This week’s releases include a couple of anime adaptations; a bloody comedy; a cinema classic; and a film somewhat remembered for its inclusion of a three-breasted woman.
Blade Anime (DVD)
Eric Brooks (Harold Perrineau) – known as Blade – seeks revenge on Deacon Frost, the vampire who killed his mother while she was still pregnant with him. With all the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses, Blade's quest leads him throughout Southeast Asia in search of Frost. In the Golden Triangle, he discovers a vampire plot that threatens to take down the whole world.
Special features include: “The Marvel Anime Universe: Blade Re-Awakened,” exploring the process that went into developing this new take on the vampire-hunter; “Blade: The Vampire-Slayer,” comparing Marvel’s Blade with traditional vampire stories; and “Special Talk Session: Marvel Anime's Blade and Wolverine,” an interview with series creators. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Students of Grizzly Lake just have to survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is Cinderhella, a slasher-movie killer who has seemingly come to life and is preying on the school’s student body. As the clock ticks and the bodies pile up, the likely suspects are embroiled in a race against time to stop Cinderhella and ultimately save the world … if only they can get out of detention.
Special features include: “Cheat Mode: The Unbelievably Mind Melting Making of Detention” Featurette; “Fight Rehearsal” featurette; “Riffing with Dane” featurette; and three screen tests with Shanley Caswell, Aaron David Johnson and Yves Bright. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
La Grande Illusion (Blu-ray)
During WW1, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, including Rosenthal, the son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape.
Special features not available. (Alliance Films)
Hatfields and McCoys (Blu-ray)
Bonded by their oath to the same flag, two Confederate soldiers, “Devil” Anse Hatfield (Kevin Costner) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton), return home seeking peace after tireless months of battle. Their expectations are quickly shattered when a murder based on misunderstandings and an illicit love affair triggers warfare between former comrades and their clans. This historic feud teeters on the brink of an all-out civil war as friends and neighbours join opposing sides in a rivalry that would ultimately shape American history.
Special features include: “I Know These Hills” music video, featuring Kevin Costner & Modern West. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
I’m Yours (DVD)
On his thirtieth birthday, Robert (Rossif Sutherland) decides he wants more out of life. Disillusioned with his Wall Street existence, he cashes out and leaves everything behind. Celebrating that night, he spots beautiful Daphne (Karine Vanasse) across a bar room floor and they hook up. After a mind blowing ecstasy-fuelled night of great sex in a roadside motel, Robert wakes up very hungover in the passenger seat of his own car crossing the border into Canada. While he was sleeping, Daphne discovered the large sum of cash Robert was running away with. In a desperate move to make things right in her own life, she blackmails him into pretending to be her fiancée and spending the weekend with her estranged family in small town Northern Canada. As the line between truth and fiction blurs, Robert and Daphne learn that what they were actually looking for was each other.
Special features not available. (Entertainment One)
Total Recall: Ultimate Rekall Edition (DVD & Blu-ray combo pack)
Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a 2084 construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars. Against the wishes of his wife (Sharon Stone), Quaid goes to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories, so he can "remember" visiting the red planet that is now being settled by human inhabitants. However, Quaid is actually an amnesiac secret agent from Mars - or is he?
This is '80s sci-fi at its best. Outrageous conspiracies, environmental deformities, space colonization and butt-kicking action sequences. Never boring and always taking a new turn in the story, the trip to the red planet (real or imaginary) is a brilliant display of creativity – no matter how strange some of the ideas. Schwarzenegger, in his brawny heyday, took on the role wholeheartedly, buying into every ridiculous element and indulging the opportunity to be (purposely?) over-the-top. While this sounds like typical Arnie material, he makes it work. There are numerous characters and scenes that will remain memorable – and you’ll probably recall them for years to come.
Special features not available. (Alliance Films)
Wolverine Anime (DVD)
The love of Logan’s (Milo Ventimiglia) – a.k.a. Wolverine – life, Mariko Yashida, is taken back to Japan by her father Shingen, a notorious crime lord. Once in Japan, she is forcibly betrothed to Kurohagi, a cruel criminal associate of her father, to solidify their business interests. Logan is determined to get her back, yet is plunged into a tangled web of corruption and violence at every turn. But with the help of young assassin Yukio, he just might manage to claw his way through the criminal underworld to confront Shingen and save Mariko.
Special features include: “The Marvel Anime Universe: Wolverine Reborn,” providing insights into the process for creating the series; “The Ferocious Anti-Hero: Wolverine Defined” explores the hero’s character; and “Wolverine Meets X-Men” contains an interview with the creators of the Marvel anime Wolverine and X-Men.