Monday, 6 July 2015

DVD Roundup: Indestructable Robot Gangster Number One edition

I loved Chappie. A lot of people didn't like it, as they where kind of expecting something a little more intellectual from Neill Blomkamp, whose previous films include Elysium and District 9. But I loved Chappie. Think of it along the lines of Demolition Man - its a fun sci-fi about a shit situation. Sharlto Copley is brilliant (as usual), even though you only see him as the conscious filled robot Chappie, and Die Antwoord are unexpectedly excellent as Chappie's gangster parents. If you are as excited for Blomkamp to be directing the Alien reboot/sequel as we are, you can sustain yourself on the Blomkamp boxset, which is on release from today too. You can listen to our podcast review here.

If you're a fan of, err, mediocre horror films, then you'll enjoy this 5 film boxset, containing Mama, The Purge, Purge: Anarchy, OUIJA and As Above, So Below. Of all of these films, the only ones we've seen are the Purge films, and while critically panned, they do provide an interesting topic of debate. Are you in favour of an annual purge, or do you think that's goddamn political madness. Listen to our podcast review of Purge: Anarchy here.

Another 5 film boxset out this week includes Lucy, Dracula Untold, 47 Ronin, Immortals and R.I.P.D. Alot of people had a huge laugh with Luc Besson's sci-fi. From its misinformed 10% idea to the laughable USB stick ending, Lucy maybe would of been more groundbreaking had it come out 20 years earlier. Alas, if there's one thing this film proves, its that Scarlett Johansson can hold an action film by herself (why hasn't a Black Widow film been made yet??). As for the other films on this boxset, you purchase at your peril. R.I.P.D. is currently riding high with a 13% rating on Rotton Tomatoes... Listen to our Lucy podcast here.

Pixar have become an incredible force in the film world. From revolutionising the animation industry with their first fully computer animated film Toy Story, making kids films emotionally affecting once more, to even turning around the fortunes of Disney, Pixar have proved that popularity and imagination can be one of the same. As we see the release of their latest film Inside Out in the cinemas (24th July in the UK), Disney have decided to re-release all of their previous films, albeit in those awful plain DVD covers. Our must have recommendations? Richee's favourite is Up, with its beautifully emotional opening 10 minutes, and talking dogs, while mine is Wall-E. Who'd of thought that the slapstick humour of Chaplin and Keaton could work its way into an environmentally conscious sci-fi. And if that's not enough Pixar for you, I thoroughly recommend you read Ed Catmull's Creativity Inc., which will give you a glimpse into the inner machinations of the animation studio.

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