1. Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus
SyFy movie-of-the-weeks are literally a dime a dozen, especially when the channel has a new one out almost every week. What sets apart "Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus" from all the rest is the blatant disregard for everything from the laws of nature to the laws of physics. From a shark leaping out of the water attacking a jetliner to an octopus batting a jet fighter out of the sky, this cheese-ball masterpiece is a college professor's nightmare - and a B-flick fan's dream come true.
If this movie's disregard for the laws of physics are worthy of detention, it's utter dismissal for any suspension of disbelief is nothing short of criminal. A shark attacking the Golden Gate Bridge. A giant octopus attacking an aircraft carrier. Debby Gibson as a oceanographer. Lorenzo Lamas's ponytail. The list goes on and on.
The film approaches all of this subject matter with a deadpan tone that would make Leslie Nielsen cringe. But this is really the unsung hero of the flick, with the over-drama seeping through every level of the script - from plot to musical score - giving the film the feel of a 1950's giant monster movie, complete with social commentary (replace nuclear testing with global warming). That said, there are some dry parts in the build-up, but that's a small price to pay for a shark capable of tearing down some major American landmarks.
Overall, it's a so-bad-it's-good flick, which means you don't want to pay more than 10 bucks to see it. Fortunately, Amazon has it for $6.99 plus shipping.
2. DVD: Batman: The Movie (Special Edition)
Few films hold such a special place in my heart as this one. It is great to know that 20th Century Fox finally saw the light and gave this movie the release it deserves. It is only on the heels of 'The Dark Knight' that people turned to this movie and collectively asked 'why are they releasing this?'
Many questions arise from the cover, such as: Why is it so dark a cover? Why is the bat-symbol red? Why does Adam West have such amazing abs?
Now, it is true that this movie is merely a monster-mash with almost nothing to the plot, but who cares? it is a movie where we finally get to see the bat-copter, the penguin-sub and the handy dandy bat-shark repellent is stored in the copter. Why there? Why care? It's bright, it's shiny, it is 60's nostalgia and drips with the lack of artistic integrity.
That being said, this film was given the star treatment. It is touched up to glorious 21st century brilliance and comes with a few extras that include: Adam West & Burt Ward movie commentary, a batmobile featurette & tv show/movie featurette. Wal-Mart has it for $6.86 w/ 97¢ to-home Shipping
3. The Addams Family & Addams Family Values Collection
Mining the endless well of "commenting on the cover". well, this one says it all! Two things are better than one!
Barry Sonnenfield of "Pushing Daisies" and "Men in Black" fame directed this two whimsical adaptations of that TV show often confused with "The Munsters." Pulfer was sure it was directed by Tim Burton, and even though it wasn't, it probably was shot from his house in creepy atmospheric detail. This movie sparked my interest in all things goth, and despite robust genetics, I'm aging into an Uncle Fester. Some days, when it's hard to read, i just do the light-bulb thing.
Both movies deal with various ne'er-do-wells trying to pull one over on the creepy Addams. The first film concerns the return of an individual who may or may not be Uncle Fester (played by Christopher Lloyd), while the second entails a conniving homicidal gold-digger's attempt to tie the knot with Fester - around his neck.
Due be aware, this is a single disc, bare bones release that simply includes both movies. Also, both movies are presented in full-screen format. So, if you want them in wide-screen and with features, buying them separately seems to suggest that it would cost upwards of $20 for the individual releases.
For this price and the my favorite line as delivered by Wednesday Addams, 'Are those cookies made from real girl scouts?' I like full screen. DeepDiscount has it for $9.91 w/ Free Shipping