Hollywood offered a mixed bag to video fans this week with no blockbusters but some fare that offered premastered classics and Kung-Fu fury for your yuletide viewing pleasure.
PAN- The kids might enjoy this action oriented flick. The story centers on an orphan ,named Peter, who is whisked away to Neverland. He is destined to become Peter Pan but a young pirate has a problem with that. Hugh Jackman stars as the man who will be Captain Hook in this over produced spectacle that ranks a little better than ‘Hook,” but not much.
PAWN SACRIFICE – Master chess player Bobby Fisher is the focus of this story that has him facing down a Russian champion amidst political skullduggery. The film benefits from solid acting by Toby Maguire(as Fisher) and Peter Sarsgaard but is a little slow moving.
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE – This low budget schlock-fest has been available for years but this is the edition to own. The story(well what passes for one) is about a surgeon/genius who successfully preserves the head of his fiance after a wreck. Now he must find a sexy body to attach it too but the head has other ideas. The floating cranium develops telepathic powers(of course) and instigates some mayhem using a mutated beast as its slave. Goofy and dumb but this print is fantastic. It also includes a scene that was cut form the American version and separate edition of the film as it appeared on TV’s ‘Mystery Science Theatre.”
DRAGON BLADE – Huge budgeted action flick form China that features an international cast, great effects , and cool fights . There is little logic or accuracy however but who cares as this film features Jackie Chan fighting a Roman legion on the “Silk Road” in ancient China. John Cusack and Adrien Brody co-star.