The biggest film available in home video this week comes in the form of Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, but the smaller releases may warrant more attention. These include a Certified Fresh follow-up to an Indonesian action hit, an erotic two-part drama from Lars von Trier, and a documentary on one of the greatest movies never made, among others. Read on for details:
Also available this week:
- Roger Michell’s Certified Fresh Le Week-End (89%), starring Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan in a drama about a long-married couple trying to rekindle their romance in Paris.
- Maidentrip (81%), a documentary about 14-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker’s quest to be the youngest person to sail around the world alone.
- Watermark (80%), a documentary exploring the relationship we share with water all around the world.
- Stage Fright (33%), a musical horror comedy about a mysterious killer who stalks his victims at a performing arts camp.
- There’s a new Blu-ray release of the 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (76%), which includes a lengthy retrospective featurette from 1993.
- And lastly, there’s also a rerelease of the 1967 crime thriller Point Blank (97%), starring Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson, which includes a commentary track with director John Boorman and Steven Soderbergh.
Guess we’ll just keep hearing newer and juicier "Mummy 3" rumors until Universal sends out an official press release, but here’s what we’ve learned so far: Rob Cohen will be directing, Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz might be returning — and has Jet Li been cast as the new villain?
From Mania.com we hear that Mr. Li is most definitely in talks to appear in "The Mummy: Curse of the Dragon," and the general assumption is that he’ll be playing, well, the dragon. Universal is shooting for a summer 2008 release date, so you can expect more concrete info some time soon.
For those with short memory spans, I’ll remind you that 1999’s "The Mummy" grossed about $415 million in worldwide box office, while the 2001 sequel ("The Mummy Returns") pulled in about $433 million around the globe. With numbers like that … more sequels are simply inevitable.
John Vernon, the Canadian actor best known for his role as the evil Dean Wormer in "Animal House," died in his sleep Thursday after complications from Heart Surgery. He was 72. Wormer made his film debut in 1967 in "Point Blank;" he also appeared in such varied work as "Dirty Harry," Alfred Hitchcock’s "Topaz," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," and "I’m Gonna Git You Sucka."