Laserblast: New Moon, Princess and the Frog, Fourth Kind, Pontypool & MST3K: XVII

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A little something for everyone comes laserblasting your on March 16, with several horror, fantasy, and science fiction films making their way onto home video. No doubt the big seller will be THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, which arrives in two versions: a two-disc special edition and a Blu-ray disc. That’s not the only high-profile theatrical release arriving on disc; there is also Disney’s traditionally-drawn animated musical, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG. Potential purchasers have their choice of three iterations: single-disc widescreen DVD, single-disc Blu-ray, and three-disc Blu-ray. Also high-profile – but very low performing – was ASTRO BOY, the big-screen computer-generated adaptation of the classic anime series; you can see it now on DVD and Blu-ray.
Not quite as high profile was THE FOURTH KIND, an alien abduction flick starring Milla Jovovich, which received a small theatrical release last year. If you missed it on the big screen (as seems likely), now you can catch up with it on DVD or Blu-ray. Also low profile, but generating considerably more buzz from those who saw it, was PONTYPOOL, the low-budget Canadian horror film, set in the small town of Pontypool, where a local shock jock finds his radio show besieged by homicidal maniacs infected by a virus (a la THE CRAZIES).
Those looking for laughs can enjoy the DVD box set of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XVII, which includes THE CRAWLING EYE, THE BEANIKS, THE FINAL SACRIFICE, and BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z, plus a handful of bonus features (including an introduction by creator-star Joel Hodgson and an interview with FINAL SACRIFICE star Bruce J. Mitchell).
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Also on the menu is a DVD box set entitled VENGEANCE TRILOGY, featuring Chan-Wook Park’s SYMMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, OLDBOY, and LADY VENGEANCE. Although not really horror films, this trilogy has been embraced by fans because of Park’s graphic use of violence, which may not be to everyone’s taste (of the three LADY VENGEANCE is the only one I would ever want to see again). Park has since moved on to a couple of titles that rest more squarely in the horror genre, an episode of the anthology THREE EXTREMES and the feature film THIRST. Horror fans who discovered Park through those efforts will probably want to check out his earlier work.

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