DVD Round-Up: 'Cabin in the Woods,' & 'Indy' on BD
Week of September 18th
Published: 09/16/2012 09:59pm
After a couple of pretty dry weeks genre movie fans have something to cheer about this week with the release of Joss Whedon’s long-delayed The Cabin in the Woods (Lionsgate, “R,” $29.98, BD $34.99), which is pretty much about as “high-concept” as a horror film can be. This variation on the commonplace horror movie meme of a group of young people who face unimaginable dangers at an isolated camp in the wilderness is one that connoisseurs of the modern horror film will definitely have to see. Critics, who are usually up for something new when it comes to genre films, loved Cabin in the Woods giving it a stellar 90% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Art house fans will likely make the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox, “PG-13,” $29.98, BD $39.99) the same sort of cult hit on DVD that it was in theaters where it earned a very respectable $46.1 million in North America. This film, which has more than its share of long-in-the-tooth thespians, has been criticized for being a formulaic comedy romance, but it makes it clear that experience counts as it boasts strong ensemble performances that few films can match, and it is no surprise that, in spite of predictable plot, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel earned a solid 77% positive rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
Those who enjoy pop music documentaries will probably like the well-produced Katy Perry: Part of Me (Paramount, “PG,” $29.98, BD $39.99). Though at times this film looks and feels like an electronic press kit for the pop diva, her personality does manage to come through and her elaborate stage show is well presented. Basically it comes down to whether a viewer likes her music or not. Those who do will like this film.
TV on DVD
The parade of top contemporary TV series releases continues with the popular single camera sitcom Modern Family: The Complete 3rd Season (Fox, $49.98, BD $59.98), the cult hit CW network series, Supernatural: The Complete 7th Season (Warner Bros., 900 min., $59.97, BD $69.97), the popular revived CBS series Hawaii Five-0: The Second Season (Paramount, 985 min., $64.99, BD $72.99), the underrated new sitcom Suburgatory: The Complete First Season (Disney, $44.98), the ABC medical examiner drama Body of Proof: The Complete 2nd Season (Disney, 840 min., $39.99), the Lifetime series Army Wives: The Complete Sixth Season, Part 1 (Disney, 559 min, $39.99), and the popular CBS police procedural The Mentalist: The Complete 4th Season (Warner Bros., 900 min., $59.98).
Also out this week is Inspector Lewis: Series 5 (PBS, 360 min., $34.99, BD $39.99), a spin-off from the Inspector Morse series that stars Kevin Whatley and Laurence Fox and airs in the U.S. on Masterpiece Mystery.
Also new to North America this week is the Persona 4: Collection 1 (Sentai Filmworks,“14+,” 300 min., $59.98), which collects the first 12 episodes of the anime series created in 2011 by AIC and based on the popular Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 video game. Sentai has indicated that the same voice cast used in the video game will provide the English dub track for the American release.
Re-priced releases include the Allison & Lillia: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, “14+,” 650 min., $69.98), which collects all 26 episodes of the Madhouse series from 2008 that was based on the light novel series Allison & Lillia & Treize by Keiichi Sigsawa. This is the first price on this material, which was previously issued in two 13-episode sets at $49.98 per set. Then there is the S.A.V.E. edition of the 2008 Gonzo series The Tower of Druaga: Complete Series (Funimation, “14+,” 300 min. $29.98).
The opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of ICv2.com.
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