Howdy, folks! Joseph here, and I’ve got the new treats for you on Bluray for November 20, 2012. Before I go any further, we at VaginaCon would like to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, and we hope that you enjoy the time with your family and friends…hopefully by watching some Bluray movies! This week’s episode features more princesses, septuagenarians, the coming winter, innovation at its finest, and the worst movie ever. So, without further ado, let’s gobble these up (sorry; couldn’t resist).
Okay, so…these came out when Disney decided to go to the well and make direct to video sequels of their classic movies. Cinderella II features a trio of vignettes; one with Cinderella (Jennifer Hale) trying to adjust to being married to Prince Charming, one with Jacques the mouse (Rob Paulsen) wishing he were human…then immediately regretting the choice when his wish is granted by the Fairy Godmother (Russi Taylor), and the final one with Cinderella showing mercy to one of her wicked stepsisters (Tress MacNeille). Cinderella III featuring the wicked stepmother stealing the Fairy Godmother’s wand and turning back time so that Cinderella didn’t get so lucky and that glass slipper never fit. This comes in a 3 disc Bluray version and a 2 disc DVD version. If you have a little princess that loves the Cinderella story, this is for you.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 66%
The cast of The Expendables, with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard, are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. This movie comes in a Bluray version with an Ultraviolet copy and a DVD version, and there are deleted scenes, gag reels, and other special features on the disc. Let’s be honest, though; this isn’t a good movie. The first one wasn’t that good, but if you’re able to turn your brain off before hitting play, then you’ll enjoy it.
Winter is coming. Wear a coat. Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the sweeping fantasy saga instantly became one of the network’s biggest hits and the fastest selling TV on BD titles of all time. The Emmy® award winning show, which has been called “tantalizing” (Los Angeles Times) and an “HBO Triumph” (Boston Globe), follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. As two powerful families engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms and the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. This comes in an 8 disc Bluray version chock-full of special features and a dragon egg paperweight. It also has a copy of Season Two, Episode 1, so all of you Game of Thrones fans, this is the box set for you. Know what else this is? This is the pick of the week, so have fun.
Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema. If you’re a Tarantino fan, you will be pleased to own this: this is the best of the best movies in the Tarantino collection.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 43%
A visionary critique of American expansionism, Heaven’s Gate, directed by Oscar winner Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter), is among Hollywood’s most ambitious and unorthodox epics. Kris Kristofferson (Lone Star) brings his weathered sensuality to the role of a Harvard graduate who has relocated all the way to Wyoming as a federal marshal; there, he learns of a government-sanctioned plot by rich cattle barons to kill the area’s European settlers for their land. The resulting skirmish is based on the real-life bloody Johnson County War of 1892. Also starring Isabelle Huppert (White Material) and Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter), Heaven’s Gate is a savage and ravishingly shot demystification of western movie lore. This is the full director’s cut, letting viewers today see Cimino’s potent original vision. Let’s be honest: this movie killed a studio. United Artists was a booming studio until this movie came along; it bankrupted the studio, and now UA only exists as a subsidiary of MGM. Now, that being said, this is a Criterion film, so they’ve gone to painstaking lengths to clean up the film and throw a metric ton of special features on it as well. This is one for film buffs and the remotely curious, so have at it.
Welp, that’s all for now, folks. Got any questions, comments, or suggestions? Hit me up in the comments section below, and I’ll get right to them…as soon as I wake up from my fifth helping of turkey and dressing. I guess I should’ve passed on the wine as well, huh?
Until next time…