DVD Buying Guide: August ’07

Posted by Peter Hall - August 5th 2007 @ 12:37 pm

August is a horror graveyard.  Even STD activity is in remission.  The only genre releases worth any kind of note are almost entirely re-issues.  Worse yet, they are all pointless re-issues.  Mainstream releases are equally uninspiring, many of them existing on this guide solely to pad it out.

Oh well, I guess I’ll save some money in August…



August 7th:

I like the cover of Beneath, until I noticed the ‘MTV Presents’ logo.  That can never be a good sign.

Bubba Ho-Tep kicks off the months’ set of reissues.  It comes in a cool looking cover, but past that I’m not sure there are really any new features that mandate money.  If you don’t already own the ‘Tep, this is the addition to buy, for obvious packaging reasons.

Disturbia slowly killed at the box office, and people kind of stopped noticing.  It was in the US top 10 for two months and made 4 times its production budget.  But you know what is the most surprising bit about those finances?  It deserved every bit of it.  Easily dismissed as a Rear Window knock off (even by me), Disturbia is one of those studio jobs that used its test audiences to fine tune its objectives.  It redefines nothing, but is a perfect, inoffensive excuse for spending two hours in front of a screen.  The HDDVD is one of the few purchases I’ll be making this month.

Lastly, Tick vs Season 2 and that new TMNT movie.  The Tick’ll be worth it to fans, TMNT probably not.  But at least you now know they’ll both be available.

Beneath DVD Bubba Ho-Tep The Tick Season 2
Disturbia SD Disturbia HDDVD TMNT


August 14th:

Halloween gets yet another cash-in re-issue from Anchor Bay, surely in anticipation of Zombies’.  I love those guys, but this is out of control.  Five releases and not a single one contains the new footage that was restored over a year ago.  Fuck you, sir.

There are two Masters of Horror episodes shipping this month, neither of which I have anything to say about.  Mick Garris’ Valerie on the Stairs and Tom Holland’s We all Scream for Ice Cream.  Standard stuff, I’m sure.

Vacancy is another fairly successful thriller from a studio agenda.  It didn’t have the same BO success, but it did what it was supposed to.  No need to rush out and grab it, but it is worth a casual watch.  Plus, Kate Beckinsale. 

Perhaps the scariest thing to come out this month is David Lynch’s Inland Empire.  Why?  Because David Lynch scares the shit out of me.

Mainstream we’ve got the Aqua Teen movie, whose DVD features that amazing poster.  Next, The Lookout, which I heard nothing but good things about, but missed at the theater.

Halloween Valerie on the Stairs We all Scream for Ice Cream
Vacancy Aqua Teen Movie The Lookout


August 21st:

Nothing worth talking about.
Absolutely nothing.


August 28th:

I saw that the first season of "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction" was coming out.  Not that the show was especially terrible or anything, but why would anyone want to pay money for this?  It has to only be good for one watch, after that you know what is or isn’t fiction…

Something called Horrors of Malformed Men caught my eye.  Good cover and a great title.

Season 1 of "Heroes" is available on DVD and HDDVD.  It’s a decent show with a few really stand out episodes, but the beginning and end are both shabby.  Unless you’re a die hard fan, just Netflix it if you want to see what the deal is.

Finally, and not just because it is the last on the list, a Masters of Horror Season 1 Box Set for $50ish.  I’d of bought this without hesitation were it released from the beginning and not as the delayed cash-in it is.  Not a chance I’ll shell out for the mediocrity now.

Beyond Belief Horrors of Malformed Men Heroes Season 1 dvd
Heroes HDDVD Masters of Horror Season 1 Box Set


Worth Buying Blind:
Bubba Ho-Tep – If you don’t own it already

Worth Renting:
Disturbia
Vacancy
The Lookout


rss 6 comments
  1. August 5th, 2007 | 1:40 pm | #1

    I can’t be the only person reading this site who hated Ho-Tep.

  2. August 5th, 2007 | 2:46 pm | #2

    Blasphemer!

  3. Brian
    August 6th, 2007 | 9:21 am | #3

    MTV presents = automatically bad? What about Varsity Blues? Joe’s Apartment? Jackass? Dude, MTV puts out some of the best guilty pleasures around. (there is another good one I’m forgetting…anyone?)

    I was one of 11 people to see The Lookout in theaters and yes, it is quite good. Low key but so well put together. I like that kid from 3rd Rock and Jeff Daniels continues to be one of the most underrated actors working. It should probably be a “blind buy” on your list.

  4. August 6th, 2007 | 4:14 pm | #4

    You forget those are from when MTV was cool…

  5. August 7th, 2007 | 8:18 am | #5

    Dead Man on Campus.

  6. Brian
    August 7th, 2007 | 9:59 am | #6

    Good one Ripp. I think that was the first one they put out. Of course in the legitimately good category they also did Election. I guess Peter is right though, those all came out in the late 90s/early 2000s.

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