This week’s DVD releases highlight the many talents of Duncan Jones, Jake Gyllenhaal and Brandon Routh. This week is also a continuation of the weeks with very slim pickins at the video store and more LOOONG waits on the Netflix queues. Each week, including the ones with little to choose from, have at least one that’s worth checking out and one that probably is only getting seen out of sheer curiosity just to see how bad it truly is. This week is no exception and I’ll give you a hint, the one by the man who directed MOON isn’t the one I’m going to be advising that you avoid.
Duncan Jones stunned many people with his debut, MOON. Following a movie like that up with a much higher profile project like SOURCE CODE is no enviable task. I’m happy to say that I believe Jones has once again put forth a winner as I loved SOURCE CODE. I won’t lie and say that it is on the same level as MOON, because MOON still stands as one of my favorite science fiction movies of the past decade and SOURCE CODE, while still pretty awesome isn’t quite up to those standards. The good is a tense tone with a fun atmosphere with a pair of likeable leads along with some pretty good special effects and an intriguing concept. The bad lies in some of the logic of the universe of SOURCE CODE as well as a pretty weak and strange performance from Jeffrey Wright. Verdict: Buy It
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
I really do not have much to say about this one. The trailer was terrible, the acting looked atrocious and the premise just isn’t something that sounded incredibly interesting. Critics and fans alike couldn’t even make a name for this one when it was in theaters, except to ensure a deeper and colder grave the faster it plummeted at the box office. I don’t expect that this one will be a hot seller or a widely sought after rental no matter where you choose to check it out. Verdict: Don’t Bother
DVD & Blu-Ray releases for the week of August 2, 2011: Rio, Soul Surfer, Quarantine 2: Terminal and Stake Land.