DVD Shopping Bag: Green Lantern Extended Version Isn't Worth It (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011


If you are looking for the ins and outs of the Green Lantern Extended version, you won’t find them here. In all honesty, I really don’t want to give the film any more of my time. Could a few more scenes here and there really make a difference? While I sat in the theater watching this film, I remember the exact instant I tuned out. From that point on it was a down hill slope of ill attempts of movie making; which is sad really as Martin Campbell is an incredible filmmaker. The man re-launched the Bond franchise twice! Though the more you think about it, Campbell probably had nothing to do with the final product.
What I wonder now is: where does this leave the Green Lantern franchise? Ryan Reynolds is a pretty big star to have Hall Jordan recast. Yet with as big a turkey as this film was, does he even want another go around? Will this be DC and Warner Brothers’ Punisher/ Hulk franchise a la Marvel? Will the Green Lantern role keep getting a new actor in an attempt to get it right?
My final question to all of you is: Do we expect too much? Looking at the pedigree of DC and Warner Brothers, we notice that they do have some of the greatest comic book movies of all time. Is it fair to hold the Green Lantern up against the likes of Donner’s Superman or Nolan’s Batman? I’m sure the Green Lantern sold a lot of comics. It definitely got kids interested in the character. The cartoon series will certainly keep him around longer despite the film. Unfortunately, this film has all the earmarks of a word we have come to hate: Re-boot. 
The Look Ahead
Each and every season (or quarter) I take the chance to give you Maniacs a look ahead at what’s coming out. The time of year is upon us when we struggle with getting a movie now or waiting for the holidays. This is by no means a definitive list. Please remember that all dates are subject to change. The list below supplies some tough choices in these hard economic times. There are a few box sets that do supply the inevitable question: Is it time for the upgrade?
Batman: Year One (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) 10-18-11
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) 10-18-11
Pirates of the Caribbean Four-Movie Collection (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) 10-18-11
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Three 10-18-11
The Crow [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] 10-18-11
Zombie (2-Disc Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] 10-25-11
Attack the Block [Blu-ray] 10-25-11
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Blu-Ray + DVD) 10-25-11
Island of Lost Souls (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] 10-25-11
Captain America: The First Avenger (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) 10-25-11
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) 10-25-11
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Gift Set (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) 10-25-11
Cars 2 (Five-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy) 11-1-11
Hook [Blu-ray] 11-1-11
Scrooged [Blu-ray] 11-1-11
Doctor Who: The Complete 6th Series [Blu-ray] 11-8-11
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection Years 1-7 [Blu-ray] 11-11-11
Evil Dead 2 (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] 11-15-11
Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis: Special Edition [Blu-ray] 11-15-11
Super 8 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) 11-22-11
Three Amigos [Blu-ray] 11-22-11
Horror Express DVD/BLURAY Combo [Blu-ray] 11-29-11
Cowboys & Aliens ((Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy in Blu-ray Packaging) 12-6-11
The Rocketeer: 20th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] 12-13-11
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. Incredible Hulk Returns/The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
2. The Best of Green Lantern (animated)
3. The Four Feathers (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
4. Scrooge [Blu-ray]
5. Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series (completely a guilty pleasure as it was on with Inhumanoids)
HORROR (comes first in October)
The Bad Seed [Blu-ray] Starring Henry Jones
Blood Curse
Child's Eye Starring Shawn Yue
Dark Night Of The Scarecrow [Blu-ray] Starring Larry Drake, Charles Durning, Claude Earl Jones
Death Bell-Bloody Camp
Devil's Playground Starring Danny Dyer, Craig Fairbrass, MyAnna Buring and Sean Pertwee
Exorcist [Blu-ray] Starring Lee J. Cobb, Max Von Sydow and Jack Macgowran
Grey Skies Starring Aaron McPherson, Michael Cornacchia, Stacy Jorgensen
Haunting at the Beacon [Blu-ray] Starring Teri Polo, David Rees Snell, Michael Ironside
Hillside Stranglings Starring Nicholas Turturro and C. Thomas Howell
Horror Within [Blu-ray] Starring Amber Phillips, Lynne Jacobellis and Jessie Biltz
The Inner Room
It's Only Halloween! Starring Butch Patrick, Ann-dee and Debbie D
Legend of Diablo [Blu-ray] Starring Fred Estrada, Calvin Pabon, Lindsey Lofaso and Mario Soto
Lost Boys 3-Movie Collection Starring Keifer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Feldman
