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New On DVD - August 31, 2010

Harry Brown (Blu-ray) CityNews.ca Pick of the Week – After his best friend is killed, Harry Brown (Michael Caine), an eldery, lonely man with a military background, seeks his revenge on the gangs who haunt the social housing area he lives in. Similar to Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino, you root for Harry as he’s hunting down the scum who think they are invincible. Caine delivers one of his best performances, and director Daniel Barber is one to keep an eye on. Special features on the Blu-ray release include deleted scenes, interview with the cast and crew, and more. Film *** Blu-ray **** (out of 5 stars).

The Evil Dead (Blu-ray) – It seems that almost every year there is a new “Special Edition” of The Evil Dead released, and by now fans must be tired of buying the same movie again and again. Well, as a fan who has fallen into this trap, I can tell you that this latest release on Blu-ray is hands down the only one you in need in your collection. First, you get a Sam Raimi-supervised 1080p transfer of the cult classic in both widescreen and fullscreen formats. For a low-budget horror it looks surprisingly great in HD and this is probably the best quality we will ever get from the original print. On top of that there is a great new audio commentary with Raimi, star Bruce Campbell, and producer Robert Tapert. There is also a limited edition bonus DVD with a ton of previously released features including the lengthy documentary The Untold Saga of The Evil Dead. So yes, fans should upgrade one last time. And if you’ve never seen it there is no better time than now to check it out. Film *** Blu-ray **** (out of 5 stars).

Survival of the Dead (Blu-ray) – It is with great sadness I write the following words: Survival of the Dead is one of the worst films I have ever seen. This breaks my heart as I admire director George A. Romero. Night of the Living Dead changed my life when I first saw it and the original Dawn of the Dead is one of my favourite horror films of all-time. Even the last two Dead movies — Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead — were more watchable than this abomination. Not scary or funny, just utter crap. Special features on the Blu-ray release include an introduction from George A. Romero, audio commentary with Romero and crew, a featurette on creating your own zombie bite, plus more. Film * Blu-ray ** (out of 5 stars).

Go Diego, Go! Diego’s Ultimate Rescue League Kid’s Pick of the Week – If your kids are fans of Nickelodeon’s Go Diego, Go then Diego’s Ultimate Rescue League is a must-have DVD. It features three new adventures with Diego and his team of Animal Rescuers as they go around the world saving exotic animals together. It’s a great message that is very educational while being extremely fun for young viewers. DVD *** (out of 5 stars).

More New DVD releases this week: Parenthood: Season 1, Babies, Marmaduke, House: Season Six, Flashforwad: The Complete Series, Leslie, My Name is Evil

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Top image: A scene from Harry Brown. Courtesy eOne Films.