Monday, 14 May 2018

DVD Roundup: billionaire edition

Richee may have his beef with Ridley Scott and his continued derangement of the Alien franchise, but Leigh was more than willing to see Scott's more personal film, All the Money in the World. Telling the story of John Paul Getty III's kidnapping and his mothers attempt to get his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. While containing some great performances, especially from Michelle Williams, the film has been mired by its production, including last minute reshoot's and the disparity between the actors pay. Read Leigh's review of the film here.

After review the first of DC's Batman Elseworld series, Gotham by Gaslight, earlier this year, Batman Ninja is now out, seeing the caped crusader in feudal Japan. Directed by Junpei Mizusaki, this version sees a fully Japanese production take on the subject matter, with Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki coming up with some pretty nice character design. Also, Tony Hale, who plays Buster Bluth in Arrested Development, does the voice for the Joker in the English Language version.

Tremors continue to pump out their sequels to the Kevin Bacon classic, and this time the giant worms are in Canada. A Cold Day in Hell looks, well, like your generic straight to DVD B-movie, with loads of half-remembered actors, explosions, and some acceptable cgi, so eh, yeah?

Pick of the week is Toho's 60's Dracula movies, directed by Michio Yamamoto, known as The Bloodthirsty Trilogy. The collection includes The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula, and sees an atmospheric style brought to these stories of prophetic dreams, haunted mansions, and terrifying teachers.

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