New Movie Releases – July 26, 2011

Today a new line of fresh movies is being released on Blu-ray and DVD, hoping to find their way into our livingroom. Below you’ll find a small selection of the movies that I found to be the most interesting ones, this week. You can add your own favorites and tips in the comments field below.

Supernatural: The Anime Series

The famed Japanese anime studio Madhouse take on the TV series Supernatural is by far, in my opinion, the most interesting title being released today.

This first series spawns over three discs, giving you a total of 22 episodes of a dark Supernatural anime, filled with blood and graphic violence.

Although the storyline follows first two seasons of the live-action series, it also includes some original content, which explores the brother’s childhoods and its also expanding upon secondary characters in the Supernatural universe.

Since both Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (only two episodes, due to scheduling reasons) have lent their voices to the project, it will not feel awkward either.

In the special features we find a 2-Part making of featurette, interviews with Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Eric Kripke and episode introductions by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

The series has received great praise from the lucky ones who have seen it, so if you’re a Supernatural fan, who aches to see the Winchesters’ again, then this is your chance.

Buy Supernatural: The Anime Series at Amazon.

Scream of the Banshee

Scream of the Banshee is an After Dark Original, co-produced by Syfy and directed by the Area 52 director Steven C. Miller. When the movie aired on Syfy, it had 1.54 million viewers and got quickly called as the best original movie that Syfy had aired in a long, long time.

The story begins when a college professor (Lauren Holly) and her students stumble upon a mystical, ornate box, in the university basement. Driven by their curiosity, they open the box, and a bloodcurdling scream, greet them. According to old Irish folk lore, the ones who hear the scream of the banshee will die, and soon a mystical creature starts to hunt them down.

Apart for the movie, the disc also contains an audio commentary with director Steven C. Miller, a feature that is usually fun to hear, after you have seen the movie.

Buy Scream of the Banshee (After Dark Original) at Amazon.

The Task

The Task is also an After Dark Original and the directing debut for Alex Orwell. The movie takes place on the set of the reality show, The Task, recorded at an abandoned prison. To win the show and a hefty cash prize, the contenders must endure a night in the prison, while completing a series of gritty tasks, designed for maximum terror.

Shortly after the recording begins, things’ goes very wrong. Trapped inside the diabolical and maze like prison, the contenders and the crew soon realize that the reality show suddenly has became painfully real.

Although the movie hasn’t received the best of reviews or ratings, I still think it can be worth buying, if you’re into Saw-like games and abandoned prisons. Also the madly horrifying clown-like creature on the cover, which doesn’t look like the clown you should bring to your daughter’s birthday party, might be good reason to pick this one up.

Buy The Task (After Dark Original) at Amazon.

The Goblin

Goblin is a Syfy TV movie, directed by Jeffery Scott Lando from a script penned by Raul Inglis, which seems to contain a good-old eerie monster story.

The story is set in 1831 in Hollow Glen, a small village placed deep in a forest. Every year, on the eve of Halloween, the villagers engage in a ritual, where they throw their diseased crops into a large bonfire, in hopes of getting an ample harvest the next year.

At one ritual, a couple decides to ease their burden by throwing their sick and deformed child into the bonfire. From their devilish act, an unspeakable and horrific creature rises out of the ashes and smoke – the Goblin. Every year afterwards, at Halloween, the Goblin returns to the village, seeking its revenge by kill the newborns and everyone else ill-fated to get in its way.

The Goblin has received mixed reviews and currently holds an IMDB Rating of 4.2. However, the ones that did like it, praise its serious approach to the story, credible characters and the acting, saying that it holds high standards for a B-movie.

Buy Goblin at Amazon.

Source Code

Source Code, a sci-fi thriller written by Ben Ripley and directed by Duncan Jones, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga.

The story follows Colter Stevens, an US Army helicopter pilot, who has received a mission trying to prevent a bomb to go off on a commuter train, by using the Source Code, a time loop program that allows him to travel back in time and take over someone else body.

The story is said to be a tad complicated to follow, much similar to Inception, but has overall received very good reviews, with an IMDB rating of 7.7. So, if you like sci-fi that involves time traveling and suspension, Source Code would be a solid bet.

Buy Source Code at Amazon.

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