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Christopher Webster [DVD News 07.27.11] movie news dvd

Sorry this column is coming at you a bit late folks, but buckle up and get ready to empty your bank accounts because it's one of the best release weeks in a long time!

Ironclad - James Purefoy (Solomon Kane) carries this actioner about a ragtag group of Knights Templar who hold out for months against the hard-fought siege of Rochester Castle in the thirteenth Century. Set in the time of King John's signing of the Magna Carta treaty, the group struggles against the King to defend the freedom of their country.

Source Code - For his sophomore film, Moon director Duncan Jones creates a multiple-reality/time traveling twister of a film that is both thematically and viscerally exciting. The film is about a helicopter pilot who is recruited for a top-secret military operation and finds himself on a startlingly different kind of mission that challenges our assumptions about time and space.

We Are What We Are - From the inimitable IFC comes an emotionally devastating and violent film about a family of cannibals. This feature debut from Jorge Michel Grau won praise from fests and is long overdue on DVD. Here's hoping the release follows IFC's trend of putting their releases on Netflix on the same day as release so I can catch it tonight.

American Grindhouse - is a great new documentary about the underbelly of American cinema from the early 60s onwards. If you've ever wanted to know more about bikers and broads movies, scifi schlock or the birth of gore, look no further than American Grindhouse. Word to the wise: You can also pick up a "double feature" set which includes this along with the horror documentary Nightmares in Red White and Blue for basically the same price. You're welcome.

Dead & The Damned - This cowboys v. zombies flick sees release just in time to capitalize on the release of Cowboys and Aliens. We've haven't seen this one yet but the trailers certainly made it look like a grab-bag of low-budget zombie fun.

Dylan Dog - I suspect that this comic adaptation will gain some sort of cult following as the years go by, but for now it ranks among the biggest disappointments of the year. What tries to be a slick genre bender turns out to be more like a lost episode of Angel. It has its moments and the odd blast of way-out creature FX and humour but feels ultimately flat.

Trust - is about a suburban family who is torn apart when their fourteen-year-old daughter Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating online, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.

The Task/Scream of the Banshee (After Dark Original) - Two more releases from the annual batch of ADO horror flicks come at ya. Scream of the Banshee saw some popularity when it premiered on SyFy I think, so maybe it's alright. But I'm still waiting for Re-Kill, baby.

Jackboots on Whitehall - Is like a British Robot Chicken about WW II. Projectcyclops love it and I'm glad to see it's got some dstro here from New Video Group. Good job, boys.

The King of Fighters- Right on the heels of Tekken we've a Japanese video game adaption: King of Fighters. From action director Gordon Chan the fighting-tournament adventure also stars David Leitch as Terry Bogard, Maggie Q as gorgeous Mai Shiranui and Ray Park as the powerful criminal Rugal Bernstein.

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JeffC (9 years ago) Reply

I have to say I was disappointed with We Are What We Are. It started off pretty intriguing and it reminded me of the tone of Let The Right One In but it became pretty tedious and just didn't pick up the pace enough for me. Disappointing.

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