Blu in Your Face: May 28th, 2013

Highlights from today’s Blu-ray releases…


Doctor Who: Series 7 Part 2 and “The Snowmen” – If you didn’t score these early by accident, today is the legal street date, and in a gratuitous double-dip, Clara completists will have to purchase the Christmas episode as a separate disc, possibly turning the impossible girl into the “slightly more complicated than usual to acquire” girl. Whoever was behind this decision, it couldn’t have been any kind of Great Intelligence.

Despicable Me 3D – This has come out before, so I don’t know what’s new about today’s version, and the usual sources offer little to no guidance – so my suspicion is it’ll come with “movie money” to go see part 2. If you don’t already own it, that might be incentive enough.

Mission to Lars A guy with a learning disability sets out on a road trip to meet his hero, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Will the lawsuit-happy drummer insist all the documentary footage be turned over to him in the end? Watch and find out…

AE: Apocalypse Earth Unlike some of you, The Asylum is betting that the Will Smith/M. Night Shyamalan collaboration After Earth will be a hit, so here’s their version, starring Adrian Paul and Richard Grieco. The big surprise twist will be that they’ve both been brain-dead the entire time. The bigger surprise twist will be when fans of Titan AE say absolutely nothing about either, as it is revealed that there are, in fact, no fans of Titan AE.

Airheads Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler play a heavy metal band who hold a local radio station hostage, back in the days when radio still mattered and all-metal stations still existed on major wavelengths, which is to say 1994. Directed by Michael Lehmann (Heathers), this movie has a special place in my heart for being the first movie that got me to remember Buscemi’s name, and for having a surprise cameo by Beavis and Butt-head that was pretty genius. Looks to be a bare-bones disc, but it’d be great to hear some new commentaries if the stars have time between counting piles of money.

Dark Skies Confused, low-budget alien horror in which the aliens’ plans make absolutely no sense. Good for a scare or two and not much more. The Asylum missed their chance to make a competitor, Dork Skies, that inevitably would have starred Kathy Ireland and Urkel.

Rolling Thunder Vietnam vet William Devane seeks revenge on the thugs who killed his family and cut off his hand, and does so by recruiting Tommy Lee Jones to help him. Well, wouldn’t you?

And those are my pics. As always, chime in below with yours.