Laserblast: Caspian, X-Files, Wanted & Superheroes

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This week’s DVD offerings include science-fiction and fantasy titles, including a few theatrical releases that under-performed at the box office but which should please their fans now that they are available on home video. The e-ticket item is certainly THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, which somehow was tagged as a financial failure despite earning well over $100-million (admittedly far short of the $200-million earned by THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE). The sequel jettisons much of the juvenile tone of its predecessor and is in many ways superior; hopefully audiences will embrace the film in its various DVD iterations, which are almost too numerous to count: single-disc, three-disc collector’s edition plus digital copy, Blu-ray three-disc collector’s edition plus digital copy, two-disc Blu-ray, and a Blu-ray bundle including both NARNIA films.
If you prefer science-fiction to fantasy, or if you are simply an X-FILES fan, the dead-on-its-arrival-in-theatres sequel FIGHT THE FUTURE is now available in multiple formats: single-disc DVD, three-disc special edition plus digital copy, Blu-ray disc plus digital copy, and a Blu-ray two pack including both FIGHT THE FUTURE and the previous X-FILES feature film, I WANT TO BELIEVE.
FLY ME TO THE MOON – a computer-animated film about flies on a lunar mission – fared even worse at the box office, but one imagines that kids will enjoy watching it at home. The DVD is available in a 3D version.
The remake of DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is set to hit theatres soon, so what better time for the original film to cash in? Long available in a solid DVD presentation that included audio commentary by Robert Wise and a making-of documentary, the film has now been reissued on both a two-disc special edition and a Blu-ray special edition. This is one of the great science fiction classics that deserves a space on any serious collector’s shelves, so if you do not already own it, now is the time.
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If you love superheroes, you will love this exclusive: the Superhero Blu-ray Collection contains almost more comic book action than a human being can stand (if such a thing were possible). For $99.99, the eight-disc box set includes SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN 2, and SPIDER-MAN 3; the extended version of GHOST RIDER, starring Nicolas Cage; HELLBOY (featuring director Guillermo Del Toro’s cut); and the vampire-versus werewolf flicks UNDERWORLD (unrated) and UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION. Total running time is 891 minutes. Can you dig it?
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS is one of those films that earns cult status simply due to its title alone. It has been available on home video before, but with Christmas rolling around, why not put it out again? This DVD is a remastered edition of the 1964 film.
Finally, a borderline title being released this week: WANTED is not exactly a fantasy film, but its action-packed scenario, based on a graphic novel, is fanciful enough to edge the film into genre territory. A big hit in theatres, the film comes to home video in more than enough versions to please almost everyone: single-disc widescreen DVD, single-disc full-screen DVD, two-disc special edition DVD, Blu-ray disc, and a limited edition Blu-ray collector’s gift set, which includes some extra trinkets on top of the double discs.
This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases are available below, or you can find them in the Cinefantastique Online Store.

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