Monday, August 09, 2010

The Colonel's Bullets - August 9th 2010

One of the worst Science-Fiction movies in existence comes to Blu-Ray.

Roger Corman's Star Crash, made on the coat tails of Star Wars is the kind of movie that gives B-Movies a bad name. This film can only be enjoyed with fellow sci-fi fans with a few beers as the laughs are not provided as intentional by the film-makers but at the sheer audacity of the Star Wars elements that are being ripped off, the hopeless special effects and the most awful attempts at acting ever, especially from an impossibly young David Hasselhoff and an obviously drugged Christopher Plumber.

I thoroughly recommend you watch it, albeit without forking over real money for this filled to the brim with special features DVD or Blu-Ray.

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Also coming this year on DVD/Blu-Ray will be Family Guy: It's A Trap the concluding part of the hilarious Family Guy Star Wars spoof trilogy this time taking aim at Return of the Jedi. Bizarrely, Star Trek's Patrick Stewart and Michael Dorn will voice as will conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh as Jabba's Rancor.

Jane Badler to return as Diana!

Back in February 2009 when I revealed details of the new V TV show, I cited that everyone remembers V because Diana [Jane Badler] generated a somewhat forbidden lust because she was beautiful, but evil. Well, as Badler hasn't done a whole lot acting wise after the original V besides the Mission: Impossible TV show and an episode of Flipper; some clever exec at ABC thought she'd be the perfect choice to play Anna [Morena Baccarin]'s mother in the 2nd season of the remake.

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RoboCop not to be remade

While I'll admit, I'm often intrigued by the remakes and reboots that are going around movies and TV nowadays, one movie I was opposed to was The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky's remake of Paul Verhoven's seminal RoboCop. The original RoboCop is one of the greatest movies ever made and I own 3 different prints/cuts on 3 different DVD editions made over the years including the ultra-rare Criterion Edition which was the first to restore the footage that if not cut, would have forced an X rating on production.

Anyway it seems that MGM's now-famous financial woes that have canned Daniel Craig's third outing as Bond and has shelved development of The Hobbit have also claimed the "life" of the RoboCop remake and I'm not a bit upset about that. Hopefully the rights for Bond and The Hobbit can be sold on but RoboCop must remain as it was meant to be "a surprisingly smart sci-fi flick that uses ultraviolence to disguise its satire of American culture in the 1980's."

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