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DVD Shopping Bag: Fright Night and 3D Home Movies

3D is here to stay

By Robert T. Trate     December 20, 2011
Source: Mania.com


Last week, DreamWorks released their remake of Fright Night on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. I saw the film back in August as it closed out the summer and thought it was the very horror/ comedy it promised to be. I did see the film in 3D and, despite the obligatory gags and “fright” moments, it was an enjoyable 3D movie. For this Doctor Who fan, seeing David Tennant in a role other than “the Doctor” was a pleasure. Clearly, Tennant has a knack for comedic timing and the role of Peter Vincent was perfect for him. He was a sniveling shell of man who had to find the courage to help our hero, Charley (Anton Yelchin) save the day. He was the complete opposite of Doctor Who. As remakes go, this one was above average. I would gladly shell out a few more dollars for a sequel as long as Tennant and Yelchin were attached.
Watching the film again at home, I was surprised in how much fun I had with it. There were two realizations that came to me with this Blu-ray screening. The first came as a huge disappointment in watching Colin Farrell eat up the scenery. How misused was this guy as Bullseye in Daredevil (2003)? If only Marvel Studios had their shit together back then, we might have had a decent flick and Farrell could have shined. Now, because of that terrible film, the Daredevil property won’t get touched for decades. The other one came from when I realized I picked up the Blu-ray 3D version. See, I don’t have 3D TV or a 3D player.
Thankfully, the film came with every digital version out there, even a digital copy. On the back of the box the Blu-ray did have a very simple “how to watch your 3D Blu-ray” diagram. What amazed me was that I don’t need a 3D player because I already watch my Blu-rays on a PS3. All I need is a 3D TV and the glasses and I am set. In all honesty, without the need for a new player, I am half tempted to make my next TV a 3D TV. The reason is that many films are now being shot (like Fright Night) in this way.
I don’t think anything will take away from the theater going experience. I fully agree with film critic Leonard Maltin that people will still need to see event movies (see my interview). What I am thinking about now is, as the 3D experience gets better in the theater and the films encompass that 3D world, why wouldn’t I want that at home? If you already have that doubt in your mind, remember this: The Hobbit is being filmed in 3D. The chance to truly step into Middle Earth may just be too great to ignore.
Now I am not saying that all films need to be shot this way. I do believe that it is a gimmick, much like its first inception in the 1950’s. Yet, with the likes of Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and George Lucas re-releasing films and making films in 3D, the future does look brighter. Outside of Lucas’ cash cow landing February 10, 2012 and the return of Jar Jar Binks, I am looking forward to the space battles and the pod race in 3D. Titanic will resurface in April with its ultimate 3D destruction. While Cameron is at it, what about T2 or Aliens? Both of them in 3D wouldn’t get any complaints out of me. To re-experience a beloved classic in a brand new format and get to live out the same theatrical experience in 3D all over again is an adventure I think we must all start to consider. 
Top 3 Picks of the Week:
1. Midnight in Paris [Blu-ray]
2. A Farewell to Arms: Kino Classics Edition [Blu-ray]
3. Futurama 6 [Blu-ray]
Blackthorn Starring Sam Shepard and Stephen Rea
Blackthorn [Blu-ray] Starring Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega and Stephen Rea
Catch .44 Starring Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Malin Akerman and Nikki Reed
Catch .44 [Blu-ray] Starring Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Malin Akerman and Nikki Reed
Colombiana Starring Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue and Jordi Mollà
Colombiana (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] Starring Zoe Saldana and Lennie James
Margin Call [Blu-ray] Starring Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany
Margin Call Starring Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany
Straw Dogs [Blu-ray] (2011)
Straw Dogs (2011)
The Tempest Starring Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina and Alan Cumming
Warrior Starring Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte
Warrior [Blu-ray] Starring Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte
Elfen Lied Complete Collection (2011)
Heaven's Lost Property: Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Saori Hayami, Brittany Karbowski, Souichiro Hoshi
Heaven's Lost Property: Complete Series (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Greg Ayres, Brittney Karbowski and Eric Vale
Modern Magic Made Simple Complete Collection (2011)
Rosario + Vampire: Season One (Limited Edition) Starring Alexis Tipton, Todd Haberkorn and Brina Palencia
Rosario + Vampire - Season One Starring Brina Palencia, Todd Haberkorn and Alexis Tipton
Rosario + Vampire: CAPU2 (Season 2) Starring Alexis Tipton, Todd Haberkorn and Brina Palencia
Futurama 6 [Blu-ray] (2011)
Futurama: Volume 6 (2011)
A Farewell to Arms: Kino Classics Edition [Blu-ray] Starring Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes and Adolphe Menjou
Nothing Sacred: Kino Classics Edition [Blu-ray] Starring Carole Lombard and Frederic March
Nothing Sacred: Kino Classics Edition Starring Carole Lombard and Frederic March
Midnight in Paris Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and Kurt Fuller
Midnight in Paris [Blu-ray] Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody and Carla Bruni
The Boston Strangler: The Untold Story Starring David Faustino and Andrew Divoff
The Devil (1981) Starring Hung Lieh Chen, Mei Hua Chen and Shao Tung Chou
Julia's Eyes (2011)
Saint Nick Starring Egbert Jan Weeber, Huub Stapel and Caro Lenssen
House of 1000 Dolls (2011)
The Donna Reed Show: Season 4 - The Lost Episodes Starring Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares and Paul Peterson
One Tree Hill: The Complete Eighth Season (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Chad Michael Murray
Underworld Trilogy (Underworld / Underworld: Evolution / Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] Starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen
Robert Trate writes two other weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.


