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Christopher Webster [DVD News 04.20.09] movie news scifi dvd horror drama

Cerebral scifi fans take note; Marc Caro's Dante 01 (review here) finally gets a release from Dimension Extreme this week! When I first saw the film I immediately fell in love with its claustrophobic oddness, but for those of you who are easily offended by obtuse 2001 style incomprehensibility I recommend maybe Netflixing it before deciding on a purchase.

Then of course we've also got the much ruminated upon offshoot of the recently concluded Battlestar Galactica series, Caprica out this week. Regardless of everyone's belief that this will be a dull and short lived spin-off, I'm still interested to see the Adamas' backstory and the birth of A.I. on the soon-to-be destroyed planet.

We've also got a few titles on the horror front this week. The biggest for horror buffs may be Anchor Bay's Hellraiser boxed set. Considering it's only the first two films with no added extras I'm not buying it but the box is crazy cool. Then we've got J.T. Petty's The Burrowers (review here) which I've heard is a little less like Tremors meets The searchers than it's being marketed as but I'm still gonna check it out as I love westerns and horror so it's like a marriage made in cinematic heaven.

The next films you might want to check out are a little more obscure. Robert Hall's slasher Laid to Rest, which stars the beautiful Lena Headey, drops. Even though it looks incredibly formulaic there's been a lot of buzz surrounding it lately. Then there's a film from 2006 called Sam's Lake which is billed as being from the producers of Twilight (like we care).

Last but not least we've got what will no doubt be the biggest release of the week, The Wrestler. I found Darren Aronofsky's film to be an intensely realistic and intimate approach to dramatic filmmaking while quietearth found it tedious (review here). One of the things that really bugs me about the marketing of this film is that it's being touted as the triumphant return of Mickey Rourke when Aronofsky had nothing to do with Rourke's return at all. The only reason he was even on the radar is because Rodriguez brought him back in Sin City. So really, I would consider this Rourke's second critically acclaimed return. So there.

Trailers and stuff after the break.

Dante 01
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Deep space, at the edge of the galaxy. The future. A new prisoner arrives on top security prison ship and psychiatric research unit Dante 01. Sole survivor of an encounter with an alien force beyond imagining, Saint Georges is a man possessed by inner demons, caught up in the battle to control the monstrous power within him. It's a power that will infect the other highly dangerous occupants of Dante 01, gaolors and prisoners alike, unleashing a violent rebellion that turns this terrifying, labyrinthine world upside down. In the otherworldly hell of the ship's depths, through danger and redemption, each must journey to his very limits... each must confront his own Dragon.

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Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences. A spin-off of the Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica" set 50 years prior to the events of that show.
Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences. A spin-off of the Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica" set 50 years prior to the events of that show.

Hellraiser: 1&2 Boxed Set
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A man finds he is given more than he bargains for when he solves the puzzle of the Lament Configuration - a doorway to hell. But his ex-lover has found a way of bringing him back, and his niece, Kirsty Lawrence, finds herself bargaining with the Cenobites, angels to some, demons to others, whose greatest pleasure is the greatest pain.

The Burrowers
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It is 1879 in the Dakota Territories. A handful of brave pioneers maintain isolated settlements in the badlands beyond civilization. Irish Immigrant Fergus Coffey is near to winning the hand of his beloved Maryanne when she is suddenly taken from him, her family brutally abducted in a nighttime attack on their homestead. Suspicion falls immediately on hostile Indians. Experienced Indian fighters Will Parcher and John Clay form a posse and set out to rescue the kidnapped settlers, taking along a naïve teenager hoping to prove himself a man, an ex-slave looking to find his place in the world and their ranch-hand, Coffey. But as men vanish in the night and horrific evidence accumulates with the dead and dying, the group discovers that their prey is far more terrifying than anything human, and their prospects are far more terrible than death.

Laid To Rest
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A terrifying story of a young girl who wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she was abducted by a Deranged Serial Murderer and in an isolated rural town she must survive the night and outsmart the technologically inclined killer who is hellbent on finishing what he started.

Sam's Lake
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As she does every summer, Sam takes a group of friends to accompany her on a retreat to the cottage she grew up in. On this year's trip, Sam and her friends are faced with the terrifying legend of Sam's Lake.

The Wrestler
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A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

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Zompete (13 years ago) Reply

Regarding the Hellraiser box-set, I found this on the link you've provided. Amazon editorial writes, "Product Description
Loaded with nearly 3 hours of bonus material, this 3 disc set comes in a custom made Hellraiser Puzzle Box that slides open to reveal the discs. Disc 1 Hellraiser, Disc 2 Hellbound: Hellraiser II; Disc 3 Hellraiser Blu Ray." Seems interesting.


agentorange (13 years ago) Reply

Hmm okay thanks. I'd heard that the set just included the last anniversary editions and no additional extras but perhaps I heard wrong. Also, the inclusion of the blu-ray may be enough to entice some HD-philes.


Anonymous (13 years ago) Reply

Dante 01 looks amazing! Going to find that now.


Hot Fuzz (13 years ago) Reply

Dante 01 IS amazing but AO is right to warn. It could be classified as "smart scifi" so don't expect too much action. It's like 2001 meets Sunshine... but French.

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