As you might have noticed, we didn't have a This Week's Discs column last week. While I'm sure all three of you were disappointed, rest assured I'll cover both releases from last week.
First up from the 17th is the tiger hurricane film Burning Bright. Yes, you read that correctly. Burning Bright centers on a young girl who's stuck taking care of her 12 year old autistic brother during a hurricane. The house has been boarded up to protect against the storm, but somehow the deadly tiger that her father bought for his safari park was left inside the house. With no way to escape their boarded up home, brother and sister must fight the ferocious animal to stay alive. I swear I'm not making this up. It's even playing at FrightFest in London in just a few short hours. This is a real film that is currently available on DVD. I for one can't wait to see what wonders it holds. I hope to find out for myself this weekend just how awesomely terrible this is.
Also out last week was the fourth season of Showtime's hit series Dexter. If you're at all a horror fan then Dexter is right up your alley. The titular character is a cold and calculating serial killer who spends his days as a blood splatter analyst in the forensic department of the Miami Dade Police force and his nights delivering his own brand of justice to Miami criminals who slipped through the legal cracks. It's a smarly written show based on a impressive series of books and provides plenty of wit and humor to do along with the dark deeds. I got a bit caught up in the third season but I've heard nothing but great things about season four, particularly the inclusion of John Lithgow as a recurring guest star. I'm looking forward to getting caught up.
This week's biggest release is George Romero's Survival of the Dead. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray in an Ultimate Undead Edition, Magnet has put together quite a nice release for Romero's latest Dead film. I haven't had a chance to see it myself, but I've heard it's a good deal better than his last outing, Diary of the Dead, which found little favor even with the hardcore Romero fans. That's not to imply that no one liked it, but they were few and far between. Thankfully, opinions and reviews were both much more popular for Survival.
Interestingly enough, this week's other release is also thanks in some part to Romero. Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated hits DVD this week. It appears to be an artistic rendition of the classic film, with scenes recreated by over 100 different artists to varying degrees of success. I admit I haven't seen it myself, but it seems completely unnecessary to me. Night of the Living Dead is a classic zombie film. People trying to add to or improve upon that doesn't really interest me, but if it's your thing, by all means seek this one out.
I'm afraid this it for horror releases. Check back next week when we take a look at the offerings for August 31st!