Buying movies is almost a dangerous obession with me. I love it, and probably have spent more money on movies in my lifetime than any sane person. At least Iâ€™m not spending money on heroine. New Movie Tuesday is my favorite day of the week. Here are this weekâ€™s releases as well as my recommendations. Being the film snob I am, I will recommend the Blu Ray versions of these flicks if available.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Ever wonder what 300 would have been like if it was an Unrated TV Series on a cable network, took place in Ancient Rome, and the producers sprinkled some Skin-a-Max overtones? Look no further! It’s Starz Original Series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand!
This is one of these series that is so over-the-top you have to love it.Â It’s like HBO’s Rome spliced with 300 spliced with Gladiator, and that’s a good thing.Â So, why buy? Because for a blu ray release, it’s pretty dang cheap at $30. [Amazon]
Ridley Scott gets a second chance to win us over with his Robin Hood epic thanks to this Unrated Director’s Cut release.Â For the most part, it works.Â The Director’s Cut is a much better movie thanks to some expanded storytelling.Â Â Certain events don’t seem so rushedÂ (How did the kids from Lord of the Flies get dropped into a Robin Hood story?) while the relationship between Robin Longstride and Marian flows a little better.Â For an expanded look at this blu ray set, read my review.
If you haven’t seen this yet, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is at least worth a rental.Â If you saw it in theaters and were disappointed because the marketing set you up for a different film, give the Director’s Cut a chance.Â It’s still not the classic Robin Hood story, but it is a great medieval epic that does a solid job setting up the Robin Hood legend.Â Hopefully there’s a second film.Â Then this film can be fully appreciated. [Amazon]