Where might we have seen a similar plot to “Shooter” — thestory of a former military sniper who is framed for killing a foreign leader on American soil? Does it resemble a little something starring Matt Damon and set in Europe? Yep, this is the American “Bourne Identity.”
In “Shooter,” Mark Wahlberg plays a guy who is one part MacGyver and one part Superman. He withstands bullet wounds, jumps out of windows and uses the insides of a car to stop his wounds’ bleeding. Later, he uses car engine tubing, sugar and bottled water to create his own IV.
Tired, cumbersome and virtually everything we have seen somewhere on film before, “Shooter” is at best a rental. Play it and count the clichés.
Rent or buy: Rent.
Four volumes from Warner Home Video’s classic library feature 12 trashy films from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, which are grouped by category. “Sci-Fi Thrillers” features “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman,” “Queen of Outer Space” and “The Giant Behemoth”; “Women in Peril” includes “The Big Cube,” “Caged” and “Trog”; “Terrorized Travelers” includes “Hot Rods to Hell,” Skyjacked” and “Zero”; and, finally, “Historical Epics” includes “The Colossus of Rhodes,” “Land of Pharaohs” and “The Prodigal.”
The movies have been remastered for high definition video and audio and contain original trailers, commentaries and more.
Price: $29.98 for each volume.
Rent or buy: Buy.
BLACK SNAKE MOAN
Although there are few original ideas in Hollywood, fortunately — between comic book movies, video game films and countless remakes — there sometimes are movies with fresh ideas. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they’re going to be winners.
One example is “Black Snake Moan,” starring Christina Ricci,who plays an abused prostitute. She’s taken in by a down-on-his-luck blues musician, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who nurses her back from the brink.
While the movie seems to have a provocative theme and characters, there’s really nothing special about it. In fact, it is milquetoast, coming complete with clichéd messages such as “two tortured souls heal each other.”
The DVD includes three featurettes about the making of the film, deleted scenes and an audio commentary with writer/director Craig Brewer.
Rent or buy: Rent — if that.
PSYCH — THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
USA continues to crank out great series; “Psych” is another example of its awesome original programming.
The show is about a very attentive slacker who pretends to be a psychic to save himself from being a suspect in a criminal case. He does it so well, the police hire him to do it full time. He drags his friend (played brilliantly by Dule Hill) to help him out.
The dramedy is hilarious, good-natured and interesting — better than most of the new fare offered by the major networks last year.
Rent or buy: Buy.
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER: THE BEST OF SEASONS 1, 2 & 3
Check out the man with the mullet and feathers clipped into his hair. This series collects the best moments from the first three seasons of the show about a bounty hunter who tracks down people who have run from the law in Hawaii (and other locations).
The DVD’s 22 episodes are “handpicked” by Dog himself. Among the extra material is a mildly amusing bounty hunting quiz.
Rent or buy: Buy.
Also out on DVD Tuesday: “Dead Silence,” “Standing Still,” “Gomer Pyle, USMC — Season Two,” “Super Mario 3 — The Complete Series,” “Louis C.K: Shameless,” “Reno 911: Season Four,” “New Adventures of Superman” and “New Adventures of Batman.”