The Brothers Grimm (DVD), Lois and Clark : Season 2 (DVD), Adventures of Superman : Season 1 (DVD), Inside Deep Throat (DVD), Feed (DVD)

A really good idea, just poorly executed. Damon and Ledger play the literary legends, Jake and Will Grimm, undying pranksters who spend much of their time scaring townsfolk into believing that there’s a witch/goblin/troll threatening their township.


“The Brothers Grimm”
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Jonathan Pryce, Lena Headey

A really good idea, just poorly executed. Damon and Ledger play the literary legends, Jake and Will Grimm, undying pranksters who spend much of their time scaring townsfolk into believing that there’s a witch/goblin/troll threatening their township. In return, they’re paid to scare off the threat. The joke eventually backfires, and the twosome find themselves recruited ‘for real’ – asked to journey into the woods to find out why small children have been disappearing. It’s there, in the eerie forest, that they discover a big bad wolf, an age-obsessed queen (Monica Bellucci) and a Sleeping Beauty. Some fun, but the novelty wears off pretty quickly, with the film essentially going off-the-rails about mid-way through. Extras include featurettes, and a commentary by director Terry Gilliam.

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Reviewer : Clint Morris

“Inside Deep Throat”
Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Peter Bart, Warren Beatty, Linda Lovelace, Wes Craven

“‘Deep Throat’ was less about the joys of oral sex than it was about the freedom to speak out against shame and hypocrisy,” says narrator Dennis Hopper, in the film. OK, a little preachy – but you get the picture.
The film does tend to paint director Gerard Damiano and stars Linda Lovelace – who would later say she was pushed into making the movie, screaming ‘Rape’! – and Harry Reems – actually a member of the crew who stepped in at the last minute – as creatively obdurate First Amendment activists, but it succeeds more in telling us how a bunch of nobodies made a mint out of a nearly acceptable porn film, and where that mint ultimately went. Um, that’d be the Mob.
There’s been some great documentaries over the last couple of years, and though it feels a little funny to group this one with the likes of “Bowling for Columbine”, “Spellbound” and “Fahrenheit 911”, it’s still near as good, and just as enlightening. An awesome assortment of extras includes numerous featurettes, interviews and commentary from the creators.

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“Feed”
Director: Brett Leonard
Starring: Matthew Le Nevez, Jack Thompson, Patrick Thompson, Gabby Millgate

Horror is horror, but this is just sick for sick’s sake – and it ain’t even that entertaining. Directed by B-fave Brett Leonard (“The Lawnmower Man”), the film is essentially an expose into a bloke’s obsession with an overweight woman – or in this case, a ghastly bag of blubber that talks. “Feeders” get their sexual gratification by encouraging their partners, “gainers,” to put on vast weight. Thompson boys, Jack and Patrick, play cops investigating such obsessed nutters and nutties. Guessing everyone involved will ask to have it removed from his or her CV’s in a couple of years time – particularly, the older Thompson. Interviews, deleted scenes, trailers and cast profiles are among the extras on the disc.

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“Lois & Clark : Season 2”
Director: Various
Starring: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, K.Callan, Justin Whalin

At the end of the first season, the network behind this 90s “Superman” incarnation decided, in an effort to snag even more viewers, to shake things up a bit. Not only did they ditch their Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes was replaced by Justin Whalin – personally, I think I liked the first guy better), but also they cranked up the ‘action’ meter, ditching a lot of the soapish melodrama that many felt the first season had become too bogged down with. Oh, and did I mention Lex Luthor (John Shea) has been written out, too? Yeah, a very drastic revamp. It works though….if only because the show was always about the chemistry between Lois and Clark, and thankfully Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain still ‘bring it’. Some newly recorded interviews and featurettes (good one on the fans) among the extras.

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“The Adventures of Superman – Season 1”
Director: Various
Starring: Jeff Corey, Walter Reed, George Reeves

“Superman Begins”, if you will, this is the original George Reeves series from the 50s in brilliant form for DVD. I tell ya, it comes up a treat – nice restoration job indeed.
You all the know yarn, right? The legendary Man of Steel, last survivor of the doomed planet Krypton lives on earth, assuming the secret identity of Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman. And really, that’s about all there is to it…especially with this early series. Not much performing, or storytelling, going on…. But hey, it’s vintage, and Gough and Millar weren’t around then. One for the fans.

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Reviewer : Clint Morris