Anchor Bay Entertainment
Yes, this seminal horror classic has been DVD double- dipped a few times now. Maybe you already have a copy. Too bad this special edition is the definitive version of H.P. Lovecraft's living dead epic, starring the king of jittery fruitcakes, Jeffrey Combs. You know the plot: Medical student Herbert West concocts a glowing green serum that brings the dead back to life, only as mad, raving, bloodthirsty lunatics. This new edition is packed with special features most importantly, a new 70- minute documentary titled Re-Animator Resurrectus about the convoluted history of the film from page to screen, battles with the censors, and how the film is as timeless and relevant today as it was then. Louis Fowler
"Mythbusters: Mega Movie Myths" (NR)
Discovery Channel DVD
Am I alone in admitting how awesome a show I think the Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" is? Every week, these two movie special effects wizards use science, physics and whatnot to debunk myths, urban legends, old wives' tales and flat-out nonsense, usually through a series of experiments, often ending with something blowing up.
This DVD, a collection of the "Movie Myths" specials, is all about answering the question: "If a man falls from the top of a building, will he land safely if he hits awning after awning, just like Indiana Jones?", among others. These stunts are painstakingly recreated and, even if some of your favorite movie scenes are debunked, at least it's fun watching them do it. Louis Fowler
Skin Crawl (R)
Three hundred or so years ago, in a badly-lit village, three sisters who practice the "good" kind of witchcraft are persecuted by a band of witch-hating pals. After the pack goes too far and kills one of them, the two remaining witches place a curse for revenge upon them. And B-movie queen Debbie Rochon, murdered by her gold-digging husband, comes back to life as, get this, a bug-infested zombie! Confused? Who cares? It's zombies! Shock-o-Rama's output the past few months has gotten considerably better, with Skin Crawl being its best release yet. Sure, it's got the requisite T- and-A for the wank set, but at least now they are injecting some stories into the proceedings. Louis Fowler