DVD Buying Guide: February ’08

Posted by Peter Hall - February 4th 2008 @ 11:12 am

Ah, award season.  Time for all the heavy hitting dramas of ’07 to capitalize on recent nominations and push some DVD units.  Worry not, there are several horror titles of note as well, but the month does belong to the nominees.  Hardly a bad thing, if you ask me.

February 5th:

First, the horror. Killer Pad; don’t know too much about it other than Robert Englund is sitting in the directors chair and Joey Lawrence somehow plays himself.  Storm Warning has gotten a nice fistful of positivity on the festival circus.  Don’t know much of the details, but the director’s pedigree (Valentine and Urban Legend) isn’t too promising.  Last of the week’s STDs is Croc, a flick whose name should tell you everything you need to know.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
; can’t wait to finally set eyes to this.  Elizabeth: the Golden Age had a brilliant, kinetic trailer.  The feature length film isn’t as kinetic, but is still a solid period piece with one hell of a performance from Cate Blanchett.

I loved Across the Universe.  I think Julie Taymor created a gorgeous canvas with the best soundtrack, original or not, of last year.  This film isn’t for everyone, and is perhaps hardest to recommend to genre fans, but it is a lovely film all the same.

Killer Pad Storm Warning Croc
The Assassination of Jesse James Elizabeth: The Golden Age Across the Universe

February 12th:

The only genre outing of the week is, well, ultra weak sauce: "Blade the Series".  Not much to say about this.

My friend Beau speaks highly of Ben Affleck’s work on Gone, Baby Gone.  I’ve not had the chance to see it yet,  but Beau has yet to guide me astray.  I pass that recommendation on to you, the unfortunate souls who do not know the insanity of Beau.

In the Shadow of the Moon is a comprehensive documentary of the Apollo missions told by the surviving astronauts and scientists who made one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments possible.  I’m going to go ahead and call this one of the must see flicks of the month.

Blade the Series Gone Baby Gone In the Shadow of the Moon

February 19th:

All STDs this week, with at least one huge surprise in the bunch.  First up, the failures.  Catacombs premiered on FEARnet On Demand a few months ago.  Started to watch it, but couldn’t last more than 15 minutes.  No intentions of giving it a second shot.

There are countless straight-to-DVD vampire films.  Probably more than any other subgenre of horror.  I make no claim that Revamped is any different, but I gotta love the cover that uses cleavage as a letter.

Spiral is Adam Green’s follow up to the much hyped Hatchet.  I’m far more interested in the fact that Joel Moore is credited as a co-screenwriter and co-director than  Adam Green’s involvement.

Last up the surprise of the month; Black Water.  There is no question that Black Water is Open Water, but with crocodiles.  That is all this Australian Indie will ever be described as, but that is in no way a defamation.  Black Water is an intense, intimate film that blends real crocodiles with prosthetics and CGI with an expertise far more ambitious films fail to pull off.  I don’t think the flick’s current 5.9 on IMDB does it a lick of justice.  I have a lot more to say about this film, but I’m saving that for an official review and a Best of 2007 countdown.

And then the Hollywood heavies; Michael Clayton, American Gangster and Lust, Caution.  If you haven’t already heard of these three, chances are you’re not the type of person who is not going to want to watch them anyway.

Catacombs DVD ReVamped Spiral
Michael Clayton American Gangster Lust, Caution

February 26th:

I reviewed Ils (Them) several months ago.  It is a fast paced, straight shooting chase film that knows when to call it quits.  Definitely worth a look.

30 Days of Night (review) has gotten plenty of exposure in all mediums.  Very well executed, if moderately flawed, vampire film.  This ties Black Water for horror of the month, but that DVD cover art is painful.

Beowulf was an alright film.  I thought the 3D actually did the film a great disservice, so I’m willing to give this 2D unrated (presumably NC-17) cut of the film a look. 

Last up, The Darjeeling Limited was preceded with plenty of anticipation and then it kind of arrived and disappeared with little fan fare.  Oh well, I think Wes Anderson is always a safe bet.

Them DVD 30 Days of Night DVD Beowulf Unrated DVD
The Darjeeling Limited

In Order of Importance:

30 Days of Night
Black Water
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
In the Shadow of the Moon
Lust, Caution
Gone Baby Gone

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