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karas1 12/20/2011 7:12:51 AM

Kind of a short list of product debuting this week.  You'd think that with Christmas looming large that they would be hurrying to get their products on the shelves.

themovielord 12/20/2011 8:05:40 AM

 I guess they figure you bought everything already. After Xmas always has a few gems though. 

Wiseguy 12/20/2011 9:06:55 AM

As far as 3D for the home if you're a sports fan some events are being transmitted on 3D and they look magnificent too.

InnerSanctum 12/20/2011 9:46:08 AM

 I saw Fright Night the other day.  I really enjoyed it.  It had nods to the original, but grew into something completely different.  I could tell they pushed the 3D effects at the end (I watched it in 2D) which was a bit distracting, but it was still a lot of fun.  Tennant  ruled.  They should have given him more screen time.  I too would like to see a sequel with them facing off against another type of monster.  Peter Vincent had haunted antiques and a gun with silver bullets.  The possibilities.  

doublec 12/20/2011 10:10:25 AM

Actually I think the quality of 3D on television is better than at the movies right now. It seems to be brighter and crisper on TV. Movies still have to filter and thereby darken the picture. I think that far from the already over with fad some reviewers here think it to be 3D will grow in popularity as the technology improves. Interesting to see another point of view on this.

Pretty much all of the big hits of the year are now out on video. Lots of stores are deep discounting both old and new releases this week. I bought a Bluray of Thor for $14.95 at Walmart and another BD of American Psycho at Target for $4.75.

And although I'm not automatically offended by remakes the way some folks are here I thought the new Fright Night was just utter crap. It was a rote, by-the-numbers retelling of the amazing original that understood nothing of what made that film so great. I was particularly offended by Colin Farrell's phoned-in performance and that he was wearing a makeup job that looked like it was from a high school production of Dracula. I've seen David Tennant do Dr Who,  Harry Potter and even Hamlet. I didn't need to see him prance around in nothing but leather pants desperately trying to find something to do. I thought Toni Collette's tough and sexy Vegas mom the only remotely interesting point in the film.

Wyldstaar 12/20/2011 4:21:16 PM

Rob, I hope you're right that a new Daredevil won't be made for a long time to come, but I suspect you're wrong on that one.  If Fox doesn't make a new DD movie soon, they're going to lose their license, causing it to revert back to Marvel.  Despite the fact that the movie was kinda dumb, it was a success at the box office..  I expect to see a new one very soon, even if they have to rush it into production the way they did with Ghost Rider and X-Men: First Class.  I'm shocked that the license hasn't reverted already.  Someone must have dropped the ball on that contract, because it's been nine years since Ben Afleck donned the horns.  I can't imagine the grace period being any longer than ten years, certainly.  The clock is ticking.

themovielord 12/22/2011 2:55:36 PM

 interesting doublec, you liked the original... I was bored out of mind and I love Roddy McDowell. ~ Robert



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