Catch a Fire -- Philip Noyce (Rabbit-Proof Fence) goes political again and delivers a fast-paced and very efficient thriller that focuses on the ways in which governments often create the very enemies they're trying to thwart. (Governments are ironic that way.) Tim Robbins and Derek Luke contribute some very fine work. Extras include a multi-filmmaker commentary and a few deleted scenes.
Farce of the Penguins -- From what I've been hearing from reliable sources, this simplistic spoof is way too little way too late. But if you simply must see a movie in which Bob Saget, Samuel L. Jackson, Dane Cook, Jim Belushi, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Lovitz and the rest of the Friar's Club provide raunchy voice-over dialogue for a bunch of innocent penguins, hey, here's your dream come true. Extras include a Saget-track, deleted scenes, featurettes and a bunch of other penguin-related silliness.
Flyboys -- Big-budget derring-do war flick ... that dropped absolutely dead at the box office. (Budget: $60 million / Domestic Gross: $13 million) I've yet to see the movie myself, but I do look forward to giving it a fair shake -- even if that "running across the blimp" sequence looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic anime story. Extras include a Tony Bill / Dean Devlin audio commentary, more than a half-dozen featurettes and some deleted scenes.
Gymkata -- Yes! Mid-'80s kung fu wackiness combined with hardcore Mitch Gaylord gymnastical stuff! I swear this movie's funnier by accident than most comedies are on purpose. Extras include the knowledge that you now on Gymkata on DVD.
Looker -- Yes! Early-'80s materialism and consumerism being mocked by novelist / filmmaker Michael Crichton! Fabricated supermodels go wacky on Albert Finney! It's like a time capsule and an acid trip at the same time!
The Marine -- So WWE Films gave us See No Evil and then this one. Is it too early to start wondering when Uwe Boll will earn a contract from these guys? The cleverly-titled The Marine is about a Marine (John Cena) who gets all mad when an evil T-1000 (Robert Patrick) kidnaps that really hot girl who plays Kimber on Nip/Tuck. Expect lots of explosions, gunholes, plotholes and stupidity. The "unrated" DVD also comes with a handful of featurettes that inevitably focus on guns, wrestlers and pyrotechnics.
Open Season -- Hey, remember that CG-animated comedy that came out last year? The one with all the wacky animals. Yeah, that one. It's on DVD now. Jokes aside, this is one of last year's lamest CGI concoctions. Not as bad as barnyard, but not nearly as amusing as Over the Hedge. Guess that's what happens when you put Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher in the same recording booth. Extras include a filmmaker commentary, a whole bunch of featurettes, a few shorts and a handful of kid-friendly DVD games.
The Silence of the Lambs -- The thriller that swept the Oscars earns its 3rd (4th?) DVD release, but this one looks to be the best of the bunch. You'll be getting a drop-dead awesome crime chiller (of course) but the supplemental section is where this package shines: ALL-NEW feature-length documentaries and featurettes, plus a whole bunch of random geekery left over from previous releases.
Unknown -- It's Reservoir Dogs with amnesia meets Saw with a (slightly) sunnier disposition -- but get a load of this cast: Greg Kinnear, James Caviezel, Joe Pantoliano, Jeremy Sisto, Barry Pepper, Peter Stormare ... It's like there was an explosion at the character actor factory! Extras include a few extended/deleted scenes.
Next week: Flags of Our Fathers, The Grudge 2, Hollywoodland and (of course) more!