannibal. Certainly a good rental option and it would be a worthwhile buy too.
Deep Blue Sea (Blu-ray)
Deep Blue Sea should never be brought up in a discussion of great shark movies. That said, it’s enjoyable enough throwaway fodder. However, I can’t imagine HD will make that infamous moment with Samuel L Jackson look any better — you know the one I mean. This one is probably worth a rental.
There are few things in this world more irritating than Danny Dyer — only nails on a chalkboard, someone cracking their knuckles and Sarah Jessica Parker spring to mind. As much as I like Noel Clarke and Stephen Graham, there are a million other things I’d rather do before being forced to endure Dyer’s grating mockney voice — self-flagellation being a very reasonable option by comparison. Avoid, for the sake of your sanity.
How To Train Your Dragon (out Friday)
If it hadn’t been for Woody and his pals, this would have been the animated movie of the year. It’s funny, sweet and earnest. The only time I’ve seen it to date was during a flight, so I’ll definitely be picking this up on Blu-ray to catch it in its full majesty. I reckon you should too.