Published Mar 09, 2011This week in the world of DVD and Blu-ray releases, various forms of personal injury and shredded flesh take the front seat, giving unsettling meaning to the term "escapist entertainment." Even Superman winds up with a terminal illness in this batch. Here at Exclaim!, we don't shy away from such things, and have a new collection of reviews in our Recently Reviewed section.
One of the most buzzed-about aspects of Danny Boyle's "visually exciting" follow-up to the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, is the infamous arm-cutting scene. If you're curious to learn a bit about the other 90 minutes of the film, you might want to read our take on the Best Picture nominee.
Also featuring copious scenes of dismemberment is Frank Darabont's televised graphic novel adaptation of The Walking Dead, which is essentially a small town human drama in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Even though this first season has only six episodes, our reviewer asserts that it "breathes new life into a genre that had become stale." Speaking of stale genres, we have a review of All-Star Superman, wherein Lex Luthor manages to give the man of steel cancer. Read our review to find out of this title breathes any life into the superhero genre.
Similarly tackling carcinogens -- albeit in a very different capacity -- along with human faeces, Tasers and seriously pissed off farm animals, is Jackass 3D. This time out, Johnny Knoxville and co. continue to make the most of the fact that none of their stunts have landed anyone in the morgue -- yet. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson also puts people in the morgue this week with the old-school Christian vengeance parable, Faster. On the upside, comely cleavage-baring lasses and pornographically framed muscle cars fill every scene that doesn't feature Billy Bob Thornton looking glum.
Lastly, we have a review of Waiting for Superman, which has nothing to do with any of the other titles this week, thematically. This one is a documentary about the American education system. It tries to teach us something. Feel like learning? Read our review.
For more of these DVD releases and more, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.