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.