Releases worth getting Feb 9, 2010

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DVD/Blu-Ray

Running Man [Blu-ray]
Midgets vs. Mascots
Best of Penn Says: Religion
The Life and Times of Tim: The Complete First Season
Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two, Vol. 2

Music

Jimi Hendrix: “Valleys Of Neptune” Vinyl 45 (Limited Edition)
Gama Bomb: Tales from The Grave In Space
Otis Rush: I Can’t Quit the Blues

REVIEW: Deathsport

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A lot of people will simply write off “Deathsport” as simply another post apocalyptic movie or a “Running Man” rip off. It’s actually both but that is a positive thing here. In 1978 David Carradine starred in this movie, the vision of directors Allan Arkush and Nicholas Niciphor (credited as Henry Suso for some reason). This movie has it all, elements of “Conan” and “The Running Man”, action, adventure, mutants, naked chicks, you just can’t go wrong. David Carradine is a wonder for seemly no reason is hunted at the start of the movie, this quickly leads to a fight scene with a laser that can make people disappear and a obivously plastic sword. From there it movies on to a group of travelers, a little girl gets kidnapped and a woman gets captured much like our star did. They are taken to a city where combat to the death is done for sport. Eventually they end up breaking out and the rest of the movie is a combination of pursuit by our villains, revenge for a mothers  honor and the search for the missing girl. If you’ve got an hour and twenty minutes to kill you can pick much worse ways than watching this. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll actually find yourself being sucked into the movie and wanting to know how it ends, so it’s not a total throw away movie, a lost Carradine gem.

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REVIEW: The Spirit (TV Pilot)

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SPIRITtvThis I came across on my internet travels, oh how I love the internet. Unbeknownst to me in 1987 ABC did a TV pilot for The Spirit, sense there’s no fan clammer for the DVD release of The Spirit Season 1 you can guess it wasn’t picked up. Running just over an hour it captures a lot of the fun goofiness that is The Spirit. The Spirit played by Sam J. Jones whom you may recognize as Flash Gordon from 1980 and written by Steven E. de Souza who has penned such works as 48 Hrs, The Flintstones, Beverly Hills Cop III, and an epsode of the “Tales from the Crypt” TV show. He also worked up the screenplays for Running Man, Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Hudson Hawk, Jude Dredd and Commando. So as you can see we’ve got a decent writer here, that may be why this doesn’t suck. Now I’m not saying this is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen but the key word here is fun. The story basically follows the plot line of cop witnesses his friend die, a friend who was working on a tell all crime book. He goes to investigate this murder and is duped into getting shot himself, he survives the shooting but everyone thinks he’s dead so he just goes with it and picks up the identity of the Spirit to fight crime. The video quality of the copy I got was about old VHS quality but that’s pretty damn good from a twenty two year old TV show pilot. It might be a good idea for any Spirit fans to devote some time to seek this out and watch the TV series that could have been.

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