Four Governator classics make up the Schwarzenegger Collection, including Terminator 2 – still the best of the franchise – the Philip K. Dick adaptation Total Recall, Red Heat (a buddy cop flick co-starring Jim Belushi) and Stephen King’s sci-fi action satire The Running Man.
The Marvel Animation Box Set includes six recent comic book adaptations: Ultimate Avengers 1 & 2, Dr. Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, The Invincible Iron Man, The Next Avengers and Hulk Vs.
When eight hours of weekly stoner humor just isn’t enough, you need Adult Swim in a Box! This massive box set features entire seasons of Cartoon Network’s adult lineup, including the pure oddity of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Vol. Two, the talk show on acid Space Ghost: Season Three, the David and Goliath parody Moral Oral: Season One, Seth Green’s stop-motion pop culture blender Robot Chicken: Season Two, Metalocalypse: Season One, and Sealab: Season Two.
Two Pixar classics come to DVD and Blu-ray, Up and Monsters, Inc. The wizards at Pixar somehow managed to equal the masterful Wall-E with its follow-up. While Wall-E had some very adult satire to it, Up is equally complex for its bravery in tackling some heavy subjects. What stands out about Up, besides its sharp storytelling and amazing animation, is its sincerity – something woefully lacking in most kids entertainment. It’s downright sad at points. But it’s also entertaining, quite funny and, ultimately, uplifting.
One of Pixar’s earlier hits, Monsters, Inc. follows two monsters, voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman, as they try to rescue a little girl who has gotten lost on their side of the closet. This is one of Pixar’s less sophisticated efforts, aimed mainly towards younger audiences. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Each film is available in two-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray sets, which include DVD and digital copies.
Also available: the animated Magical Christmas Collection
Like “State of Play,” the 1985 BBC miniseries “Edge of Darkness” is set for an American remake. But for complexity and the addicting quality of a good miniseries, you have to check out the originals. “Darkness” centers on a police inspector investigating his activist daughter’s murder who becomes embroiled in the underbelly of Britain’s nuclear politics.
Michael J. Fox, Richard Kind and Barry Bostwick star in “Spin City,” a solid sitcom about the deputy mayor of New York (Fox) and the various eccentrics in his office who scramble to fix the messes the PR disaster mayor creates. Season Three is now available.
Also available: Show Me Yours: The Complete Series, Heartland: Season One, Part Two.
The Horror! The Horror!
Haven’t gotten your fill of Halloween yet? Two new horror films come to DVD. Director Yam Laranas pulls a Hideo Nakata by remaking his own foreign film in America in The Echo. This time the original comes from the Philippines. Fans of The Grudge and The Eye will dig this creepy, atmospheric modern ghost story about an ex-con who moves into his dead mother’s apartment and begins to suspect his neighbors may have had something to do with her death.
A highbrow cast, including Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard and CCH Pounder, helps make Orphan a surprisingly effective thriller and worthy addition to the creepy kid subgenre. A husband and wife, whose daughter was stillborn, adopt a girl from an orphanage, but there is something sinister about her.
Cameron Crowe has a knack for creating classic pop culture moments. Before “You had me at hello,” there was John Cusack holding up a boombox blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” in Say Anything…. Crowe’s directorial debut also proves his strength with creating romantic comedies featuring real characters – something that is altogether missing from the paint-by-numbers rom-com landscape, and which makes this film still worth seeing after 20 years. This Anniversary Edition Blu-ray is loaded with extras, including commentary by Crowe, Cusack and co-star Ione Skye.
The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger; Would Be Kings; Where God Left His Shoes; Greg Behrendt is That Guy from That Thing; Predators
Say Anything…, Orphan and More