Maniac Cop [Blu-ray] Starring Bruce Campbell, Tom Atkins, Robert Z'dar and William Smith
Maria's B-Movie Mayhem-Night of the Demon
No Reason Starring Irene Holzfurtner, Martin Hentschel, Timothy Balme
Phobic [Blu-ray] Starring Billy Parish and Anthony Azizi
Prophecy 5 Collectors Set Starring Christopher Walken, Kari Wuhrer, Jason Scott Lee
Root of Evil
Silent Night Zombie Night [Blu-ray] Starring Vernon Wells, Felissa Rose and Lew Temple
Slit-Mouthed Woman
Swamp Shark Starring D.B. Sweeney
The Trap Door Starring Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Felix Ryan and Obba Babatund
Vlog Starring Trevor Trout, Skyler Caleb and Brooke Marks
Zombie Diaries 2 Starring Phillip Brodie, Alix Wilton and Rob Oldfield
Zombie Diaries 2 [Blu-ray]
Ace Drummond (UK PAL Region 0) Starring John 'Dusty' King
Art of Revenge [Blu-ray] Starring Steven Jenkins, Nichole Hiltz and Joyce Hyser
The Cat O Nine Tails (UK PAL Region 0) Starring James Franciscus and Karl Malden
Comancheros [Blu-ray] Starring Nehemiah Persoff, John Wayne, Lee Marvin and Stuart Whitman
Cruel Game [Blu-ray] Starring Carrie Stevens, Jennifer Tung and Victoria Silvstedt
Deep Gold (Blu-ray) Starring Bebe Pham, Jaymee Ong, Laury Prudent and Kersten Hui
Deep Gold
Devil's Playground Starring Danny Dyer, Craig Fairbrass, MyAnna Buring and Sean Pertwee
Jumper (Triple Play) [Blu-ray] Starring Jamie Bell, Samuel L. Jackson and Hayden Christensen
Laser Mission (UK PAL Region 0) Starring Brandon Lee, Debi Monahan and Ernest Borgnine
Lessons for an Assassin [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Dorn, Shannon Lee and Robert Vitelli
Red 71 Starring Angus Scrimm and Nathan Ginn
Road House Starring Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott
Rob Roy Starring John Hurt and Liam Neeson
Scarface (1983) [Blu-ray]
The Sell Out (UK PAL Region 0) Starring Richard Widmark, Oliver Reed, Gayle Hunnicutt
South Of Heaven Starring Shea Whigham, Diora Baird, Jon Gries and Thomas Jay Ryan
Vengeance [Blu-ray] Starring Danny Romo and Raul Jr. Julia
Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Seven Starring Stephanie Nadolny, Sean Schemmel and Christopher R. Sabat
Initial D: First Stage S.A.V.E. Starring Joel McDonald, Brina Palencia, Eric Vale
Kobato Collection 2
Naruto Shippuden Uncut Set 8
Princess Tutu Complete Collection
Queens Blade 2: The Evil Eye [Blu-ray]
Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of the Wind, The Shore of the Maze [Blu-ray]
Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1: Season One
Casper the Friendly Ghost: The Complete Collection (1945) Starring Cecil Roy and Mae Questel
Horton Hears A Who (Triple Play) [Blu-ray]
Ice Age (Triple Play) [Blu-ray] Starring Ray Romano
Ice Age: The Meltdown (Triple Play) [Blu-ray]
Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series Starring Samantha Newark, Cathianne Blore, Cindy McGee
Robots (Triple Play) [Blu-ray]
Boccaccio '70 [Blu-ray] Starring Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg and Romy Schneider
Casanova '70 [Blu-ray] Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Virna Lisi, Marisa Mell
Hustler [Blu-ray] Starring Paul Newman, George C. Scott, Jackie Gleason
Scrooge [Blu-ray] Starring Kenneth More and Albert Finney
The Family Man [Blu-ray] Starring Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle and Jeremy Piven
Horrible Bosses Starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston
Horrible Bosses (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Jingle All The Way (Triple Play) [Blu-ray] Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman
Criterion Collection
The Four Feathers (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith
Four Feathers (Criterion Collection)
Home Alone (Triple Play) [Blu-ray] Starring Joe Pesci and Macaulay Culkin
Indian Summer [Blu-ray] Starring Matt Craven, Diane Lane, Bill Paxton and Elizabeth Perkins
Miracle On 34th Street (Triple Play) [Blu-ray] Starring Richard Attenborough, James Remar, Dylan McDermott
Green Lantern (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Green Lantern
Green Lantern (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
Hot Tub Time Machine [Blu-ray] Starring Craig Robinson, John Cusack, Rob Corddry and Sebastian Stan
Incredible Hulk Returns/The Trial of the Incredible Hulk Starring Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin and Rex Smith
The Lucifer Complex (UK PAL Region 0) Starring Robert Vaughan
Lunopolis Starring Dave Potter, Jed Himel, Nathan Avant and Arte Richard
They Came From Beyond Space (UK PAL Region 0) Starring Robert Hutton and Jennifer Jayne
Bonanza: The Official Second Season, Vol. 2 Starring Michael Landon, Bill Clark, Lorne Greene
Bonanza: Official Second Season V.1&2
Bones: The Complete Sixth Season Starring David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin
Bones: The Complete Sixth Season [Blu-ray]
Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season Starring Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez
Gunsmoke: The Fifth Season, Vol. 1 Starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Dennis Weaver and Amanda Blake
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.