Samurai's Pick: BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (Region 1 DVD/Blu-Ray; Shout! Factory)
Hopefully this comes out this time, I picked this a ways back and it was delayed. This is Seven Samurai in Outer Space with set design by James Cameron and Bill Paxton!!! In all seriousness this is an Incredibly cheap but incredibly fun rehash of a classic story.
Amazon DVD and Blu-Ray
Diabolik DVD and Blu-Ray
Matt-suzaka's Pick: INSIDIOUS (Region DVD and Blu-Ray; Sony)
There are a good number of wonderful films seeing release on both DVD and Blu-ray this week, and I could very easily go with any one of the ten-to-fifteen or so releases that speak to me depending on my current mood at any given moment. With that said, my pick for this week comes not in the form of a movie that I already love dearly, in fact, it’s one that I’ve yet to even see, and that would be James Wan’s haunted house film, Insidious. My reasoning is simple: I am what some would consider a hardcore horror fan (or a sinner, if you're religious enough), and the word of mouth has been mostly very solid on this year’s box office tortoise, so it’s a no-brainer for me that the first film I’m snagging today will be the horror film that I sadly missed in theaters.
Amazon DVD and Blu-Ray
Aaron's Picks: [REC] 2 (Region 1 DVD; Sony) and INSIDIOUS (Region 1 DVD/Blu-Ray; Sony)
Horror fans are in for a treat this week with two big releases from Sony Pictures. First up is the sequel to the terrifying Spanish "found-footage" horror film [REC]. It's been floating around on the gray market - or perhaps your local swap meet - for a while now, but now you can finally watch it on your big screen TV and crank up the surround sound for what will undoubtedly be an entertaining exercise in shaky-cam terror. Next up is INSIDIOUS, which has been getting some mixed reviews since its theatrical run (which was, what... like two months ago?!). "It could have been better", "Why was Darth Maul in it?", "The ending sucked", "Blah, blah, blah"... whatever. INSIDIOUS is far from terrible, and if you're looking for a fun horror movie to watch with your lady friend (or man friend... or by yourself) on a Saturday night, this is the way to go. If you have a blu-ray player, I'd definitely recommend going that route with INSIDIOUS. The nightmarish cinematography and vibrant colors towards the back end of the film will surely pop in high-def.
[REC 2] Amazon DVD
[REC 2] Blu-Ray (Amazon Canada)
[REC 2] Diabolik DVD
INSIDIOUS Amazon DVD and Blu-Ray
INSIDIOUS Blu-Ray.com Review