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.
Our holiday season pimping of gift-y DVD releases continues! While not for everyone, certainly there’s somebody on your list who might appreciate such a disc.
Today, that’s “It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series,” a spy show that ran for three seasons on ABC and helped make movie star Robert Wagner a TV star, too. It’s a shame that he’s back in the news now not for this, but for the ridiculous re-opening of the decades-old case of his dead wife, Natalie Wood, just because some dumbo wants some free publicity for his book.
Anyway, “It Takes a Thief”: Whether you were alive then or not, the look of the ever-lovin’ 1960s lives, breathes and swings through all 66 episodes of this square (in size, not ’tude) box set. No way in hell am I through all 66 episodes of it yet, but it’s a blast from that proverbial past. The retro sets, the beautiful women, the cool soundtrack, the heist-of-the-week plots: They all combine for an experience of A/V awesomeness totaling more than 50 hours of fun.
Wagner’s on board for a bonus interview, as is co-producer Glen A. Larson. The red-and-yellow box opens up to reveal a book to help ease newbies into the show’s vibe of espionage, a frame of film (if you’re into bits of memorabilia) and, best of all (because it’s über-useful), a set of “Thief” coasters.
“It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series” is available now on 18 DVDs, for a suggested retail price of $199.98. Combine those gift cards! —Rod Lott