November 8, 2005

DVD Pick of the Week for 11/8: The Devil's Rejects

This week's pick is Rob Zombie's second film, The Devil's Rejects, and what a movie it is! Rob's first film has divided horror fans the world round, that film was House of 1000 Corpses. I think I was the only one that liked it in the theater back in the day. It was an interestingly twisted work, it may have borrowed a bit heavily from films of the past, and had a frenetic editing pace, but it was the start of something more.

The Devil's Rejects is a much more mature and focused work. The direction is a lot more restrained, allowing us to spend more time with the demented and twisted characters. This movie is a hardcore, gritty revenge film. It ties in nicely to the first film, but it eschews the horror trappings for the revenge/exploitation stylings of the 1970's. One thing I noticed, and all of you who watch it see if you don't agree, a lot of structural similarities to The Empire Strikes Back.

Other releases this week:
  • Beavis & Butthead, Vol. 1: The Mike Judge Collection. It's been a long time coming, but they are finally getting a wide release.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Available in both one and two disk flavors. This is Tim Burton's wonderfully antiseptic version of Roald Dahl's novel.
  • Chip 'n Dale, Rescue Rangers: Volume One. The afternoon classic finally comes to DVD. Looking forward to it!
  • Christmas with the Kranks. God awful. Skip this. Avoid at all costs.
  • DuckTales: Volume One. See Rescue Rangers above.
  • Jay and Silent Bob do Degrassi. Not sure what this is all about, but hey, Kevin Smith is involved.
  • Live 8. A four disk set of the historic concert from this past July.
  • Sepultura: Live in Sao Paolo. The post-Max Cavalera lineup performing live. This lineup is not as good as the originals, but Derek Green stills sounds good. This could be interesting.
  • Space: Above and Beyond - The Complete Series. No longer a Best Buy exclusive comes this underrated series.

That's it for this week.


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