This week, everyone gets their asses kicked by a girl, Tim Burton gets collected, and the Nazis have gotten desperate enough to use zombies in one of their “operations” — better known as Operation: Happy Fun Time.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Haywire (DVD & Blu-ray)
Steven Soderbergh likes making movies. All kinds of movies. Actually, every kind of movie. Heist movies. Science fiction movies. Indie movies. Black-and-white Word War II movies. Horror movies. Gangster movies. And, now, he’s made a balls-out action movie, starring a hero without any. Instead, we get Gina Carino as a freelance espionage operative who, in classic action-movie fashion, gets burned by her employers and proceeds to kick a whole lot of ass to clear her name. (And the asses kicked belong to actors like Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum.) Haywire isn’t a complicated movie, by any stretch, but it does exactly what it sets out to do, which is crunch bones and look good while doing it.
The Tim Burton Collection (Blu-ray)
Now, if you’re a geek worth your stripes, you’ve already got a decent chunk of these in your collection, but if you’re looking to make a one-fell-swoop purchase of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Blu-ray, you could do worse than this exclusive-to-Amazon package.
Shazzan: The Complete Series (DVD)
A couple of kids from Maine find a magic ring that gives them their own genie — and also traps them in mythical ancient Baghdad. Fun, right? And this was an animated show for children.
Mimic: 3-Film Set (DVD & Blu-ray)
The first Mimic was directed by Guillermo del Toro, and it bears his gory-brilliant fingerprints. The latter films, not so much … although Mimic: Sentinel does have Lance Henriksen in it, which always counts for something.
Thunderstorm: Return of Thor (DVD)
If you’re going to try and capitalize on The Avengers, I’d have expected a little more out of this title. Something like “Thundermageddon: The Avenging Thor.”
Operation: Nazi Zombies (DVD)
One has to wonder just how many “operations” failed before the Nazis got to zombies? Was there one for each letter of the alphabet? I would like to have seen Operation: Nazi Puppies.
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