This Week in Home Video: Breaking Bad, Steve Jobs, Getaway, Knightriders, and a mobile meth lab in Toronto
This Week in Home Video previews all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and on-demand titles hitting the street this week, plus lost gems, crazed Cancon, outrageous cult titles and the best places to rent, buy, talk or see movies in Toronto.
After being diagnosed with cancer, lowly High school teacher Walter White begins a rapid descent into the New Mexico crime scene as a reborn Meth dealer and empire builder.
Still basking in the glow of an incredible conclusion to 5 solid seasons, BREAKING BAD now joins the rarified ranks of THE WIRE and THE SOPRANOS as complete series which held it together for their duration and managed a soft landing, creating a televisual journey worth revisiting and therefore owning and cherishing (anyone still revisiting their LOST DVDs, we wonder?).
This mammoth set - shaped like the barrels which appeared so frequently in the series - would make one excellent Christmas present to give or receive, as it includes a collectible replica money barrel, over 55 hours of special features from all seasons, an all new two-hour documentary, a 16 page booklet with letter from Vince Gilligan, a commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan, a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, and more. No half measures here.
Getaway (Warner Bros.)
Former race car driver must drive around and obey the voice of an anonymous caller else his wife will die. High octane nonsense that plays like a vine remix of better action movies from the last 5 years. Fans of Selena Gomez would be better served seeking out her fine (seriously!) work in SPRING BREAKERS, while motor heads just have one more week until they can own FAST & FURIOUS 6.
Like a Wikipedia entry turned into a movie of the week, this plodding bio of Apple innovator Steve Jobs is perhaps the ultimate episode of PUNK'D.
Murdoch Mysteries - Season 6 (Acorn)
All 13 episodes of MURDOCH MYSTERIES 6th series of steampunk adventure influenced by CSI meets Sherlock Holmes in turn of the century Toronto. Featuring stand out episodes like "The Ghosts of Queen's Park", shot on location and featuring a cameo from Lt. Governor David Onley, and "The Murdoch Trap" which sees the return of Murdoch's Moriarty, the evil mastermind James Gillies.
This was first season of MURDOCH produced for the CBC, and saw the series change quite dramatically for the better, with more historical hooks (Winston Churchill, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), a defter tone (which has carried over into the current 7th series) and more humour, while giving fans more of the playful Murdoch/Ogden romance and maximizing the effortlessly charming performance from Yannick Bisson.
Knightriders (Shout Factory)
Mad as a box of frogs tale of modern day Knights who travel the land holding jousting tournaments on motorcycles. Written and directed by Zombie godfather and transplanted Toronto hero George Romero while he waiting on money for DAY OF THE DEAD, and starring shouty Ed Harris and gore hound FX master Tom Savini, this has CULT MOVIE written in flashing neon lights all over it. Strangely absent in any form for the last decade, Shout Factory's restored Bluray should hopefully help this bizarre gem get a new look-in.
The Horror Show(Scream Factory)
Creepy Brion James (BLADE RUNNER and TANGO & CASH fame) plays goofy maniacal Max Jenke, a mass murderer who comes back from death after being electrocuted for his crimes to torture the cop who caught him, played with suitably seriousness from Lance Henriksen. The producers obviously hoped Jenke would catch on and become a Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger type franchise; alas this straight-to-video wonder has languished in obscurity for too long.
THE BREAKING BAD RV COMES TO TORONTO
A pretty amazingly accurate replica of Walt and Jessie's mobile Meth lab/RV is buzzing around Toronto for fans to visit over the next 2 weeks to help celebrate the release of the final season and the Complete series on Bluray and DVD.
Visitors to the RV can try on BREAKING BAD style Hazmat suits, gas masks and take funny pictures to help reinforce Toronto's hilarious new image as a city of drug dependency.
To follow the RV's T dot trip on Twitter check out @BreakingBadRV and on Facebook Facebook.com/BreakingBadRV.
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