RT on DVD: Ice Age, Battlestar, and Creeps

Plus, we've got a handful of strong indies, and another sci-fi classic.

by | October 26, 2009 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got the usual new releases (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Orphan), a couple of underseen indies (Il Divo, Medicine for Melancholy) a couple of fun horror flicks (Fear(s) of the Dark, Night of the Creeps), and a couple of sci-fi fan favorites (Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Stargate). Read on to find out about some new films and find out what the new DVD releases contain!


Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Earlier this year, the third installment of Fox’s Ice Age franchise hit theaters in 3D, unveiling a brand new world full of giant reptiles for the old gang to explore. All of the regular voice talents return for the sequel, which pits Mannie, Diego, Sid, and Ellie against a thawed out world full of T-rexes, brontosauruses, and pterodactyls. Critics were mixed in their response to the film, but they cited its lush animation, which seems to be more and more common in CGI films as of late, as a strength. Though it might not spark much humor for grown-ups, the visuals and crisply designed characters should be enough to captivate children for a couple of hours, particularly if you choose to pick it up on Blu-Ray.



Stories about demon spawn can’t help being a little on the campy side, but this venture into accidental camp surprises largely because of the pedigree of its performers. Vera Farmiga plays a mother whose recent loss of a pregnancy result in a universe of trauma for her and her marriage, so she and her husband (Peter Sarsgaard) decide to adopt a tiny psychopath. Esther (Isabelle Furman) is eerily mature, has a wardrobe all her own, paints oddly well and plays the piano like a prodigy: all of this she’s accumulated in her 9 traumatic years on earth. Without being cagey about it, the reveal is a another source of possible comedy but the scares are certainly worth the time. The Blu-Ray includes both deleted scenes and an alternate ending (oooohhh!!!), a digital copy and a featurette called “Mama’s Little Devils: Bad Seeds, Evil Kids and Orphan.” Good times with bad kids.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Who knew that the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series would garner such a huge cult following? Capitalizing on political and social themes that were relevant to the times, BSG successfully offered compelling storylines and fleshed out characters, thereby earning a special place in the sci-fi canon as a smart, inventive, and fantastical reflection of modern society. For those who haven’t finished the series, which came to an end earlier this year in March, and those who have yet to discover the BSG universe, we won’t ruin anything here with spoilers. In short, The Plan is a companion piece to the series, a 2-hour long feature that chronicles some of the series’ events from the perspective of the Cylons. It’s a must-have (a must-see, at the very least) for fans, and the special features include a handful of featurettes, deleted scenes, and a commentary track.


Medicine for Melancholy

Starring Daily Show regular Wyatt Cenac and talented newcomer Tracey Heggins, Medicine for Melancholy spends a day with a pair of African American hipsters who wake up in a bed with no recollection of each other; they spend the day wandering though San Francisco, sharing social commentary along with the intimate details of their lives. Barry Jenkins’ minimalist, conversational debut marks him as a filmmaker to watch, and the DVD comes with an in-depth interview with the director.


Z – Criterion Collection

Costa Gavras’ electrifying political thriller Z hasn’t aged a wit since its release in 1969. If anything this drama about the assassination of a left-wing activist — and the subsequent government stonewalling of an investigation into the crime — has a raw vitality that has only deepened over time. This spiffy new Criterion edition contains interviews with Costa Gavras and cinematographer Raoul Coutard, as well as archival footage of stars Yves Montand, Irene Papas, and Jean-Louis Trintignant. You can pick it up on DVD or Blu-Ray this week.


Fear(s) of the Dark

In late October of 2008, a small French film opened in just a handful of theaters and maintained a presence that would last only 10 weeks. It was a decidedly unique movie: an anthology of 6 animated horror shorts by various graphic artists, some of whom had never worked in the medium of film before. The result was a collection of Hitchcockian explorations on the theme of the fear of the unknown, as implied by the title, and included traditional animation as well as two- and three-dimensional computer animated pieces. Though the tone of the film was more subtle than, say, a Saw film, critics helped propel it to Certified Fresh status and noted interest in seeing what these fledgling directors would offer in the future. Starting this week, you can pick up Fear(s) of the Dark on DVD and see for yourself what you may have missed.

Sam Fuller Collection

Time has been kind to Sam Fuller: though initially dismissed as a shlockmeister, he’s now seen as an auteur of pulp, and a forerunner of independent cinema. The Sam Fuller Collection compiles a number of his key works, including It Happened in Hollywood, Adventure in Sahara, Power of the Press, Shockproof, Scandal Sheet, The Crimson Kimono, and Underworld USA. It also contains several in-depth documentaries and appreciations by Martin Scorsese and Curtis Hanson.


