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Clash of the Zombie Strippers and Quantum of Solace (Again)

Posted by: Matthew Turner 19/09/2008 @ 17:52
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Films seen so far this year: 342
Films seen this week: Easy Virtue, Redbelt, Afro Saxons, 'Tis Autumn – The Search for Jackie Paris, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Zombie Strippers, Burn After Reading, Appaloosa, Choke, Incendiary, Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

Clash of the Zombie Stripper Movies and Other Trends in DVD Marketing
This week, the superbly titled Zombie Strippers gets a limited theatrical release in the run-up to its DVD release on 13th October. This seems to be something of a DVD marketing trend at the moment, because the same thing happened to The King of Kong earlier this year. (For what it's worth, The King of Kong is one of the best films of the year and is well worth checking out). I suppose the idea is that the film will hopefully pick up a few theatrical reviews before it hits DVD, though it has to be said that Zombie Strippers will be vastly improved by the addition of an up-for-it audience, especially my FrightFest experience is anything to go by. A theatrical release will also give Zombie Strippers the upper hand in the upcoming war of the Zombie Stripper movies, since the extremely similar Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! (actual alternate title: Zombies VS Strippers, which tells you both the plot and the main difference to Zombie Strippers) is also going straight to DVD and is coming out first, on October 6th. To be fair, Zombie Strippers is marginally the better of the two, although if you're desperate to catch Z!Z!Z! on the big screen, it's playing the Sci-Fi-London: Oktoberfest next month.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Quantum of Solace (again)
It's not quite as breathless and action-packed as the first trailer but the new Quantum of Solace trailer does at least shed a bit more light on My Good Friend Olga Kurylenko's character and give us a better idea of Mathieu Amalric's role. Poor Gemma Arterton, though – you could be forgiven for thinking she wasn't even in the film after this trailer. It also worries me slightly that the only person Bond can trust at the 2m28second mark appears to be a de-bearded George Lucas...

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only one new entry this week, the superb German thriller The Wave, which was one of the best films I saw at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year.

1. The Dark Knight
2. Man On Wire
3. Eden Lake
4. Pineapple Express
5. The Wave
6. WALL-E
7. Mamma Mia
8. Somers Town
9. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
10. RocknRolla

DVD of the Week: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the latest comedy from the increasingly ubiquitous producer Judd Apatow, starring Jason Segel as a recently dumped musician trying to get over his ex-girlfriend (Kristen Bell), which gets complicated when she turns up at his holiday resort with her new rock star boyfriend (Russell Brand) in tow. With a strong script and strong comic performances (including a film-stealing turn by Russell Brand), this is well worth catching up with if you missed it at the cinema. As with most Apatow-related DVDs, it comes with a superb extras package that includes: a handful of decent deleted / extended scenes; a gag reel; the Line-O-Rama feature (including several different improvised lines); the Red Band trailer; a table reading of Segel performing the Dracula song; a behind-the-scenes featurette on the puppet Dracula musical; raw footage of the video chat scene (actually quite tedious); Brand's character's music video; and a commentary with contributions from director Nick Stoller, two producers and cast members Segel, Bell, Brand, Mila Kunis and Jack McBrayer.

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