By DNA Smith
PICKS OF THE WEEK
“Alice in Wonderland (60th Anniversary Edition)” (G) — Disney’s 1951 take on Lewis Carroll’s trippy classic wasn’t one of Walt’s favorite productions, but it’s still a pretty fun little film and worth having in your Disney collection.
This 60th anniversary release is a bit of a mixed bag. It’s a Blu-Ray/DVD combo, so on the upside, you get an awesome high-def picture/sound mix, and loads of new special features featuring Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice — if you have a Blu-Ray player. For DVD owners, there’s nothing new here if you already own Disney’s previous DVD release of the film. So, take that into consideration before buying.
“Let Me In” (R) — Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl from “Kick-Ass”) stars as a preteen vampire in this American remake of the cult Swedish original “Let the Right One In.” The story revolves around a boy named Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), whose parents are divorcing and who constantly gets picked on at school. He befriends a girl named Abby, who just moved in next door. Little does Owen suspect that Abby is a vampire, and the man claiming to be her father goes out every night killing people to bring back their blood to feed the girl.
“Never Let Me Go” (R) — Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield star in this poignant and chilling love story set in a dystopian world where people live into their 100s thanks to the organ farming of their clones. It’s kind of like the premise of “The Island” — only without the explosions and Scarlett Johansson prancing around in a skin-tight cat suit.
The film, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of the Day”), follows the lives of three clones from their sheltered childhood at an English boarding school, up until young adulthood, where they learn they are meant to be harvested for their organs. When they learn of their fate, the three use what little time left to them to embrace life and love.
“Time Bandits” (PG) — Most fairy tales end with the hero living happily ever after, not watching his parents explode into a bajillion chunks because they touched Pure Evil; but when the fairy tale comes from the twisted mind of writer/director Terry Gilliam (“Brazil,” “12 Monkeys”) that’s pretty much par for the course.
This 1981 classic children’s movie features a star-studded cast, including John Cleese, Sean Connery, Ian Holm and David Warner (to name but a few). The story is about a little boy named Kevin who is whisked away on a whimsical adventure by a band of Little People on a mission to steal artifacts from various historical figures. Along the way they must avoid not only Evil Himself, but also The Supreme Being. The result is a hilarious (and surprisingly educational) romp through time and space.
“I Spy” Complete Series
“Airwolf” Season Four
“The Abbott and Costello Show: Who’s On First?”
“Best of Soul Train 2”
“Garrow’s Law” Series One
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