Fans of car chase porn will be very happy this week. Not only do we get both French Connection movies in HD, this Tuesday also sees the release of Ronin and Vanishing Point, two more movies famous for the epic car chases featured within. I’m particularly fond of the first French Connection, and consider it a high-water mark of 1970s cinema.
Anime nuts will say “kakkoii!” at the BD release of Akira. [And I will punch them when they do. — Parish] I admit that I’m curious to revisit it. My one and only viewing of this movie, which occurred somewhere around 15 years ago, left me scratching my head. In the end, I had no idea what the heck just happened, and at the time I put it down to the fact that I was watching a dubbed copy. I’ve since learned that even anime fans find the plot of Akira somewhat inscrutable. Also this week, abother anime called Samurai 7 is also hitting the streets, and as a Kurosawa devotee I am a bit uncomfortable with the whole idea of what appears to be a futuristic anime take on Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai. Perhaps if I watched it I might enjoy it. After all, Seven Samurai has been remade multiple times, notably and to great effect in the classic western The Magnificent Seven.
It is fairly heartbreaking that both a new Futurama movie and a new De Niro flick are hitting video, and I can’t muster much enthusiasm for either. The De Niro piece in particular is in one of my least favorite movie genres: the navel-gazing Hollywood movie about how wacky Hollywood is. Ugh.
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Apologies to all that I missed last week’s releases. My house was under siege by mother nature, who saw fit to dump way too much snow on top of us. Besides the logistical nightmare of trying to get both myself and my wife to work with only one 4WD vehicle between us, the power was off and on most of last week, not leaving me much opportunity to get the column done.
Thanks for reading Add to Queue, GameSpite’s weekly round-up of US Blu-ray release highlights. Sorry, rest of the world; region locks are the industry’s way of saying they still don’t understand the Internet. All right, Popeye’s here! get your hands on your heads, get off the bar, and get on the wall! Cover art courtesy of Amazon. Follow Levi Tinney on Twitter, or add him to your PSN or XBL friends list: VsRobot. You can also contact him via e-mail via levivsrobot [at] gmail [dot] com. He wrote this column while listening to Iggy Pop, with one of his cats curled up in his lap.