August 4, 2015

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for August 4th

August is opening strong on the Blu-ray & DVD front. Aside from Insurgent, there aren't a lot of huge titles hitting store shelves this week, but there are plenty of smaller Indie movies that are worth checking out, not to mention a few TV Shows that are can't miss purchases.

*Be sure to click the pics to get your Horror fix!
When Max learns that his new live-in girlfriend, Evelyn is controlling and manipulative, he is afraid to end the relationship. However, fate occurs and Evelyn is killed in a freak accident. A couple months have passed and Max meets his dream girl, Olivia. The new romance gets tricky when Evelyn comes back from the grave and insists on continuing their once relationship by all means.

Joe Dante's first movie since the vastly under-appreciated The Hole way back in 2009, Burying the Ex is a fun little movie that we enjoyed more than we thought we would. It might not be a true return to form for the director, but as Zom-Coms go (don't yell at us, we didn't make up the damn word), it definitely gave us our money's worth. For us, it was worth watching just to see Alexandra Daddario looking all cute, but we're simple like that.

Read our review HERE.
After a friend's son is found dead, Soviet secret-police officer Leo Demidov (Hardy) suspects his superiors are covering up the truth. When Leo dares to raise questions, he is demoted and exiled to a provincial outpost with his wife (Rapace). There, Leo soon discovers other mysterious deaths with similar circumstances and convinces his new boss (Oldman) that a deranged serial killer is on the loose-and must be stopped before he strikes again in this electrifying thriller.

We have yet to sit down and watch this one, but with a cast that boasts Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, Child 44 is one that we will not be missing out on. It didn't do to well with critics, and it seemed to come and go in theaters without much fanfare, but this is just the kind of quiet Thriller that we love, so popular opinion be damned!

*Not sure about the Special Features on the disc.
Two estranged brothers reunite at their childhood home in the Alaskan wild. They set out on a two-day hike and are stalked by an unrelenting grizzly bear.

We loved the hell out of this movie, so don't let its stupid title (we like Red Machine way better) fool you; this is one taut, fun, killer animal flick. Billy Bob Thornton hunting a bear. What else really needs to be said? Read our full review below to get a more in-depth read on the movie.

If you like Backwoods Thrillers involving Killer Animals, then you should give this one at least a rent. 

Read our review HERE.
At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen- year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It's been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left.

Formerly titled The Well, The Last Survivors looks like it's going to be an Indie Post-Apocalyptic type of a thing along the lines of Young Ones or maybe even Hell, and that's fine by us. It also looks like it might just fit into the Tween Dystopian movie sub-genre that seems so popular with the kids these days, but it also doesn't look like it panders towards a teen audience like so many others of them do.

Either way, we'll be seeing this one shortly.
In the aftermath of a comet breaking up over Earth, most of the planet's population quickly succumbs to a strange disease which turns them into "zombies." Few survive, and those who do, quickly discover all existing fuel sources have been rendered useless by the plague.

Wrymwood is a solid low-budget zombie flick that adds a bit of action to the mix, and almost feels like it belongs in the world of Mad Max. Kinda. The movie itself is a solid effort worth exploring, and the Blu-ray looks to offer bunch of cool Special Features that might just make it a worthwhile purchase.

  • Audio Commentary With The Roache-Turner Brothers.
  • The Wyrmdiaries: Behind The Scenes Of WYRMWOOD Featurette.
  • Crowdfunding Videos: Wyrmwood Production Pitch.
  • Deleted Scenes.
  • 7-Minute Teaser Scene.
  • Storyboards By The Director.
  • Theatrical Trailer.

Read our review HERE.

There are a lot of worthwhile titles at the bottom of the order this week, with Orphan Black, Strike Back, and The Salvation being titles that we'd buy without a second thought.

  • Two of the best TV Shows currently airing (for completely different reasons), Orphan Black and Strike Back are most definitely worthy of a blind buy, especially if you've been curious to check either of them out. Even if you haven't. You may want to start with Season One of both shows though...
  • Insurgent is a fairly popular Dystopian Tween Action series that we probably don't need to tell you about; if you're a part its core audience, then you already know everything you need to know about the series. If you're not, then you can probably move on to something, safe in the knowledge that you aren't missing much. 
  • The Salvation is an Action Western that we've been anxious to check out for a while now, mainly because it stars Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. With a cast like that, it just has to be good.
  • Every Secret Thing was a quiet, serviceable Thriller that we might not buy, but are certainly glad that we rented. Elizabeth Banks is one of our faves.
  • As for Toolbox Murders 2... it's looking like a cheap movie that would be better off watched when it hits Netflix and the like. Same goes for Inner Demons.
  • Everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot.


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