Creepshow: Season 2

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

RLJ/Shudder;
Horror;
$34.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Not rated.
Stars Kevin Dillon, Ted Raimi, Ali Larter, C. Thomas Howell, Iman Benson, Josh McDermitt, Ashley Laurence, Keith David, Ryan Kwanten, Breckin Meyer, Molly Ringwald, Eric Edelstein, Barbara Crampton, Denise Crosby, Justin Long, D’Arcy Carden, Kiefer Sutherland, Joey King, Anna Camp, Adam Pally. 

The Shudder original series “Creepshow” returns with a second season consisting of five new episodes, an animated special and a holiday special.

The anthology-style episodes offer two stories each, except for the season finale, which consists of one single story — “Night of the Living Late Show,” a tribute to classic horror films in which Justin Long plays a man who invents a VR device that allows him to insert himself into his favorite movies. The hourlong Christmas special also presents a single story.

Other highlights include “The Right Snuff,” in which an unhinged astronaut who dreams of surpassing his father’s legacy jeopardizes a meeting with alien life; and “Model Kid,” another vintage-movie tribute in which a kid uses his love of scary movie monster toys to cope with an abusive uncle.

The show’s quaint production values evoke the feeling of 1950s ‘B’-movies, with retro-style practical effects and cheesy-looking monsters.

The Blu-ray also includes several behind-the-scenes featurettes, a WonderCon@Home interview with producer Greg Nicotero and photo galleries, and comes with a nifty comic-book-style episode guide.

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Clerk.

DIGITAL REVIEW:

1091 Pictures;
Documentary;
Not rated.
Features Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier, Jason Mewes, Stan Lee, Justin Long, Penn Jillette.

Kevin Smith’s love of movies led him to make the 1994 indie comedy Clerks. Little did he know how much his self-funded labor of love would not only propel him down a path toward becoming a pop-culture icon, but bringing a degree of fame to those in his orbit as well.

The documentary Clerk. Is an exploration of that journey.

The film traces Smith’s life story from his childhood in New Jersey, to attending a film school in Canada on a whim. Inspired by Richard Linklater’s Slackers, Smith realized he didn’t need the backing of a major Hollywood studio to make a movie. And put himself in it, creating the character of Silent Bob, paired with his pal Jason Mewes as Jay.

The success of Clerks did bring Hollywood calling, landing Smith a gig to write and direct the film that would become 1995 Mallrats. And while that film was both a critical and commercial failure, it gave Smith the fodder to return to the indie fold with 1997’s Chasing Amy.

Using interviews with friends, family, fellow filmmakers and Smith himself, Clerk. chronicles the trajectory of Smith’s career to the present, from creating a shared universe of characters to tackling bizarre concepts such as Tusk, and how a heart attack led him to return to the world of Jay and Silent Bob.

Clerk. is a fascinating look at an unlikely Hollywood career. Smith’s fans in particular will eat it up, as it plays like a mega bonus feature for his entire filmography.

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Lady of the Manor

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Lionsgate;
Comedy;
$19.98 DVD, $21.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for language throughout, sexual material and drug use.
Stars Melanie Lynskey, Judy Greer, Justin Long, Luis Guzmán, Ryan Phillippe.

The casually raunchy Lady of the Manor generates a moderate amount of laughs by turning a ghost story into a mismatched buddy comedy.

Melanie Lynskey stars as Hannah, a slacker whose life is upended when her job delivering weed leads her to the wrong house and an arrest on a false sex offender charge. Hearing her plight, the lecherous Tanner (Ryan Phillippe) hopes to seduce her by hiring her to dress up as a 19th century Southern belle to give tours at Wadsworth Manor, a historic home owned by his family.

Lacking the knowledge of the period, Hannah begins making up facts about the manor, which brings her into conflict with local college history professor Max (Justin Long). Meanwhile, her efforts to engage Tanner in a sexual liaison conjures the spirit of Lady Wadsworth herself (Judy Greer), the former proprietor of the establishment and Tanner’s ancestor who died in 1875.

Assuming Hannah is a prostitute, Lady Wadsworth berates her for her uncouth ways and begins taunting her during the tours, prompting Hannah to recruit Max to learn about why she would be haunting the place. When that doesn’t work, Hannah strikes a deal with Lady Wadsworth to learn about how to better portray her for the tours, which leads to them uncovering a long-buried Wadsworth family conspiracy with huge implications over the ownership of the manor.

Greer is quite effective as the 19th century lady aghast at the affectations of the 21st century, introducing an “odd couple” dynamic into her relationship with Hannah and setting up the past-present dichotomy that drives the film’s central conceit. Phillippe is appropriately sleazy as Tanner, taking to the role so breezily he seems more like a generic dirtbag type from central casting.

Long co-wrote and co-directed the film with his brother, Christian, and the duo contribute a commentary track in which they discuss the challenges of making the film, praising the performances but also pointing out things they might have done differently in retrospect.

The Blu-ray also includes an 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, 17 minutes of repetitive deleted scenes, and a five-minute outtakes reel.

