Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Today's New DVDs- 6/16/09

Here's some of the notable titles hitting DVD and Blu today:

Friday the 13th (2009): This remake/ reboot/ remix/ whatever of the classic slasher film offers a few thrills and some engaging performances, but it is also burdened by goofy plot holes (even for a horror movie) and piss-poor attempts at humor.

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail: It's from Tyler Perry Production, and it's a film by Tyler Perry, starring Tyler Perry. It's Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail! So, seriously, whose movie is this again? Enjoy the latest turned-in-six-months masterwork from one of America's most loathsome hacks. DVD Talk didn't get a screening copy, and I wouldn't have watched it if we did, but Orndorf gave this one a pretty good working-over when it hit theaters a few months back.

Rifftrax: Today's the release date for the 10-disc first wave of DVDs from Rifftrax, the post-MST3K venture of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett. Of the ones I've seen, I would highly recommend Shorts Volume 1 and Shorts Volume 2, as well as Reefer Madness and Plan 9 From Outer Space. I also reviewed Swing Parade, though it's not as strong as some of the others.

What's Up Tiger Lily?: In the same spirit that spawned MST and Riffrax is this verrrrry early Woody Allen effort, in which the Woodman and some of his friends took a bad Japanese James Bond rip-off and dubbed an entirely new (and very funny) English track. The one-joke premise runs out of gas before the picture runs of out film, but it's still got some boffo gags and is a lot of fun.

Generation Kill: The riveting HBO mini-series, from the brilliant creators of The Wire, hits Blu-ray today; it's a phenomenal piece of work.

My Breakfast with Blassie: A new "commemorative edition" of Andy Kaufman's oddball performance piece, an improvised My Dinner with Andre parody with old-time wrestler "Classy" Fred Blassie. It's interesting, but not terribly entertaining.

Fracture: Gregory Hoblit's slick thriller is a bit of a throwaway, but worth a glance for the contrasting (but equally effective) performances of Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling.

Ghostbusters: Arguably the greatest comedy of the 80s arrives on Blu-ray with plenty of bells and whistles.

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