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DVD Shopping Bag: Scarface, Hanna, X-Men and House 2?

Suggestions and Convincing

By Robert T. Trate     September 06, 2011


For this week’s DVD Shopping Bag, we are providing several interesting suggestions (one of which I need convincing on). The no brainer of the week is Mathew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Hopefully, the powers that be see the potential and profit for a sequel with this cast in place. I loved the retro vibe to it and, if anything, the movie supports a good case for Michael Fassbender to be the next James Bond. It is far from perfect, but nonetheless a fun superhero movie with an incredible non-ego cast.
I would also like to reach out to all of you to go pick up Hanna on Blu-ray. Joe Wright’s take on the spy thriller makes him a good candidate for the next Bond, as well. The premise, at first, looked to be in the vein of The Professional (1999). It was closer to: what if James Bond had a daughter and raised her on his own? Wright’s use of editing, sound effects, and music (see his Atonement for further proof) is beyond perfection. The Chemical Brothers’ score is by far one of the best of 2011. If you loved Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy score, then I just told you your next favorite soundtrack. What’s even stranger is that you’ll start to believe that Saoirse Ronan is the next great action star.
My third and final suggestion for the week is House II: The Second Story, starring Arye Gross and Bill Maher (yes, that Bill Maher). It wasn’t made available for review, but for a measly $8.99 or a Netflix rental, you can watch this crazy film. Gross inherits his old family estate and discovers his great-great-grandfather has been mummified and is still alive. There is, of course, a weird centipede dog, a beautiful virgin, and one of those crystal skulls. No one nukes the fridge in this one so trust me, you’ll love this crazy eighties B movie. Does it help to see the first House? Much like Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, it is a story unto itself.
Possible Spoilers Ahead about Scarface:
The one title I need convincing on this week is Brian De Palma’s Scarface. Universal Studios is again going crazy with a limited edition version (a real Humidor) as well as releasing the film on DVD and Blu-ray. I, personally, just don’t get the appeal of Tony Montana (Al Pacino) exploits. Nor can I understand why the rap culture has embraced this film. If it were for the performance of Pacino, I could at least enjoy the film, but I can hardly understand him. I’ve even watched it with the subtitles on to understand his slurring. Now, I know this film is a big seller for Universal as I remember their huge DVD release for it, but what I am asking you Maniac’s is: Am I nuts? Do I just not get it? Or are all of you like me and not get it either?
X-Men: First Class is scheduled for a Friday release; much like Star Wars next week.
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. X-Men: First Class (+Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
2. Hanna [Blu-ray]
3. House II: The Second Story
4. Pieces (Arrow UK release)
5. Fringe: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]
A Horrible Way to Die Starring AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz and Joe Swanberg
A Horrible Way to Die [Blu-ray]
Airwolf: The Movie Starring Jan-Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine and Alex Cord
Assassination Games Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kevin Chapman
Battle for Marjah
Christopher Columbus Starring Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Francis L. Sullivan
Clash of Empires [Blu-ray] Starring Stephen Rahman-Hughes, Gavin Stenhouse, Jing Lusi
Clash of Empires
Dressed to Kill [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Caine, Keith Gordon and Dennis Franz
The Entitled Starring Kevin Zegers, Ray Liotta and Victor Garber
The Entitled [Blu-ray]
Hanna [Blu-ray] Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett and Tom Hollander
Home Invasion: To Make It Big You Gotta Risk It Starring Eric Wilson, Terry Jackson and Ivory King
Iron Soldier Starring Joe Estevez, Derick Fage, Brianna Barnes
Last Kung Fu Monk Starring Li Zhang, Kristen Dougherty, Major Curda and Justin Morck
Madso's War Starring Matthew Marsden, Kevin Chapman, Charlie Alejandro
Police Story Starring Scott Brady, Joe Santos, Dane Clark and Shelly Novack
Scarface Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] Starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer
Scarface Limited Edition Humidor [Blu-ray + Digital Copy]
Black Blood Brothers: The Complete Series S.A.V.E. [Blu-ray] Starring Luci Christian, Leah Clark and J. Michael Tatum
Black Blood Brothers: The Complete Series S.A.V.E.
Bleach Uncut Box Set 10
Burst Angel: Box Set (Classic) [Blu-ray] Starring Monica Rial, Jamie Marchi and Clarine Harp
Burst Angel: Box Set (Classic)
