Harry Knowles is pretty psyched about the latest DC Universe animated release, Crisis on Two Earths, calling it “another winning film for the DC Universe.” The movie, which arrives February 23rd, involves an alternate universe in which the Justice League is replaced by the Crime Syndicate, a feature Knowles clearly enjoys:
“I’ve been familiar with the Crime Syndicate characters for ages now, but I have to say… hearing Owlman come to life with the voice of James Woods… bent on the destruction of existence itself. Watching how the Syndicate works… the way they operate… they’re delightfully evil – and kinda remind me a bit of that episode of Classic Trek on the planet of Chicago Mobsters, which I always suspected influenced the creators of the Crime Syndicate.”
Zach Demeter over at The World’s Finest is a little less impressed, but still had a good time:
“…while watching this film I was hit with a feeling I hadn’t felt while watching these films before: indifference. I enjoyed the action that was going on (which is really almost the entire film to be honest) and the story itself was interesting…but I really just wasn’t all that compelled to stick with it. I did, of course, and the ending was more than enough of a satisfactory payoff…but this is really quite a bit more dramatic film than we’ve gotten in the past.”
In addition to Woods, the voice cast includes Mark Harmon, Alyssa Milano, Chris Noth, Gina Torres, William Baldwin, Gary Cole, Kari Wuhrer, and Bruce Davison.
Early reviews are in for Planet Hulk, the latest animated feature from the Marvel Universe, in which our green friend gets dispatched to an alien world where he lives out the plot to Gladiator (or Spartacus, if you prefer). Valkor over at The Other View calls it a “must buy” calling the action “f*cking tight and no holds barred” and the animation “frickin sweet!” Kofi Outlaw at Screen Rant is equally impressed:
“In the end, Planet Hulk — like last year’s Hulk Vs. feature — showcases the big green guy doing what he does best (SMASHING THINGS!) this time on a scale that is both imaginative and pretty awesome to behold.”
DrHideous at MoviesOnline is less full-throated in his support, lamenting the downplay of more interesting side characters and growing frustrated with the archetypal plot, “There’s not a single scene in the movie where you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen.” Still, he praises the disc extras and concludes that, for Hulk and Marvel fans, the film is “certainly worth checking out.”
Planet Hulk arrives Tuesday.
Writer/Director Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat won four awards in our First Annual Straight-to-DVD Movie Awards, including Best Picture. Dougherty won for Best Director and Samm Todd tied with Van Wilder: Freshman Year‘s Kristin Cavallari for Best Actress. Trick also nabbed Best Horror.
Other winners include Cuba Gooding Jr. and Reece Thompson, who tied for Best Actor for Wrong Turn at Tahoe and Assassination of a High School President respectively. Road Trip: Beer Pong won Best Comedy, while Best Family Film went to Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. Perhaps the most unsurprising win was in the Title-So-Bad-It’s-Awesome category, which went to Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.
Here’s a complete list of winners:
Best Picture – Trick ‘r Treat
Best Actor – Tie: Cuba Gooding Jr. (Wrong Turn at Tahoe) & Reece Thompson (Assassination of a High School President)
Best Actress – Tie: Kristin Cavallari (Van Wilder: Freshman Year) & Samm Todd (Trick ‘r Treat)
Best Director – Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat)
Worst Picture – 2012: Supernova
Best Comedy – Road Trip: Beer Pong
Best Horror – Trick ‘r Treat
Best Action/Thriller – Tie: The Code/Wrong Turn at Tahoe
Best Family Film – Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Best Doc – Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
Best Sci Fi/Fantasy – Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
Title-So-Bad-It’s-Awesome Award – Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
To give everyone as much time as possible to get their votes in, the deadline for getting your ballot in for the First Annual Straight-to-DVD Movie Awards has been extended until this Friday! Vote here now!
About 14 minutes into the December 2007 edition of the Slice of SciFi podcast, there’s an interview with Walter Koenig (pre-Anton Yelchin Chekov) and Sky Conway, writer/co-star/exec. producer and producer, respectively, of InAlienable, which arrives on DVD on January 26th.
The sci-fi drama deals with a scientist (Richard Hatch) impregnated with an alien being with a little courtroom drama thrown in when the gub’mint comes to take his baby. The cast includes a member of TNG as well as TOS (any trivia hounds want to debate if that’s ever happened before shy of Generations?) in Marina Sirtis. Alan Ruck and Erick Avari are up in here, too.
Reviews are in for the latest installment in the Unversal Soldier franchise, and the return of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren to the series seems to be a welcome one. Universal Soldier: Regeneration headlines UFC champ Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski, but his addition to the series doesn’t leave nearly as much of an impression as Van Damme’s re-introduction which, for DreadCentral, is where the film takes off:
“…this was the most badass I think I have ever seen Jean-Claude Van Damme look in any of his films. From then on the quality of the action steps up, and there is almost nothing but solid b-level action until the credits roll.”
Although the choicest quote is reserved for the Lundgren/Van Damme showdown:
“…Lundgren and Van Damme engage in one hell of a sumo rematch during which the two of them burst through more walls than Kool-Aid Man has in his entire pitchman career.”
Top Straight-to-DVD Rentals for Week Ending 12/20/09
- Santa Buddies
- Hurricane Season
- The Accidental Husband
- Staten Island
- The Tournament
- The Maiden Heist
- Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead
The only difference between the 12/20 chart and the 12/13 chart is that Hardwired has dropped off the overall 50, meaning we are momentarily Cuba and Kilmer-free.
Santa Buddies still on top in sales (week ending 12/26) and as of 12/6 it’s raked in over $23 million. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure has made over $45 million.
Got word from Sci Fi Wire (SyFy’s entertainment blog, somehow using the proper spelling for “Sci Fi”) that there’s a trailer out for the latest entry in the Universal Soldier saga, Regeneration, which reunites Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren for the first time since the original Universal Soldier. For those of you keeping score, this is the third entry, following Universal Soldier: The Return, which has Van Damme fighting Michael Jai White. This time he fights both Lundgren and mixed martial arts star Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski.
Universal Soldier: Regeneration launches February 2nd. You can pre-order it here.
Here’s the trailer…
Will Harris over at Bullz-Eye has an interview with the man, the myth, the legend Michael Ironside that covers his work on Hardwired, on which he was initially offered the role that eventually went to Val Kilmer, as well as classics like V, Scanners, and, most importantly, Space Hunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone. Be sure to read all the way to the end for an awesome story from the set of Terminator: Salvation.
You can buy Hardwired here.
Top Selling Straight-to-DVD Titles for Week Ending 11/1/09
(source The Numbers)
No real change from last week, except that Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is now the top-grossing straight-to-DVD release of 2009. Flick is still in the top five sellers this week for DVD overall, having pulled in another $10 million to bring the kitty up to $34 million, easily besting Space Buddies, which thus far has only achieved a little under $29 million.
Battlestar just shy of $5 million now after dropping more than 50% from last week’s debut. After 3 weeks, Wrong Turn now stands at $3.5 million.
Click on any of the above titles to buy.