The Blu-ray Crypt – Nov. 26

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Breaking Bad Complete Series

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series

This is an exceptional series from creator Vince Gilligan. It’s dark and, at times, hard to watch but it is one of the best written TV shows and full of incredible performances from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Bob Odenkirk and the rest of the cast.

Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White, a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife and teenage son who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a slim chance to survive. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family’s financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power. The series explores how this fatal diagnosis transforms Walt from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.

This 16-disc set includes all 62 episodes of the acclaimed AMC drama, more than 55 hours of special features, an all-new exclusive documentary and collectible packaging. Fans who are addicted to the series and itching for another hit can now indulge in more than two-hours of never-before-seen footage in a ground-breaking series documentary exclusive to the box set, which comes packaged in a collectible replica barrel representing part of Walter White’s dark legacy. The all-new documentary chronicles the making of the final season, from filming the first table read to the very last day on set and everything in between, including Bryan Cranston inviting the camera in to his Albuquerque living room for the first reading of the final script with Aaron Paul. The box set also contains all bonus features from previously released seasons (including retail exclusives formerly only available in select stores), a Los Pollos Hermanos apron and a collectible booklet with a letter from Gilligan, as well as a commemorative Breaking Bad challenge coin designed and created by Gilligan exclusively for this set as a token of appreciation to fans for making the Breaking Bad journey.

If you can afford the $200 price tag, this is well worth the purchase.

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Breaking Bad: The Final Season

For those of you who already own most of the series already and don’t feel like dishing out the money for the complete collection, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is simultaneously releasing the final season.

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Red 2

Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process.

I thought Red was fairly entertaining but was ultimately forgettable. I wasn’t all that thrilled about a sequel until I saw that Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot was behind the camera and the addition of Anthony Hopkins to the cast was most welcome. I’ll be adding this to my Netflix queue and checking it out soon.

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Knightriders

The members of a traveling Renaissance Faire, who saddle up on motorcycles instead of horses, ride from town to town to stage medieval jousting tournaments with combatants in suits of armor and wielding lances, battle-axes, maces and broadswords. The spectacle of this violent pageant soon garners national attention, much to the dismay of the current king of this Camelot. A challenger to his throne arises as they try to maintain their fairytale existence in a world wrought with corruption.

Shout Factory is a great source of cult movies and I love seeing when they announce new titles for release. As soon as I saw that George A. Romero wrote and directed this Arthurian tale, I wanted to see this flick immediately. I’m always happy to be surprised when I find out I haven’t seen, nor heard, of a movie from one of my favorite directors. It doesn’t happen often but I’m glad it does, it’s so much fun! Knightriders stars Ed Harris, Tom Savini, John Amplas, Patricia Tallman and Ken Foree. The disc features an audio commentary with Romero, Savini, Amplas and film historian Chris Stavrakis, as well as a behind the scenes featurette and new interviews with Romero, Savini and Ed Harris.

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Getaway

Brent Magna is a burned out race car driver who is thrust into a do-or-die mission behind the wheel when his wife is kidnapped. With Brent’s only ally being a young hacker, his one hope of saving his wife is to follow the orders of the mysterious voice who’s watching his every move through cameras mounted on the car Brent’s driving.

Getaway received a whopping 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and didn’t seem to fair too well either with audiences. The pairing of Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez is something I don’t understand, other than that the studio might have thought she’d help sell tickets to a younger audience. I like Hawke so I anticipate that I’m going to sit through this on some future rainy day but I don’t have high hopes for it.

The Horror Show

The Horror Show

116 people are dead at the hands of Max Jenke and his trusty meat cleaver. Now, justice is about to be served as Jenke is sentenced to the electric chair. But from the first high voltage blast, it becomes clear that Max is no ordinary serial killer. With a blood-chilling laugh from the depths of hell, Max enters our world, transformed into a supernatural force by the high-voltage blast of electricity. Max vows revenge on the cop who captured him. Well-aware of the maniacal killer’s passion to destroy, Detective Lucas McCarthy can only begin to imagine the horror that awaits him and his family.

Scream Factory releases this Blu-ray + DVD combo pack of James Isaac’s 1989 horror film that stars Lance Henriksen, Brion James and Rita Taggart. I’ve actually never heard of this but horror fans may be interested in knowing the movie was produced by Friday the 13th director Sean S. Cunningham. Despite being unfamiliar with The Horror Show, I’m excited about watching a new (to me) ’80s era horror film. The movie sounds like it shares a similar premise to Wes Craven’s Shocker, which was also released in 1989. I’m curious to see if they share any similarities beyond the synopsis. Scream Factory has provided a few special features on the Blu-ray that includes a commentary track with Sean S. Cunningham and an interview with stunt coordinator Kane Hodder and actress Rita Taggart.

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Jobs

Jobs chronicles Steve Jobs’ early days as a college dropout all the way to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and forced departure from the company. More than a decade later, Jobs returns and single-handedly sets a course that will turn the once-tiny startup into one of the world’s most valuable companies. His epic journey blazes a trail that changes technology – and the world – forever.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Ashton Kutcher. I don’t dislike him by any means but I have trouble taking him seriously. He comes off as a big goofball, even when he’s not trying, and watching him in the trailer for Jobs, I can’t help but think he’s going to break character and do something stupid or funny. Perhaps my perception of him is a little unfair but I’ve not seen him do anything to make me feel otherwise. That being said, I have yet to see Jobs so I’m willing to take the chance and see what Kutcher is able to pull off in a movie that will test his dramatic abilities, maybe he’ll prove me wrong.

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The Canyons

Writer Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) and acclaimed director Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver and director of American Gigolo) join forces for this explicitly erotic thriller about youth, glamour, sex and surveillance. Manipulative and scheming young movie producer Christian (adult film star James Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, while his actress girlfriend and bored plaything, Tara (Lindsay Lohan), hides a passionate affair with an actor from her past. When Christian becomes aware of Tara’s infidelity, the young Angelenos are thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.

I’ve been interested in seeing The Canyons since I read the New York Times article “Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan In Your Movie.” The movie sounds like a giant train wreck and I’m curious to sift through the wreckage. My hopes are that the movie contains so-bad-it’s-good traits for me to enjoy but it’s also quite possible that this is just boring and dry. I know the movie will be bad, I just hope it’s bad in a fun way.

More titles released today:

Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion)

Day of the Animals

Murdoch Mysteries: Series 6

Wolf Children

by Ben McBride

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