for May 11 DVDs

    A movie version of the 1966 – 1971 daytime soap about vampire Barnabas Collins, stylized by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp.

  • 1. THE VOW:

    The big box office hit from this past Valentine’s Day is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray.  Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams are the stars of this based-on-actual-events love story of a married couple, young and in love, who are involved in a serious car crash.  Her head goes through the windshield, and she nearly dies.  When she awakens from her coma, she has no ideal who the man is at her bedside – her husband.  This is the beginning of a bittersweet journey for both, as she sees him as a total stranger.  He decides that if she fell in love with him once, she can do it again.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Because it’s a real story, the ending may surprise you a little … definitely not Hollywood!  Sam Neill also stars.  Rated  PG.


    This is the fourth in the saga that pits Vampires against their mortal enemies, the Werewolves, but this time they have a common enemy- humans!  With humanity discovering the existence of both warring factions, it’s all out war.  Kate Beckinsale is back as Selene after having had her character not yet exist in the previous movie, a prequel where Rhona Mitra was the female lead. I found this the best of the Underworld films with some good special effects work but with a story with some real traction.  Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen, present in the previous three movies, do not appear in this one.  It was 3D in theatres, but that was a total waste because most of the action takes place in darkened sets.  This one plays better at home than it did in theatres!  Rated 14A.   

  • 3. MOTHER’S DAY:

    Not what you might expect with this title.  This is a remake of a 1980 original in which three young men, anxious to please their mother, find themselves on the run, and looking to get back to their childhood home.  She’s not there – Mother lost the house, and now a young couple lives there, who just happen to be having a housewarming.  The boys know what Mama liked … torture, rape, and all things ugly, and so starts the slasher-fest.  Purely for those who enjoy the slasher genre … it’s not high on my list, but some of these work.  This one, not so much.  Rebecca de Mornay stars. Rated 18A.

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  • 4. THE VOW

    This is a good date movie … don’t leave when the credits start, as you will see some footage of the real couple on which this story is based.


Despite some serious plot holes, this is a pretty good thriller.  Will you see the ending coming?  Probably!


    The biggest weekend opening in history, and a great film in which The Incredible Hulk steals the show!

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