A busy week of new DVD’s, so lets get right at it:
Battlestar Galactica – Season 4.5 – Die hard fans of the show, and there are a lot of them, have had today circled on their calendar for awhile. I have not watched a single episode of BSG, but besides having a core fanbase, critics love it as well. Its not just a science-fiction show for nerds, so give it a chance [I should probably take my own advice]. As I hate watching shows mid-series, this set should be picked up by fans only, but if you’re not a fan, start at Season 1.
Fast and Furious – The slogan says it all: “New Model. Original Parts”. The stars of the first film re-unite and come back to put some pedal to the metal in this box office smash. Trust me, I thought the franchise was dead, and that this film would bomb at theatres. How wrong I was. Critics did not have nice things to say, but that was not unexpected. If you like films with fast cars, then you should pick this up. If you don’t, then this is not a film for you.
Dollhouse – Season 1 – Joss Whedon’s latest effort from Fox comes out on DVD. Amazingly, the show has been renewed for a second season, as Fox have an interesting history of not really giving Whedon’s shows a chance. The show aired on Friday nights, which is a TV graveyard. Eliza Dushku stars as Echo, who keeps getting her memory wiped and is implanted with memories and skills for her next mission. I like Whedon’s work, so I’ll be seeing what I missed out on.
Knight Rider – Season 1 – Mercifully this show was not renewed, as it is not very good. I watched about 10 minutes and didn’t find it interesting or fun like the David Hasselhoff version. This is really for fans only.
Dragonball Evalution – This film had a short life in theatres, and hits DVD today. I don’t know what interest there is in the film, but Fox has done a good job taking franchises from the past and killing them [I’m looking at you Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li]. It’s too bad I have no interest in this film, as Chow Yun-Fat, Emmy Rossum, and Ernie Hudson are all in this one. For fans only.
Miss March – Simple plot about a boy who is going to have sex with his girlfriend, only to be knocked into a coma before he gets the chances. Years later, he wakes up and goes on a quest to go to the Playboy Mansion to hook up with her again. This film did not do very well in theatres, but frat-boy films do all right on DVD, so it will find an audience.
Green Lantern: First Flight – The DC comic book hero gets the animated treatment much like Wonder Woman, and Batman: Gotham Knight. It has a very excellent voice cast in Chris Meloni, Victor Garber, Tricia Helfer, Michael Madsen, John Larroquette, and Kurtwood Smith. I’ve heard mixed reviews already, but loyal fans of the DC Universe will check this out.
Life on Mars [UK] – Season 1 – The US Version got cancelled after one season, but the UK version is the better of the two according to critics, and makes its debut on DVD. It stars John Simm, from the UK version of State of Play, as a police officer who gets into a car accident in 2006. He wakes up only to find out that he is in the year 1973. The entire series is only 16 episodes, so you can get a start on the first 8 episodes now.
Torchwood: Children of Earth – I didn’t know that Torchwood was an anagram of Doctor Who, which has become quite popular again in the U.K. This DVD is the third season, a five-part mini-series that really makes the show stand-out from what I have read. Again, I hate joining shows mid-series, so unless you’re a fan of the TV show, you might want to wait. If you are a fan of the show, then this is a must have!
Until Next Week!