This is a very interesting week for DVD releases as it holds something for virtually every taste. The big news this week is Kick-Ass, Matthew Vaughn’s screen adaptation of Mark Millar’s twisted comic book, but there’s a lot of other flicks heading down the pike. Here are the major movies hitting DVD/Blu-Ray this week.
AFTER.LIFE – This creepy 2009 thriller finally hits home video. If you didn’t catch it, here’s the premise: Christina Ricci is dead. But then she wakes up in a mortuary under the care of Liam Neeson, a mortician who seems to know a little more than he’s letting on about what’s up. The two engage in a game of intellectual and spiritual cat and mouse as you, the viewer, try to wrap your brain around what’s really going on. Watch the trailer.
Kick-Ass – Aaron Johnson plays an everyman high school kid that decides that he should be a superhero, protecting the streets from crime, even though he doesn’t have any superpowers, and hijinks ensue. Christopher Mintz-Plasse costars as The Red Mist, giving McLovin a run for the title of Most Memorable Character he has ever played. What should have been the beginning of a franchise sadly didn’t click with audiences at the box offices, but will surely live a long life on DVD. Read our review.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – This adaptation of every dweeby kid’s favorite book series tells us the story of Greg Heffley, he’s a sixth grader, he writes in a diary, the end. Seriously. I’m sure there is more to it, but the only reason you should be buying or renting this movie is if you have a kid brother or nephew with a birthday coming up and you don’t know what else to get him. Otherwise, I don’t want to know what you do in your free time.
The Ghost Writer – Starring Nicolas Cage as a stunt cyclist that sells his soul to…wait, what…wrong movie? This Roman Polanski mystery was released shortly after his arrest in Switzerland. While it may be a coincidence, his name being in the news may have helped this film be his most successful in years. Starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, it involves a ghostwriter hired to help write the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister. Wake up, it received rave reviews and it has Jim Belushi in it. If you can’t trust Jim Belushi, who can you trust? Check out the trailer.