December 20, 2005

DVD Pick of the Week for 12/20: Serenity

This week's choice was an absolute no brainer. The one DVD each and every one of you should be running, not walking, to acquire is Serenity. It was sadly ignored at the theaters, let's make sure that doesn't happen on DVD.

Serenity is a film based on the short lived television show Firefly, created by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel). Don't let that fact scare you off, you do not need to be familiar with the series in order to enjoy the movie. Just don't be surprised if you get an itch to see the series after taking in the film. The film has it all, it is a fusion of comedy, drama, action, science fiction, suspense, and even a touch of romance.

The film chronicles the story of the Serenity crew as they play guardian to a young woman who could bring about the undoing of the totalitarian regime ruling the galaxy. That doesn't even bring in the cannibalistic Reavers who will attack just about anything that moves.

In short, this is a must see movie, so do yourself a favor.

Also out this week:
  • Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.0. The first half of season 2 is here. The best science fiction show on TV, and one of the best shows period! Catch up before new episodes return in January.
  • The Brothers Grimm. Wonderful set design and a couple of fun performances cannot save this. If only the writing was up to par.
  • Chicago: The Razzle Dazzle Edition. New edition loaded with special features. I liked the movie, but don't think I need many extras. I'll pass.
  • Cry Wolf. Surprisingly well executed. It's just a shame that the script and acting were so poor. This is available in rated and unrated editions.
  • The Exorcism or Emily Rose. This turned out to be a pretty darn good movie. More courtroom drama than Exorcist, but that works in its favor. Available in rated and unrated editions.
  • Four Brothers. John Singleton delivers an excellent action/drama. It has good acting, story, and characters, much better than I expected.
  • The Great Raid. I have read mixed reviews of this war drama, but I am still curious to see it. The bad thing about this release is that the only way to get it in its OAR is to by the considerably more expensive special edition. Thumbs down.
  • Santa's Slay. Ever wonder what it would be like if Santa was actually a demon who lost a bet with an angel? How about if Santa was wrestler Bill Goldberg? No? Well here it is anyway.

That's all for this week!


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