For Your Home Viewing Pleasure: September 24th, 2013

iron man 3 combo packThis week’s biggest release is none other than Iron Man 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy), the latest Marvel Studios film to hit home video complete with all kinds of special features for you to comb through until Thor: The Dark World comes out.The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition

On the other side of the comic book movie side of the fence, Warner Bros. unleashed their The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition [Blu-ray] which includes Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises as well as plenty of previously unseen special features.

What are the odds that two Explosions Are Rad favorites not only have straight to video movies debuting on the same day, but also feature the same word in both titles? Apparently pretty good as Jason Statham’s latest Redemption (also known as Hummingbird in the UK) dropped today…

As did Dolph Lundgren’s clunkily titled Blood of Redemption. This one also stars Billie Zane and sometimes-Statham collaborator Vinnie Jones. So many connections!dollman blu-ray

Dollman starring Tim Thomerson and directed by Albert Pyun (Cyborg) isn’t exactly a lost classic, but we’d definitely be interested in checking out the recently released Blu-ray from Full Moon.Movies 4 You - Timeless Military Film Collection

War movie buffs will jazzed to hear that Shout and Timeless Media have Movies 4 You – Timeless Military Film Collection available now. The set includes Hell Raiders, Lost Battalion, Tank Battalion and Go For Broke.

I Hate To Admit It, But I Didn’t Love The Searchers (1956)

For whatever reason, I’ve never gotten into westerns. When I was a kid, I’d instantly turn off Gunsmoke reruns on Nick at Night and never found myself watching a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood cowboy movie on Saturdays with my dad. Maybe it’s because Ohio is so far away from the west or the genre had mostly died out by the 80s when I was starting to watch and understand movies, but I just neither cared for nor was exposed to westerns.

But, between reading Preacher–which features the ghost of John Wayne prominently as well as plenty of references to his movies including The Searchers— and enjoying A Fistful Of Dollars which I should have blogged about and the Rat Pack western Sergeants 3, I thought it was about time to sit down and watch one of the most well-regarded westerns of all time: The Searchers. Not only does this one star The Duke, but it’s directed by John Ford, the king of the 50s western. Oh, it’s also considered one of the best films of all time, ranking pretty high on lots of lists. We’re talking all movies, not just westerns. But, unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with it.

I dug the story about John Wayne and his young friend tracking down the Indians who killed their family/friends and trying to find any of the womenfolk who were abducted in the raid. It’s a long and tiring story, not just for the viewer, but for the characters as their journey spans many years and includes everything from accidental marriage to throw downs with enemies of all kinds. Don’t get me wrong, I love John Wayne, his character and attitude throughout the movie, but after watching it I didn’t think to myself “Damn, that’s one of the greatest movies of all time.” When I watched Citizen Kane for the first time in my college film class I wasn’t all that thrilled, but then the professor explained that it revolutionized film from both a storytelling and filming standpoint. Am I just not getting Searchers? Please, if you’re a fan of The Searchers, tell me why in the comments section. I usually don’t mind not liking a well-regarded flick, but I always like talking about movies and am curious to see if anyone’s got some information or a take on the movie that I might have missed. It seemed like your basic revenge story (a good one, mind you) but it didn’t feel elevated to that upper echelon of films in my head. So, hit me up and let me know why you dig the movie (or feel free to agree with me, I’m cool with that too).