Even though Picard is clearly on vacation and trying to relax, the week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases march ever forward. This week includes fake superheroes, lesbian vampires and manborgs! (Also, here’s the uncropped pic, in case you want to see the Captain’s log.)
• Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3
On Blu-ray, with the remastered and rejiggered CG effects. The set contains a behind-the-scenes doc, a season overview, a character development interview, and more. It also contains the episode “Captain’s Holiday,” so if you’ve been waiting to see Patrick Stewart’s bare chest (as per the image above) in all its HD glory, April 30th is going to be a very good day for you.
• Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds
Do you like ST: TNG, but find the idea of owning full seasons to be daunting? Does the sheer amount of entertainment in those sets overwhelm you? Then why not try this Blu-ray, which takes the season 3 cliffhanger finale and the season 4 opener and cuts them together into one movie? Because you're not daunted and are just going to wait for the season 4 collection? Okay then.
Peter Cushing and Ingrid Pitt star in Hammer Horror’s first venture into softcore lesbian vampire movies. The fact that it’s on Blu-ray and only $12 is a hell of a softcore lesbian vampire value.
The most important film of our time. Watch the trailer here, then go buy it. Or don’t watch the trailer, and just buy it. It’s the right thing to do.
• My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Princess Twilight Sparkle
Another set of five random MLP episodes. As Amazon commenter “princess molestia is hilarious” so sagely puts it in her review of the DVD, “Twilight princess?no more mlp?make more ,like,cadence and shining armour baby princess skyla?hope you do!I love my little pony !G4 Sucks tho“. Wise words, my friends.
The very popular fantasy anime based on the very popular manga (created by the dude who made Rave Master, if you remember that). It’s about four young wizards who join up to go adventuring and sharpen their magical abilities, so if you’re in the mood for some old-school fantasy, it could be worth giving it a try.
Two hours of hardcore examining-our-planet-from-a-distance action.
This classic anime series comes to Blu-ray! In the near future, large robot suits are used for all sort of jobs — construction, combat, etc But like any tool, they can fall into the wrong hands — and when that happens, the police call the Special Vehicles Unit and their Patlabor suits to stop them. This anime is a cop drama, a workplace comedy, and an incredibly sensible scifi show all in one. Highly recommended.
• Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection
The modern remake of Night of the Living Dead that literally no one was asking for!
This is some super-cheap superhero flick. The interesting thing about it by far is the fact that the DVD cover includes the tagline “The Classic Hero Reborn” as if 1) anyone had ever heard of Agent Beetle before and because 2) he was made up for this movie. So both “classic” and “reborn” are lies, and I’m betting “hero” is debatable. So all Agent Beetle really has going for it tagline-wise is “the”.