Il Divo

Now that the American spin on the Mafia has gone from sappily nostalgic to downright exhaustive, Italians are taking back their cultural claim. Yet, a recent spate of Italian films on crime are taking the brutally violent (soap) operatics of organized crime flicks and adding to that the danger of biography. Case in point: Il Divo. It’s named for the real life politician currently seen as the most powerful person in the Italian post-war era, Giulio Andreotti, a politician whose reign in office has exceeded term limitations to a degree almost laughable and all because he’s got the house in his back pocket. The man himself suffers from migraines, is enslaved by his obsessive ambition and possesses such a diminutive appearance he’s like Don Corleone, Darth Vader and Monte Burns, all rolled into one. The DVD for this 2008 Cannes Jury Prize winner promises subtitles.


Night of the Creeps

With the recent re-popularization of horror/comedies like Shaun of the Dead, Drag Me to Hell, and even Zombieland, it’s easy to forget that they’ve been around for some time. Older films in particular, due in part to lower production values, often reveled in camp, taking advantage of unbelievable storylines to add levity to a genre overridden with gloom and gore. One such film was 1986’s Night of the Creeps, a B-movie homage about two college kids who steal a corpse as part of a frat initiation and unknowingly unleash a horde of bodysnatching alien slugs up on the city. This cult favorite has escaped the DVD market for several years, but the director’s cut will be available this week on both DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time ever and will include the original ending, commentary tracks, and deleted scenes.


Stargate 15th Anniversary Blu-Ray

Coming exclusively to Blu-Ray this week is the new 15th Anniversary Edition of Roland Emmerich’s 1994 blockbuster, Stargate. This is the original that started it all and spawned four television series, the most recent of which premiered just earlier this month, as well as various books, comics, and video games. The new DVD features both the theatrical and extended versions of the film in newly remastered hi-def transfers, as well as three new featurettes, a picture in picture feature titled “Stargate Ultimate Knowledge,” and a blooper reel. Altogether, the extras amount to about four hours of bonus material and should provide a lot of entertainment for fans of the film.

