Scotty G continues to vacate so I’m filling in with DVD Tuesday and Box Office Predictions.
Back To The Future Trilogy: 25th Anniversary: It was 25 years ago that we met Marty McFly and Doc Emmett Brown, brilliantly portrayed by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, respectively. The three films make their way on to Blu-Ray for the first time, in a set full of extras, including the long rumoured and finally revealed footage of the original Marty, Eric Stoltz. Considering that there were some issues when the trilogy first hit DVD nearly a decade ago (aspect ratio, technical stuff), it may well be time to upgrade. One of the greatest movie trilogies, to be sure.
Alien Anthology: Another series you might want to repurchase, since even more bonus features have been added since the Alien Quadrilogy set was released a few years ago. All four of the Sigourney Weaver starring films are here, along with documentaries, test footage, extended and director’s cuts and lots more. And let me just say, while I know many will disagree, I thought Alien:Resurrection was pretty good.
Sex And The City 2: I have no problem admitting I really enjoyed the original HBO series, which I caught up when it was syndicated on TBS and Showcase and other late night tv stations. However, I missed the first film and had absolutely no intension of seeing the second. Turns out I wasn’t the only one. Memo to producers: you don’t take a show that has New York City ingrained into it and put it in the Middle East. Bad idea. With absolutely horrendous reviews, SATC2 underperformed in North America at the box office, thus putting the chances of a third outing with Carrie, Samantha and the rest of the ladies on thin ice. Maybe it will play better on DVD. Now’s your chance to find out.
The Girl Who Played With Fire: The second book in Stig Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy wasn’t as engaging as the first, but Noomi Rapace’s spot on portrayal of hacker Lisbeth Salander makes this essential viewing for fans of the series. However, one thing I’ve noticed as the series leaps from the page to the screen is that there’s not nearly enough footage of characters eating sandwiches and drinking coffee. Maybe David Fincher will get it right with his remake.
You Don’t Know Jack: Directed by Barry Levinson and first aired on HBO, if you’re watching this, it’s definitely for the critically acclaimed performance by Al Pacino, who won an Emmy award for his portrayal of the man known as Dr. Death, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, one of the most divisive personalities of the past 20 years.