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2014 Blu-ray and DVD in Review

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2014 blu-ray/ DVD in review-

 

NIGHTBREED Director's Cut- the director’s cut is a greatly improved version of the theatrical cut, but I don’t think you will like the theatrical cut after seeing the vision Clive Barker had originally intended for this Tim Burtonesque supernatural film with a set of extras unfortunately divided between a two disc set and a three disc overpriced limited edition (which is unfortunately sold out)

 

PENNY DREADFUL Season 1- this slow burn horror series is a new take on the old classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, and more with Eva Green being the prime show stealer in every scene she is in.  I was convinced after her performance during a sťance scene during the second episode.   I can’t wait for the second season and this is the rare set of a Showtime series to include some actual behind-the-scenes extras (which I hope they don’t exclude for future releases and do more of).

 

JODOROWSKY'S DUNE- the tale of one of the greatest sci-fi movies that almost got made and this is the project which lead for many involved to go onto greater sci-fi projects along with providing inspiration for other movies

 

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition-

The nine hours of extras are a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes making-of documentaries along with an extended edition that improves on the theatrical cut

 

STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE Season 3

STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE Season 4

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Season Six

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Season 7

CBS Home Entertainment has excelled with their presentation of the episodes of two different STAR TREK series along with great new retrospective documentaries.  I hope they continue with blu-ray sets of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE and STAR TREK: VOYAGER

IRON SKY Director's Cut-  If you’re  a fan of the theatrical cut (or you haven’t discovered IRON SKY), this edition of the movie is one for you to check out as it is a delightful blend of political satire, comedy, sci-fi, and acton.

NYMPHOMANIAC Volume 1 and 2- some may hate the movie and think it is shallow, but it is tale of a woman’s struggle with her own sexuality and you can either watch the theatrical cut or track down the longer five and a half hour director’s cut

THE CONGRESS- this very loosely adapted adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s novel is a wonderful mix of live action and surreal animation

BANSHEE Season 2- the second season continues to prove this is one of the best crime action noir series that you haven’t watched yet

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE-  a different take on the lives of century old vampires in this story of two lovers who are so far apart and yet so close when they reunite

 

RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH

This adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel is the closest one has got to being faithful to the original source material instead of being loosely based on it.   The audio commentary is worth a listen and the movie is worth watching if you’re a fan of the legendary author’s work or looking for a different type of sci-fi movie.

 

COLD IN JULY- this movie gets an honorable mention due to Don Johnson’s supporting actor turn where you hope you see him reprise this character in the future for movie and TV

 

 

Worst of the year-

SPACE STATION 76- one of the unfunniest sci-fi comedies I have ever seen.  Avoid it and save your money

SEE NO EVIL 2- The Soska Sisters have great direction and a couple of great actresses in it (Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle), but their direction and cast can’t save the sequel’s second half from imploding due to a poor script

ARGENTO'S DRACULA-    watch DRACULA the TV series instead where the Dracula actor does a much better job playing Van Helsing.   Even worse, the music video for Kiss Me Dracula is 100 times better than this crappy movie.   Dario Argento’s worst movie


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