Laserblast: Final Fantasy VII on Blu-ray, The Jetsons, The Hunger

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From time to time you find us complaining about the dearth of science fiction, fantasy, and horror film titles released on DVD and/or Blu-ray during a particularly week, but this is one of the low-points of the year, with no new theatrical films available on home video, just some direct-to-video titles, TV shows, and oldies.

Anime fans can take some solace in the Blu-ray release of FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE, which includes a handful of bonus elements: a featurette; two “story digests;” a short film; a sneak peak at FINAL FANTASY XIII; and a BD-Live feature exclusive to the Blu-ray disc.

Other than that, there is little to recommend. Fans of vintage television may be interested in Season Two of THE JETSONS. If you’re into more recent TV, of a horror variety, there’s THE HUNGER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. And if you’re into animation there’s HIGHLANDER: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES.

DTV titles for the week include ANACONDAS: TRAIL OF BLOOD, SILENT VENOM, RAZORTOOTH, and ELSWHERE. There latter, available on DVD and Blu-ray, claims to have been released theatrically in January, but if so, we missed and so did everyone else (there are no external reviews linked from IMDB – which is the whole point of a limited platform release: to get the reviews and attention that DTV titles don’t get).

And for those really scraping the bottom of the barrell, Image Entertainment offers a four-disc set of “Drive-In Classics,” which promises “7 Features to Drive You Out of Your Mind!” Among exploitation titles like SPEED LOVERS and SWAMP GIRL, is Herschell Gordon Lewis’s infamous gore-fest TWO THOUSAND MANIACS. Enjoy!

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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