A slow week meant plenty of home video gold for those waiting on special editions of old favorites and collections.
“Black Dynamite” — If you enjoyed the film then Cartoon Network’s series will have you stitches. Michael Jai White is back as the baddest 1970s cat around, and now that he is animated, his adventures are even more wild. The accent is on humor, as B.D. kicks it to the man and anyone dumb enough to bring trouble to his L.A. Hood. Funny stuff and pure gold for those of you who loved the 1970s African American flicks that flooded the drive-in market.
“Scanners: The Criterion Collection” — David Cronenberg’s sci-fi/action yarn about a troubled telepath recruited by the government to stop terrorists with mental powers gets the deluxe treatment here and delivers the goods. The film looks great here (Cronenberg supervised it) and comes complete with mega-extras. The three-disc set includes a BluRay and two DVDs as well as an informative booklet and documentaries on the director, special effects and chief cast members.
“Torment” — A young father remarries and brings his bride and 7-year-old son on the honeymoon together. This turns out to be a bad idea, and not because of jealousy. No, this is a boner because the house on the country comes complete with a lunatic family in the market for a 7-year-old son. Grim and graphic stuff that treads on familiar genre ground, but does it well.
“Shark 4-Pack” — This will probably set you back only ten bucks but rewards you with six hours of lame shark action and terror. The films range from the sublime (“Jersey Shore Shark Attack”) to the ridiculous (“Sharktopus”). That said, it is perfect fare for your portable device as you squat on the beach while your children bury themselves in the sand and mistake every clod of driftwood for a dorsal fin. Fun and dumb, but sunscreen will not protect you.