DVD Reviews: Snow White and the Huntsman, Ghosts of the Abyss & More
Snow White and the Huntsman — After suffering through the irredeemable soul-leech known as Mirror Mirror, I was a bit skeptical about tackling another live-action semi-remake of the old-fashioned “Snow White” fairy tale. Fortunately I usually ignore my own skepticism and ended up quite enjoying this colorfully sprawling rendition of a well-known bedtime story. Director Rupert Sanders gives us plenty of cool stuff to look at, his action scenes are suitably slick, and his narrative goes to places that are both darker and sweeter than you might expect. Ms. Stewart looks lovely, but Charlize’s evil witch steals most of the movie, and the fantastic ensemble tapped to play the dwarfs is just perfect. Aside from a slightly anti-climactic finale and a weird absence of helpful “side-villains,” there’s not much to gripe about here. Oh, also the James Newton Howard score is quite excellent.
The Loved Ones — Hat tip to Paramount for investing in a dark, strange horror flick from Australia. I’m a little confused as to why they’re releasing it on standard DVD and not on Blu-ray, but the movie’s the thing, of course, and plenty of indie horror films look and sound just lovely on standard DVD. Anyway, The Loved Ones is about a brooding high school hunk who casually rejects the wrong girl, and lives to regret it in the most painful ways imaginable. Very gory, strangely funny, and backed by some dark surprises you might not see coming, this is one of the coolest Aussie horror movies of the past few years. Also, prepare to have a new song forever stuck in your head.
Beyond the Black Rainbow — Ever see one of those dark indie genre movies that captivates and confuses you at the same time? Good. Here’s another one. It’s a futuristic … prison movie … kinda. Wait, just check my out my FEARnet.com review.
Multi-movie Blu-rays! The triple feature Blu-ray that contains Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, and Braveheart will sure put hair on any chest. There’s also a handy new Paranormal Activity trilogy set, but since the fourth one is out in a few weeks, it’s not really a trilogy anymore.
Catalog Horrors on Blu-Ray!! Jeepers Creepers, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Ring (2002), The Hole, Below, Cursed, The Prophecy, The Crow, and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
Bonus secret deal! Amazon has The Raid: Redemption (unrated edition, subtitled version) as a two-dollar rental this weekend. You must see this movie.