Doctor Who has always been known for spinning interesting, even classic yarns; for somehow managing, despite serious budgetary constraints, to create visual effects that could be creepy, scary and effective – some of the time. What Doctor Who had never done – before The Green Death – was consciously produce a message story. In the final adventure to feature Jo Grant, Doctor Who took on the challenge of environmental issues – and the possibilities of artificial intelligence – in one of the show’s most rewarding serials.
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J.J. Abrams’ second Star Trek adventure will be coming to DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand on September 10th, 2013. It will be available on Digital 30 days earlier, on August 20th. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack listing shows seven featurettes on the Blu-ray, but none on the DVD.
Star Trek Into Darkness finds the crew of the USS Enterprise on a mission to capture ‘an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.) The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood and Peter Weller.
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Skyfall is one of the best Bonds and part of the reason is that not only does Daniel Craig’s Bond continue to reveal new sides to his personality and resources; not only is he given one of the best Bond villains ever in Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva, but Judi Dench just kills it as M – giving her every bit of the toughness and resiliency that we always expected of her, and an equally unexpected tenderness that we might not have.
The film holds up well on DVD, even on the small screen it’s a terrific experience, but there are barely fifteen minutes of features – most dealing with technical stuff but not in a superficial way.
Before Cinemax had hits with the action series Strike Back, or the high concept crime series Banshee, it took its first really solid steps into the world of original programming with Femme Fatales – a series that combined sex, violence and twists in a way that deliberately called to mind the noir B-movies of the fifties. To date, the series has run for two seasons, with the first season now available on DVD – and it’s actually pretty good.
After the magnificent performance by Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett in season two, Justified could be excused if it slipped a bit in season three – but it didn’t. Instead, it took a different tack, shifting from the internal dynamics of the region to the intrusion of an outside force to keep the drama high and the comic moments unexpected.
It may not be as joyously weird as the Paul Verhoeven take on Philip K. Dick’s immortal short story (We Can Remember It For You Wholesale), but it makes up for that with a protagonist who seems genuinely vulnerable (C’mon! You never really thought Arnold was in real peril, did you?) and more pure intensity.
One of the most surprising summer movies this year, Pitch Perfect took what could have have been a formulaic story filled with stereotypical characters and gave it enough fresh twists – and a whole lot of awesome a cappella music – to make it a lot of slightly twisted fun.
On December 18th the film is getting a home video release, that’s packed with features (even on the standard DVD!) including two (!!) audio commentary tracks, deleted and extended scenes and the proverbial much, much more. For the complete list, check out the official press release, following the jump.