Do you like Family Guy? Then you'll love Seth MacFarlane's directorial debut, Ted. Will you still like it even if you hate the series? Possibly, but there is absolutely no mistaking this for anything other than a movie made by the guy who made Family Guy. It's always nice to see Mark Wahlberg do comedy, but it has the same humor, the same vulgarity, and the same pop-culture obsessions as MacFarlane's calling card, so keep that in mind before pulling the trigger.
The Bourne Legacy is also a case of more of the same, and that's not really a complaint. If you'd love the Bourne series regardless of who the jacked superspy is, then you'll be into Jeremy Renner's first entry in the series. Oh, and hey, here's Ice Age: Continental Drift, yet another example that knows its formula, knows its audience, and doesn't deviate.
If you're looking for something a bit more original, you may want to try the Korean sci-fi anthology Doomsday Book. It's got some powerful visuals and some interesting ideas, but it's not quite the apocalypse opus one would hope for based on that title. If quirky Sundance dramedy's are your thing, do check out Why Stop Now, featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Tracy Morgan as a drug dealer named Sprinkles. And then there's Age of the Hobbits, Asylum's cash-in on Peter Jackson's latest epic, and Osombie, which is exactly what the title and cover art make it sound like.
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Miami Connection - Drafthouse Films - Blu-ray, DVD and VHS
An orphan martial arts rock band named Dragon Sound must fight a gang of cocaine-loving motorcycle ninjas. That's a helluva plot.
You are not prepared for Miami Connection, a forgotten gem that Drafthouse Films has unearthed from obscurity and restored for all to revel in its extreme '80s glory. For some, this is certainly a "so bad it's good" type of movie, but that's not really what it is. This is a sincere failure; a movie that tries with a smile on its face throughout, but just comes up short. Even with its campy acting and editorial woes, it's still a genuinely entertaining slice of '80s awesomeness with two of the greatest songs ever written for a film.
Special Features: Commentary with Y.K. Kim and Joe Diamond; "Friends for Eternity: The Making of Miami Connection;" alternate ending; deleted scenes (12 minutes total); Dragon Sound reunion concert; "Who is Y.K. Kim?;" "The New American Dream," Grandmaster Y.K. Kim's self-help video.
And, yes, the formats listed above aren't a joke. Miami Connection is available on VHS. It's also available for a direct digital download on VHX. And if you happen to go that route, you may miss out on the special features, so we've got a bit to share with you here:
Dick Tracy is the kind of movie that seems like it could never get made today. If it did, it might look an awful lot like The Spirit, so I think we can all agree that it's a good thing Warren Beatty's lively adaptation of the comic series was made when it was. It still looks great to this day, and we're glad to see this vibrant color palette brought to life in HD, but unfortunately this set doesn't contain a single special feature outside of trailers for other Disney movies.
If Dick Tracy isn't nostalgic enough for you, you may want to check out Heavyweights, Babes in Toyland? (the 1961 version), The Blue Lagoon or Death Valley. None are given elaborate Blu-ray debuts, but they'll make fine enough stocking stuffers this holiday season. If you're looking for some more elaborate Blu-rays this week, you'll have to check out Criterion's edition of Christopher Nolan's Following, their Qatsi trilogy, or Kino Lorber's 15-Disc Buster Keaton set containing plenty of the funny man's films on Blu for the first time ever. And lastly there's The Joy Luck Club and The Island, which, if the cover art wasn't obvious enough, is not to be confused with the Michael Bay sci-fi movie.
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