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DVD Shopping Bag: Green Lantern Extended Version Isn't Worth It

Plus your must have titles for 2011

By Robert T. Trate     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?
 
October
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December
 
 
 
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]
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
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
 
ANIME
 
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]
 
CARTOONS
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]
 
CLASSICS
 
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
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
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)
 
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
 
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
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
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
 
TV LAND
 
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.
 

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karas1 10/11/2011 6:54:25 AM

Does anybody know when Torchwood: Miracle Day is coming out on DVD?  Can I put that on my Christmas list?

It wasn't so much that Green Lantern was a terrible film.  I've seen much worse movies.  And in a way Green Lantern is a much harder movie to make than Superman or Batman.  Batman was orphaned by criminals and therefore dresses up like a bat to play vigilante.  Superman is an alien and has great powers and therefore feels obligated to use them in the service of humanity.  These are pretty simple concepts. 

The Green Lantern Corps is a much harder sell to the uninitiated.  Who these people are and why they do what they do might be confusing and off putting to an audience unfamilliar with them.  The movie felt to me like an elaborate set up for the next film, explaining what the Corps is and how Hal Jordan became a member, introducing all the characters.  Oh yeah, and trying to shoehorn some kind of plot in there too.  It's hardly unsurprising that it wasn't the most successful cinematic product out there this summer.

And it really suffered in comparison to other comic based movies that were out this summer.

X-Men is also an elaborate concept for the non comic fan, but since this summer's release was the 5th film to deal with the subject everybody should be familliar with the characters and concepts by now and they could really concentrate on telling a story.

Thor might give the uninitiated pause, but the somewhat simple story about sibling rivalry pulled the elaborate concept and dazzling FX together very well.

I didn't see Captain America but everybody said it was really good and Steve Rodgers, the weakling who took great risks in order to gain power to serve his country, is a much more sympathetic protagonist than the whiny Hal Jordan (who had a difficult, prestegious job and a beautiful girlfriend and still seemed to be sunk in a morass of self doubt and self pity).

I don't think Green Lantern needs a reboot.  Reynolds did an adequite job with the material he was given.  What they needed was a better script and even the best actor in the world can only do so much with a poorly written, unfocussed script and an unsympathetic character to play.  Besides, if they do a reboot they will feel obligated to go with the origin again and we already know that now.

redslayer 10/11/2011 11:15:22 AM

Gree lantern DVD sucks?  Big surprice!

greasepump 10/11/2011 1:25:51 PM

So basically, you don't want to do your job which is to review the Extended Cut Blu-Ray. Got it. So why bother writing this article? It's neither informative or engaging.

vitieddie 10/11/2011 2:26:25 PM

make a better script and re-freakin-boot

Wyldstaar 10/11/2011 2:50:15 PM

Kara1- I dunno about dvd, but Netflix has Torchwood: Miracle Day available to instant watch.  I just started re-watching it through them yesterday.

As for Green Lantern, I suspect Ryan Reynolds had to sign at least a three picture contract.  Mind you, that doesn't guarantee anything.  George Clooney signed a three picture deal for Batman and Robin.  If WB wants to use Reynolds, he won't be able to get out of it.  If they don't, I doubt he'll be interested in fighting them on it.  I'm sure he's wishing he'd have gone with the Deadpool movie instead.

egoist 10/11/2011 7:35:58 PM

The Green Lantern's biggest problem was the big bad. You have to come out guns blazing. I know they're setting up Sinestro, but Parallax/Hector Hammond combo < Lex Luthor or Joker for their respective movies. You have to have yin to the hero yang

jayinvincible 10/12/2011 5:01:32 AM

I'm with you greasepump, why even post this "article" if you aren't going to correctly review the dvd release? This website has lost a lot of cred the last year or so and if this keeps up I'm never visiting it again.

 

redvector 10/12/2011 6:09:25 AM

I can see where the reviewer is coming from about not reviewing the Blue Ray of Green Lantern. But that being said we all have to do things we don't want to do on our jobs. But we do them anyway or we get shit canned and rightly so.

goldeneyez 10/12/2011 6:18:11 AM

karas1 Wyldstaar beat me to it, but I was pretty sure Miracle Day was on Netflix.  As far as if you should put it on your Christmas list, you might want to rent it first if you can.  It was pretty bad IMHO.  You may like it but as a big Dr. Who / Torchwood fan, it was a pretty big disappointment.

karas1 10/12/2011 7:35:04 AM

vitieddie, please, no reboot.  Let's just go from where we are with a descent script this time.

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