First thing’s first: Sorry, Twilight fans. While the DVD is coming out this week, the Blu-ray won’t be on shelves until May. One the one hand, I’m kind of bothered that a major release isn’t coming to BD day-and-date with its DVD counterpart, as I thought we were beyond that at this point in BD’s life-cycle. On the other hand, it’s Twilight.
If you happen to be a Twilight fan, I am sorry, but might I suggest a vastly superior romantic fantasy that arrives on BD this week? The Princess Bride is the best of the fantasy-themed movies that seemed to be prevalent in the 1980s. Legend, Neverending Story, and Labyrinth are all fine movies, but Princess Bride is a cut above. Even people who don’t think they are fans of the movie are probably quoting lines from some of its famous dialog without even realizing it. (“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”) I won’t quote all of my favorite lines from the movie, as we’d be here for a while, so I’ll just gently nudge you into rewatching this gem at your earliest opportunity, preferably snuggled up to someone you care about.
Punisher is kind of a low-rent character, and the reboot/sequel Punisher: Warzone doesn’t try to make him something he isn’t. The Punisher in this movie barely speaks, letting his actions do the talking. And when I say actions, I mean deliriously over-the-top murder-sprees with gore straight out of a direct-to-video 1980s action movie. Ray Stevenson (of HBO’s late, lamented Rome) and Wayne Knight (Newman from Seinfeld) are well cast as the Punisher and Microchip, respectively, but the two main villains are terrible. While Stevenson and Knight play it mostly straight, the guys playing the villains seem to be trying to out-camp each other at every opportunity. Overall, the movie isn’t very good, but I still had a good time laughing at the extravagant execution scenes when the paper-thin story wasn’t getting in the way.
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