Sam Hatch’s DVD Picks For The Week: Cloud Atlas, Texas Chainsaw & More

It’s the movie freak and the movie geek– Find out what to buy, what to rent and what to AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE as Damon talks to local movie reviewer extraordinaire, Sam Hatch from Culture Dogs about this week’s new DVD and Blu Ray releases!

May 14th sees the releases of some brand new movies on DVD and Blu Ray, as well as some reissued classics from all across the board.  Here’s the rundown:

Cloud Atlas

It’s a bit of a controversial movie– Cloud Atlas is definitely one of those “you love it or you hate it” movies.  Starring Halle Berry and Tom Hanks (each playing multiple roles), it takes place over many lifetimes over 500 years.  At over 170 minutes, Cloud Atlas is long and quite dense… but if you devote the time you’ll have seen either one of your new favorites or a total stinker.

Texas Chainsaw

If you want something shorter (and more universally hated), Texas Chainsaw is out too.  Starring Clint Eastwood’s son Scott as well as Trey Songz, this reboot takes off where the original 70s movie ends… and it’s in 3D if you have a the 3D Blu Ray players.

Fraggle Rock

Want something for the kids? Fraggle Rock gets a brand new 30th Anniversary collection. It’s a family-friendly series featuring some classic Jim Henson characters.

Face To Face

Here’s a documentary from a filmmaker who decides she’s going to visit the first fifty people to respond on her Facebook wall.  So she drives cross-country, to meet strangers from her Facebook account!

Liz and Dick

Lindsay Lohan’s Elizabeth Taylor biopic is now out on home video, so you can rewatch it whenever you want (if you want to).

3:10 To Yuma

The original Glenn Ford Western, this is the perfect reissue for fans of the classic who weren’t impressed by the Russell Crowe/ Christian Bale remake.  This one should make for a great early Father’s Day gift.


Here’s one for the nerds– a special new edition of the little known Crimewave, the second movie from Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man).  It was written by the Coen Brothers, so if you’ve ever wondered what kind of insanity this trio of filmmakers would come up with– here’s your answer.

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