January 29, 2008

DVD Pick of the Week: Right at Your Door

It's Tuesday. Do you know what that means? That is correct! It is time for another DVD Pick of the Week! That was your guess, right? Whatever. I have gone over the list of releases and have carefully selected those that I was interested in saying something about, although there is the distinct possibility that I may have skipped over one or two. This week proved to be considerably stronger than the past few, even if there wasn't that one killer title that screamed out about being the number one release of the week. Still, I did not have all that much trouble selecting the week's top pick, plus it has the distinction of being the type of choice I have not made since way back in July.

What makes this weeks choice so different from the past six months worth of choices? Well, it is a movie that I have not seen and do not know all that much about. It is rare that I choose a title that I have not seen. Seriously, how am I to know if the movie is worth spending time with if I haven't have the opportunity to experience it? It is a bit of a crapshoot whether or not it will be worthy or not, but hey, need to take a chance every once in awhile, right?

Enough with the suspense, this week's choice is Right at Your Door. It is a low budget apocalyptic thriller that never got a wide release. I remember seeing the poster with the guy in the radiation suit in front of the Hollywood sign with the snow-type stuff falling, and then seeing the trailer and just getting this feeling of excitement. I found it hard to not be interested in the movie. Of course, I habe not taken much time to read up on it, hoping that when I do see it it is as fresh as possible.

Take a look at the trailer:

If you watched the trailer, you will have found a movie that induces paranoia when dirty bombs go off in LA. A man is ordered home to seal it up to the best of his ability. After finishing that, his wife shows up, returning from her job and he refuses to let her in for fear of becoming contaminated. Plus, the help does not appear to be all that helpful.

Extras will include a commentary from writer/director Chris Gorak, Forearm Silver: An Interview with Chris Gorak, a Film School: Tips on Making an Independent Film with Chris Gorak feature, and some alternative ending scripts.

Also out this week:
  • The Invasion. Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig misfire. Worth renting, but not really owning. It was hampered by studio required reshoots to pump up the action.
  • El Cid. Charlton Heston epic gets the remaster treatment.
  • Damages: The Complete First Season. FX channel leagal thriller. I've heard good things, but have not seen any of it.
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Everyone seems to love this documentary, and I hope to get that chance now. Nothing like some Donkey Kong!
  • Groundhog Day: 15th Anniversary Edition. Who doesn't love this Bill Murray flick? This really is a fun movie.
  • Monty Python's The Life of Brian: Immaculate Edition. Not quite as funny as Holy Grail, but still filled with laughs and finally getting a special edition.
  • Trade. This film takes you inside the sex trade. Pretty nasty business.
  • The Val Lewton Horror Collection. Includes a documentary on Lewton by Martin Scorsese, plus abunch of old school horror flicks. This has been released before, but without the documentary.
  • The Nines. Ryan Reynolds stars in this trilogy of interlocking tales.
  • Rocket Science. I have heard mixed word on this. It is the story of a teenager who stutters who becomes a member of the debate team.
  • The Comebacks. This is here as a warning. I have not seen it, and will not see it. I recommend you do the same.
  • Lake Placid 2. John Schneider takes on a pair of giant alligaters. How can you go wrong? It debuted some time back as a Sci-Fi Channel original, and is now on DVD in an unrated form.
  • Mr. Untouchable. Documentary that came out around the time of American Gangster and focuses on Frank Lucas' main competitor Nicky Barnes, whose nickname was Mr. Untouchable.
  • Aftermath/Genesis. A pairing of very graphic stories exploring the nature of death. This is a re-release. I think I may need to pick this release up.


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