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THE EXORCIST (Blu-Ray)
What more could I possibly ask from this Halloween season than the greatest horror film ever made in spectacular HD? Ok, yes, a hot oil rub-down from a time traveling Linnea Quigley from the eighties, but I can temper my Halloween wishes with a solid dose of what's actually likely to happen. That being said, if anyone see's a hot oil rub-down from a time traveling Linnea Quigley (or hell, I'll even go with Jill Whitlow...beggars can't be choosers) on Amazon.com, be sure to let me know. I think I might put that one on my credit card. Well, after I would have bought this totally bad-ass HD set. You see how I brought that full circle?
As if putting this out in HD wouldn't have been enough all by itself, Warner Brothers has thrown in upgraded versions of both the original theatrical version and the extended director's cut (why you'd want to watch this without the awesomely creepy spider-walk scene is beyond me), an introduction and audio commentary by director William Friedkin and writer William Peter Blatty, a brand new 3 part documentary that runs about 49 minutes, a 77 minute 1998 doc, tons of odds and ends such as interviews, trailers, radio spots, galleries, the original ending (!), and a 40 page hardback book which serves as the case for the two discs as well. Incidently, if you can't shell out the clams for the super-awesome-must-have-at-the-top-of-my-display-case hard back set, you can always download the movies on iTunes along with its new ext.... Just sayin'.
After all these years, after all the times I've seen it, and even with my complete disbelief in the demonic forces portrayed within, "The Exorcist" still gives me the major heebie-jeebies. Never could enjoy pea soup the same way again after seeing it.
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30 DAYS OF NIGHT: DARK DAYS (Blu-Ray and DVD)
I regret to inform the sizable fan base of the first film, "30 Days of Night" that its direct-to-dvd sequel, while somewhat based on the comic book follow-up, is made up almost entirely of 'fail' as a movie. It's not a bloodsucking film so much as it just sucks.
The story follows the lone survivor Stella (this time played by Kiele Sanchez) as she ends up in LA, promoting her book that tells the story of what happened in her small Alaskan town, despite the government's report of a 'toxic spill'. She's on a mission to root out the bloodsuckers and does it to spectacular effect at her nighttime book signing by hooking up powerful UV lamps in the auditorium and burning up the vamps who showed up in front of her crowd of former non-believers. She's made into a target because of her very public display of vamp dusting, but is rescued by a team of completely incompetent vampire hunters and their leader, a vampire himself named Dane (Ben Cotton) who proceed to make the stupidest decisions you could possible think of, act like a bunch of crying babies, and generally get splatted.
There's not a drop of tension in this sequel and that probably has a lot to do with the complete dispensing of the original, waiting out the darkness, premise. Without that, it's just another generic vampires vs humans actioner that wouldn't have even been entertaining enough to be an episode of "Blade: The Series".
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