New Indie DVDs are here with a mixed bag for the week ahead. Some good, some bad. At least, you can find some true entertainment with the recommended ones. A couple of which have yet to play in Pittsburgh theaters.
“Dracula 3D“- An embarrassing retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic tome from Italian Director Dario Argento (“Suspiria”), who provides another mark against his once storied career with this unflattering in-your-face Euro trash tale about an infamous bloodsucker. Graced (or should I say disgraced?) with horrific acting, even worse special effects and an uninteresting plot that misguidedly follows the same source material you’ve seen in a dozen adaptations. With Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann and Rutger Hauer. Available to order on an All Region Blu Ray edition that also contains both 2D or 3D versions.
“Manborg“- Astron-6, a campy Canadian collective of no-budget filmmakers, bring this futuristic yarn of a soldier stitched back together into a warring machine to do battle with evil overlords. A shamelessly cheap and funny homage to 80’s video games, cheesy Action movies and cult Sci-Fi serials. Available only on DVD to rent or buy via the mail with Blockbuster.com.
“Not Fade Away“- “The Sopranos” creator, Writer and Director David Chase, delivers his first feature film. A dour Drama on the turbulent times of the 60’s, really a slice-of-life story about a New Jersey kid (John Magaro) who starts a high school band and graduates to the movies on the West Coast. Overindulgent, autobiographical tripe from Chase, who even had the audacity to add James Gandolfini, the star of his Emmy awarded show, in a pompous supporting role as the young man’s hotheaded father. Now available to rent with Netflix.
“Silver Linings Playbook“- David O. Russell’s new film where Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are troubled souls needing to lead their own lives by calling a time-out and starting again. With Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker and Jacki Weaver. Per my prediction months ago, this crowd-pleasing Comedy ran by the competition as both a box-office hit and an Oscar winner. Available to rent with Netflix.
“You Will Be My Son“- A flowing Foreign Drama about a French wine maker (Niels Arestrup, “Une Prophete”) who wants to retire but, doesn’t want to leave the family business to his eldest son. Instead, grooming his foreman’s boy to be the eventual heir. Lush scenery of a chateau surrounded by a winery is off-set with ugly characters treating each other very badly. Totally satisfying! Available only to own on Import DVD with English subtitles, months before a local theatrical premiere.