This week, schlockmeister Roger Corman gets his due, as does Syfy’s Eureka, South Park refuses to go gently into that good night, and Chow Yun Fat will kill you with his deep thoughts. Because that’s just how he rolls.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (DVD & Blu-ray)
Roger Corman has produced some of the worst movies that you’ve never seen in his 50-plus-year career, but none of them were boring. And along the way, he gave Hollywood heavyweights like Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, Dennis Hopper and Jonathan Demme their first shots. He had an eye for talent, if not quality — but that wasn’t his goal: Fast and cheap was the order of the day, and if he stumbled upon greatness, so be it.
Eureka: Season 4.5 (DVD & Blu-ray)
As Syfy’s long-running science-heavy dramedy coasts into its final season, it’s worth looking back and seeing what made the show such a fan favorite: the easy comedic charms of Colin Ferguson, the sultry smarts of Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and the bemused gravitas of Joe Morton. The three of them formed the heart of the Wacky Science Is on the Loose Every Week show, and made all that technobabble go down easy.
Confucius (DVD & Blu-ray)
It’s Chow Yun Fat as the Chinese philosopher and, apparently, ass-kicker. What more do you need to know?
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season (DVD & Blu-ray)
It’s actually hard to believe that Trey Parker and Matt Stone have managed to keep up this level of comedy for 15 years, but here it is. No, not every episode is a classic, but, with episodes that play off of Internet privacy, border patrols and The Human Centipede, they’re always relevant — and, more often than not, revoltingly funny.
You’ve always wanted to listen to Sean Connery yell at Dennis Quaid for two hours, haven’t you? Well, now you can, Dragonborn.
Camel Spiders (DVD & Blu-ray)
Here’s one of Roger Corman’s latest productions, about giant spiders from the Middle East attacking a small Southwestern town. C. Thomas Howell has to save the day. Naturally. Because he’s who you’d call.