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.
One of the many things I miss about the glory days of VHS is going to the local mom-and-pop video store (Bob’s Video Haven, on N.W. 63rd and Meridian) in the pre-Blockbuster era and looking at all the oversized boxes for obscure horror movies my mother was not about to let a middle-schooler like me rent. Grisly photos, garish coloring — they called out to me like forbidden fruit.
Camp Motion Pictures must understand this with its release of “The Basement: Retro 80s Horror Collection.” The multidisc set offers five — count ’em, five! — movies from that decade of ribald rentals. You’ve never heard of these titles, and that’s what makes this item so alluring: “The Basement,” “Captives,” “Cannibal Campout,” “Video Violence” and “Video Violence 2.”
Making this 10-hour collection extra-special is that “The Basement” is a lost Super 8 production made in 1989 but unreleased until now. Better yet, it’s an anthology film that pays tribute to “Creepshow,” a flick I rented so many times back in the day, I still have it memorized. And better better yet, it’s not only included on the DVD, but on VHS, also in the package.
Anyway, check out the trailer for “The Basement.” Hoping to get my hands on this one for you, dear readers. —Rod Lott