Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween! Seeing as how new release day falls right smack dab on the scariest day of the year, how about we look at some creepy stuff out today? First up is one of many Stephen King projects out in 2017, which is now shaping up to be the Year of King. The Dark Tower is the story of Jake, (Tom Taylor), a kid from New Jersey who has seen visions his whole life and finds vindication when he discovers a portal to another world connected to ours where the fates of both are being threatened by The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). The Man in Black wants to destroy a tower that keeps the universe together and bring chaos to the universe. So it is up to Jake as he teams up with the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) to try and save both worlds.
The Dark Tower was probably the least successful King adaptation this year but all the harsh criticism is quite unfounded in my opinion. Yes, a 95-minute movie can?t really capture an entire series of huge books, but taken on its own as an action fantasy movie, The Dark Tower is a lot of fun. Performances are great across the board, the action scenes are phenomenal, and the whole film has an air of 80s fantasy to it that I liked very much. Set aside the bad press and set aside expectations from the books and give The Dark Tower a chance on its own, you might be surprised.
Next up is two new Collector?s Editions from Shout Factory that are most welcome on my movie shelves. First off is Zack Snyder?s 2004 remake of George A. Romero?s Dawn of the Dead. One morning, Ana (Sarah Polley), a nurse, wakes to find her world thrown into chaos as a mysterious outbreak causes the dead to come to life to feed on the living. After barely escaping her overrun neighborhood Ana meets up with a police officer, Kenneth (Ving Rhames) and a few other survivors who take refuge in the deserted Crossroads Shopping Mall. But as supplies start to run low and the group starts to have internal problems with each other, they must find a way to survive outside the mall if they are going to survive at all.
When it comes to classic modern horror, the granddaddy of them all is Romero?s original 1978 Dawn of the Dead. But as far as remakes go, this one is the absolute top of the heap. Snyder manages to pay great homage to the original while crafting a whole new and fresh experience. The cast is amazing featuring Polley, Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly and Matt Frewer and the zombie action is amazing, over the top and extremely well orchestrated. There are tons of laughs, scares, tension and action to keep any horror fan satiated. This new Collector?s Edition also features new masters of the theatrical and unrated versions, five new interview featurettes well worth checking out and a ton of other special features making this the absolute definitive edition of the film.
Lastly this week we continue the zombie love with Land of the Dead Collector?s Edition. George A. Romero?s criminally underrated zombie flick stars Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento and others as inhabitants of the world years after the zombie apocalypse has claimed society. Living within a walled in city run by Kaufman (Hopper), the tensions rise as a revolution begins to overthrow the power elite as the zombie population outside the walls evolve to become even more of a threat.
Land of the Dead is a Romero original zombie movie that doesn?t really get the love it deserves. It has everything going for it from a killer cast to amazing zombies, fantastic gore fx, tons of action, a good story and quite few laughs. Leguizamo, Baker and cast all seem to really be enjoying themselves and the whole post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-esque city is a nice twist on the usual zombie movie fare. And this new Collector?s Edition also features new 2K scans of both the theatrical and unrated versions, four new interview featurettes, a new audio commentary from zombie performers and loads of other special features. These two releases will really beef up your zombie section of your Blu-ray collection and what better day for it than Halloween!
Also of note this week is the new Halle Berry thriller Kidnap, the Blu-ray debut of the cult classic The Devil?s Rain, and the animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, which pretty much wins the best title contest for this week.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday October 31, 2017
Age of Kill
Broken Sword Hero
Cannon for Cordoba*
Center of my World
Dawn of the Dead ? Collector?s Edition
Dawson City: Frozen Time
Flipper: Season Three
Halo ? The Complete Video Collection
He Walked by Night*
Island of the Burning Damned
Land of the Dead ? Collector?s Edition
Return of the Ape Man*
S.O.S. Tidal Wave*
Slaughter High ? Vestron Video Collector?s Series*
The Dark Tower
The Devil?s Rain*
The Madness of King George*
The Miracle Worker*
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
The Topper Collection
The Vampire?s Ghost*
Voice of the Moon ? Collector?s Edition*
Young Doctors in Love*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut