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Weekly DVD Dissection


Kind of a skimpy week, but there are still a few (potentially) cool titles that should hold you over to the monster month of October. A few imports, a few obscurities, and pretty solid medical thriller that you may have forgotten about already...

My pick of the week is probably Dario Argento's The Mother of Tears, which certainly doesn't rank among the master's finest flicks, but it is his finest in quite a few years. Plus it's full of amusing weirdness, odd shocks, and a story that's just barely decipherable. But fun. This is the third entry of an unofficial trilogy that Argento began years ago (with Suspiria and Inferno), but don't go in expecting the classic stuff that those films are.

Also worthy of note is a new Pang Brothers film called Re-Cycle, which I haven't seen, but I hear it's about an author who somehow creates an alternate universe that's not all that pleasant. Also today comes another entry in the cheapo "Maneater Series," but get this: The flick is called Vipers, which isn't all that wacky, but just wait till you realize that you're about to watch a movie starring ... TARA REID! Expect lots of bad acting and tons of rubber snakes.

A weird but sort of underrated medical thriller comes out today: Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Pathology is a movie about a group of surly young doctors who take their fascination with mortality a little too far. OK, a lot too far. The flick really flies off the rails in Act III, but whether or not that's a good thing is entirely up to you.

BCI releases a pair of obscure grindhouse flicks this week. Not only a 2-disc special edition of Linda Blair's Savage Streets, but also a little-seen early-'80s slasher flick called Final Exam. Also arriving today is a strange-looking bloodsucker movie called Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat. And for fans of TV spinoffs we have season one of Friday the 13th: The Series. (Jason's not in it.)

Next week: Two new direct-to-video sequels in one week! Plus a few micro-budget indies and the arrival of the ... FLU BIRDS!!!