Bringing Psychic Warriors to the big screen for the first time, The Men Who Stare At Goats hits the shelves Tuesday. This amusing fictionalization has more truth in it than the government wants you to know about, or certainly any senate budgetary oversight committee.
From AMC, the 2009 miniseries remake of The Prisoner keeps some of the original referents and redevelops others from the ground up. I don’t think it quite lived up to the 17 episode 1967 series, but I am going to watch them both back-to-back before I decide for sure.
For the young female segment of the audience, The Twilight Saga: New Moon is also being released this week. The second film in this series, it is packed with more brooding stares than ever before.
For fans of a much more classic vampire tradition, Orlock the Vampire 3D becomes accessible to the general public. This 1922 silent masterpiece was originally titled Murnau’s Nosferatu, but it was believed all full length versions of it were destroyed. Keith Carter took this one surviving example and processed it for the complete 3D experience, and then Lloyd Kaufman of Troma does the whole introduction thing to round out the package. As a person who has actually paid cash money to sit in a movie theater on Halloween and listen to a live synthesizer player and percussionist create the audio accompaniment for the truncated version of the film, I can’t wait to add this one to my permanent collection.
There are a few quality western animation coming out this week, starting with The Fantastic Mr Fox. This twisted little movie is fairly true to the book it’s based on, and it has a great voice cast. Also, Toy Story and Toy Story 2 Blu-Ray Special Editions (2 disk sets) become available on Tuesday. If you want the standard definition (regular DVD) versions of these releases, you will have to wait until May 11th.
On the Anime front, Darker than Black is accessible, but from the reviews I have seen somewhat disappointing. I need to see it for myself before I can voice a real opinion. I can voice an opinion on Trinity Blood: The Complete Series: it is worth your time to watch. Yet another tale about humans and vampires, but taking a slightly different approach than you might expect. The Standard Edition was released back in December, this is the Blu Ray version. Finally, there is Nabari No Ou – The Complete Series Part 2. In this story line, Ninja’s beat on each other for the right to rule the world, but the primary character, Miharu Rokujou, just want’s to run his restaurant.