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Just Arrived: A Box of 40 HD-DVD Movies (Player to Arrive Next Week)

So I bought a box of 40 HD-DVD movies on Ebay last week and they jusy arrives. What is HD-DVD? It was the format that lost out to Blu-Ray. Same resolution, different incompatible format (remember the Bets vs. VHS video casstte war? This is the Beta of high definition formats). This is a dead format. Why would I buy them if it’s a dead format? They were super cheap, like the HD-DVD add on for the XBOX 360. A crap load of HD movies for cheap is a no brainer to me. I paid $40 for 40 movies and I am super happy about it.

Here’s the list of movies:

Adventures of Robin Hood, The
Ant Bully, The
Arctic Tale
Aviator, The

Batman Begins
Beowulf
Blades of Glory
Caddyshack
Constantine
Corpse Bride
Dead Silence
Disturbia
Dreamgirls
Failure to Launch
Four Brothers
Fugitive, The
Goodfellas
Happy Feet
Heartbreak Kid
Hot Rod
Jerk, The
Kiss Kiss bang Bang
Lethal Weapon
Last Samurai, The
Mighty Heart, A
Million Dollar Baby
Nacho Libre
Next
Norbit
Ocean’s Thirteen
Perfect Storm, The
Polar Express, the
Searchers, the
Superman Returns
Swordfish
TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Training Day
Transformers
Unforgiven

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V/H/S (2012) – Plethora of Point of View Horror Stories Wrapped Up Into One

Well, this was interesting. VHS is a 2012 anthology of Point of View horror (you know, from the camera’s view as one of the characters). It’s one of the “shaky cam” movies that have risen since The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield (among others). While not an amazing film, it stays entertaining enough not to just be a waste of time.

The gist of the story is a group of thugs that tape themselves doing crime and then post the videos online have been hired to break into an old house and steal a VHS cassette. They are not told what tape, only that they will know it when they see it.

Upon entering the house, they find an apparently deceased old man sitting in a chair in front of a wall of TVs all hooked up to VCRs, all currently displaying static. The guys were told that the tape they were looking for would be found in the basement, so they all head down except for one of them who is instructed to stay in the room with the body. The guy left in the room decides to see what is on the tapes the old guy was watching… and it isn’t good. Each tape is a different tale of horror, be it extra terrestrial, supernatural or just plain humans being evil to humans. One common thing to all the videos: they were all self shot, point of view videos, like these hoods film. Not all of the individual stories are compelling, and the main story (the one about the guys entering the house to collect a tape) could have used some serious fleshing out, but over all the film is entertaining. This type of movie could easily be a total crapfest (and to be honest, that’s what I expected), but it was kept interesting enough for me. As I said at the beginning, this isn’t a great film, but I did find it entertaining and I have no problems suggesting at as a watch.

Check out the trailer below.


Brain Dead (1990) – A Trippy Film Where Nothing is What It Seems

Wow… This film is a freakin’ trip. I saw this film back in 1992 or 1993 on VHS – I was impressed then and I am now.

Starring Bill Pullman as neurosurgeon Dr. Rex Martin who, after a head injury finds himself wondering what is real and what is not and whether or not he is actually who he thinks he is.

This is a crazy, rollercoaster ride that makes the watcher also wonder what’s really happening to the character and what isn’t. Dr. Martin goes from paranoid to confused. One scene jumps to another leaving him and you, the audience reeling. Is he being persecuted by the giant evil company he works for? Does he even work for a big evil company? Who’s on his side? What side is his side?

Watch this trippy movie yourself to figure it out…but you won’t (figure it out, that is).

Here is the trailer:


Terrorvision (1986) – Mid-80s Weirdness That’s Worth Watching

Terrorvision is weird, off the wall, semi-abstract comedy/science-fiction film from 1986 that might leave you wondering what you just watched. Mut if you’re anything like me, you won’t be wondering why you watched it. This is a film that I started watching on a couple of occasions but never got through the first few minutes – always because the person I was watching it at the time with always insisted that we stop it and watch something else… I said it was weird.

A groovy, dad gets a low budget satellite system for their weird high (80s) tech home. The low budget system has a weird ability to intercept alien energy transmissions (actually their interstellar garbage), and promptly does so – in effect beaming a weird, mutated ex-pet in to their home. This is no cute little fuzzy pet – it’s a slimy, fleshy blob that has an insatiable hunger… and it starts by eating the family’s weird , post traumatic stress suffering grand father. The only one that seem to see the true danger was Gandpa and the family’s young son, who no one takes seriously.

Here’s Wikipedia’s plot outline:

When Stanley Putterman installs a brand new, state-of-the-artsatellite dish in his backyard, his family ends up getting a lot more than just ESPN. Unfortunately for Stanley, his satellite is a perfect receptor for a load of extraterrestrial garbage that just happened to be converted into energy and zapped into his backyard: a hideous, two-ton alien blob with a never-ending appetite.

Only Sherman Putterman sees the menace of the alien. Try as he might to warn his family, Mom and Dad are too busy swingingwith another couple and totally 80s sister Suzy is going out on a date with her heavy metal boyfriend O.D. That is until the alien creature materializes out of their boob tube and gobbles up Mom and Dad. Sherman is forced to recruit his sis, his psychotic, lizard-loving Grampa, and the busty late night horror host, Medusa, to bring an end to the beast’s homicidal smorgasbord and finally turn off that TV!


That’s not 100% accurate, but close enough. This film garnered really lousy reviews, but I actually found it a really fun, quirky piece that I appreciated. I definitely recommecd it if you like off the wall comedy/horror/sci-fi. Unfortunately, it looks like the only legal way to watch it at the time of writing is through Netflix (unless yo9u want to buy a VHS copy through Amazon). I have no issues with Netflix other than the fact that their library varies depending on what country you live in. If you try hard enough though, I am sure you can find a copy (try Youtube or the like), if you don’t have a Netflix subscription.

Watch the Trailer here:


Troll 2 – A Serious Contender For Worst Movie I have Ever Seen

I watched Troll 2 back on Friday, April 20, 2012 and I am still shaking my head at it. I had heard for years that this was one of the worse movies ever made, but somehow I had not watched it yet. Released in 1990, and despite being called “Troll 2” there are no Trolls in the movie, or even mentioned. The movie is full of Goblins, and has absolutely no connection to the original movie, Troll.

The reason the movie piqued my interest is because I recently watched a documentary about the film called “The Best Worst Movie” (http://bestworstmovie.com/) which reunites the cast and director to discuss their experiences making the film and what they are up to now – a fun, documentary about a pathetic movie. I just had to watch it after that.

The story (if you can call it that) is about a family that are taking part of a holiday home swap with a family from a town called “Nilbog.” When they arrive they find a strange town filled with strange people. The family’s son is tipped off to the evil lurking in Nilbog by his dead Grandfather, and he must find a way to save his family.

Bad, bad, bad movie, but I am glad I watched it. Only watch this if you truly enjoy watching bad movies for bad movies sake.  

Check out the film’s trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KCct4RwLNM