COUCH THEATER — DVD PREVIEWS

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Anthony Perkins stars in “Psycho”

By DNA Smith
PICKS OF THE WEEK
“Predators” (R) — Produced by, and based on a script by Robert Rodriguez (“Grindhouse,” “From Dusk Til Dawn”), “Predators” breathes new life into an embarrassingly awful franchise and offers up a healthy dose of cheesy good fun. A buffed-up Adrien Brody stars as the leader of a group of eight people who are mysteriously deposited on an alien planet to be hunted as sport by an alien species. Thanks to an R rating, there’s gore aplenty, but also a few laughs, a couple of shocking moments and twist ending. “Predators” isn’t a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a solid B-movie and ripping good guilty pleasure.

“Apocalypse Now Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition” [Blu-Ray] (R) — This collection is a must-have for fans of Francis Ford Coppola’s opus set during the Vietnam War. The three-disc collection contains “Apocalypse Now” and “Apocalypse Now Redux” in 1080p high-def and — for the first time — in their original aspect ratio. Included is the riveting making-of documentary “Hearts of Darkness,” which contains a commentary track with Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola. There also are tons of new special features, including interviews with Martin Sheen and John Milius, a 48-page book with behind-the-scenes photos and too many more goodies to mention.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show 35th Anniversary Edition” (R) — Remastered from the original negative and featuring 7.1 audio and a picture-in-picture “Shadowcast” option that gives the illusion of the Rocky Horror theatrical experience, this anniversary release, like the young Susan Sarandon, is a really well-put-together package. Special features include a karaoke option, audio commentary, a slew of documentaries and a 24-page booklet.

“Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition” (R) — You probably could fill a library wing with all the material that’s been written about this movie, and given the many, many releases of “Psycho” on home video through the years, chances are you’ve seen most of the special features included in this version. That said, if you’re a film purist, then you’ll want this new Blu-Ray release because it’s the only video release of the movie in its original aspect ratio.

“Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl” (Unrated) — This is the latest in the new wave of low-budget Japanese extreme schlock cinema (“Machine Girl,” “Robogeisha”), a genre that features shocking scenes of over-the-top gore and horror so extreme that it goes beyond grotesque into the realm of the ridiculous. Because this is a family-friendly column, I can’t even begin to describe how deliciously bizarre this movie is. Trust me though, watching this movie could screw you up for life.

TV SERIES
“Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” The Complete Collection
“Alias Smith and Jones” The Complete Series
“The Dead Zone” The Complete Series
“Accidentally on Purpose” The First Season
“The Bionic Woman” Season One
“Shaun the Sheep” Season 1
“Tales From the Darkside” Final Season
“Real L Word” The First Season
“Scooby Doo Where Are You” Season One
“Jonathan Creek” The Specials

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