The Blu-ray Crypt – Aug. 13

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Olympus Has Fallen

This actioneer from director Antoine Fuqua is the better of this year’s White House siege movies (White House Down was pretty forgettable) and is also the better Die Hard movie of the year (Olympus Has Fallen felt like it was more in line with the Die Hard franchise than A Good Day to Die Hard was). While some of the visual effects are a little spotty, the rest of Olympus Has Fallen is full of really fun action that will undoubtedly entertain. It’s not high art but it is a blast to watch. The Blu-ray contains several featurettes including a blooper reel and a behind the scenes look of how they made the movie from developing the story to creating the choreography of the action scenes. Olympus Has Fallen comes highly recommended to action movie fans and to those wanting a good piece of escapist entertainment.

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Hatchet III

I haven’t seen Hatchet II yet so it looks like a double feature is in order for me to see this conclusion to the story that began in 2006 with the original film. Hatchet III follows the vengeful Marybeth, played by horror fan favorite Danielle Harris, as she continues to search for a way to destroy Victor Crowley, a hulking, seemingly invincible sociopath rampaging through a sleepy Louisiana swamp. While a heavily armed team of mercenaries takes to the bayou surrounding Crowley’s home, Marybeth finds herself begrudgingly teaming up with a local policeman, played by Zach Galligan of Gremlins fame, and his ex-wife, an expert on the maniac who may have uncovered the secret to ending his murderous rampage once and for all. This Blu-ray release from Dark Sky Films features a commentary track with writer/producer Adam Green, director BJ McDonnell, cinematographer Will Barratta and make-up effects artist Robert Pendergraft as well as a cast commentary with Green, McDonnell and Kane Hodder.  The disc also sports three behind the scenes featurettes.

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Return to Nuke ‘Em High (Volume 1)

A new Troma release brings the world more depraved insanity from director Lloyd Kaufman in this sequel to 1986’s Class of Nuke ‘Em High. This release is Part 1 of the sequel (Part 2 to be released at a later time and quite possibly with me in a very quick segment if I don’t get cut out) and is a satirical sci-fi comedy event film. At Tromaville High School, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lovers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate in order to save the high school and the world! The official release date of this movie is listed as today but on Amazon there is no release date listed nor can you buy it from Troma’s website. However, as of now, Best Buy has it available on their website for purchase (though it is currently backordered). The release date/availability is a bit confusing and I’m not sure if this has been delayed or not, I guess this one is a bit of a mystery. If someone gets their hands on a copy, let me know in the comments section to confirm its release.

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Girls: The Complete Second Season

I still have yet to see the first season of Girls but I did recently watch Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture and liked it enough to want to check out this series eventually. It seems Girls is a bit divisive with audiences, even more so with the second season, but the show doesn’t have to please everybody if Dunham has a specific vision for the show and is executing it well. Have you been watching Girls? What do you think of the show?

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The Muppet Movie

The original Muppets movie hits high-definition for the first time in a “Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition” Blu-ray + Digital Copy release. As with most Disney releases, their anniversary/special editions of catalog titles receive very little attention paid to the bonus features and The Muppet Movie is no exception. There are a few special features included but they aren’t anything of note. It’d be nice if Disney treated their properties (and fans) with respect and provide some really great behind the scenes or retrospectives for beloved films. Sometimes they come through but it’s a rarity it seems. Fans of the Muppets should definitely be pleased with the Blu-ray though as the image has been remastered for this release.

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The Company You Keep

Jim Grant is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant’s world is turned upside down when a brash young reporter exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground, Grant must now go on the run. With the FBI in hot pursuit, he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person who can clear his name.  Based on the novel by Neil Gordon, The Company You Keep was directed by Robert Redford and features a stellar cast of Redford, Nick Nolte, Shia LaBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Brit Marling, Anna Kendrick, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Elliott and Richard Jenkins. The Blu-ray features two behind the scenes featurettes, coverage of the New York red carpet premiere and a press conference featuring Redford, Tucci and Marling.

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The House of Seven Corpses

Severin Films is behind the release of this ’70s shocker about a film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor with its own grisly history of family bloodshed. The caretaker warns them not to mess with things they do not understand but the director wants to be as authentic as possible and has his cast re-enact rituals that took place in the house. This inadvertently summons a ghoul from the nearby cemetery to kill off the whole film crew one by one. This old school favorite has been hailed as a classic Saturday afternoon creature feature scare and, for the first time, is seen in HD sourced from original vault materials. The Blu-ray + DVD combo release also features an exclusive archive interview with the legendary horror icon John Carradine and a brand new audio commentary.

More titles released today:

Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season

Emperor

Seconds (Criterion)

A Band Called Death

The Big Wedding

What Maisie Knew

The Guillotines

Flashdance

Shaft

The Presidio

Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space – Special Edition

Good Luck Miss Wyckoff

The Odd Angry Shot

Reality

Super Storm

Cat. 8

by Ben McBride

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