Surf’s up in ‘Break,’ ‘MXC:’ dubbed for your pleasure
Summer blockbusters usually bust or boom. This summer was no exception and filled with more superhero epics than you could shake a heavy tanker truck at while carrying a damsel in distress. Luckily, as summer ends and the weather cools, we can still warm up with all of these titles making their way to DVD.
Director Bret Ratner’s "X-Men: The Last Stand" is a tale of two films. The first half is an excellent superhero flick filled with political intrigue, copious amounts of action and decent development of what could be an interesting story line. However, the second half loses focus in so many ways, it’s hard to believe this is the final product.
A mutant cure has been developed by the United States government and Magneto (Ian McKellen) is still trying to destroy the human race before they destroy mutants. Meanwhile, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) is reborn as the Phoenix and she’s not happy. So much so, she disposes of a major character almost immediately, which in and of itself is a huge problem given the history of this character in the comics. So it’s up to Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Storm (played by Halle Berry, who it appears had the number of minutes she was required to be in the film written into her contract) and Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) who dons a blue monkey costume to stop Magneto and Phoenix before they take out San Francisco.
Extras: The previous "X-Men" DVDs contained a healthy dose of special features. Not this one, however, as outside a handful of deleted and alternate scenes (and endings) which are actually worth checking out, there are two audio commentaries and that’s it. Hold off on buying this one until a special edition is released. Price: $29.98. Rent or buy: Rent.
You know your ears perked up when you read that there is a new edition of "Point Break" now out on the market. It’s that guilty pleasure you stay up late watching on TNT. Where else can you find names such as Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) and Pappas (Gary Busey) all involved in a surf/crime/action film of epic proportions. The DVD has been out of print for about five years, so if you want to pick it up remastered and restored, this is your opportunity. Price: $19.98. Rent or buy: Buy.
"Most Extreme Elimination Challenge" is the hilarious Japanese game show that was brought over to the States and slapped with new dubbing that has nothing at all to do with the original dialogue from the show. It is a hilarious, fast-paced pop-culture bonanza with more jokes crammed into a half-hour than you can possibly decipher, which makes it perfect for DVD since you can go back and watch what you missed. If you are a fan of slapstick comedy, check out "MXC: Season One." Price: $34.98. Rent or buy: Buy.
All too often, good movies are put through the ringer of corporate Hollywood and endup being distributed as a straight-to-DVD film rather than one that might have done well in theaters. "The Woods" is a tale of a troubled girl (Agnes Bruckner) sent to a remote boarding school where she discovers there is witchcraft a foot. Sound familiar? It is a near spot on summary of horror master Dario Argento’s classic "Susperia." While not as stylish as that film, "The Woods" is entertaining and better than 90 percent of big-budget films released into theaters. Price: $24.98. Rent or buy: Rent.