Into the Badlands is a solid drama with a great martial arts edge. It’s like nothing else on television – and that’s a Good Thing. We gave it an A based on the premiere and the remaining five episodes did nothing to cut into that initial score.
The DVD release of the first season – entitled Into the Badlands (not Into the Badlands Season One for some reason) – contains the show’s initial six episodes and a host of bonus material (much of it available on the show’s website).
Dante’s Inferno is an unusual direct-to-DVD release for two reasons: it’s only the second film tie-in to a videogame released the same day, and both adapt [very freely] Dante Alighieri’s epic poem of the same name.
In the poem, Dante, more of a scholar than a fighter, finds his way into hell to save the life of Beatrice, a woman he’s loved from afar forever. He receives aid and guidance from the shade of the Roman poet Virgil. Obviously, as written, the poem wouldn’t make a particularly good video game.
I love Ghost in the Shell, its sequel, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence and the two seasons of the GitS TV series [all available here on DVD]. The original Ghost in the Shell was filled with great ideas and set in a world that, other than the cyber-technology, looked a lot like this one. Part of the fun – and what made the piece as thought-provoking – was the way that the familiar served as a base for action, philosophical musing and intriguing characters.
If you want to watch something a little different from your average Hollywood Blockbuster, or want a night off from playing online games at http://www.poker.dk, then you might want to take a look at some of these lesser known titles. Beginning this week, I’ll be looking at B-movies, unheralded re-releases and direct-to-video releases on a roughly weekly basis. Let’s start with Australian indie Gabriel [archangels versus fallen], Outpost [a new form of scientifically created undead], Rowan Atkinson Live! [he’s way more than Black Adder or Mr. Bean], Sands of Oblivion [archaeologists searching for buried movie sets], and Black Moon Rising [an early Tommy Lee Jones heist flick].