This Week's DVDs: H.P. Lovecraft, Lego Star Wars and the Most Unnecessary Star Trek Blu-rays

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This week's DVD releases include a totally classic H.P. Lovecraft tale — and a totally not classic Star Trek show on Blu-ray for the first time. And at last, you can decide for yourself which Jurassic Park films are essential. Here's our complete guide to the week's DVDs!


From Beyond: Collector’s Edition

The guys behind the cult classic Re-Animator take on another Lovecraftian tale, which Shout Factory has brought out as an extras-laden Blu-ray. When a scientist creates a machine that allows people to other dimensions, the creatures in those other dimensions begin to kill, maim, disguise and generally drive everybody insane. You know, standard procedure.

Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out

Despite being the one jillionth Star Wars parody to use the term “the Empire strikes out,” this little CG Lego Star Wars short — in which Luke Skywalker has to deal with his multitude of fans and Darths Vader and Maul compete for the Emperor’s affections — is pretty fun. Short, though.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Vol. XXVI


Shout’s newest MST3K set includes: The Magic Sword, a fun fantasy movie that is easily one of the most watchable films MST ever covered (you could watch it sans robots and be reasonably entertained); Alien from L.A., a horrible Journey to the Center of the Earth-esque movie starring the impossibly high-pitched Kathy Ireland who enters the underground world of Atlantis, which is populated entirely by fake Australians; Danger!! Death Ray, a hilariously cheap James Bon knock-off starring secret agent “Bart Fargo” and a death ray that was created for peaceful purposes; and last but not least The Mole People, a Universal semi-classic that involves a great deal of smarmy white guys climbing down things and up things.

Jurassic Park


The three Jurassic Park movies are now out individually in case you wanted to own the first movie without the shame of the third movie, or, uh, vice versa. Hey, somebody somewhere only wants JP3. You know it's true.

Phantasm II


Looks like Phantasm II is the first Phantasm movie to hit Blu-ray. Weird. If it makes you feel any better, the only special feature is the theatrical trailer, so… yeah.

Continuum Season One


Rachel Nichols is a cop from 2077 who has traveled back in time to capture a group of time-traveling terrorists in this exceedingly Canadian show (not an insult, merely an observation).

Star Trek Enterprise Season One


The first season of Enterprise comes to Blu-ray to the delight of at least five people! There are a ton of extras, new and old.

Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot: The Complete Series


The classic ‘60s live-action giant robot show features a young boy who must defend the Earth with nothing but his wits and his giant, voice-controlled robot (one of these things is more useful than the other). Collected on DVD for the first time!



The rather underrated 1976 sequel to Westworld comes to Blu-ray, in which the theme park of the future is re-opened after the whole taken-over-by-killer-robots-situation from the first movie. Suffice it to say, there are still a few bugs in the system.

Inuyasha the Movie: Complete Collection


All four of the excellently animated, completely non-canon and thoroughly useless Inuyasha movies, collected in one handy Blu-ray set.

UFO Chronicles: What the President Doesn’t Know


So… two questions here. Isn’t the inferred title here ”UFO Chronicles: What the President and Leader of the Free World Doesn’t Know, But We Guys Putting Out a Cheap-o DVD Totally Do”? Also, what’s to stop the President from buying this DVD and knowing everything 90 minutes later, completely invalidating the title?



Jude Law is an emotional vampire — not a metaphor — in this artsy 1998 vampire movie.

Dead Sushi


When a mad scientist awakens the inherent murderous rage found in everyday sushi, a young sushi chef must use all her skills to survive in this goofy, gory Japanese flick.

The Frankenstein Theory


A guy decides Frankenstein was non-fiction, and thus hires a film crew to go search with him for the monster in what should have assuredly been called The Blair Frankenstein Project.


A Pimp Named DaveR

The tagline for the Enterprise DVD set should be "Have Your Cautiously Hopeful Expectations Shattered All Over Again!"