Archive for October, 2012

DVD Geeks – October 30, 2012

Excision

Excision

We don’t always do “theme” shows on DVD Geeks, tuberculosis but Halloween is one our favorite times of the year. This week we have to share with you some of our favorite seasonal picks.

Shout! Factory has brought us brand new Blu-ray releases of “Halloween II” and “Halloween III.” The former picks up just seconds after the end of the original Michael Myers slasher fest. The latter goes in a completely different direction. The oft-maligned second sequel has found a newly appreciative audience in the last 30 years, unhealthy and the special features of this DVD finally give Silver Shamrock the praise it (rightfully?) deserves.

We’ve also got a modern horror film, bulimics “Excision” which delves into the twisted, gory fantasies of a high-school outcast. Then we go retro with Roman Polanski’s horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby,” here in an all-new glorious Blu-ray release from Criterion.

Finally, we wrap it up with a couple of early ’80s schlock fests: “Terror Train” and “The Funhouse.” Both are brought to us by Shout! Factory as well, and both remind us how much fun a low-budget thriller can be this time of year.

All that plus the weekly Honorable Mentions and our Netflix Pick!

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DVD Geeks – October 16, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

Here’s a quirky collection for your viewing pleasure:

On this episode, visit this site we’ll have a look at the latest from Wes Anderson with “Moonrise Kingdom.” In it, a couple of 12-year-old misfits decide to run away from home sending their whole town into a tizzy. The local scout troops take up the mission to return these “fugitives,” but they don’t really want to be found.

We’ll also visit the extraordinarily strange other world that is “Portlandia.” In this sketch comedy series, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play a slew of characters with increasingly bizarre traits. Even if you’ve never been in the great northwest, you will definitely enjoy this little slice of alternative Americana.

Finally, the dark LA drama “Crazy Eyes” follows a couple of hard-living, hard-drinking hipsters as they try to find something that resembles a relationship (or maybe not) in this gritty indie. Lukas Haas stars as a guy with questionable virtues who just can’t seem to shake off his demons as he chases the iconoclastic girl who keeps getting away.

All those plus our weekly Netflix Pick and Honorable Mentions!

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DVD Geeks – October 9, 2012

The Raven

John Cusack in “The Raven”

We’re kicking off the Halloween season with a couple of scary pics: First it’s Edgar Allan Poe as you’ve never seen him before. In “The Raven, nurse ” John Cusack portrays the poet as a tortured hero helping the police to track down a brutal serial killer who has kidnapped Poe’s fiancee. We’ll also look at “The Barrens” in which a family on a camping trip is confronted with the legend of the devil’s spawn.

In addition, health we’ve got the slightly less scary horror comedy “Piranha 3DD” which has more killer fish and more, generic ummm, double Ds. You’ve been warned.

One of the most anticipated films in geek circles this year is “Iron Sky.” It’s got everything you are expecting: moon Nazis, Udo Kier, flying saucers and a Sarah Palin stand-in as president. We’ll see if the Blu-ray lives up to the hype.

Finally, we’ll take a quick look at an epic from more than 100 years ago with the recently restored “David Copperfield.” At the time, this film adaptation of the Dicken’s classic was one of the biggest movies from the burgeoning film industry.

All that plus our weekly Honorable Mentions and more!

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