With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong?
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer.
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray.
Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.
Happy Cyber Monday! Guess that means you survived Black Friday’s greed stampede. And now that holiday season is into full swing, I continue pimping some DVD releases that should not be overlooked for gift possibilities. While not for everyone, certainly there’s somebody on your list who might appreciate such a disc.
Today, we get robotic with “Robotech: The Complete Original Series.” At a ridiculous 17 discs, the limited-edition box set contains all 85 episodes — hence “Complete” — of the 1980s animated fave named as No. 34 of the “Top 50 Sci-Fi Series of All Time,” by no less an authority than IGN.com. (Yes, that’s stated with some sarcasm.)
Now, something like this that clocks in at more than 32 hours isn’t for just any ol’ cartoon fan, but specifically, the anime nut, provided that he or she (read: he) didn’t already pre-order the thing.
Four bonus discs include some of the 10 hours of bonus content, which includes documentaries, music videos, alternate versions, original pilots, deleted scenes, toy commercials, character bios, model sheets, comic book covers, merchandise galleries and the proverbial “much more.”
The DVD set is available now at a suggested retail price of $99.95. Just look how happy the guy below is! —Rod Lott