Media | A2Q Archives | A2Q #48: The "Falling Down Again" Edition | July 22, 2008: Welcome to this week's highlighted home video releases, focused entirely on the American market. Sorry, rest of the world. Region locks are the home video industry's way of saying they still don't understand the Internet.

Roundup by VsRobot | Posted July 22, 2008

Out This Week

A brilliant MIT student is recruited by an unscrupulous professor to join a team of card-counters for jaunts to Vegas where they use their considerable mathematical ability to cheat at cards.

The film is based on a true story, as recounted in the excellent book Bringing Down the House, but completely bloated and "Hollywood-ized" for the screen. [Not to mention white-washed; most of the participants were actually Asian. - ed.] I say read the book instead.

The Last Winter
An arrogant oil-man sets up for drilling in Alaska against the wishes of a team of environmentalists. The difference between real life and this version is that man's hubris in exploiting the environment for gain doesn't just result in the slow death of the planet through global warming, but in the more immediate death of the people involved due to unseen malignant forces that escape from the ice.

Before Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the team behind those movies were responsible for a BBC comedy series called Spaced, which is now available on DVD for US viewers to gander at. As a big fan of both of those films, this is a day-one pick up for me.

Turn The River
The title is an obvious poker allusion, but she's pictured playing billiards. Huh? Well, obviously she's a poker-playing pool hustler trying to get one last big score so she can run away with her son and start a new life away from the negative influences on the fringes of the gambling underworld. Duh!

Blu Reyes

There's a new Mummy flick opening soon, so all three of the previous Mummy films [There are that many!? Good grief - ed.] are hitting Blu-ray to take advantage of the cross-promotion opportunities. (Scorpion King not pictured). I've only seen the first Mummy film, and I found it a decent popcorn adventure, but I'm personally skipping those in favor of The Perfect Storm.


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