This Week in Home Video: Parkland, White House Down, Mad Men, Stephen King's movies debated
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.
Nice to finally see a JFK movie which isn't concerned with conspiracies, rather the human element: based on the book "Four Days In November," by Vincent Bugliosi this timely docudrama recounts the events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, weaving together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals present during that fateful day. Of course, Paul Giamatti as Abe Zapruder, the Super8mm hobbyist who probably shot the most famous home movie of all time, is type casting at its finest.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Extended Edition (Warner Bros.)
Strictly for the heads - 13 minutes of new material inserted back into the movie and 9 hours of bonus material including director/writer/producer Peter Jackson and writer/co-producer Philippa Boyens provide their perspective and stories on creating the first film; "The Journey Back to Middle-Earth," "Riddles in the Dark: Gollum's Cave" and so much more. Imagine what this roll call of bonus beats will look like as a boxed set of all three HOBBIT movies?
White House Down (Sony)
Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) gets to do a John McCain bit as the White House is taken over by terrorists and it falls to him to save the President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Even more hackneyed and uninspired than it sounds, with the bonus misfortune of being the second White House under seige movie of 2013. Yes we can!
Mad Men- Season 6 (eOne)
In its amazing sixth season, the MAD MEN continue to captivate as they deal with the aftereffects of adultery, divorce, a merger, and an ever changing social climate. Includes all 13 episodes along with bonus features covering the art department, LSD guru Timothy Leary, and the Summer of Love.
Under the Dome (Paramount)
The small town of Chester's Mill is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent barrier. Staring Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy and Aisha Hinds. Based on the story by Stephen King. Bonus features included deleted scenes, a look at the shooting of the pilot, the Stephen King connection, a gag reel, and much more.
Geek Christmas comes early with this DOCTOR WHO 50th anniversary nerdgasm which collects Series 1-4, featuring Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and Tenth Doctor David Tennant, making their Blu-ray debut in newly remastered versions at full 1080p high definition, plus the David Tennant Specials collection and Series 5-7 featuring Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, also on 1080p high definition Blu-ray.
The Right Stuff: 30th Anniversary Edition (Warner Bros.)
Adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling book, THE RIGHT STUFF tells the story of Chuck Yeager, first man to fly faster than the speed of sound, the Flying Fraternity and the Mercury Astronauts - the first Americans in space.
Three Faces of Eve (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Joanne Woodward brought home a Best Actress Oscar for her unforgettable portrayal of a woman with multiple personality disorder. Woodward plays Eve White, a troubled housewife who begins seeing a psychiatrist. Under hypnosis, Eve's two additional personalities are revealed: a vamp and an independent sophisticate - but curing her will require a probe into her disturbing past.
THE BLACK MUSEUM Presents: King of the Ring: Stephen King Movie Debate
This week the Black Museum is engaging in the age old question of which is the best horror film based on a story or novel by prolific horror writer Stephen King? Featuring a fantastic assortment of local horror & Pop Culture oddballs, this no holds barred debate promises to be even more fun than Firestarter! To set the mood, here's The Black Museum's curator Andrea "Lady Hellbat" Subissati's controversial "Top 5 Stephen King adaptations":
Let me start by saying that I know this is a contentious list. Any debate surrounding the best film adaptations of Stephen King's work is fraught with rules and disqualifiers, so let me get them out in the open right off the bat. First, I'm a horror fiend. While The Shawshank Redemption holds a place in my heart and I could probably recite the dialogue from Stand By Me word-for-word, I'm not including them in this list. Secondly, I'm going to exclude the pantheon of mini-series programs and made-for-TV movies. IT, The Langoliers, The Tommyknockers and The Stand all rock my socks in their own modest low-production ways, but this list is limited to full-release motion pictures.
I know, this one shouldn't count because King himself hates this adaptation. And it's so different from the book! Know what? I don't care. Kubrick took a lot of liberties in his creepy classic and the result is nothing short of a masterpiece. I've made my peace with it, Stephen should too.
Another film that dared to deviate from the short story upon which it was based, The Mist divided audience with a shock ending that some sound harrowing while others thought dumb. My inclination is toward the former.
A crowd-pleaser, Pet Sematary is one of the King's most beloved adaptations, with equal parts humor, tragic and good old fashioned scares. The film is corny at time but beneath the camp factor there's a dark reflection on our culture's preoccupation with death, disease and the dangers of playing God.
The film that put Kathy Bates on the map and won her an Oscar for Best Actress gave all who watched it a lasting impression. Suspenseful and smart with just the right amount of gore, Misery struck a chord with audiences that even the book couldn't compete with.
Surprised? Apt Pupil is an oft-overlooked gem of a film about a gifted boy who discovers his elderly neighbor is an aging Nazi and blackmails him into spinning lurid yarns about the old days at Auchwitz. Predictably, the storytelling sessions take their toll on the boy and the result is a dark and disturbing film about humanity's capacity for evil.
King of the Ring: Stephen King Movie Debate. 8pm-10:30pm-ish, November 7, 2013. Big Picture Cinema - East, 1035 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto. Cost: $12 Advance, $15 at the door.
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