Some pretty good stuff to add to your rental lists, or even buy.
First, two more of those reliably fantastic BBC/Warner Doctor Who releases, The Dominators (with Patrick Throughton) and Meglos (Tom Baker).
In the wake of the X-Files, several sci-fi conspiracy shows hits the airwaves. One was NBC’s UFO/Alien-oriented Dark Skies, now available.
Kids and potheads will rejoice at the release of the weirder than we remember H.R. Pufnstuf The Complete Series.
Timothy Oliphant will probably never be in another show as good as Deadwood (how many are?), but the first season of Justified is pretty damn fun nonetheless. If you like Elmore Leonard, you can’t go wrong with this.
Other TV releases include 21 Jump Street S4; Dallas S14 and Merlin S2.
Out in DVD, Blu Ray and in a 3-D release is last year’s Piranha. You can’t say it doesn’t pull out all the stops, that’s for sure.
Even so, I think I like the original version better. That’s available on a terrific DVD too, which includes one of the best commentaries you’ll ever hear, from director Joe Dante.
Arguably an even bigger release is the Roger Corman Sci-Fi Classics collection, featuring (YAY!) Attack of the Crab Monsters, along with one of Corman’s very best ‘B’s, Not of This Earth, and also the less essential War of the Satillites. Still, I have to say this set is a rare must buy, especially since the presentations are supposed to be first rate.
Also out is two awful Corman-produced sea monster movies (one a Jaws knock-off, the other a gillman flick), Up From the Depths and Demon of Paradise. Not a must buy, but maybe worth a look if you love aquatic monsters as much as I do.
Explosive Cinema is another of those ‘recorded from VHS’ cheapie Mill Creek releases, but they’re cheap, and this offers 12 movies. This offers Coleman Francis’ Skydivers, as well as Sho Kosugi’s Nine Deaths of the Ninja. Other stars found here include (duh) Cameron Mitchell, Leslie Nielsen, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Roundtree and more.
Alien from the Deep Directed by Antonio Margherti. ‘Nuff said. It’s way overpriced, though, so wait until somebody is clearing out inventory and get it cheaper. You might be able to rent it, though.
Marvel Knights: Black Panther The latest Marvel animated movie.
Death Race 2 Meh, a direct to video sequel.
The fine folks from Criterion bring the crazy with a pair of Sam Fuller classics, Naked Kiss and Shock Corridor. That’s some quality schlock right there. Available on DVD and Blu Ray. And since they are Criterion releases, you might be able to get them via your local library.