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Ghostly Comedy ‘Lady of the Manor’ Hitting Theaters and VOD Sept. 17, Disc Sept. 21

Lionsgate will release the comedy Lady of the Manor in theaters, on VOD and for digital purchase Sept. 17, followed by a Blu-ray Disc and DVD release Sept. 21.

Written and directed by actor Justin Long and his brother Christian, the supernatural buddy comedy stars Melanie Lynskey as a stoner-slacker hired to portray Lady Wadsworth (Judy Greer), a Southern belle who died in 1875, in a tour at Wadsworth Manor. Hannah, a hot mess, figures she can fake it — until the ghost of Lady Wadsworth appears and tells her it’s time to change her wild ways — and she’ll haunt her until she does.

The cast also includes Justin Long, Luis Guzmán and Ryan Phillippe. The film is rated ‘R’ for language throughout, sexual material and drug use.

Bonus materials include audio commentary with Justin and Christian Long, the featurette “A Fart-Warming Tale of Friendship & Vengeance: Making Lady of the Manor,” outtakes and deleted scenes.

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Growing Up With Jay and Silent Bob

It’s been more than 25 years since audiences first met Jay and Silent Bob in Kevin Smith’s Clerks, and they’ve remained the same carefree stoners despite their adventures in a slew of the director’s View Askewniverse films, including Chasing Amy, Mallrats and Dogma.

Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Extras Include:
• Cast Interviews
• Kevin & Jay Interview Cast & Crew
• Bloopers
• Hair Reel

In Jay & Silent Bob Reboot — available on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD, digital and on demand from Lionsgate — the duo confronts their past, as does the film’s director.

“Jay and Silent Bob have given me so much — 25 years of earning off the backs of Jay and Silent Bob in one way or another,” says Smith in the disc extras.

“I get to make a movie where Jay gets to grow up,” he says.

In Reboot, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) confront old friends and foes as they discover that Hollywood is rebooting Bluntman and Chronic, a movie based on them. Thus, they embark on another cross-country mission to stop the madness. The journey includes all-star cameos and appearances from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Hemsworth, Rosario Dawson, Melissa Benoist, Joe Manganiello, Molly Shannon, Shannon Elizabeth, Jason Lee, Justin Long and more.

“We follow up on the story of Clerks and see where Dante is in his life,” Smith says in the extras. “We follow up on Mallrats and see where Brody is in his life. We follow up on Chasing Amy and see where Holden and Alissa are in their lives.”

“My character is the same character that I played in Chasing Amy many, many, many years ago,” Ben Affleck (Holden McNeil) says in the extras.

“This is like my little franchise, my Kevin Smith franchise. It’s just like being in another kind of franchise, except they don’t pay you any money,” he joked.

Matt Damon, who played Loki in Dogma, says in the extras the duo of Jay and Silent Bob “just struck a chord.”

“They’re funny,” he says. “You buy into their relationship. They’re two guys you want to go on an adventure with.”

(L-R): Co-stars Treshelle Edmond, Harley Quinn Smith, Alice Wen and Aparna Brielle

For Smith, it’s now a family affair, with his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, playing a central part in Reboot, and other family members making appearances.

“It just became more than I thought it was going to be, and now it’s just this weird statement film,” Smith said. “It turned into this testimony of my life, both personally and professionally. It’s filled with the people I’ve spent my life making pretend beside. It’s filled with my family. At one point, I’m behind my mother and she’s dressed like Silent Bob.”

 

 

JAY AND SILENT BOB IN THE VIEW ASKEWNIVERSE

(Titles available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Lionsgate)

 

Clerks (1994)

The laid-back stoners make their film debut as supporting characters in this story of a day in the life of convenience store employees Dante and Randal.

Chasing Amy (1997)

The supporting player stoners offer inspiration to comic book artist Holden, who falls for fellow comic artist Alyssa, a lesbian.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

The comic Bluntman and Chronic is based on Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from the film adaptation they try to wreck it.

‘Galaxy Quest’ Limited Edition Steelbook Available Exclusively at Best Buy Sept. 17

Paramount Home Entertainment Sept. 17 is releasing a limited collector’s edition Blu-ray steelbook of Galaxy Quest for its 20th anniversary exclusively at Best Buy.

The sci-fi send-up about aging TV actors who encounter aliens stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Daryl Mitchell and Justin Long.

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Special features include:

  • “Galactopedia,” on-screen information about characters, ships, aliens and more;
  • “Historical Documents: The Story of Galaxy Quest,” with cast and filmmakers discussing the making of the film;
  • “Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Intrepid Crew of the NSEA Protector,” about the cast;
  • “By Grabthar’s Hammer, What Amazing Effects,” which explores the effects by ILM and Stan Winston;
  • “Alien School—Creating the Thermian Race,” about actor Enrico Colantoni’s process of developing the voice and manner of an alien race;
  • “Actors in Space,” which delves into the psyche of the cast;
  • “Sigourney Weaver Raps”;
  • deleted scenes; and
  • the theatrical trailer.