Dragon Blade: The Beginning Starring Karen Mok, Daniel Wu and Doug Baker
Peacemaker: Complete Series (Classic) Starring Luci Christian, Braden Hunt and Mike McRae
Street Fighter: The New Challengers DVD + Street Fighter IV PC Game bundle
Street Fighter: The New Challengers Starring Ryu and Chun-Li
Street Fighter: Round One - FIGHT!
To Love Ru Complete Collection
Drak Pack: Complete Series Starring William Callaway, Hans Conried, Jerry Dexter
Voltron: Defender of the Universe - Paradise Lost
Voltron: Defender of the Universe - Revelations
Wrath of the Titans SPECIAL EDITION Starring Clash of the Titans
Across the Wide Missouri Starring Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak
Adventure Starring Clark Gable, Thomas Mitchell and Tom Tully
Any Number Can Play Starring Clark Gable, Wendell Corey and Frank Morgan
The Caine Mutiny [Blu-ray] Starring Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson
Hucksters Starring Clark Gable, Sydney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou
In Name Only Starring Cary Grant and Charles Coburn
Lone Star Starring Clark Gable, Broderick Crawford and Lionel Barrymore
Sporting Blood Starring Clark Gable, Ernest Torrence and Lew Cody
40 Days and 40 Nights [Blu-ray] Starring Josh Hartnett and Paulo Costanzo
Bad News Bears Four-Movie Collection (Original 1976 Classic / Go to Japan / Breaking Training / 2005 Remake) Starring Billy Bob Thornton and Greg Kinnear
Back to The Beyond Starring Jim Donnelly and Bill Potter
Bloodwood Cannibals Starring Nathan Anthony Carter, Matthew Corbett Davis
Children of the Corn [Blu-ray] Starring Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton (see review)
Children of the Corn
Creepshow 2 Starring Tom Savini and Domenick John
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Starring Cassandra Peterson - Elvira 'Mistress of the Dark'
Evil Bong 3: The Wrath Of Bong
Hellraiser [Blu-ray] Starring Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Andrew Robinson (see review)
Hellbound: Hellraiser II [Blu-ray] Starring Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence and Kenneth Cranham
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
The Hellraiser Collection: Hellraiser III - VIII Starring Adam Scott, Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro
The Hills Have Eyes [Blu-ray] Starring Dee Wallace, James Whitworth, Susan Lanier
The Hills Have Eyes
House Starring William Katt, George Wendt and Richard Moll
House II: The Second Story Starring Arye Gross and Bill Maher
Miramax Prophecy Series Starring Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Viggo Mortense
Predatory Instinct Starring Aaron Ginn-Forsberg, Josh Bingenheimer, David C. Hayes
Return to Horror High Starring George Clooney, Vince Edwards, Alex Rocco
Return of the Killer Tomatoes Starring George Clooney and John Astin
Transylvania 6-5000 Starring Jeff Goldblum, Carol Kane, Ed Begley Jr. and Geena Davis
Wake the Witch Starring Stefanie Tapio, Martin Kenna, Rachel Lien and Karis Yanike
Wes Craven Collection: Dracula 2000 / Dracula II: Ascension / Dracula III: Legacy Starring Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Jason London
Zombie Apocalypse Starring Kenny James, Michael Empson, Michael Harthen
Straw Dogs [Blu-ray] Starring Dustin Hoffman, Peter Vaughan, Del Henney and Jim Norton
The Classic Sci-Fi Collection: Volume 2 Starring Albert Dekker and Thomas Coley
X-Men: First Class (+Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] Starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender
X-Men: First Class
Community: The Complete Second Season Starring Joel McHale
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - The DVD Edition Starring Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo
Criminal Minds: The Sixth Season Starring Joe Mantegna and Thomas Gibson
Destry: The Complete Series Starring John Gavin, Broderick Crawford, Don Hagerty
Fringe: The Complete Third Season Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble
Fringe: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]
Ghost Adventures: Season Three
Midsomer Murders: Set 18 Starring John Nettles and Jason Hughes
No Ordinary Family: The Complete First Season Starring Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabake
The Office: Season Seven Starring Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski
The Office: Season Seven [Blu-ray]
Parks & Recreation: Season 3 Starring Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman
Secrets of Isis Starring Joanna Cameron, Brian Butler and Joanna Pang
Sigmund & The Sea Monster: Season 1 Starring Johnny Whitaker, Scott C. Kolden and Billy Barty
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eighth Season Starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones
Scream Five-Film Set (Scream 1-3 + Two Documentaries) [Blu-ray] Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette
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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mellowdoux 9/6/2011 6:24:20 AM

