Media | A2Q Archives | A2Q #62 | October 27, 2008: Welcome to Add to Queue, Levi’s round-up of this week’s US home video release highlights. Sorry, rest of the world. Region locks are the industry’s way of saying they still don’t understand the Internet. But on the flip side, I’m sure watching our horribly broken election process is way more entertaining than any of this week’s movies.
Out This Week
|[[image:a2q081028_dead.jpg:Dead Space: Downfall:left:0]]||Dead Space: Downfall
Downfall is a video game movie. Wait! Don’t run away! This isn’t your typical video game movie made years after the fact by a film producer eager to make a quick buck off of “gamers.” EA decided early on that the video game Dead Space was a franchise that could expand to other media. Along with a tie-in graphic novel, they’ve commissioned an animated prequel. I have no idea if it’s any good (and somehow I sort of doubt it), but there were some very interesting storyline hooks in the game. So if you were a fan of the story (or just a fan of excessive gore), it’s probably worth a rental — which is more than can be said for the drivel gamers are normally given. Max Payne springs to mind.
|[[image:a2q081028_hell.jpg:Hell Ride:left:0]]||Hell Ride
Arriving with Quentin Tarantino’s seal of approval, Hell Ride is first and foremost a “B movie”. I’m not saying that in a derogatory way; it’s kind of the whole point of the film. Legend has it that Tarantino told director Larry Bishop that it was Bishop’s destiny to write, direct, and star in a movie, and that Tarantino would produce it. A throwback to the motorcycle movies Bishop was making in the 1960s, this isn’t like Grindhouse in that’s an homage to low-budget exploitation features: it just is a low-budget exploitation movie.
|[[image:a2q081028_journey.jpg:Journey to the Center of the Earth:left:0]]||Journey to the Center of the Earth
I’m pretty sure the only reason to watch this was if you could see it digitally projected, and even then, only if you’re not sick of the 3D gimmick yet. Since most homes aren’t set up for a high-quality 3D movie-viewing experience, I’d say just skip it. Poor Brendan Fraser. He was in one of my favorite movies, Gods and Monsters, but that seems like an accident looking at the rest of his, uh, oeuvre.
|[[image:a2q081028_tinker.jpg:Tinker Bell:left:0]]||Tinker Bell
The head of the Disney direct-to-DVD division lost his job because of problems with this film, including a budget that ballooned to over fifty million dollars and endless versions of the script and a bunch of different attached directors. John Lasseter, the Pixar animation executive who was given control over Disney Feature Animation, apparently called the film “virtually unwatchable” and said that releasing it would damage the Disney brand and the line of Fairies toys the film was produced to support. This movie was apparently so atrocious that many Disney watchers claimed that Disney was getting out of the direct-to-video business altogether. And now it’s coming out! And it’s the first of four! It’s doubtful the movie has been significantly improved, so why release it at all? I guess it’s comforting to know that Disney hasn’t totally given up whoring out all their beloved characters onto home video for a quick buck. Get ready for Snow White Part 4: The Whitening!
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