In addition to Skyfall, other Bonds being rereleased on Blu-ray today include Diamonds Are Forever, Octopussy, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, the Living Daylights and You Only Live Twice.
Rise of the Zombies/Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead – Imagine how different the face of modern horror might have been if George A. Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead hadn’t fallen into the public domain. Among others, we wouldn’t have these two new releases. The former sees Danny Trejo fighting zombies in Alcatraz, while the latter features Sid Haig and involves a group of horror fans who find themselves in a scarily real simulation of their favorite classic zombie flick. Meanwhile, The Walking Dead is free on basic cable, and probably better than both.
Sherlock Holmes – If you wonder why I get cynical about Robert Downey Jr. sometimes, this new-to-Blu movie is why. Apparently unable to find any English actors for the quintessentially English role, Guy Ritchie got Downey to do his usual hyperactive routine, and I don’t care how many people say it’s truer to the book – it’s still just boilerplate Downey with an accent, doing generic action heroics, figuring everything out by finding clues we couldn’t possibly have known before. Holmes deserved better, and got it in Benedict Cumberbatch. That said, this was the first big baddie role for Mark Strong that I can remember, and he’s been a welcome addition to the silver screen.
A Liar’s Autobiography – Not sure this one is really coming out today, but if it is, it seems the most worthy of checking out; an animated film based on the audio-autobio by Monty Python’s late Graham Chapman, featuring the voices of the other surviving members of the troupe as well. In theaters it was 3D, and didn’t get great reviews, with many complaining that it focuses primarily on Chapman’s mano-e-mano sexcapades. Nonetheless, how can you not be curious?