Sunday, July 17, 2011

Recent Buys July

It's time for a round up of recent buys again. Not much in the way of Hong Kong movies again this month, maybe next time will be better. I do have some great stuff to share though from Italian horror classics to anime and what must be for me, the most unintentionally funny film ever!


Kicking off with the first of two HK movies, Michael Hui's Games gamblers play. I've already reviewed this here


Herman Yau's 1996 film All of a sudden, an approaching Cat III thriller and starring Simon Yam, a review will follow soon.


Antonio Margheriti's Cannibal Apocalypse, I haven't seen this since my initial fascination with the video nasties and Wes' coverage at Plutonium shores piqued my interest in seeing it again. Love me some Saxon!


I already have the Bava collection volume one but for some reason I never picked up the second one, thought I'd better get it before it goes OOP. My favourite Bava's are in the first box but there are still some great titles in this set.


Rounding out the Italian horror titles for this month we have Argento's Inferno on blu ray, I was never much of a fan of this film until I saw the blu ray of it late last year, when it blew me away. The Blue underground release may have the edge image wise but the package here is excellent, that artwork aside (Thankfully you can change it!)


Complete series of Eden of the east blu ray, I didn't know much about this show but having seen the first episode it looks very interesting, looking forward to the rest, if I like it I will post about it.


Mamoru Hosoda's The Girl who leapt through time blu ray, a wonderful anime film, if you haven't seen this I highly recommend it.


Hosoda again this time with Summer wars, another fantastic anime movie again on blu ray. The film looks incredible.


Robert Aldrich's Emperor of the north, picked this up as a recommendation from Phantom of pulp, he's a huge Lee Marvin fan, and so am I but I've never seen this. It sounds amazing from the synopsis.


The latest re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes comes from the BBC, and it's really fun. All three episodes of season one and an unaired pilot are included in this blu ray.


Finally for this month, the funniest film I've seen for years, yes it maybe unintentional comedy but that doesn't make it any less amusing. I've been waiting for the blu ray to come down to a price I could pay for a film this bad and still respect myself the next day. Honestly is there a funnier display of acting than Mark Wahlberg's classroom scene in The Happening? I love Zooey Deschanel in everything but what the fuck was she thinking here? So many questions but I can't think straight when I'm laughing so hard.

16 comments:

YTSL said...

Hi "A Hero Never Dies" --

I'm curious now: what's your Hong Kong movies to other movies ratio? Also, what other movies (by territory and genre) do you tend to watch? :b

A hero never dies said...

Hi YTSL,

I love Hong Kong movies, but will watch most things from anywhere from anime to Italian genre films to French classics and Hollywood trash. I sometimes feel my tastes are too unfocused but then on the other hand I'm never short of anything to watch!

Shaun [The Celluloid Highway] said...

Some interesting purchases there. I reviewed CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE last year, it's a lot of fun. But much more of an action movie than the gut cruncher the title would suggest. The Arrow Blu Ray of INFERNO is excellent. Probably the best one they have put out. A lot of their releases have been controversial amongst nit picking horror fans. I've been happy with all of them.

A hero never dies said...

Shaun, I've been happy with them too, I had already rented Inferno and it was a revelation to me compared to previous versions. Which ones do you have?

Dr. Lamb said...

Way to go with the Bava boxset. I purchased it a year or two ago and really love all the movies in it. For me, the one to watch is Kidnapped. I think it comes with the theatrical version and one with an ending shot by Bava's son.

Wes M said...

I love these posts Mart, you always pick up stuff that makes me awfully jealous ! I'm gonna check out the anime stuff - I was pretty excited with Paprika, and I'd like to see more - I just need some recommendations...

Aaron said...

That Bava set is great! Very high on replay value... I think I've watched each movie (except for the alternate versions of RABID DOGS and LISA) at least three times each since buying the set. Great commentary tracks by Tim Lucas as well.

A hero never dies said...

Really don't know why I delayed on the 2nd Bava box, I was always going to get it.

Wes, have you checked out any of Satoshi Kon's other films since you liked Paprika?

Wes M said...

I went to pick up Tokyo Godfathers Mart, but it was prohibitively expensive on the day, so I left it... I must take another look for it. Besides, Akira, Paprika and a few Ghibli's my anime collection amounts to Cowboy Bebop and Metropolis. I'd love to see Legend of the Overfiend !

Shaun [The Celluloid Highway] said...

I have the following Arrow Blu-rays; Deep Red, Inferno, Tenebrae, Phenomena, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and A Bay of Blood. If one paid attention to the agenda driven nit picking of those who review on Amazon you wouldn't buy any of them. I remember the days of shoddy, cut, VHS transfers of these titles...and I'm just thankful for uncut UK releases that are pleasing to my eye at least. Personally I've never been one of those who obsess about whether a shade of red is red enough.

Wes M said...

I totally agree Shaun - I rememeber my terrible VHS copy The New York Ripper, pirated from the Dutch edition with stuck-on Dutch subtitles, and thinking how lucky I was... But having said that, I'm guilty of buying into reviews obsessed with the minutiae of transfers, and I still have not decided which Blu of Dawn of the Dead to pick up...

A hero never dies said...

Shaun, I've seen all of those blus apart from Bay of blood, the only one that I didn't rate was the Deep Red disc. The Romero discs aren't brilliant but they aren't really any different to the alternatives available. I have City of the living dead, Battle Royale, Dawn and now Inferno. Will pick up The Beyond next I think. I do like a disc to be as accurate as possible but if it's an upgrade to a favourite I won't allow a less than perfect review to put me off.

A hero never dies said...

Wes, Personally I didn't like Overfiend but it does have it's fans, what about Perfect blue?

The Arrow Dawn disc is well worth getting, I'm sure a better disc will arrive somewhere down the line but as a package it's fantastic. It's amazing how times change, I used to get so giddy about having a barely watchable copy of whatever film and now look at what we have available to us!

venoms5 said...

Some choice stuff there, Martin. The Bava set is a must own, but I'm with you regarding the first set. His best films were in the 60s, imo. He seemed to lose his touch with the 70s stuff, like the magic was slowly dissipating.

Not heard of the Yam film. CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE I remember renting under the severely cut INVASION OF THE FLESH HUNTERS tape. Terrible movie all around but the uncut version is more digestible. The Image DVD with the 60 minute documentary is well worth owning regardless.

Ty said...

Great haul! Sherlock looks pretty good.

A hero never dies said...

Thanks Brian, I've gone back to the first Bava box before commencing on the second, I agree completely. I don't really remember much about Apocalypse but I'm sure I'll find it fun. The UK has the doc but is slightly cut due to animal cruelty I think.

Ty, Sherlock is highly recommended.

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