Quentin Tarantino’s latest alt-history opus, Marvel’s latest movie team-up, and Criterion takes on one of the greatest cult films of all time are all part of this week’s new DVD and Blu-ray releases!
• Repo Man
If you’ve never seen Alex Cox’s amazing 1984 film, please put all thoughts of the extra-mediocre Jude Law movie Repo Men out of your mind (as well as Cox’s sequel attempt Repo Girl). Repo Man features a young Emilio Estevez as the apprentice repo man to the completely insane Bud, played by the perfectly cast Harry Dean Stanton, which involves way more cocaine, shoot-outs, discussion of philosophy and aliens than you might expect. It’s one of the greatest cult films of all time, and Criterion has, as always, done it up right with commentaries, new interviews, deleted scenes, and more.
Quentin Tarantino’s alt-history tale of a slave who rises up to kill his oppressors (and rescue his wife) is a modern blaxploitation masterpiece. There’s not many extras, alas.
The Marvel anime team makes a movie, starring not only Tony Stark and War Machine, but Hawkeye, Black Widow and the Punisher. Hopefully it fares better than the Iron Man anime TV series, but the early Amazon reviews suggest otherwise.
Fed up with Georgia’s oppressive heat and humidity, a couple of ghosts relocate to New England to start their afterlife anew. Or something.
This grim n’ gritty reimagining of the classic scifi hero didn’t work out nearly as well as SyFy’s grim n’ gritty reimagining of BSG. Can’t really blame them for trying, though.
Super-powered young girls are given complete authority over all crime-fighting in a futuristic city where the bad guys are cyborgs, monsters and mad scientists. I’m going to give you three guesses as to whether this is an anime or not, and the first three don’t count.
Japan’s delightfully insane answer to Star Wars, starring the great Sonny Chiba and directed by the legendary Kinju Fukusaku (of Battle Royale fame).
This is a zombie movie. I can discover no other distinguishing characteristics about it.
A young woman finds evidence of an ancient cult under her house, and unbelievably this does not lead to good things. Apparently this adaptation of Lovecraft’s “Dreams in the Witch House” features stop-motion animation, which, after countless cheap horror movies with crap CG, sounds like it has potential.
If you were waiting to purchase Troma’s utterly ridiculous tale of a cop-possessed by a samurai spirit, wait no longer — this version contains interviews with the cast and crew and a remastered print.