Blu in Your Face: Feb. 5th, 2012

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

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Clerks XXX: A Porn Parody - Thanks to search engine optimization, the days of clever porn title puns are over, so instead of Clerkin' Off or something like that you get this more generic moniker. I'm sure Kevin Smith won't mind, though - if he's anything like I think he is, this will be a point of pride for him:
Dana is unhappy with her station in life...and her job as a smut-jockey in a porno store. She's juggling with an ex who cheats and a new boyfriend who's sexuality is a bit more than she can handle. Now she's working on her one day off, dealing with smartass co-worker Randi, a riot of anti-condom crusaders, some customers who can't resist coming all over the peep booths, a gerbil-loving customer...Will she make it through the day, or finally make a change?

I'm sure Dana's signature exclamation will be, "I'm not even supposed to come here today!"

Toys in the Attic - Czech animator Jiri Barta shows us what an Eastern European, Cold War-era version of Toy Story might look like, and U.S. distributors apparently determine you're too backward to see a stop-motion film in a foreign language. As best I can tell, the only available audio option on this Blu-ray is an English dub which adds Cary Elwes and some unfortunately unneeded Princess Bride references - as with some other under-the-radar import animated films that aren't clearly age-inappropriate (Kaena: The Prophecy and Doogal/The Magic Roundabout come to mind) there simply seems to have been an understanding among distributors that anybody who might be interested in the original version isn't worth the cost to please. I can wholeheartedly recommend the original, which would definitely be appreciated by adults with historical context, but I kinda fear this kiddified cut.

Casshern Sins: Compete Series Super Amazing Value Edition - And here is the proof that indeed, adults like their bleak cartoons intact. An amnesiac android awakens into a dying world where humans and robots are becoming extinct, blamed for all of it and threatened with death all around. A tiny bit like what Terminator Salvation only dreamed of aspiring to.

Side by Side - You probably won't believe this, but in being himself in this documentary, Keanu Reeves comes off as warm, funny, intelligent and compelling, which makes you think that perhaps he is doing a really good job of acting in some of those other movies where you thought he was blank. Analyzing the transition from film to digital, Reeves basically gets access to every major filmmaker you'd want to hear from on the subject - Scorsese, Cameron, Lynch, Fincher, Nolan and the Wachowskis to name some - and the result is far from a tech-wonk nightmare, and perhaps even an essential primer on the topic. Includes deleted scenes, of which there must be many given the sheer roster of folks he interviews.

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