Out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week: An anachronized vampire from the Seventies; the attack of the moon nazis; and Jet Li gets involved in a search for a lost city.
You wouldn't think that Tim Burton would stumble in attempting to conjure a gothic-imagery-saturated, tongue-in-cheek horror story, but there you go.
Formats: DVD, UV Digital Copy, Blu-ray.
The story: An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.
Starring: Johnny Depp (Barnabas Collins), Eva Green (Angelique Bouchard), Michelle Pfeiffer (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard), Jonny Lee Miller (Roger Collins), Chloë Grace Moretz (Carolyn Stoddard), Gulliver McGrath (David Collins), Helena Bonham Carter (Dr. Julia Hoffman), Jackie Earle Haley (Willie Loomis), Bella Heathcote (Victoria Winters/Josette duPres), Hannah Murray (Hippie chick), Christopher Lee (Bill Malloy), Thomas McDonell (Young Barnabas Collins), Jonathan Frid (Party Guest), Alice Cooper (Himself), David Selby (Party Guest).
Directed by: Tim Burton.
Features: Maximum Movie Mode, Focus Points (HD, 37 minutes), Deleted Scenes (HD, 6 minutes).
Who doesn't love the very concept of moon Nazis?
Formats: DVD and Blu-Ray.
The story: In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.
Starring: Christopher Kirby, Julia Dietze, Udo Kier, Stephanie Paul, Peta Sergeant, Kym Jackson.
Directed by: Timo Vuorensola.
Features: Audio Commentary with Producer Samuli Torssonen and Director Timo Vuorensola; Making of Featurette (HD; 17:22); Behind the Scenes (HD; 18:13) ; Theatrical Trailer (HD; 1:53); Teasers (HD; 5:40) features three teasers.
A sprawling and beautiful, if convoluted, epic action flick, Flying Swords, like its plot, is folded in on itself: it's both a sequel to a remake, namely the same director's New Dragon Inn (1992), and a remake of that movie's source material (King Hu's Dragon Inn, 1967).
Formats: DVD, 3-D, and Blu-ray.
The story: Set three years after Dragon Inn, innkeeper Jade has disappeared and a new inn has risen from the ashes--one that's staffed by marauders masquerading as law-abiding citizens, who hope to unearth the fabled lost city buried in the desert.
Starring: Jet Li (Zhao Gwai On); Xun Zhou (Ling Yan Qiu); Kun Chen (Yu Hua Tian/Bok Chang Zhou/Blade in the Wind); Yuchun Li (Gu Shao Tang); Mavis Fan (Su Huai Yong); Siu-Wong Fan (Ma Jing Liang)..
Directed by: Hark Tsui.