Tag Cloud

Thanksgiving films ViacomCBS Starz Kids & Family Cannes king kong 2015 BBC One anthology Tarantino 73rd Emmy Awards Box Office mcc Neflix Holiday E3 witnail nfl Reality scary movies Extras Paramount Plus Sci-Fi romantic comedy WGN comic book movie australia ID Disney Channel sopranos Paramount Pictures kong adventure feel good Black History Month parents singing competition strong female leads comics rt archives Musicals psychological thriller RT21 boxing El Rey sequels canceled Lucasfilm mission: impossible Food Network toronto ITV summer TV preview Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Comedy zombie superman fresh 007 SXSW 2022 richard e. Grant boxoffice Awards Tour canceled TV shows TCM social media king arthur 21st Century Fox Music Animation remakes Comedy Central kaiju Instagram Live ratings 90s satire Disney critic resources cars 94th Oscars LGBTQ razzies See It Skip It aliens revenge justice league Paramount Network Sundance Now BET psycho trailers based on movie football Quiz OneApp Polls and Games Creative Arts Emmys Walt Disney Pictures crime thriller Podcast supernatural rt labs critics edition debate hispanic heritage month hidden camera olympics 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards science fiction Election Rocketman travel YouTube Red Family video on demand Star Wars cults TNT The Purge aapi Best Actress Toys Emmy Nominations 20th Century Fox TIFF Super Bowl streaming movies japan festival international IFC comic books History Rock Shondaland independent Superheroe Pride Month award winner Film Festival Nat Geo Alien Pop kids American Society of Cinematographers emmy awards Dark Horse Comics adenture Best and Worst spider-verse Best Actor National Geographic natural history 4/20 rotten movies we love green book AMC diversity comedies streaming Rom-Com renewed TV shows CNN Apple space Avengers target scene in color PlayStation transformers video universal monsters Pop TV Heroines Masterpiece Acorn TV DC streaming service VICE hollywood biopic ABC Adult Swim TruTV Pirates mutant genre werewolf Sundance TV Hear Us Out game of thrones The Academy Fall TV Chernobyl facebook cops scene in color series Western Exclusive Video period drama telelvision TV Land Pet Sematary Netflix mob comic Hallmark comiccon new york FOX Sneak Peek trophy CW Seed binge SDCC Infographic young adult Ghostbusters Geeked Week animated biography Vudu 2021 Amazon Prime Video Captain marvel Opinion Mystery South by Southwest Film Festival Amazon Prime Women's History Month lord of the rings Freeform Calendar Amazon slashers Valentine's Day Certified Fresh hist Turner Classic Movies Set visit hispanic franchise First Reviews summer preview Nickelodeon target Marvel Studios best Watching Series suspense Comic-Con@Home 2021 Logo Warner Bros. TCA DC Universe scene in color film series 79th Golden Globes Awards Universal Pictures NYCC Apple TV+ BBC America Oscar MSNBC jamie lee curtis 45 Interview Video Games spinoff new zealand MCU Brie Larson casting royal family indiana jones superhero 72 Emmy Awards political drama adaptation heist movie WarnerMedia Tumblr 1990s DGA high school Teen Trivia ESPN USA critics Elton John rotten ghosts breaking bad thriller die hard 93rd Oscars 2016 quibi tv talk FX asian-american A24 HBO Max children's TV APB Nominations dragons movies CBS godzilla The Walt Disney Company golden globes Native Cosplay laika Drama YouTube true crime medical drama Image Comics FXX Broadway marvel comics french Grammys comic book movies rt labs deadpool VOD A&E Endgame scorecard free movies Star Wars Celebration historical drama blockbusters Horror Binge Guide CBS All Access Fox Searchlight Classic Film classics ABC Signature nbcuniversal Holidays LGBT james bond know your critic Academy Awards TBS documentary Anna Paquin chucky TV renewals technology black blockbuster obi wan dceu President Baby Yoda Ellie Kemper what to watch 2019 Marvel Television halloween nature Indigenous marvel cinematic universe Sony TCA 2017 jurassic park Star Trek miniseries obituary PaleyFest cancelled TV series discovery crime leaderboard Fox News IFC Films Paramount name the review Lifetime Christmas movies Stephen King Mindy Kaling Bravo unscripted dexter Tubi Awards E! FX on Hulu fast and furious Countdown scary anime Universal Esquire worst movies elevated horror Song of Ice and Fire RT History Crunchyroll Biopics vampires IMDb TV politics concert stand-up comedy festivals archives sports Hallmark Christmas movies Oscars mockumentary YouTube Premium Summer Pixar docuseries cinemax Winners BET Awards dramedy screenings all-time Photos Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Funimation japanese serial killer HBO Go Disney Plus Syfy golden globe awards Disney+ Disney Plus Travel Channel 2020 First Look Mary poppins NBC Television Critics Association TLC popular criterion Discovery Channel screen actors guild DirecTV Amazon Studios Country latino 71st Emmy Awards stoner Television Academy CMT VH1 south america Fargo Trailer toy story Musical Spring TV robots blaxploitation Tokyo Olympics Sony Pictures Christmas dreamworks The Arrangement SundanceTV movie HBO black comedy Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hulu romance Superheroes cooking child's play vs. stop motion docudrama doctor who Wes Anderson Lionsgate reboot DC Comics Character Guide live action reviews series prank Schedule zombies spider-man talk show action-comedy USA Network Apple TV Plus legend scene in color Action PBS cartoon monster movies Mary Tyler Moore Black Mirror worst gangster television game show Best Picture Crackle cats Comic Book Marvel sequel Mary Poppins Returns 2018 Epix OWN The CW X-Men Britbox Martial Arts Spike Writers Guild of America Sundance basketball 24 frames GLAAD crossover crime drama book adaptation MTV Shudder spanish language MGM a nightmare on elm street documentaries Year in Review harry potter TCA Awards pirates of the caribbean art house Trophy Talk police drama Winter TV GoT cancelled TV shows Rocky venice indie christmas movies saw streamig halloween tv Fantasy TV One news Focus Features dc Columbia Pictures rom-coms cancelled television cancelled spanish new star wars movies live event Ovation Premiere Dates Red Carpet Netflix Christmas movies Lifetime foreign Peacock book Comics on TV NBA AMC Plus zero dark thirty theme song 2017 Arrowverse Tags: Comedy Showtime Legendary San Diego Comic-Con sag awards women directors TV dark versus disaster slasher Marathons broadcast The Walking Dead 99% Pacific Islander Film The Witch posters TV movies Cartoon Network war GIFs Reality Competition joker summer TV Emmys Spectrum Originals interviews finale Best Director YA BAFTA HFPA BBC Tomatazos wonder woman sitcom teaser twilight Disney streaming service TCA Winter 2020 italian dogs spain composers ABC Family New York Comic Con Prime Video SXSW spy thriller Mudbound Turner batman