I’m going to be tweaking The Special Edition as I start my second year writing the column.  I gotta say, it doesn’t feel like I’ve written the column for a full year, but January 22 was my first one and I pumped out 60 columns throughout the year letting you know what cool shit you could look to spend your cash on every Tuesday. Well, I plan on keeping that up in 2008 but I figure you already know about the SHIT that is coming out each and every week and don’t see any reason to really devote too much time to the Delta Farce’s of the world when I can be letting you know about the latest Criterion release or the newest Japanese monster movie you may not have heard about. That’s what I am going to be aiming for and hope to use this space to let you in on some quality gems lost in the crowds of the Rush Hour 3’s.

Unfortunately, the first day of 2008 presents us with almost nothing in the way of quality new releases, so I’ll just talk about a couple of flicks, one good and one not so good and we’ll go from there.


d. Michael Davis
c. Clive Owen (Children of Men), Paul Giamatti (American Splendor), Monica Bellucci (Brotherhood of the Wolf)

  • Ballet of Bullets – Making Shoot ‘Em Up” documentary 
  • Feature length audio commentary from director and writer Michael Davis 
  • Deleted scenes with commentary from director and writer Michael Davis 
  • Scene animatics with commentary from director and writer Michael Davis 
  • Theatrical trailer 
  • Addictive TV remix trailer 
  • Red Band trailer

It is said writer/director Michael Davis sold his script by showing executives animated storyboards with a title card reading: “This is John Woo’s Wet Dream.” While this movie is most definitely not Hard-Boiled, it may be this year’s Crank. There are quite a few nods to the John Woo masterpiece including a shoot-out in the middle of a birth that might bring back memories of the masterful hospital sequence in Hard-Boiled. There is also a shoot-out in a car chase, a shoot-out on a plane, a shoot-out during a sex scene, a shoot-out during a parachute jump and more. The humor is also there with Giamatti hamming it up with gusto as the bad guy in this live action Loony Tunes cartoon. Clive Owen seems to be having a blast after his role in last year’s amazing Children of Men and Monica Bellucci is there to show off her amazing assets. The DVD seems to have some pretty good extras as well, including a documentary and commentary track. It will also be released in Blu Ray.


d. Russell Mulcahy (Highlander II: The Quickening)
c. Milla Jovovich (Ultraviolet), Oded Fehr (Sleeper Cell), Ali Larter (Heroes)

  • (Blu Ray Exclusive) Under The Umbrella: Picture-in-Picture Experience – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s first immersive Picture in Picture (PIP) experience, which features interviews with the filmmakers and cast; storyboards; production photos and behind the scenes footage that runs concurrently with the movie. The Picture-in-Picture feature is only supported by Profile 1.1 players.
  • (Blu Ray Exclusive) Blu-wizard 2.0 – Customize the way you watch Special Features–Watch what you want, when you want and how you want!
    • Create your own playlist from the Special Features on the disc 
    • Let the Blu-wizard do the driving–Watch the movie in real-time and the Wizard will intelligently insert in your selections, always returning you to the film right where you left off! 
    • A brand new feature, the Blu-wizard will not only remember what you watched, but also what you liked even after you’ve taken the disc out of your player!
  • Audio Commentary with Producer/Writer Paul W.S. Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt
  • 11 Deleted Scenes
  • Making of Featurettes:
    • Alice Vision: Preproduction
    • The Big Bang: Shooting Resident Evil: Extinction
    • Bigger, Faster, Stronger: The Undead Evolve
    • Vegas Visual Effects: Miniatures
  • Sneak Peek at Resident Evil: Degeneration, the first Resident Evil CGI feature film

The movie starts off with a shot of Milla Jovovich nude. When you sit down to watch a brainless monster movie, what better way to start it than that? It’s just too bad the producers of Resident Evil are not out to simply make a brainless monster movie. Faced with the task of keeping the fan boys happy while at the same time make a movie that can be enjoyed by the masses who have never played the video game, the producers have simply made a jumbled mess of what should have been a simple concept. Russell Mulcahy was once a promising director, bringing us the entertaining Highlander movie. Then he went and unleashed Highlander II: The Quickening on the world and lost any credits he had ever raised. After ruining every Highlander fan boys movie, what harm can come with doing the same to the Resident Evil fan? It is also getting a Blu Ray release with some exclusive stuff included on it.



The Tudors – The Complete First Season
(Jason Statham and Jet Li)
Seaquest DSV: Season Two
September Dawn
(Jon Voight, Terence Stamp)
Weird Science – The Complete Seasons 1 & 2
(Shawn Ashmore, R. Lee Ermey)
Jimmy and Judy (Edward Furlong, William Sadler)



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