Wednesday, 10 December 2014

DVD Roundup: bloodless edition

I don't want to offend anyone here, but I think The Expendables 3 was a terrible film. I know, I know, a lot of people love these films and their stars, but where as the first two where pastiches to the original 80's hedonistic action film, this film sacrificed its integrity for a 12A. Hundreds of people get shot, with massive weapons, and yet there is no blood! And while the series seems to be veering into the ridiculous, with its Expendabelles version, I suggest getting your Stallone et. al. fix with one of the previous two films. Listen to our full review of it here:

You can now finally get all eleven of the anime master Hayao Miyazaki's films in one box set, including the pre-Studio Ghibli film Castle of Cagliostro. There are many excellent films on here, and all can be enjoyed by young and old. My favourite is Laputa the Flying Island, which L.J. Spence wrote about here. Richee wrote about his problems with Princess Mononoke here, and we recently did a DVD review of The Wind Rises as part of our Anime Month, which you can listen in the player below:

Space Dandy is a dandy guy in space. He loves Boobies, an intergalactic Hooters, and hangs about with a robot and a giant cat. With great humour and even philosophical notes, Space Dandy is a bit anarchic, but always funny. Read Richee's review of it here before you by the series on blu-ray or DVD.

A box set of Lars von Trier's more recent films have been released. The notorious director, famous more recently for insinuating that he sympathises with Nazi's, he makes films that can be both beautiful and hard to watch. This box set includes Breaking the Waves and Melancholia, one of his Depression Trilogy films, which are all grouped together for this box set. You can read my review for Antichrist here, and my review of Nymphomaniac 1 & 2 here, both of which are included on the box set.

With The Theory of Everything, the biopic of renowned physicist Stephan Hawkings, played by Eddie Redmayne, coming out in cinema's on New Years Day, how about watching the 2004 BBC drama Hawking, which is now out on DVD and blu-ray. This is the first time I remember seeing pre-Sherlock, pre-Khan, pre-Alan Turing Benedict Cumberbatch in a role, and I thought, hey, this man's pretty good, I'll keep an eye on him. Little did I know he'd be the biggest thing since granulated sugar. His portrayal of Vincent van Gogh is pretty good too.

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