Well May has been a fairly thin month full of more obscure titles, and this week the month comes to an end with the smallest selection yet. In fact, this reviewer has only seen one title, so let’s just jump to that, shall we? In Annihilation, cellular biology professor and former U.S. Army soldier Lena’s (Natalie Portman) husband Kane (Oscar Isaac) returns after disappearing a year before on a secret mission into a mysterious environmental disaster zone known as ‘The Shimmer’. Within the area every living thing is affected in some way, it’s actual cellular make up altered. The government can’t seem to figure out what the strangely affected area and when anyone is sent into it, they never return. And when Kane is the first to come back, something about him is different. Now Lena, along with a select team of women selected for their areas of scientific expertise, become the newest team to venture into The Shimmer to try and get answers. But none of them could be prepared for the inexplicable things they are about to witness. 

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Annihilation comes to us from writer/director Alex Garland, based on the acclaimed novel by Jeff VanderMeer. Garland has previously wowed sci-fi audiences with his beautiful debut film Ex Machina and with Annihilation he continues the trend of smart, intriguing and original science fiction. Annihilation is a bizarre experience that sticks with you long after the end credits. The world inside The Shimmer is like nothing I have seen and the characters seem to react the same way. The fantastic cast including Portman, Tessa Thomson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tuva Novotny do a great job with the material and Garland creates a fantastical and often times, disturbing, world within the strange area being searched. Not to mention one scene in particular is one of the scariest scenes in recent film memory. As the story progresses to its end, the audience is really left to discuss theories about what exactly happens as it is left purposefully unexplained. The novels are a trilogy and I sincerely hope Annihilation did well enough to warrant more films. I am dying to get some of the answers to my own theories. Annihilation is a beautiful, strange, unique and thought provoking sci-fi thriller well worth seeking out. And there are some great special features to help you through your theorizing afterwards.

A few other titles of note this week are the Criterion Collection edition of the classic Dustin Hoffman/Jon Voight drama Midnight Cowboy, and the Blu-ray debut of a couple of cult classics, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud with Michael Sarrazin and the 1982 sci-fi horror Xtro.

Until next week movie lovers.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday May 29, 2018

A Bucket of Blood*


Au Hasard Balthazar* - Criterion Collection

Cold Turkey

Diff’rent Strokes: The Complete Final Season

Haunted: The Complete TV Series*

I’m Dying Up Here: Season One

Jackass TV and Movie Collection

Lady Ice*

Midnight Cowboy – Criterion Collection

Odds Against Tomorrow*

Paws, P.I.

Shocking Dark*

Smash Palace*

The Last House on the Left: Special Edition

The Paris Express a.k.a. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By*

The Reincarnation of Peter Proud*

The Road Movie

The Two of Us: 50th Anniversary*

Xtro: Limited Edition*

Zombi 3*

Zombi 4: After Death*

*Catalog Blu-ray debut

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Bill Howard

A film fan since he was a wee child and received a full sized Terminator movie poster as a gift, Bill lives for movies. An avid collector of Blu-ray and DVD (and VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc before that), Bill also has his own review site, Fountain Pop.com and has recently completed his first horror novel, 10 Minutes from Home. Bill is often a crusader for the films that no one likes or no one has heard of(he loves Ishtar, Superman Returns, the Star Wars prequels and almost all of the horror remakes...) and just wants everyone to share their love for movies instead of spreading their hate for them.

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