Welcome back! Well, to some of you, anyway. To the rest of you, glad you decided to stop by and I hope this humble column helps you navigate the stacks of new releases each week. My goal is to point you toward titles of interest and warn you away from those films that seek to do nothing but leech away your time and give you nothing in return.
Full disclosure: I have not seen many of these titles, and what follows are not necessarily reviews, but opinions based upon what I know of the titles I pluck from the new release lists I peruse. The opinions I give based on the new releases are my own, and my recommendations are based on my personal interest. In any case, I hope you enjoy and perhaps find something you like or a title to point me towards.
Kid with the Golden Arm. When it comes to kung fu, there is nothing quite like the classics from the Shaw Brothers studio during the 1970s. This film was originally released in 1979 and was directed by Chang Cheh and stars many of those who starred in the classic Five Deadly Venoms. This movie focuses on the Chi Saw gang, led by Golden Arms and their plans to steal a shipment of gold. It has been awhile since I have seen this, but I recall it being fast paced and having plenty of weapons-based fights. This is a port of the Celestial UK remaster, so I suspect this is going to look quite good. It has to be better than the VHS-to-DVD version I bought on the cheap some years ago.
Daria: The Complete Animated Series. I only ever watched this series sporadically, but I always liked what I saw. The show was a spin-off of the massively popular Beavis & Butt-head. This focused on the smart, sarcastic classmate of the duo. It has been such a long time, I may have to give this a rental.
Legion (also Blu-ray). This movie just did not work. Bad dialogue, uninspired action, boring visuals, and lackluster direction. The war between Heaven and Earth never looked so uninspired. Paul Bettany stars as an angel who cuts off his wings to side with humanity. The funny thing is that partway through I realized what the movie was — it was a different take on Terminator 2. If you don't believe me, watch them back to back.