No, you're not nuts, Robert.
I think "Scarface" (much like "Taxi Driver") is one of the most overrated movies ever made.

Hobbs 9/6/2011 7:13:57 AM

Say hullo to my little friend!

It's a classic though I can't knock you if you don't like it.  You have to remember the time in which this was made, you would have thought it was the sheet at the time.  It was new, it was different and it was the 80's.  Don't forget Miami Vice tv show took the inspiration from this movie and was a huge hit.

Now 30 years later it's dated and has been copied to death so none of this is fresh or even surprising.  Cutting the guys legs and arms off, no problem I've seen it a hundred times and in even more detail.  This movie is kind of like the Godfather to me.  When I was younger I was blown away by the GF but watching it a few months ago, just doesn't have that wow factor anymore....becaue it's been copied and the gore and violence that was a lot in the time it was made isn't that big of a deal today.

EagleManiac 9/6/2011 7:14:58 AM

Agreed. I never was much of a fan of Scarface OR Taxi Driver. Neither one did much for me.

Oddjobs 9/6/2011 9:54:30 AM

I have never commented on this page before but I just had to now.

Really you dont know why a picture about a guy in Miami dressed in the latest flashy clothes, kicking it in clubs with champagne, cocaine and guns; who made it from nothing through sheer badassness and lives in a plush mansion that has in it a tiger and a sculpture that reads THE WORLD IS MINE would be idolized by hip hoppers?...yeah come to think of it that looks nothing like the wet dreams of rappers and wanna be rappers.  I see you now.

what really makes me laugh are these women who say that is their favorite movie when clearly women are not looked upon very highly in this movie.  But it goes to show you that once someone says that something is the best...anybody that wants to belong will just repeat it like the sheep in Animal Farm....JUST LIKE PARIS HILTON OR GLEE.

The truth is that when I saw this movie I must have been like 12 and THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE THIS out there.  The shock value of this movie was huge.  I always thought it was a good movie but never my favorite...but lets not knock it either.  Its De Palmas second best movie after Phanthom of the Paradise. :)

And too bad that you cannot understand the great cuban accent from Pacino...best language coaching work ever...well perhaps this DVD will include some sort of subtitle thingy


themovielord 9/6/2011 10:08:53 AM

I'll disagree on Taxi Driver. It is a great homage to the type of films that Hitchcock made. I've seen the recent Blu-ray release and couldn't get enough of the layers Marty painted. What I never saw before were Marty's references to the Ford's the Searchers. Great movie. ~ Robert

rvaux16 9/6/2011 4:22:03 PM

 I'm not sure I find Scarface overrated, I'm just shocked that anyone out there takes it seriously. It's high camp! One of the best ever made! And I think Pacino, at least, was aware of that when he made it.

Miner49er 9/6/2011 4:25:18 PM

Shouldn't this weekly article be re-titled "Blu-Ray Shopping Bag"?

Dazzler 9/7/2011 4:09:48 AM

I love Michelle Pfeiffer so it's the greatest ever! 

jedibanner 9/7/2011 11:45:53 AM

Pfeiffer in an interview on Letterman explained that at the beginning, Pacino was adament he didn't want her as the female star and then they did a last interview, she had an accident and actually cut Pacino and from them on he apparently switched his mind and accepted her as the female star.

mellowdoux 9/7/2011 5:41:45 PM

jedibanner... I re-read your post about Pacino/Pfeiffer multiple times and, honestly, I don't have a clue what you're saying.


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